Everybody has had their say on GTA IV, so to see a review on these hallowed pages now would be more than a little pointless. However, not many words have been said about Cub3d – the playable puzzle arcade game found within some of Liberty City’s ‘adult establishments’. So we’ll review that instead.

Cub3dGTA: San Andreas had a range of playable arcade games but they were completely forgettable. Well not completely, as I do remember that they at least existed, but can I remember what they were about? Nope. I do remember though that Bully had a swish little futuristic racer that was better than some of the budget racers that the likes of Midas pump out. Likewise, with a few more options and maybe a two-player mode Cub3d (shrewdly subtitled ‘The puzzle game you’ve played before’) wouldn’t make a bad Xbox Live Arcade release. It would be more welcome than that awful Rocky and Bullwinkle game anyway.

A cross between Columns and Lumines sums up Cub3d perfectly. Blocks tumble down the screen in pairs of two; match four of the same colour and they’ll go pop. Match large amounts of the same colour and you’ll receive a power-up, including the ability to wipe out an entire line. Now here’s the hook – the blocks twist as they fall, so you need to do a bit of planning ahead to work out what position they’ll be in when they connect to the rest. This goes a long way to making it an ample time waster, and with one achievement based around Cub3d (beat the high score, which is actually quite a challenge) you might be playing it for longer than expected.

It’s a shame that the arcade near China Town is just for show – a room full of playable games of this calibre would have been awesome. Not that GTA IV needs to be any more awesome…

Matt Gander

Matt is Games Asylum's most prolific writer, having produced a non-stop stream of articles since 2001. A retro collector and bargain hunter, his knowledge has been found in the pages of tree-based publication Retro Gamer.

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