Cubivore (GameCube)

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Cubivore is a "Call of the Wild" brought to an interactive media. Gento Matsumotos serene and surreal portrait of wilderness lost then civilization reverting (or progressing) to wilderness. Of course the most obvious thing about Cubivore would be the graphics. 99% of all scenery and creatures in the game are made of cubes, rectangles, or squares. Even water ripples away from a falling step in squares. Blood pools in squares upon the ground and even the moon and sun appear as cubes in the sky.

As you move through the game you will eat prey (Or sometimes outfight a predator) To gain new forms and power. The more forms you gain the more wilderness goes back to the land (This wilderness has recently been stolen by a rather nasty Killer cubivore). Naturally it is your goal to dethrone this killer of the wild and set your self up as king of the beast, thus filling the land once again with wilderness.


Cubivore GameCube Japanese title screen
Cubivore GameCube ...only to be surrounded!
Cubivore GameCube Water camo
Cubivore GameCube A herd of colorless herb beasts, you go on the offensive...

Alternate Titles

  • "動物番長" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Doubutsu Banchou" -- Japanese Title
  • "Cubivore: Survival of the Fittest" -- Tag-lined title

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Critic Reviews

The Next Level Mar 15, 2003 A- 91
Netjak Mar 23, 2004 8.2 out of 10 82
AllRPG Nov 26, 2002 8.1 out of 10 81
Le Geek 2002 4 out of 5 80
Nintendojo Apr 14, 2003 8 out of 10 80
GameSpy Nov 17, 2002 78 out of 100 78
GameSpot Nov 11, 2002 7.3 out of 10 73
IGN Nov 13, 2002 6.7 out of 10 67
Game Critics Dec 18, 2002 6 out of 10 60 Nov 15, 2003 5 out of 10 50


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This game was originally planned for the N64DD however the game was held back and released on the GameCube. For a time before the GameCube release it was planned as an N64 cartridge game.

Title translation

The translation of the Japanese title in English is Animal Leader.


A series of toys produced by Medicom by the name of Seton has had two series released in Japan as of 2003. These toys are small Cubiovre with interchangeable body parts to mimic the evolution of the game critters.

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Opipeuter (16491) added Cubivore (GameCube) on Dec 16, 2003