Review: Cutesy: Quest of the Unicorn
At a Glance
|ESRB Rating:||NR - Not Rated|
|Review Published On:||August 27th, 2016|
The most objectionable thing found in this sugary-sweet game is a unicorn that can summon cupcakes at will. There is some bullying going on, but ultimately, the bullies lose out on a lifetime of free cupcakes and doughnuts.
Although the game is called "Cutesy", this isn't one of the characters. The pink unicorn shown throughout the game and its promotional materials is named Bunty, and she's the star of the game's story. You see, she has a special magical ability: she can create cupcakes out of thin air!
Unfortunately, this has led to her being alienated and bullied by the other creatures, and so she begins traveling across the world in hopes of finding a friend.
The game itself features eight levels (plus two bonus levels). Each level begins by giving you a bit of the story and an option of which style of play you want to use to reassemble the level's picture. Choosing the "puzzle" option has you solve a common logic puzzle, but the "story" option makes things more interesting.
In the "story" mode, you can move the pieces around in more ways, and you control how many pieces are on screen at any time. This makes the game a lot easier, but it evens things out by introducing hazardous pieces that may appear instead of another piece of the picture. To clear a hazard, you combine it with a counterpart or fling it through one of the grid's doors. Either way, you'll need to move quickly as many of the hazards will do something more than just waste space on the grid.
Both variants also feature a timer. You'll need to solve the puzzle before it runs out, or you'll be forced to start the level over. Later levels are more likely to send hazards your way and have less time on the clock, so you'll need to learn to move quickly if you want to win.
While this is a nice little game, there are some problems. Specifically, some of the features don't seem to work as expected, which might be a problem for parents and children that aren't tech-savvy. Another major issue is that the company behind this game seems to have disappeared, so getting support might be a problem.
Points of Interest
If you want to keep the image you've created, you can save it to your computer or upload it to Facebook.
But these pieces do more than just get in your way. Many of the hazardous pieces will mess up what you've been doing if you let them sit on the grid for too long. A thundercloud might cause a lightning strike, scrambling the parts of the picture you have placed nearby. There's also a blue teddy bear in a striped prison suit that will snicker and steal away one of your other pieces. Because of this, it's important to deal with hazardous pieces quickly.
Worse, the game can't change to a different partition. I don't store my personal files on the C: drive, and I discovered that I wasn't able to navigate to where I keep my stuff from within the game.
Also annoying was that the game's installer put the shortcut to launch the game on the desktop instead of in the game's Start Menu folder. If your desktop icons are hidden (like mine) you're going to have to go looking through your computer to find either the shortcut or the game's executable. Again, this isn't something that I'd expect an everyday user do understand.