Curiosity First Impressions.

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#1 Posted by Phatmac (5726 posts) -

Peter Molyneux's new thing from 22cans is out on IOS(android?). So go download it for free and come back here to give your first impression. I'm digging this collaborative effort in knowing what's in the cube so far. I'll report soon with more thoughts on this new app.

#2 Edited by CaLe (4023 posts) -

Playing it makes me feel like lab monkey. Maybe I'll get back to it when it's closer to completion.

#3 Posted by kindgineer (2773 posts) -

I'll have to check it out later. I want to justify or deny my feeling that this sort of thing is a pretentious manipulation from the master himself. YOU FOOLED ME WITH FABLE, MOLYNEUX!

#4 Posted by C0V3RT (1377 posts) -

My first impression last night was "There aren't as many people drawing dicks as I thought there would be." Logged back on an hour later and this was no longer an issue.

#5 Posted by andriv (257 posts) -

I don't see the point of it, how good can the surprise be and how low are the ods of you opening the cube?

it's not fun to poke at my ipad and get a very small and pointless reaction

#6 Posted by Phatmac (5726 posts) -

So I guess you just poke at stuff?

#7 Posted by ArcadiaExeter (86 posts) -

it is the epidemy of an addicting casual game. its simple and you do it on your phone/ipad for a few mins at a time. you save up money to buy tools that make it so you can do the work easier. i like it as much as i have liked any casual phone game.

#8 Posted by poperamone (78 posts) -

i'm hoping the later layers are more fun and new gameplay elements are added. i made enough coins to buy a firecracker, meh. I don't see the point just yet

#9 Posted by MegaMetaTurtle (414 posts) -

It's therapeutic. Like bubble wrap.

Wish it didn't keep resetting my coins though.

#10 Edited by Geurge (98 posts) -

It's the perfect background game, been going at it while listening to podcasts, watching TV, etc. Getting a bit obsessed with trying to beat my highscore and becoming top tapper. Going to be pretty hard though, I've got 500k coins, and top tapper has 4 million.

EDIT: Well, fuck. The colours got all screwed up while I was tapping and I went to low battery, so I deleted and installed it again and lost all my coins. Brilliant. And the colours are still fucked.

#11 Posted by JasonR86 (9747 posts) -

I've tried it four times. It crashed four times. The times when I was playing it seemed boring and I don't really care what's in the box. So...the game probably isn't for me huh?

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#13 Posted by Zaccheus (1798 posts) -

I was expecting a bit more of a game. Maybe there will be some more gameplay elements in other layers. I'm interested to see what happens with this even if I don't participate. I hope the one who "wins" will keep it to him/herself. That would be funny.

#14 Posted by Shookems (474 posts) -

Got bored after ten minutes. I Guess I'm not that curious.

#15 Posted by notdavid (840 posts) -

I don't understand why people keep trying to critique it as a game. It's clearly an experiment. Whether or not it's fun shouldn't even enter into the equation.

#16 Posted by Phatmac (5726 posts) -

THIS THING IS SUPER RAD! I'VE BEEN TAPPING FOR HOURS NOW! #WHAT'SINTHEBOX!?!?!!?!??!

#17 Posted by Rewsan (2 posts) -

I keep loosing coins, whenever the server goes down I'm back to 640.

#18 Edited by knitlife (45 posts) -

It's alluring in a creepy, OCD way, but the damned game keeps resetting my stats every time I launch it (when I can get it to run at all).

Also, fun with tap-drawing (probably NSFW) http://onthecube.tumblr.com/

#19 Posted by patronics (27 posts) -

I'm surprised at how amateurish and shitty the interface is. It looks and feels like a Japanese coin pushing game.

#20 Posted by jupham (24 posts) -

With the way it is going through my battery I wouldn't be surprised if there wasn't some distributed computing thing going on in the background and the secret is that by the time we get to the center we have cured cancer

#21 Posted by The_Laughing_Man (13629 posts) -

Its gonna open and its gonna be... 
 
  

#22 Posted by datarez (560 posts) -

Man one side down early. I've been tapping away while watching the election coverage tonight. Seems to lag out sometimes when switching back to the app.

#23 Posted by BeachThunder (12118 posts) -

@Geurge said:

It's the perfect background game.

Yep, this.

Also, I can never seem to draw something without having someone chisel out my area. Oh well, I guess that's the whole point of the game.

#24 Posted by 1p (760 posts) -

I have yet to see someone else tapping in real time. Sometimes an entire area disappears all at once. Is the game lagging out?

#25 Posted by BeachThunder (12118 posts) -

@1p said:

I have yet to see someone else tapping in real time. Sometimes an entire area disappears all at once. Is the game lagging out?

That's how the game works; the server updates every now and then, it isn't real-time.

#26 Posted by mlarrabee (2999 posts) -

@Phatmac said:

THIS THING IS SUPER RAD! I'VE BEEN TAPPING FOR HOURS NOW! #WHAT'SINTHEBOX!?!?!!?!??!

Good Lord, how fantastic would it be if it contained a picture of Gwyneth Paltrow's head...

#27 Posted by 1p (760 posts) -

@BeachThunder said:

@1p said:

I have yet to see someone else tapping in real time. Sometimes an entire area disappears all at once. Is the game lagging out?

That's how the game works; the server updates every now and then, it isn't real-time.

Well that's lame then.

#28 Posted by WalkerD (462 posts) -

I have a little over a million coins. You three finger tappers keep messing up my screen clear combos. Please stop.

#29 Posted by Nux (2386 posts) -

I keep gettinng server access errors, so---so far this game is awesome!

#30 Posted by BeachThunder (12118 posts) -

Up to the next layer!

#31 Edited by ShaggE (6574 posts) -

I'm starting to realize the actual scale of the cube, now that the first layer is gone.

Also, Giant Bomb got a shout-out, so yay!

#32 Posted by MysteriousFawx (384 posts) -

The secret is totally going to be a video link of Peter saying 'well done, see what humanity can achieve if we all work towards a common goal?'

And the person who gets it will laugh and never share the link...

#33 Posted by BeachThunder (12118 posts) -

@ShaggE said:

I'm starting to realize the actual scale of the cube, now that the first layer is gone.

Also, Giant Bomb got a shout-out, so yay!

Any idea how to get text displayed on the cube?

#34 Posted by BBAlpert (1532 posts) -

The fact that only one person gets whatever "life changing" secret at the end of all this- and that they could potentially just decide not to release what it was- is what completely breaks the whole thing for me. It negates any sense of "I'm chipping in to help the community reach its goal" to "All I'm doing is clearing the way for someone else to swoop in and claim the prize."

I suppose if they'd named the game "Altruism" or something, then I could let that slide. But not so much as "Curiosity".

#35 Posted by BeachThunder (12118 posts) -

@BBAlpert said:

The fact that only one person gets whatever "life changing" secret at the end of all this- and that they could potentially just decide not to release what it was- is what completely breaks the whole thing for me. It negates any sense of "I'm chipping in to help the community reach its goal" to "All I'm doing is clearing the way for someone else to swoop in and claim the prize."

I suppose if they'd named the game "Altruism" or something, then I could let that slide. But not so much as "Curiosity".

Well, you can still be curious about it, it's just unlikely that your curiosity's going to be satiated...

#36 Edited by datarez (560 posts) -

Sweet a new layer. That facebook icon gets in the way a lot. Does it go away if you sign into facebook?

#37 Posted by tineyoghurt (358 posts) -

@datarez: Yes.

Also, commence lewd drawings.

#38 Posted by Ravenlight (8040 posts) -

Is there a way to make the FB icon go away without signing into FB? (Yeah, I'm gonna be that guy.)

#39 Posted by ShaggE (6574 posts) -

@BeachThunder said:

@ShaggE said:

I'm starting to realize the actual scale of the cube, now that the first layer is gone.

Also, Giant Bomb got a shout-out, so yay!

Any idea how to get text displayed on the cube?

As far as I can tell, it's whatever the person/people running the text finds interesting. A tweet got through once, so maybe that?

#40 Posted by BeachThunder (12118 posts) -

Haha, this is gold:

Moral of the story: don't expect anything you carve into the cube to stay...

#41 Posted by GiveUpNed (218 posts) -

This game would be awesome if I could connect to the server. I'm on an Android tablet which could be the problem. Is anyone on the iPad experiencing connection issues?

#42 Edited by laserbolts (5331 posts) -

I have tried connecting off and on all day. Still haven't gotten past that error.

#43 Posted by SexyToad (2760 posts) -

It's buggy. It took me a while to join the server and then I was lost at what to do...

#44 Posted by Kerned (1170 posts) -

@GiveUpNed: Android here, haven't been able to connect once.

#45 Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw (6315 posts) -

This feels like a programmer's inside joke and jab at the world. "Wanna bet we can get thousands of people to sit around and do nothing but tap on a box with no visible reward?"

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#46 Posted by Geurge (98 posts) -

On the 3rd gen iPad and it's totally fucked. Every time I try to open it the game, zoom in or tap anything it closes itself. If I get past that and manage to start tapping it will reset itself after about 10 minutes and I lose all my coins.

Just getting annoyed at it now.

#47 Posted by HerbieBug (4212 posts) -

@Sparky_Buzzsaw said:

This feels like a programmer's inside joke and jab at the world. "Wanna bet we can get thousands of people to sit around and do nothing but tap on a box with no visible reward?"

Correct.

#48 Posted by HerbieBug (4212 posts) -

Even more funny thing about this is that it's Peter Molyneux. So the magical mystery is going to be Peter Molyneux style highly underwhelming BS. And yet... the clamour for the mystery box continues.

#49 Posted by SuperKcross (89 posts) -

Haven't been able to play since it can't even connect me to the server :(

#50 Posted by benpicko (2011 posts) -

I'M GOING TO GET TO THE MIDDLE FIRST, YOU FUCKS.

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