Cubemen 2 (PC) Review: It’s Tower Defense, All Right

Posted by on April 12, 2013 at 4:16 pm
In the game's Rescue mode, you protect your own trail of cubemen while fending off another.

In the game’s Rescue mode, you protect your own trail of cubemen while fending off another.

Was there an original Cubemen? If so, it’d be hard for me to believe there was a version of Cubemen 2 that was somehow smaller in scope or equipped with less features than it is. That’s not too much of a dock against the game because when it comes to well-done tower defense action, you can’t really go wrong with Cubemen 2.

In Cubemen 2, you deploy a variety of, well, cubic men of various roles to mitigate a stream of oncoming bad guys. With an art direction somewhere between Marble Madness and Tron, the game sheds any potential distractions that would prevent you from stopping every last one of those other-colored cubic buggers. Unlike the formula’s stock, you can rearrange and move your “towers” on demand, giving you some pretty awesome flexibility. Your units will lob grenades, throw flames, and become landmines for the cause, but only as you acquire enough currency, which can also be shifted to upgrading your current squad. In single-player, you’re given an extra “Rescue” mode on top of the usual trimmings while multiplayer even affords you some capture the flag action. Maps are plentiful and various, requiring you to rethink your approach for each new situation.

If you’ve never played a tower defense game in your life or simply can’t get enough, Cubemen 2 should be right up your alley. Its aspirations aren’t high and for some reason there’s no 1920×1080 display resolution option, but for what it does, it does it pretty well.

7/10 FleshEatingZipper

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