For this latest Roundup entry thanks go to Matt Pilz, aka xCept, who brings us this remake of the decidedly Japanese NES hit, Kickle Cubicle. Is everyone sitting confortably? Then let’s begin…
You control Kickle, a fairly well built chap whose job is to collect all of the magic bags on each screen so he can move on. What could be inside these bags? They probably contain the concentrated essence of all human knowledge, or the finely ground remains of some incredibly rare and powerful being… or perhaps it’s actually sugar, as he’s run out and can’t bear to drink a cup of tea without. Aaaanyway, not all of the bags are easy to reach, and there will almost always be a gap somewhere to block your movement. Luckily Kickle has a remarkable special power of being able to breath ice, so by turning wandering enemies into frozen blocks, he can push the cubes into the chilly waters to create a bridge.
Now, I want to make it absolutely clear that I think KickleC is put together very well, and although there are one or two flaws to be polished out there’s nothing to stop you from enjoying the game as it stands. The biggest let-down is the lack of sound or music inside the game, but the author only omitted this due to the RR compo’s time limit. You’re free to make some suitable sounds yourself – you may wish to refer to this very helpful webpage for ideas The gameplay is quite addictive and the keyboard controls can be redefined if you wish, so all is well there.
Graphically, though, it jangles my nerves a bit when 3D is used in an instance where good ol’ 2D would do the job just as well. This is one such instance. It’s not badly done as the screenshots above show – xCept has kept up the good standard he used in another of his remakes, Bombzuka [link] – but honestly, with some half-decent sprites and pixel graphics, I’d have liked this game more.
08/01/09 Edit: Version 1.1 of KickleC is now available from its homepage, adding full sound and music to the game as well as a selection of bug fixes. Thanks Matt!
Links: KickleC homepage