Format: Nintendo Entertainment System
Year Released: 1990
Also released on: Arcade (1988)
Now available on: Nothing
|A very pink title screen, with rainbow letters.|
Not the most manly of games, this.
Using my amazing state-of-the-art random game picker, the game I randomly picked was........ Genghis Khan. Never heard of it before, but thought I'd give it a go. I somehow procured the game, powered it up, became overcome by emotion due to its opening theme tune, and then began my quest for world domination. After twenty minutes of not having a clue what I was doing, I gave up, returned to my random game picker, and picked another game at random. And this time it randomly picked Kickle Cubicle, another game I'd never heard of. So, using my skills of procurement again, I managed to acquire this game, and booted it up.
|This review was meant to be of Genghis Khan.|
But I couldn't understand it, so Kickle Cubicle took his place.
Kickle Cubicle is a block sliding puzzle game. As its childish name suggests, it's one of those cutesy games with cutesy characters, a premise which involves you rescuing princesses from castles and palaces, and a bizarre amount of references to fruit and veg.
|Garden Land. Where you can get cheap gnomes,|
pots, seeds and bulbs.
|Kickle wanders around the level, listening to some tunes through his earphones, and kicks ice cubes.|
One of the good things about the game is that each level relies on your puzzle-solving skills and your game-playing skills too. It's not just a case of getting the pieces of ice in the right places - it's about avoiding enemies, shooting at them and keeping your wits about you. At the end of each stage, you come to an end of level boss who can usually be destroyed by sliding ice at him.
Graphically everything is nice and tidy with a good use of colour and quality animation. The sprites are clear and lend themselves well to the game's arcade style. The music and effects are good, but the tune gets quite annoying after a while as it's the same one for each level. The game is all very well presented though.
|This looks like a fun-filled level, don't it?|
|That's one freaky looking family of pumpkins there. Keep away Kickle!!|
I'm surprised that Kickle Cubicle isn't a game that is more well known and that it seems to have vanished to nothing. It's not a bad game at all. Its childish name probably didn't help it to attract a wider audience, but it could be a game that should be brought back to life on a service like the Virtual Console, unlikely as it is to happen.
|The first end of level boss, a chicken with one eye.|
So, yes, I quite liked Kickle Cubicle. It kept me quiet for a few evenings over the past few weeks, sometimes frustrated the hell out of me, but represented simple good old-fashioned arcade-style gaming.
|Princess Pumpa expresses her gratitude. Later princesses appear to dress more provocatively. If you're into|
perving on semi-dressed digital princesses, this is the game for you!
Everything is very well presented, with the game's "plot" interspersed well with the gameplay, nice level maps before each level and easy to use menu systems.
There's not a lot you can do when most of the levels are made out of ice, but the graphics in this game still manage to be colourful and clear
Slightly annoying tune but it's jolly enough and fits well with the game. Sound effects are ok too.
It's not the first game you'd pick if you want to fill a few spare minutes, but it's not too bad to play when you're into it.
A nice little game which eventually provides a good strategic and arcade-style challenge.
GAMEPLAY VIDEOAs per usual, here is a video of Kickle Cubicle in action