- Editor's Rating
- Interactive gameplay that stimulates learning
- Allows for collaborative play between more than one player
- Unique approach to app style gaming
- Need up to 13 cubes to play all levels for some games
- Poor sound quality
- Limited portability depending on amount of cubes
The Sifteo Cubes are great for intellectually stimulating gaming, but can cause problems with portability when more cubes are added. Overall, they are a great alternative to standard video games and offer a unique approach to interactive and collaborative game play.
Billed as “tactile intelligent interactive objects,” Sifteo Cubes are a fascinating concept. A portable electronic gaming system that’s operated through a combination of touch and tilt, Sifteo Cubes do something that many may find counter intuitive: they make the gaming platform the central focus, putting the actual games a distant second.
The system comes with quite a bit of a wow factor in that the cubes communicate wirelessly with one another based on proximity, and respond to gestures like touch, tilt, and shake. It’s the kind of thing that might just bring the word “neato!” back into vogue, if not for a fleeting moment. But are Sifteo Cubes the next big thing? Or are they simply novelty items destined to wear out their welcome? Let’s take a closer look at the build, design, and performance of Sifteo Cubes to find the answer.
Build and Design
Each Sifteo Cube measures 1.7 inches and has a full color, touch sensitive TFT LCD screen. The cubes themselves are simplistic in appearance and design, encased in a white plastic shell with a back side that slides off easily for the installation and replacement of batteries. The screen of each cube is framed by a quarter-inch black border, which cuts down the actual screen space significantly, leaving only a single inch for the whole display.
Aside from the cubes themselves, of which three are included in the initial set, there’s a Sifteo base that controls all gameplay and stores all data. The size of the base is equivalent to two cubes lined up side by side, with a pull-out panel for access to the battery compartment on the bottom side and a black panel with a single speaker and a Home button on the top side. The top edge of the base is home to a slider that lets you control the volume of the game sound effects, and the bottom edge has a micro USB cable port that works with the included cable to allow users to load new Sifteo games from their computers.