(11 votes) *Average rating will show after 20 votes


JohnBWhen you hear the phrase "the best things come in small packages", you should mentally amend that to "the best things come in small cube packages". Cubemen is a no-bloat tower defense game that tries to do one thing and do that one thing well: strategy. Forget mini-games, artificially inflated campaigns, and storylines that make about as much sense as a koala flight attendant. Cubemen delivers pure, raw tower defense strategy, and it does it so well, you'll lose yourself each time you play.

CubemenCubemen is a smart blend between tower defense and real-time strategy genres, losing stationary buildings in favor of mobile units that must fight their way to their destination. In defense mode, the game's classic tower defense set-up, you choose between half a dozen deployable troops, ranging from basic units to rocket launcher-toting warriors, strategic ice-bearing soldiers, and even a medic. Where you put units and what type you use is the central focus of the game, and as you defend yourself against wave upon wave of enemy creeps, you'll have to adjust and re-deploy as needed.

In defense mode, units can be placed anywhere on the map, even on high terrain squares that make attacking (and being attacked) difficult. In skirmish mode, Cubemen's real-time strategy-style experience, it's a different sort of story. Here, both teams send out waves of creeps that slowly work their way to the other team's base. You deploy the same units but are limited in where you can place them. Money (in the form of cubes, naturally) is also limited, so you have to be very picky about what you deploy, where you deploy it, and when you do so.

CubemenAnalysis: No upgrades, no spells, no special abilities, no power-ups, no garbage. And that's so nice! Cubemen is a much better game because it eschews those frivolities in favor of a basic, strategy-centric set-up. It's such a blissfully simple experience you'll get completely carried away by the tactics of it all, even if you're a casual gamer who only has half a mind for these sorts of games.

The two main modes of play offer some sub-modes as well. Multiplayer is available for skirmish mode, and you can both join and create your own games. Defense mode has half a dozen sub-modes ranging from classic TD to rockets only, limited funds, and endless, all of which take place across almost 50 different maps. It's a lot of variety for a game that sticks so closely to one or two simple gameplay directions!

Cubemen is a great strategy/tower defense game that will be enjoyable for anyone to play. It's a budget title in price only, as you'll easily get dozens of hours of enjoyment out of it simply because there's so much to learn. It looks great, sounds great, is simple to play and fun to master.

Get the full version (via Steam)
Get the full version (via Desura)

Mac OS XMac OS X:
Get the full version (via Steam)

No Comments

Leave a comment [top of page]

    Please consider creating a Casual Gameplay account if you're a regular visitor here, as it will allow us to create an even better experience for you. Sign-up here!
  • You may use limited HTML tags for style:
    (a href, b, br/, strong, em, ul, ol, li, code, spoiler)
    HTML tags begin with a less-than sign: < and end with a greater-than sign: >. Always. No exceptions.
  • To post spoilers, please use spoiler tags: <spoiler> example </spoiler>
    If you need help understanding spoiler tags, read the spoiler help.
  • Please Preview your comment before posting, especially when using spoilers!
  • No link dropping, no domains as names; do not spam, and do not advertise! (rel="nofollow" in use)
Lightybulb 2> Dora Ninjadoodle wants you to light things up with this cute HTML5 puzzle game, where the goal is to make the lightbulb turn on, but though they may look similar, each stage will have you go about it in a different sneaky way.  ...
Mission US: City of Immigrants> Tricky City of Immigrants is the fourth in the series of Mission US educational point-and-click adventure game titles focusing on American History, created by Electric Funstuff under the auspices of New York PBS Station Channel 13. The year is 1907. You are Lena Brodsky, a 14-year-old Jewish Immigrant from Russia, making her way in the city of New York in the land of opportunity, America. The exploration and newness of Lena's immigrant experience is a natural fit for a video game framework, and it makes for another wonderful installment of the series.  ...
Bullet Heaven 2> Dora The gang is back, and they're locked and loaded for another frenetic arcade-style shooter adventure. Blast your ways to intricate, intimidating, and downright insane waves of enemies and their bullets, while earning cash to purchase upgrades... or ways to make the game even harder!  ...
Libretta> Dora It's just a day like any other when Libra visits the library, but after finding a strange blank book, the familiar building takes a bizarre turn and she discovers she'll need to rewrite reality to escape in this creative and imaginative creepy adventure from vgperson.  ...

Recent Comments


Display 5 more comments
Limit to the last 5 comments

Casual game of the week

Haunted Hotel: The X

Your Favorite Games edit

Save links to your favorite games here. Use the Favorites editor.

Monthly Archives

Legal notice

All games mentioned or hosted and images appearing on JayIsGames are Copyright their respective owner(s).

All other content is Copyright ©2003-2015 All Rights Reserved.

Visit our great partner: maxcdn!