PHOTON³ (Photon Cube) Kickstarter 

Smile Axe have opened up a Kickstarter for the localisation of their Japanese Nintendo Switch and PlayStation Vita puzzler PHOTON³ (Photon Cube) and are looking for $13,299 by 30 January 2018 to localise the game in the Western markets in March 2018. 

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PHOTON³ (Photon Cube) LINE Stickers 

Smileaxe have released what I believe is the first set of LINE stickers for a dedicated Nintendo Switch game with a set of 24 stickers for their puzzle game PHOTON³ (Photon Cube) for 50 coins (or equivalent) featuring Rei-chan, her older sister and the robot friend Cu-Be. Check out my review here and all 24 stickers below.

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PHOTON³ (Photon Cube) review 

PHOTON³ -or Photon Cube to give it’s full non-stylised name- is a new puzzle game by Smileaxe (who previously developed both Danball Senki Wars and a Doraemon title for Nintendo 3DS as well as rather forgettably; Kidz Bop Dance Party! for the Wii) and involves you (in the guise of a young girl named Rei-chan) and your robot friend Cu-Be arranging cubes to enable light to transmit across each stage. 

Exactly why you have to transmit light is unknown although it looks like you are trying to impress your older sister who is a member of the Cube Trailer Management Association. The game features over 50 stages to complete spread across several planets, with each ‘Stage Clear’ resulting in a ranking awarded by your incredibly stringent sister which varies depending on the amount of moves used.

The game is all in Japanese, although the tutorial level is relatively self-explanatory (the analog sticks control both cameras, the D-Pad controls Rei-chan, the buttons allow you to place, turn and push the cubes, while the L and R rewind, fast-forward or reset your moves). Each stage involves a light source and an area where the light must transmit to by arranging the cubes to direct this light.

As the levels progress; so do the number of coloured light sources, and the cubes used to solve the puzzles. Each light source has to correspond with the correct colour with one wrong turn of the cube resulting in the light killing you in an instant. Fortunately the game allows you to continue where you died, so you never have to redo levels once they have been completed other then to better your ranking.

The gameplay in PHOTON³ feels somewhat like several of the Shrines in Breath of the Wild, although without any of the action aspects or the variety of the latest Zelda title. It’s this lack of variety that will be an issue to some, but to many; the steepest of difficulty curves -where the game goes from the equivalent of Level 1 in Tetris to Level 9 in an instant- is the game’s biggest downfall.

Each puzzle in PHOTON³ has a logical solution, so each death feels somewhat justified in-spite not necessarily obviously being so. Smileaxe have to be commended for the aesthetic look and feel to the game which adds to its appeal and to it being more impressive than most other Japanese eShop titles. Gameplay is where it matters most however, and Photon Cube is a solid -if unspectacular- puzzler.

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