Though failing to break new ground in platforming adventure, the scenery and general feel work while it lasts
Ever since the days of classics like of Prince of Persia and Out of This World, “cinematic platforming” has been an interesting subgenre within the popular action space. Rather than having a more arcade-like light feel, these games tend to carry a bit more weight in their movement, partially due to the fact that they’re also generally more elaborately animated. On top of that though, they also tend to have a far more defined and refined sense of place.Oddly enough, building on the pretty interesting post-Apocalyptic Earth used as a backdrop in the interesting Golf Club Wasteland, The Cub changes the focus to the inhabitants that survived and remained on Earth in a more feral and naturalistic state. You’ll control one such survivor, jumping, swinging, and carefully navigating the landscape… but also periodically taking a moment to appreciate the pretty lush visuals of the world you’re in as well. While the controls aren’t quite as smooth and fluid as I’d prefer, and the overall length is a bit more on the brief side, it still delivers an enjoyable experience while it lasts. In particular I really do think the concept of the developers exploring this world across more than one game (and I hope more) helps to give this experience a more intriguing and unique flavor, making it worth a look.
Justin Nation, Score: