Parents' Guide to

Cubic Ninja

By Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Unique, challenging maze game makes you think in 3D.

Game Nintendo 3DS 2011
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Cubic Ninja is a game with two different control modes: tilt control (which uses the 3DS's built-in accelerometer) or control stick. It's either an OK game or a great game, depending on which mode you choose. Tilt control is the default mode, and it's easy to see why: it's way more fun. Rocking and angling your 3DS to make the square hero navigate the mazes is incredibly enjoyable -- and it feels totally unique when you realize you can move him in three dimensions: Turn the 3DS completely upside down, and CC will "fall" toward the screen, apparently landing on the glass. It's a blast, even if it's not in 3D (the 3D effect only works when you look directly at the screen, so the tilt mode is only in 2D).

You can play in real 3D by choosing stick control, but that makes the game feel a lot more ordinary and less fresh and different. It's better to play in 2D and get an experience that feels worthy of this next-generation device.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo 3DS
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: UbiSoft
  • Release date: June 14, 2011
  • Genre: Puzzle
  • ESRB rating: E for Comic Mischief, Crude Humor
  • Last updated: August 29, 2016

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