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Flips: Terror in Cubicle Four Review

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Posted by Marcel van Duyn

Reading fun for the young kids

Digital books seem like a pretty obvious thing to sell for just about any handheld. Strangely enough, we didn't really see any notable ones on the DS until 2008 when Nintendo released their 100 Classic Book Collection.

At the end of 2009, EA released a set of five Flips games, each featuring a number of decently sized stories to read on your DS. Terror in Cubicle Four is one single story from the game Flips: Too Ghoul for School, which featured eight stories all themed around monsters.

Obviously, said story is the main draw of this "game." When you first attempt to read it, you'll be given a quick tutorial on how things work. Sliding the stylus left or right lets you flip pages, while sliding and then holding the stylus on the touch screen lets you flip through several pages fast. Throughout the story, you'll encounter words that are bolded; tapping these can cause several things to happen, such as making an accompanying sound effect play, or showing you a picture and a brief profile of a character.

Sometimes the words will be on the non-touchscreen. In these cases, a button will appear on the touch screen, that you can tap to activate them. To draw you in a bit more, there's also plenty of illustrations, some animated, and aside from the sound effects that can be triggered, some will also play automatically. After every chapter you'll also get a short round of trivia to test if you've been paying close attention to what's happening.

On some pages you'll also see slugs of some kind. Tapping these will unlock some aptly named "Unlockables" in their own respective gallery accessed through the pause menu. Don't get too excited, though, because they consist of nothing more than fairly lame jokes (What's brown and sticky? A stick!), and you'll only unlock one at a time. Eventually, you'll also unlock the Bonus book. It's not as long as the main story, with its 400+ pages, but it'll give you a little bit more enjoyment.

Surprisingly enough, there's also a Download Play feature available. Using this, you'll be able to send someone else one chapter from the story, so they can see if they like the way the "game" handles. Perhaps parents with young kids?

Conclusion

Flips: Terror in Cubicle Four isn't too interesting a story, but the way it's presented is likely to appeal to the younger ones. Obviously, buying the retail game is better value for your money, but if you'd like to try out one story to see if you'd like the rest of the package, then this isn't too bad of a deal for 500 DSi Points.

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User Comments (16)

RedYoshi999

#5

RedYoshi999 said:

@Odnetnin
Hehe, I have Flips: Artemis Fowl! It's pretty good value for money as it features all the Artemis Fowl books with a few bonus ones and interviews with the characters all at low price as the game is targeted towards kids! (Don't worry, the game isn't kiddy) Plus it has additional information on bolded words like this game does. (eg. If the word is Ireland, when you touch it it will show you a map of the surrounding area with its location marked, and it will give an approximate population of the country, etc.

Overall, it is excellent value for money and easier to read than the real books (one DS cartridge has all the books on it!)

Junkface

#6

Junkface said:

The peoples of the americas don't read so it seems pointless to release this here. How about some more mini-games compilations for us drooling idiots?

Jacob

#7

Jacob said:

I would like to see more of these in the US. Much more interesting than another sudoku or card game.

Popyman

#9

Popyman said:

Dang, I didn't know about that Artemis Fowl one! Sounds great, I might have to import that sometime!

RedYoshi999

#11

RedYoshi999 said:

It was released here on the 3rd December 2009 and my sister bought it for me for Christmas!

ueI

#12

ueI said:

I never heard of this story, neither did I know that books were available on the DS. Five bucks for a book seems like a good deal, even if you have to spend twice as much for 1,000 points.

ZardoZap

#13

ZardoZap said:

Junkface: My daughter reads anything she gets her hands on. Thanks for mindlessly passing judgment on people you don't know. Way to be ignorant.

ramstrong

#15

ramstrong said:

411 pages? My copy is only 397 pages! I also cannot find any trivia at the end of the chapters. Do you think the missing pages are the trivia questions?

There's not enough here for 500 points to be better than the actual book. However, this is a good way to try out the interface, which seems fine, except that multiple page flipping is too fast.

Boring story? It's not Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace, granted, but I think there's enough meat in there for it to be "not boring". The page count is deceptive since the pages on the screen is quite small, each page containing a couple paragraphs. I wonder how Moby Dick will read in there. :)

paperskyx

#16

paperskyx said:

This is insanely stupid and pointless, especially for 500 points! I don't understand the appeal at all. The story seems lame and childish, and even if it wasn't, the app is useless after you've already read the story.

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