Cubefield is an addictive obstacle avoidance game from Max Abernethy. The player takes on the role of a small ship which has to swerve between boxes without running into any of them. It features a third-person camera and minimalist graphics that make the overall experience seem snappy and clean, with simple and responsive controls alongside colorful art. Cubefield is a great way to kill time if you’re looking for a game that is more about reflexes and timing than strategy.
The object of the game is to advance as far as you can, and levels are fluid and dynamic with no finish line to cross. Instead, the developer has broken up the game into two different modes of play. You alternate between moving your ship between cube corridors, where you have to follow the contours tightly and move your ship in a pattern, and large open areas where cubes pop up on the horizon and you find yourself swerving to avoid them. Scoring is simple, with your score running up every second that you manage to avoid the cubes and stay alive.
The controls for Cubefield are straightforward, with the right and left arrow keys moving your ship from side to side. The speed of your ship increases as the game goes on, which intensifies the gameplay at higher levels. The control is extremely tight, which is a huge plus for games of this sort where small movements mean the difference between avoiding an obstacle and crashing.
Cubefield’s graphics are retro and bright, with the red, orange, and yellow cubes contrasting nicely against the gray horizon. Your ship stands out well and even when the speed of the game really starts to take off it’s very easy to pinpoint the ship among a large number of cubes. The horizon tilts as you swerve from side to side in a great bit of visual feedback which really highlights the fast and frantic nature of the game.
Cubefield is an excellent game to pick up and play when you have a spare minute, with the game restarting quickly after you die and getting up to full-speed again in no time. It’s addictive, sharp, and immersive, making it the sort of game you find yourself playing for much longer than you planned. If you’ve got time to kill and the idea of a fast-paced, twitchy racer with retro sensibilities sounds appealing then you won’t be disappointed with Cubefield.