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I’d suggest that you make sure you have plenty of time to play this game, because it’s just as addictive as the original.
Q*bert is solidly targeted towards nostalgia buffs, and in the end, it falters. Weak gameplay, choppy graphics, and a short lifespan keep Q*bert from standing out in the crowd. Cube-hopping buffs may want to pick it up for completist’s sake, but everyone else should definitely rent first and see if it’s their cuppa.
The game does incorporate a nice two-player mode where you go head-to-head against another player in who can change the square colors the fastest. Still, Q*bert runs straight on the road of averageness, neither sucking at the bargain bin pile nor offering anything worth a second look. If you've been waiting for the next Q*bert game or if you're a hardcore follower of the "Snorks", perhaps you might take the plunge.
Sadly, the game's only new feature, adventure mode, is flawed. Here, Q*Bert can access such exotic powerups as speed, a smart bomb, water balls, etc., and can interact, albeit in a limited manner, with certain members of his species. The environments, though, are so cleverly laid out as to be confusing. Instead of a pyramid-style layout, this mode opts for a more spectacular setup. Invariably, this leads to cubes being obscured by other ones and plenty of death for the good Q*Bert. Daily Radar had this to say about the PSOne version of the game, and it holds true here: " Q*Bert suffers from the same disease the remake of Frogger did -- most of the levels are so weirdly configured and confusingly laid out that the player has no sense of which direction to go."
Q*bert was a good game twenty years ago, and in some ways this version is even better. However, Q*bert's lack of complex play mechanics, lack of story, and lack of development make it pale in comparison to the contemporary games that are coming out now. A fun hour or two and worth renting if you've got the flow and a lot of food, but otherwise it's just another rehashed old game.
It would have been nice to see a history section, complete with clips of the short-lived Q*Bert cartoon. Also, the Q*Bert sequel, Q*Bert's Qubes, and the never-released Faster, Harder, More Challenging Q*Bert would have made nice additions to the classic section of the game. As it stands, the game just doesn't have enough substance to last more than a day. If you absolutely, positively must know, do yourself a favor and just rent it.