Planet Cube: Edge from Sunna Entertainment and Firestoke is a 2D action platformer in which the titular character must save everyone during an invasion. Check our Planet Cube: Edge review!
Planet Cube: Edge from Sunna Entertainment and Firestoke is a 2D action platformer in which the titular character must save everyone during an invasion. You’ll be playing in a square-shaped planet as a square-headed character. You’re a Senior lab technician who reports to Dr. Quadratus after hearing a weird, loud noise. It’s then that you learn that the facility has been breached by an unknown enemy. It’s then that Edge has an idea. Since they’re invading a science facility, why not use its technology to try and turn the tables? This is why the prototype photon blaster you’ve been working on is the perfect item to put to the test… once you manage to grab it!
After you take control of Edge, you’ll move with the left analog stick or the D-Pad, jumping with the B button and shooting with the Y button – again, once you manage to collect the prototype photon blaster. Press and hold down the Y button, and you’ll be able to charge up a mighty blast that can paralyze enemies. The photon blaster can also be used to hit switches to open up your path. The ZR button will be for performing a dash once you gain access to a mighty jetpack. You can jump and do a stomp by pressing the A button. You can use this stomp to destroy some damaged platforms so that you can carry onward or defeat enemies by using your weight and momentum to deal damage.
Each of the game’s levels is split into multiple sections, and even though the overall difficulty ramps up at a fast pace, the game’s checkpoint system is very generous. When you die – which is going to happen a lot since Edge is defeated from a single bullet or enemy collision – the screen will instantly refresh so that you can carry on. There’s going to be a lot of trial and error in this one since you’ll have to learn from your mistakes as you defeat all enemies on your path and overcome many different obstacles and hazards.
In Planet Cube: Edge, enemies will be presented in all shapes and sizes, with some of them being destroyed with a single bullet from your photon blaster. Others will need to be stopped by a charged shot so that you can unleash a barrage of bullets right after. And then you have the ones that are pretty much invincible. Along with those, you’ll also have to avoid bottomless pits, extremely sharp spikes, electrified floors, use crumbling platforms, get out of the way of falling spikes, outrun huge metal rolling balls, avoid automatic turrets, and swim through water that is electrified every now and then!
At the end of each level, you’ll run into a boss battle. As is to be expected, you’ll have to pay attention to each boss’ movement and attack patterns so that you can find the right window of opportunity to attack. There’s going to be a lot of trial and error involved in this process since odds are you’ll die a handful of times during each boss fight as you try to figure things out. The good news is that boss fights will also have checkpoints, so as long as you manage to clear one chunk of a boss’ health bar, you’ll quickly restart from that segment.
There’s a Gallery section where you can unlock Animation, Art, Audio, and Video extras. These are unlocked by finding the 112 collectibles in Planet Cube: Edge, with 24 unlocking animation extras, 56 unlocking art extras, 16 unlocking audio extras, and 16 collectibles unlocking video rewards. You’ll get to see character animations in greater detail, zooming in and out as needed, checking out concept art that was used for the game’s development, or seeing the work-in-progress drawings used for the game’s cutscenes.
Planet Cube: Edge is a fun 2D action platformer with a campaign that will test your skills. The difficulty ramps up at a steady pace, and once you reach the underwater level, you’ll either find yourself in the zone or running for cover. This is why it’s a game that is not going to be for everyone, but at least Planet Edge: Cube knows that what it’s throwing at you could get on someone’s nerves, which is why the game offers a very generous checkpoint system. Planet Cube: Edge is out on Nintendo Switch at a $14.99 price.
This Planet Cube: Edge review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Firestoke.