My parents used to warn me against eating sugar if I cared about my teeth, almost as if it had some magical ability to destroy matter on contact. That's exactly the power it has in Sugar Cube: Bittersweet Factory: a short and sweet
2D puzzle platformer in which you play as—you guessed it—a sugar cube with the passive ability to alter the physical state of almost anything he touches.
Each of the 90 levels in the game is a single screen overlaid with a grid. Your goal is to get from the starting point to the exit by flipping certain squares on the grid to on/off states that enable or disable platforms, obstructions, switches, hazards and more. You can also hold down a button to temporarily disable your powers while you move, which allows for some much-needed precision in choosing the cells you flip. Enemies, some with abilities of their own, are sometimes added to the mix to make solutions more complex.
The platforming is rough around the edges and imprecise, serving only as a crude means to execute the puzzle elements; the graphics, while cute, are low-resolution and don’t scale well to full-screen; and, while there are a few challenging puzzles, solving most of them is like taking candy from a baby. Aspartame recommends it, but the rest of me feels that it's unlikely to satisfy most people.