Our Cubitos review, what we have to say about the exciting game about who can move across the board with the right mix of luck and strategy. In Cubitos, players take on the role of participants in the annual Cube Cup, a race of strategy and luck to determine the Cubitos Champion. Each player has a runner on the racetrack and a support team, which is represented by all the dice you roll. Each turn, you roll dice and use their results to move along the racetrack, buy new dice, and use abilities.
This is a solid package that any player out there will have something to enjoy. We took a look across fun, replayability, player interaction, quality and art & style to come up with the overall score for our Cubitos review. See the breakdown by category below.
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Fun (8 out of 10)
For the fun section of the Cubitos review, we award a fantastic 8 out of 10. Overall, this is a wonderful package. There are a few different things going on and everything works together cohesively. Not only do things move quickly but there are many different ways you can race and push your luck to victory.
You start with a set number of generic dice. As the game goes on, you are going to roll your dice to move along a winding track with lots of different directions to go in. As you proceed, you need to make tough choices about going the distance or getting the resources you need to upgrade your dice. Not only do the new dice you can buy give you a better chance to move further but together with others you can get some pretty fantastic combos. All players act at the same time so things are exciting and they stay that way.
Replayability (7 out of 10)
For the replayability section of the Cubitos review, we award a masterful 7 out of 10. The track you move along has tons of different routes to take and you can choose to buy different combinations of dice that all work together in different ways. Maybe you want to be really fast, or maybe you want to be really aggressive, or maybe you really want to roll over and over again; all of these things are possible.
That is just the base of it. In addition to this crazy race with multiple tracks to victory, there is a ton of additional content to keep things fresh. The board flips over to reveal a completely different track and each color, which is a type of die you can buy, swaps out each game to be something new that provides just enough of a change to make you rethink everything.
Player Interaction (7 out of 10)
For the player interaction section of the Cubitos review, we award a very good 7 out of 10. The game does a great job of keeping things tight. If you are very behind in the race, you get the benefit of getting additional resources, but not enough where the leader is getting cheated. If you also really want to push your luck, you can be rewarded big and provide big swings, but if you miss, there are some solid windfalls that still give you something to work with.
The simultaneous play also helps to keep things tight. Everything happens at the same time, which is not only exciting but makes things move at a great pace and has everyone engaged all at the same time. If you happen to drop the ball and really miss your move on a turn, no need to worry, you will be back at it in no time. You are always invested in what everyone else is doing because everything you do, needs to be in response to where you are on the board and the dice you choose to roll.
Quality (8 out of 10)
For the quality section of the Cubitos review, we award an incredible 8 out of 10. This has been said several times but needs to be said again because of how well everything is executed. This is a racing game, a push your luck game and an exciting simultaneous action game; but it is not one of those three (well maybe a racing game if you had to chose). It is a fantastic blending of all these in one well-oiled machine.
The combination of all the paths to victory, constant variability and just overall fun in a fairly easy to hop into package is hard to achieve but it is done well here. Clearly, the team behind the game knew what they were doing. Not only that, it is its own thing that will lend itself well to expansions and other ways to take the base game to new levels.
Art & Style (6 out of 10)
For the art & style section of the Cubitos review, we award a good 6 out of 10. The least impressive game about this thing is the artwork and that is only because everything else about it is so solid. There is not really much real estate to work with so this is understandable. It is still above average because there are little touches of an exciting new world. The Cheese character, that also happens to grace the box cover, is a fun mix of things and helps set the tone.
The game does have style. The cartoonish, and a bit outlandish, characters are all on brand and could easily headline their own animated tv show. This is all solid across the board, but it is more about the fun vessel in this one than giving you too much theme or story to focus on.
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Cubitos is not the best goto for either a racing game or a push your luck game but it is a great mashup of the two and one that should be fun with any group that you can play over and over again. The little dice are fantastic components and the constant simultaneous play and options you can take really get things moving. There could be a little more variability in what you can roll on the dice, but the variety of what the dice do is innovative and great. This has been our Cubitos review, we hope you enjoyed it!
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