Wut U Talkin Bout is a quick look at overlooked titles in gaming history, or an overlooked entry in a franchise.
Japanese games, like Katarmari Damacy, definitely have their own unique style that can’t be replicated by any other culture. These games not only have strange visual styles, but also strange concepts. Often you have to ask “where in the world did they come up with this?” While not as ridiculous as Katamari Damacy, Cubivore: Survival for the Fittest for the Nintendo Gamecube definitely has that unmistakable Japanese style.
Players take control of a newly born Cubivore, a small cubic animal, who is seeking to become the King of Cubivores. In order to do this, he must, as the game explains, “eat eat eat” other Cubivores. Unfortunately, no matter how much he eats, he is physically unable to become the King of Cubivores. Instead, he must mate in hopes that his off-spring will evolve into a stronger Cubivore and work towards being the next King of Cubivores. This cycle continues multiple times throughout the game. Every off-spring evolves in some way until, eventually, one of the off-springs are ready to try to claim the King of Cubivore’s throne.
Cubivore is an action adventure title with a heavy focus on combat. Players can perform basic attacks, intimidate foes, take defense stances, and more. What sets Cubivore apart are the mutations your Cubivore goes through. Each form your Cubivore takes has different traits. Using each of these mutated forms and trying to take full advantage of their moveset can be challenging, especially considering the rate that mutations can occur. Often you will find yourself mutating mid-battle and having to quickly change your strategy to match the new form. This helps keep gameplay fresh and unique almost each battle.
Despite the E-rating and its cutesy, colorful, and simplistic art style, Cubivore is actually a fairly violent game. Eating other Cubivores essentially requires you to rip off their limbs until you have devoured most of their body, and all they can do is screech in pain. And when your Cubivore, or other Cubivores, get injured, blood will start spewing out of the Cubivore’s body, covering the ground in purple cubic blood. Not exactly a happy go lucky game as the graphics may imply.
Cubivore isn’t exactly the easiest title to find, but it isn’t the hardest either. And while it won’t break the bank, it will run you upwards of $20 or $30. If you want the case and manual, be ready to spend a bit more. Those looking for a unique and bizarre experience will definitely get their money’s worth out of Cubivore. Unfortunately, the title never saw a release in Europe. But in exchange, Europe did see the release of another Japanese style game, Doshin the Giant, which never saw a release in North America.