Dec 13, 2012

Sifteo Cubes Interactive Game System Review

Sifteo Cubes are a very cool interactive, tactile game platform that make you the talk of the town.  We recently received a set of Sifteo Cubes (and one add on cube) to test out.  I first opened it after the boys had gone to bed.  It took a just a couple minutes to set up as you need to put batteries in the main unit and each of the cubes.  After that the hardest part will be deciding which game to play first.  Sifteo comes preloaded with 4 games and additional games are available for download.  I played, all by myself, for hours that first night.  You'll be addicted to tilting, turning and tapping in no time. I really liked Chroma Splash which is a shape matching game.  It feels similar to a lot of the match and destroy type games available online but with the ability to turn and tilt the cubes before matching them up together the possibilities and sometimes the challenge are far greater than anything else I've seen online.  I also had a lot of fun with Sandwich Kingdom which is a little more like your traditional video game but to create your path you have to manipulate the cubes to keep yourself going.  The kids also liked Sandwich Kingdom.  But Johnny loved Cube Buddies which was fun to watch him play.  It's sort of a puzzle/logic game but done with fun creatures you create by swapping their features back and forth between'd have to see it to really understand.  And Code Cracker and Word Caravan are great educational games that are still fun. 

Sifteo Cubes are recommended for ages 7 and up which I think is fair because some of the games involve math and a lot of logic and reasoning.  But Bryan (not quite 5) enjoyed helping manipulate the cubes with my help and instruction.

The best part of Sifteo is that because you're constantly moving and the games feels like its constantly moving and changing, it keeps your attention much longer.  As I said, I played for several hours the first time without even realizing it.  The next day I tossed the cubes in the bag that is included and brought them with to help entertain the boys during Timmy's Robotics competition (an all day event).  Johnny spent literally all morning playing with them quietly on the floor.  And no fewer than 4 people stopped to ask what it was that he was playing with.  Each person checked it out, asked more questions and then made sure to get the full name so they could purchase it or look into it more.  It really is a cool system unlike anything anyone has seen!

Here's some great info on Sifteo Cubes but be sure to check them out online for more info:

How Sifteo Cubes Work

Sifteo Cubes respond to your moves. Neighbor Sifteo Cubes side-by-side or top-to-bottom and watch them interact for totally unique gameplay. You can also shake, tilt, flip and press cubes for endless combinations. Your cubes operate as a single game interface, and can be played single player or multiplayer, depending on the game. Expand your play possibilities by downloading more games (using the Sifteo Desktop Software) and adding additional cubes.

Big tech in a little package
The ultra-compact Sifteo base runs the show. It stores your games, plays game music and sound effects, and wirelessly talks with the cubes. Purchase additional games using the Sifteo Desktop Software (you will need a Mac or PC with a USB 2.0 port) and they'll be synced automatically when you plug the Sifteo Base into your computer. Then toss your cubes and base into the included soft carrying case, and play on the go!
Big tech in a little package. Cutting-edge technology powers the capabilities of each sturdy 1.7-inch Sifteo Cube and the Sifteo Base.
  • Modern, playful user interface
  • Touch sensitive screen
  • Proximity sensors to detect nearby cubes
  • Precision 3-axis accelerometer responds
    to motion


What's Included:

  • 3 Sifteo Cubes
  • Sifteo Base with speaker and USB port, pre-loaded with 4 included titles
  • 4 included game titles: Chroma Splash, Cube Buddies, Code Cracker, and Word Caravan
  • Free download of Sandwich Kingdom, an adventure quest where players explore the four corners of a playful fantasy world (limited time only - a $10 value!)
  • Micro USB cable
  • 5 AAA Batteries
  • Soft carrying case

pictured is Sifteo Cubes Game System and one add on cube

  Also available for Sifteo:

Sleuth and slide—ninja style!  

Turtle Power! The highly anticipated game Ninja Slide, brought to you by Sifteo in partnership with Nickelodeon, is now live! 

Play as a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle to outsmart the enemy mastermind and save the city. Can you think like a ninja?

My boys LOVED this!!

Thanks to Sifteo for the chance to check out this product which is now a family favorite!! 

1 comment:

  1. LOVE this post! Great review, nice pictures, innovative product.


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