Family Friendly Gaming has reviewed a couple of different downloadable Mahjong games on the Nintendo 3DS. One of them actually tried to claim in their press release that they were releasing the first 3D Mahjong game on the Nintendo 3DS. My hubby corrected them, and we talked about this game. We had not yet reviewed Mahjong Cub3d, even though we had purchased it. To our knowledge this game is the first 3D Mahjong game on this hand held.
Mahjong Cub3d also shows all of us something very important. Atlus is capable of publishing ‘E’ for Everyone rated video games. I know that may come as a shock to some in the video game community. I know I was shocked to see Atlus actually made a clean video game for families.
I wish Atlus could make a good clean game for families that is actually good. Mahjong Cub3d is one of the worst Mahjong games I have ever played. The 3D effects in Mahjong Cub3d are a focal point for this rotational game. We have to constantly rotate the cubical object around to find a match. Do you know how annoying that gets after ten minutes?
That is not even the worst part about Mahjong Cub3d. If you run out of opportunities there is no auto shuffle. So its game over, or use a special power up to go back one move. Odds are your mistake was many moves back. However it is difficult for me to call it a mistake since we can not see down the line to know which other tile we should have matched it to.
The saving grace of Mahjong Cub3d is there are three modes and two hundred puzzles. You will get your moneys worth out of this bargain priced game if you can handle the flimsy game play elements. The classic Mahjong look is so much better than the cubical one.
Mahjong Cub3d has a clinical look and feel to it. There are some interesting visual special effects, as well as some interesting musical elements. Sometimes being first is not all it is cracked up to be. I really wish Sunsoft had taken their time developing Mahjong Cub3d. Atlus did little to push this game, which is probably one of the reasons it floundered so bad.
Mahjong Cub3d is safe for most family
members. Remember the age restriction on using the Nintendo 3DS. Do not
give one to a child under the age of seven. Which I still feel was a
bone headed move by Nintendo. Excluding the younger members of the
family does not help a product in the eyes of families. If you do not
mind irritation, frustration and confusion, then you won’t mind Mahjong
Cub3d on the Nintendo 3DS.
Family Friendly Factor: 70%
System: Nintendo 3DS
Rating: ‘E’ for Everyone
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