Sifteo cubes are a new, interactive way to play. I was sent a starter kit and a bonus cubes from the company. The Sifteo starter includes a base with three interactive cubes that can be paired with neighboring cubes, tilted, flipped, shaken or pressed to play a variety of games as you’ll see in the video below. It also comes with a USB cable and a small bag to store the components.
The basic set has with four games: Chroma Splash, Cube Buddies, Code Cracker, and Word Caravan. The Maker Tween, age 12, eagerly explored this gaming system. He didn’t *love* any of the games, but that didn’t stop him from playing with the cubes for hours on end. Maybe he’ll be inspired to create his own games for Sifteo at some point.
Here’s what my tween had to say about Sifteo.
The Sifteo cubes are a very cool way to play. Basically, you have three cubes and a home, and you can change the positions of the cubes to match things up, expand the map, etc. Additional cubes may be bought for $30. You can do many things using the cubes. Gaming becomes very interactive, making it even more fun for the user. For example, in Sandwich Kingdom, you have to find your way around a castle, and the more cubes you have, the more you can see by rearranging the cubes.
Sifteo is available online and from fine retailers. My boys first spotted it (and started playing) at Marbles, The Brain Store. The basic set retails for $129 and additional cubes can be purchased for around $30 each.
Overall, Sifteo puts a unique spin on gaming systems and screen time. It’s an original concept, and I’m eager to see it develop and number of games expand. It’s got a futuristic feel, but I sense that Sifteo has more potential. I have a nagging feeling it’s just not there yet. If you’ve got the budget for it and you like to have the newest and coolest games and gadgets, this is a nice addition to your family’s collection.