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If you're a fan of Mahjong, this is worth checking out. The "cubed" puzzles are an interesting concept, though it begs for touch screen controls. The traditional puzzles aren't too easy, evident by the fact I'm still stuck on the first one. If you've never tried Mahjong before, this might be one to rent or borrow before making a purchase.
Ultimately, this is the type of title that will live in my handheld for months, like Honeycomb Beat and Planet Puzzle League before it – a simple, wildly addictive puzzler with great presentation and a boatload of content. It brings a nice twist to a classic game, looks great in 3D, and totally distracted me from the massive release field this October – not bad for a “little port” from Japan.
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Mahjong definitely isn't the most popular puzzle game out there, but Cub3d makes it feel modern and relevant. Simply put, if you are a puzzle fan, you'll enjoy Cub3d. It has plenty of modes, a great multiplayer component, and presents enough challenge for hardcore puzzlers, but has enough accessibility for those who are looking for something with a bit more casual appeal. If you're done with Tetris and are looking for something a bit different, Mahjong Cub3d will fit the bill nicely and give you plenty of hours of fun and challenging gameplay.
Mahjong Cub3D is exactly what it needs to be — a collection of mahjong puzzles with a neat gimmick that works well with the 3DS’s display. If you want lots of puzzles, that’s exactly what you’ll get here. Even still, a game of this limited scope feels out of place at retail. This would be a shoe-in recommendation as a download from the 3DS eShop, so only dedicated mahjong tile maniacs should consider this.
I can't give you much more here: Mahjong Cub3d is simply mahjong in fully rotatable 3D. I can tell you that it's easy to get into and control, and that it seems to have this gravitational pull on me as a puzzle game fan. I've always liked mahjong, and this 3D twist on the classic formula makes it even more enjoyable and challenging.
Overall, Mahjong Cub3d is a solid title if you enjoy puzzles and have a fondness for Mahjong Solitaire. At $30, it’s a budget title for the 3DS, but it’s still a considerable amount of cash. Still, the title packs a solid amount of play time, and it’s a refreshing take on a classic game. If you’re a puzzle fan looking for a title on the 3DS, Mahjong Cub3d is a good choice.
For the mahjong player on the go, Mahjong Cub3d may be an enticing pickup, but if you've already decided you aren't a fan of mahjong, Cub3d won't change your state of mind.
Mahjong Cub3D is intriguing and unique, but the concept doesn't quite work that well. The 3D take on the game is novel, but it isn't really any better or improved than normal Mahjong. As a matter of fact, the fact that it doesn't use the touch-screen at all makes it more cumbersome than most other DS Mahjong games. With 200 puzzles, content is abundant in Atlus and Sunsoft's game, but it's not for everyone. Only the biggest Mahjong and puzzle game fans should apply.
Mahjong CUB3D doesn't revolutionise the game, but it does add an interesting twist. The clock lends matches a sense of urgency and an engaging edge, though it makes strategising difficult and increases the likelihood of ending up without any available moves. Still, it's a pretty entertaining mix in the end, and with over 200 puzzles, you can have fun with this for a long time.
The presentation of the game is lacking. The psychedelic backgrounds are interesting to look at in 3D, but there is only one per mode. The music is also extremely limited, which means turning down the volume is your best course of action. If you are a mahjong fanatic with a 3DS, this game might be perfect for you. If you only have a passing interest, let this one pass you by.
To sum up things, I didn't care for Mahjong Cub3D. I'm all for interesting ways to play established games, and while the developers were clearly trying to change up the formula, I don't feel like it worked. The baffling lack of touch-screen controls, the lackluster 3-D visuals, and tedious task of flipping the geometric pattern to find a matching tile quickly wore thin. It's certainly not a game that I would recommend, whether or not you find yourself in the more casual camp of video game players. Stick to your freeware PC version or pick up a better puzzle game on the 3DS, like the recently released Tetris Axis. Mahjong Cub3D is not worth your money.