Cubot: The Complexity of Simplicity Review

Cubot: The Complexity of Simplicity is a straight up puzzle game offering no story but simply leads with a promise of “torture for your mind”… So, let the torture commence!

Cubot: The Complexity of Simplicity, a grid/cube based puzzle game, has been brought to the Xbox One, but is also available for Steam, Android, iOS and Windows Phone.

At first sight, Cubot is a puzzle-game with a minimalist gameplay, just move color cubes towards tiles of the same color. It’s really easy, but it will be a torture for your mind to complete all levels of the game because the apparent simplicity of the game is in contradiction with the complexity of the puzzles. Moreover, an important point in the gameplay is if you have multiple cubes, they move simultaneously!

The puzzles are comprised of grids with various obstacles to overcome to ultimately match up the cube’s color with its matching tile. Differently colored cubes represent different behavioral movements, for example; the blue cubes move 1 square in the direction you choose where as a red cubes move 2. While the premise is simple, strategy must be applied to complete the puzzles as all cubes move simultaneously.

There are 10 episodes to complete, each comprised of 8 puzzles of increased difficulty. A new mechanic is generally introduced at the beginning of an episode. When combined with previous mechanics, the complexity increases for the new set of puzzles. Sometimes it’s the introduction of a different colored cube that behaves differently and sometimes it’s something environmental that you have to consider when calculating your movements.

The episode names themselves offer an insight as what to expect in later levels but still remain quite vague until you actually get your hands on the new mechanic. These mechanics are visually demonstrated without explanation.

Episode 1: “The Beginning”
Episode 2: “Red Cube”
Episode 3: “Button & Block”
Episode 4: “Green Cube”
Episode 5: “Color Swap”
Episode 6: “Purple Cube”
Episode 7: “Teleporter”
Episode 8: “The First End”
Episode 9: “Orange Cube”
Episode 10: “Auto-blocker”

You’re able to progress by completing the puzzles in any number of moves but on the completion screen it will display the minimum amount of moves required to solve the puzzle making completionists retry, while allowing casual gamers to move on, making it accessible to everyone.

Genius in minimalism! Cubot’s complexity really is founded in its simplicity. A puzzle’s solution at first glance can seems simple and obvious but in reality that solution can soon become a cumbersome toil of what you’re thinking and what you’re actually doing.

It’s a great looking game, the graphic style suits it well and the accompanied minimalistic soundtrack is calming and perhaps even averted frustration at times.

Unfortunately, because of the type of puzzle game Cubot is, there’s limited replay value once you’ve completed all the puzzles in the minimum amount of required moves. That said, Cubot is possibly the cheapest game I’ve seen for the Xbox One out of a sale, priced at just £1.59! That’s cheaper than a snack… for me anyways…

So if you’re a fan of puzzle games or just want something longer lasting for your snack money, Cubot: The Complexity of Simplicity could definitely be for you.

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