Astranon's Rating of Q*bert Rebooted:
Gameplay (Is it fun?): 4/4
Visuals (Does it look good?): 4/4
Originality (Is it one of a kind?): 4/4
Playability (Is it free of errors and other issues?): 4/4Overall Rating: 100% out of 100%
Astranon's Review of Q*bert Rebooted:
If you weren't fortunate enough to experience playing Q*bert in the 80's, now is your chance to become acquainted with the huggable alien with an oversized snout. The game includes both the original pixelated version along with a remake implementing 3D graphics. For readers who don't know, your goal is to jump from one block to the next in order to recolor the entire board while avoiding danger. The premise is simple, but the game can become extremely challenging very quickly. I recommend playing the Rebooted version if you have never played before. Its difficulty slowly increases as the player progresses.
So why the negative reviews? Well, let's take a look at what the critics are saying. The number one issue that stands out among them seems to be criticism of the game's controls. More than one Steam user complains that their controllers do not function properly when playing this game. It is also claimed that Q*bert can only be controlled using a mouse and that he will jump only when the player clicks a block. There are also some complaints about the music in the Rebooted version as well.
Please allow me to set the record straight. The Store Page for Q*bert Reloaded makes it clear that there is only partial
controller support for the game. That being said, a controller isn't really needed to play. The player is actually able to move Q*bert using the WASD keys if preferred. The alternative is to use a mouse. There is no need to tediously click each block to make Q*bert jump, however. The player can simply hold the mouse button down while moving the cursor across the screen to guide Q*bert as he continually jumps. Misunderstanding of the controls in Q*bert Rebooted is at least partly understandable due to lack of any in-game explanation. What about the music in the Rebooted version? I would describe it as a retro-styled theme meant to remind players of early gaming. Admittedly, it can get redundant if you have been playing a while. It isn't meant to be on par with what you might find in a film or MMO game, but it isn't just terrible either.
There is just one more thing I would like to mention. In the Rebooted version of the game, players can purchase many different variations of Q*bert to play with using gems earned from completed stages. You can jump across the board emitting parts as Q*bot or puddles of slime as Q*zilla, for example. To celebrate Halloween 2014, the developers released an update adding several new choices such as Jack*Q*lantern and Draq*la. Could there be more holiday-themed Q*berts on the way? I sure hope so. I recommend this game.