“ A tetris like puzzle adventure. Help Kitty find her way through a fanciful dream world full of falling candy coloured cubes that threaten to keep her in paradise forever. But it is not all fun and games as Badtz Maru or Pandaba play their mischievous t „
"Hello Kitty's Cube Frenzy" is a video game released for the Gameboy Color console in 2000 by NewKidCo. It is based on the Japanese "Hello Kitty" series. In the United States, the game received a rating of "E" by the ESRB panel which deemed it suitable for all ages.
The gameplay of this title is very much like an innovative "Tetris" revival. The player controls both Hello Kitty and falling bricks of various shapes and colours. Unlike Tetris, where the intention is to play infinitely and avoiding filling the display to the top, the player must shift various blocks to create a staircase for Hello Kitty to travel up and retrieve a relic. The controls of this title are quite awkward at first and require extensive practice before any victories are really seen. The player must hold down the "Select" key when guiding Hello Kitty from left to right. She will automatically begin climbing up single unrestricted blocks but will be stuck in place if there are two or more in her way. Releasing the "select" key will enable control of the various blocks to create Hello Kitty's ascension platform. The player should be wary and avoid too many identical colours, as segments of three or more will remove them from play and could cause Hello Kitty a nasty fall to the bottom of the display. It is a unique title which offers some challenge to the player, though more challenge is actually learning how to control the on screen character.
The graphics are very simple in this title. The most colourful implements are the bricks which fall from the top of the display but the rest of the game seem rather lackluster. The character detailing of Hello Kitty is acceptable and I was able to see clearly that it was indeed the character on the box art. The soundtrack seems to be the game's biggest pitfall. Despite the game's later release date, the musical scores are often very primitive and resemble something that would be heard ten years prior.
Cube Frenzy offers a good puzzle game to players who are fans of the genre. The controls require practice before comfortable gaming can be achieved, but after this learning curvre has passed remains an enjoyable play.