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3D platformers can be a bit hit or a miss on mobile. While the concept is solid, a game can live or die depending on its controls. Thankfully, Suzy Cube delivers a fun experience with minimal irritation.
If you're not a fan of the genre, odds are you might not find much to like here. However, on the whole it's well-rounded, crisp, and accessible to everyone.
After your dastardly foes, known as Skulls, steal all of the gold out of Castle Cubeton it's up to you – the light-footed Suzy – to snatch it back from enemy clutches.
You control your cube-figured lady in a simple manner. Moving your finger around on the left side of the screen moves you around, whilst tapping on the right side lets you jump. The longer you hold your finger down on the right, the longer your jump.
You can double tap to jump a little higher, but the real power comes through various different hats you can pick up. These include the likes of hover, special jump, and smashy helmet hats. No, those aren't the official names.
You can hang onto your power until you pick up another hat or until you get it knocked off. Having a hat also gives you a second shot if you get hit by an enemy or smack your shin on a spiky pole. One more slip-up and you lose a life, travelling back to the last checkpoint.
Once you lose all of your lives you have to start the level over again, but it's pretty hard to do even in the later stages.
Aside from collecting coins and stomping on bad guys, there are plenty of little nooks and crannies to explore for extra rewards and bonuses. These can sometimes be maddeningly difficult to find when faces with the game's isometric camera angle.
The camera angle isn't a deal breaker, but I did find the general controls a little sticky at times. Playing on my iPad was a bit tedious after a while as my hands became clammy. This isn't ideal for situations in the levels that require more of a fluid response. While an iPad is easily manageable, I reckon playing on your phone is the best course of action.
Its enemies and bosses also take a bit of a hit here in the sense that they're not very hard. For someone like me I'm not that bothered, but I can see others struggling to keep enthused when faced with its lack of challenge.
Of course, when creating a game that's accessible to everyone there's always going to be something sacrificed in doing so, unless you've got a choice of difficulty settings. But, getting to play it regardless of your age makes it a worthwhile in a way.
No, Suzy Cube isn't the most ingenious and original idea to ever grace mobile, but it's good-hearted and fun with plenty of replayability for those completionists among you.