Review: Cube Life Island Survival (Wii U)

Cube Life Island Survival is a block building, open-world survival game for the Wii U.

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Pros:

  • Big bright voxel inspired graphics.
  • Wonderful lighting used from the big sun to the moon at night.
  • MineCrafte clone in every way.
  • Can re assign buttons.
  • Has a simple story that plays out as you play.
  • Realistic water model complete with visible animated fish!
  • Huge array of crafting options from tools to weapons to crafting materials.
  • Huge amount of enemy types in the game from wild animals to people to monsters.
  • Day/Night cycles with night bringing the terror.
  • Time and date shown on screen at all times.
  • Thirst and water levels that need to be managed otherwise you start taking damage.
  • Crafting guide is available to read at anytime.
  • Save whenever you like.
  • Handful of biomes to explore. Each biome is its own seperate island that you must travel to in order to enter.
  • Easier to get into initially than Minecraft as more is available to you, Explanations are there etc.
  • Gamepad mirrors the TV.
  • Touchscreen and button controls.
  • Small file download size.
  • Brilliant sound effects and soundtrack.
  • Survival mode where you must do everything you can to survive whilst crafting/hunting and building.
  • Creative mode has all items available all the time so you can build safely.
  • Full stats screen.
  • More choice in so many ways over MineCraft.

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Cons:

  • Breaking blocks can be too quick and sensitive.
  • Durability is way too low on all weapons and tools.
  • Frame rate drops when the screen gets busy.
  • Crafting is awkward at first and takes a minute for it all to sink in.
  • Long loading times.
  • No online.
  • When you die you revert to your old save which can lose valuable progress.
  • Time goes too fast.
  • No multiple save slots.
  • Thirst/Hunger levels go down way too fast.
  • Possible to ruin your game with bad preparation due to the crazy speed in which you burn through food/water/materials.

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Cube Life Island Survival is yet another attempt by devs to bring their unique Minecraft clones onto Wii U. On the whole this game is one of the best attempts yet. I mean it looks fantastic, Water looks lush as do the islands and huge army of enemies. The only downside to it all is the health/thirst/hunger levels deplete way too fast. Same can be said for weapon durability. I mean you have to spend most of the daylight to stock up on food and materials so you can survive the night. Failure to do so will result in you unable to last the night. Tweak these values and the game will be the version to own at the moment. The devs have come out and said that they will continue to support the game so I live in hope. Dont let the bad points turn you away mind as it is still a great little title and one of the must own games on Wii U.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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