This time we take a look at Cubic Castles, a free sandbox MMO that is described as a mix between MineCraft and Animal Crossing. Watcha Playin’? is a FreeMMOStation show where we give you a first look with commentary on the most popular free-to-play MMO games available.
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Cubic Castles is a friendly mining and crafting build’em up game where players can create some pretty outstanding structures from the obvious castles up to parkour challenges and more! It’s free to play on Windows and Mac and soon will be coming to more platforms like Steam.
While Cubic Castles at first seems like a top-down Minecraft, there are a few differences to note. One, there is no battles or combat of any kind, no direct PvP or PvE. This game is a platformer, and the whole point of the game is to jump all over the place! Another difference is the massively multiplayer aspect to the game – everyone’s creations can be accessed from the overworld which you can travel through very similar to games like Final Fantasy. Then you can jump in and take on whatever challenge or see whatever sights they have in store for you!
The main point of the game is to gain cubits which is a currency that fuels your ability to customize your character and your castle. A great way to make money is to create a challenge map, and then have a donation piggy bank at the front of the gate for users to tip you for your creation. You can also mine them.
Speaking of mines, besides player-created castles, there are also open world mines which you can jump into to gather materials to be used in your own castle building endeavors. There is also very much a Minecraftian style of crafting in this game and you will likely need to look up crafting recipes and tools needed.
That is pretty much it in terms of gameplay, it is a simple and friendly creation based platformer. You can double jump, pick and place objects when allowed, and there are a plethora of different blocks and devices that can help or impede your progress through some maps which is absolutely a plus compared to some more recent games in the genre which only have standing blocks.
In terms of graphics, expect this game to run well while still being colorful and nice on the eyes. It’s no Crysis but it still has a cartoon artstyle that should be appreciated. Honestly, the game in its entirety is just cute. This game would be extremely popular if it ever made it to mobile devices.
The only downside I saw to the game was that vision can be blocked (pun intended) by objects that are between the camera and your character from above. I wish that they had some way to allow us to zoom in on our character or add some kind of transparency effect and that would fix that problem.
All in all it is a fun experience, even if you are just going to try it out. This could be a really fun social game and most of its features are completely based on sharing content and exploring other people’s content and it is its ease of access that really sealed the deal for me.