Sifteo Cubes – A New Way to Play!

Sifteo Cubes

“Why hasn’t anyone thought of this before?”  That’s the first question you find yourself asking upon playing with these fun little interactive blocks.

Sifteo Cubes.  They’re these little white cubes with touch screens similar to the iPod Touch.  What sets them apart is their ability to interact with one another via wireless technology.  Each cube can detect if another cube is adjacent to it, thus you can finally play games in three dimensions!  Chroma Splash, a game similar to Tetris or Dr. Mario allows you to rotate the cubes to eliminate different colored circles and squares.  It is very addictive and the extra element of the multiple blocks quickly draws friends and family members who want to help you solve the puzzles and grab their own cube to help.  You can touch and swipe the screens as well as rotate and bump the cubes together for additional functions.

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TMNT (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) blends elements of a puzzle game with action.  You learn how to explore the sewers, jumping from cube to cube and slaying ninja enemies.  Although I’m a huge TMNT fan from “back in the day”, I didn’t find the game engaging enough to hold my attention.  I kept gravitating back to Chroma Splash which to date is by far the best Sifteo Cube game available!

Sifteo Cubes come with a base which sends information to the cubes and allows you to load games and other content wirelessly.  If you want more games you simply plug the base into your computer and buy them through the Sifteo Cubes browser window.  The game selection is currently very limited, but they’re working on adding new games to the catalog so we’ll have to keep an eye on what comes out next.  You can check back on NERD TREK for reviews of new titles!

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The downside of Sifteo Cubes is the very slow load time of games.  This is due to the fact that a great deal of time is required to transfer the game information from the base into the cubes.  I find myself wandering off to do something else by the time a game finally loads.  It would make more sense to have all the games already pre-loaded onto the cubes themselves with a special unlock code being sent from the base to the cubes, instantly triggering initiation of the game.  I assume Sifteo, Inc. is aware of this and plans on finding a workaround in the near future.

My one other complaint are the little red sad faces on the cubes.  It seems like at random one or two of the cubes somehow lose connection and give me little crying sad faces.  I’m sorry little cubes, but I don’t know what’s wrong and I can’t get you working!  After messing around for 5-10 minutes, back in the bag you go!

Overall I give the Sifteo Cubes 3.5/5 stars.  I think once Sifteo, Inc. eliminates the long load time of games and the problem with the little red sad people stuck inside the cubes this product will become a worldwide phenomenon   Keep your eyes on this company, I bet they get big over the next couple years!  😀

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About Jonathan G. Nelson

Jonathan G. Nelson is the editor-in-chief and owner of NERD TREK. He is also owner/publisher at AAW Games / AdventureAWeek.com, a tabletop gaming company based in Snoqualmie, WA. Connect with Jonathan via Facebook.