Cubicle Chaos: Revenge Dilbert Style!|
Borek, Dec 1, 2000
This is an excellent game that had me
hooked in seconds with its game play and great graphics! I’m looking
forward to more games from Rapture!
Pocket PC requirements
- Any Pocket PC, minimum 450 KB of storage
- This game available only for color
The graphics are cartoonish and top
notch. The game play is simple and addictive, and reminds me of the games
Arkanoid and Brick Breaker of days gone by.
Figure 1: Great cartoon graphics! Now if
the boss was only pointy-haired…
There is no help file or
documentation that come with the game, so you have to figure out
everything for yourself (including the good and bad bonuses), unless you
visit the Rapture
Technologies Web site.
The game sounds are repetitive, simple, and
get boring after a while. A nice background soundtrack would have been
nice (maybe even some music from “Shaft” to get in the retro gaming
Just remember to play in moderation, and
switch to the highest speed if you get bored.
Where to Buy
Part of the free Pocket
PC Fun Pack, and the upcoming Mobile Games Pack (not yet released),
Rapture, I Want More Games!
Cubicle Chaos can’t help but remind me of the excellent Dilbert
cartoons by Scott Adams, where people are stuck in closet-size cubicles
each day. Now, you can exact your revenge against the cubicles that you
hate so much (or, the people within the cubicles you hate so much)!
Rapture Technologies, Inc., is a company
whom Microsoft contracted out to create this game. Based on their work,
including this game, I hope they put out other games, not only within the
Mobile Games Pack, but separately.
Take Out the Cubicles!
Cubicle Chaos is a takeoff of Arkanoid: you have to knock down all the
cubicles using a ball to move onto the next level. You aim and deflect the
ball using a “paddle” at the bottom of the screen, which you control
using your stylus. The ball will start to move a little faster as time
goes on, just to make life a little tougher for you. In addition, the
cubicles are not all made the same: some require just one hit to collapse,
while others require multiple hits.
To add a little more dimension to the game,
bonuses occasionally fly down from the top of the screen, and you can
obtain the bonuses by catching them using your paddle. The catch is, some
of them are good and some are bad. The good ones can slow down the ball
for you, turn your one ball into three, or break through all the cubicles
they encounter, regardless of depth or number of hits required (think of a
bulldozer moving through the cubicles, it destroys everything in its
path). On the reverse side, the bad ones can make your paddle half the
size it normally is, or flip the controls for the paddle (you have to move
your stylus to the left side of the screen to make the paddle move to the
right side of the screen).
Figure 2: Nail those cubicles good!
Each level gets progressively harder as you
move through the levels, and the shape, number, and type of cubicles
changes with each level. You get five balls to play the game; when you run
out of balls, the game is over.
You can always resume your game at a later
time by writing down the briefcase combination shown at the end of each
game. You can then enter the combo by going to the briefcase by tapping on
the little briefcase icon at the top left of the screen, tapping on
the briefcase combo until you’ve inputted the one you want, and
then tapping on the briefcase open button. On the briefcase screen,
you can also select the number of players, the speed of the game (it
defaults to medium speed), see the high score, turn on and off audio (for
when you are playing the game in the middle of a boring meeting), and quit
Despite some minor issues with the game, it really is a fun game to play.
The graphics are amazing for such a small screen, and the game is simple,
easy to play, and well suited for the screen of the Pocket PC. You can
check out Fire
Drill, the sister game that comes with the Fun Pack for more fun. With
games like this, I look forward to the rest of the Mobile Games Pack!
*The views expressed in the above
article are provided by an independent third party and do not reflect any
official view or endorsement by Microsoft.