From Digital Seed Entertainment, the creator of Tactics Arena Online, comes this brand new entry in casual games playable in any browser.
Cubrius is a commercial-quality puzzle game in which the player pushes boxes (cubes) to solve stages by removing all the colored cubes from view. A variant of Sokoban, Cubrius extends the classic gameplay by introducing a variety of cube types, each with special characteristics and behavior, as well as time-based bonus scores.
Basic play consists of pushing a colored cube next to one or more of the same color to remove them from the stage. Only cubes that directly touch the pushed cube are removed along with it.
A "Starter Pack" first introduces each of the cube types you will see in the game, and then sends you through several 'training' stages to practice what you've just learned. Once through the basics, a much more advanced "Emerald Pack" will put your best puzzle-solving skills to the test in 16 very challenging stages.
Analysis: A nicely polished puzzle game containing irresistibly appealing graphics and a pleasing soundtrack that is reminiscent of Enigma. The starter stages have been designed well to gradually ease the player into the game, which will surely please the casual gamer audience this game is aimed at. The puzzles themselves, even in the starter pack, are not all that obvious to solve with some requiring considerable analysis and thought to complete.
The lack of mouse support for menu selection, however, is not intuitive even though it is consistent with the user interface of the game play. I don't appreciate a user interface that forces itself upon me. At the very least allow me the capability to use the mouse if I want, even if it goes against how the game designer feels the interface should behave.
Overall, Cubrius is an excellent puzzle game for anyone that enjoys Sokoban and similar games like it. Vito Sze ("Seed") has done well in taking a classic puzzle game formula and adding elements that change it into something all his own. While the gameplay is not all that remarkable, his extensions to it create a very different kind of challenge for those that may be familiar or fond of Sokoban games in general. The result is a framework capable of generating a mind-numbing variety of puzzles to enjoy.
In fact, it appears that Seed plans to offer new and different stage packs for download in the future. The free online version of the game comes with the Starter and Emerald stage packs already loaded.
Cheers to Dave for suggesting this game, and cheers for all the Cubrius walkthroughs being posted in the comments below. =)
Update: to avoid confusion with another developer's product, Digital Seed Entertainment has renamed Cubrius to CuberXtreme.