During PAX, I got to play around with some of the cool, new indie games and toys upstairs, and one of the innovations I personally fell in love with was Sifteo Cubes! It’s a funny little device that sets up various games over different cubes, each functioning as a touch screen with axis detection that allows you to move objects on screen by either tilting the cube or applying gentle pressure to the screen. I think this concept is super cool and can’t wait to see where development leads, since they allow anyone to become a game dev the possibilities are limitless!
A short example of how cubes link to one another
The first game I messed around with was Sandwich Kingdom, a cute little RPG that features 6 worlds constructed of 60 different levels for you to explore. I didn’t really pay attention to the story for time’s sake, so I played around with it for about 5 minutes. Your character will start in a single square and you connect cubes adjacent to her and the map will spawn. You now merely tap the furthest screen and the character will proceed to occupy that square. As you get further into the dungeons, side paths will open up and by simply placing a cube next to the initial entrance, a new room will open up allowing to access to treasure and such. I thought it was very unique in this aspect that I literally construct the dungeons while moving the squares around.
The second game I looked at was Chroma Splash (only because Ninja Turtles Slide isn’t out until November!) which plays like Bejeweled but with a twist: Each cube contains multiple objects in certain colors that must be destroyed by touching each other, but you can rotate or tilt the cubes in nearly any direction to slide, move or destroy the target colors! This is what drew me to the system because generally I don’t care for anything outside the normal gaming console and vegging out in front of my tv, but the Sifteo concept is more like an amalgamation of physical puzzles and video games and turns out those 2 combine exceptionally well!
The system itself starts at $129.95 which includes the main storage hub which connects to your pc via usb and 3 cubes. The second tier system is $199.95 and includes an extra 3 cubes and you may purchase single cubes additionally for $29.95 a piece! You can pre-order the system now from their website, so why don’t you hop over and check it out for yourself!
Back to the Farm!
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