You, a cubivore, remember a past you never saw or heard but still remember in great detail.Once upon a time, many colorful beasts called Cubivores lived and died, ate and were eaten all across the world, and the world was bursting with Wilderness.However, a group of colorless beasts began to work in unison and devour the beasts, along with the wilderness, storing the wilderness in augmented limbs called Raw Meat, which gave them great power. The leader of these colorless beasts was called the Killer Cubivore, and had six pieces of Raw Meat. He set out to devour every bit of the world's wilderness and render the land lifeless.Then, you're born, and you start to eat things.Cubivore is a very odd game, where you play as an animal who eats other animals in a law-of-the-jungle world. The game was developed originally for the disc add on to the Nintendo 64, the reason for its low-res cubic art style. A Cubivore is basically an animal head with strategically positioned flaps of limbs called meat stuck to either its body or other meat flaps.The primary mechanic of the game involved collecting combinations of colors, which allow the player's cubivore to mutate into different color-coded species with different abilities. These combinations start out as light or dark solid colors or mixed light and dark, but progress to "Rage" colors which require different mixing principles to form "Clash" species. The goal of the game is to obtain 100 different mutations and confront the Killer Cubivore to restore Wilderness and life to the world.On the way, the player would battle the colorless beasts, who held the Wilderness in their Raw Meat. Devouring them allows the player to progress to the next area, and also allows them to mate, producing more powerful offspring with more limbs. Of course, the game started you off with one limb, then up to six.The sister game to the popular Animal Crossing. Unfortunately, Cubivore never caught on like its counterpart. It had mostly average reviews, praising the game's creativity but criticizing it for its length and extremely outdated graphics.
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All There in the Manual: The manual provides an in-depth explanation of Cubivore biology. If you don't have the manual, or haven't read it, you won't know how a Cubivore lives with only a head and flaps of muscle too thin to hold organs.
The "head" of a cubivore is really their entire body, containing their stomach and other digestive and nervous organs, and don't have a heart. The movement of their meat flaps functions as a blood pump, hence why all cubivores have an idle animation of them moving somehow. Color in limbs is based on what sort of five kinds of blood runs through it.
The real Big Bad constantly changes due to more powerful beasts taking the title. You fight the former Killer Cubivores, the District Attorney Beast and the Hitman Cubivore, as the Climax Bosses of the Bear and Bird arcs. By the time you reach the Killer Cubivore, it's the most powerful possible beast in the game, a Zen.
Bleak Level: They are white and desolate until you restore Wilderness to them, either by defeating the boss or eating small bugs that carry Wilderness.
Bonus Feature Failure: Once you obtain all 150 Mutations you get locked out of the main game and can only play in the bonus stage, which has nothing for you to do except kill non-hostile beasts. All 150 mutations become EZ-Mutable, but you're stuck with 6 limbs anyway, so only 25 of them really matter.
Boss in Mook Clothing: Considering that every single boss is some sort of species, chances are that you'll see plenty of normal, colored beasts exactly like them sans Raw Meat or silvery appearance.
Chick Magnet: You become this when you enter the Mating Tunnel with a new piece of Raw Meat.
Competitive Balance: Averted. While each of the five different colors has specialized stats they excel in, there is still a progression of power from one color to the other in overall stats. True, Yellowbrates, the weakest color, have the most attack and defense, but their other stats are as low as they get, whereas Greyodons, the strongest form, excel even in their weakest stats.
Curb-Stomp Battle: If you're in a powerful enough form, you can smack around a few bosses so easily it's pathetic.
Death of a Thousand Cuts: If you are in a weak form, such as pale red, and the thing you're trying to kill and eat is pure dark or more intense and equal or superior to youin number of limbs, you'll have to rely on chip damage to bring them down since the gaps in power are so great.
"I MATED WITH TWENTY FEMALES. THEY ALL BORE CHILDREN."
Double Standard: The male goes out and kills monsters to get bigger, then selects a random female to mate with him. Of course, that doesn't really matter, because all the females are dying to have sex with the male who has the highest status and is the most manly.
Flunky Boss: At least one of the enemy killer cubivores.
Duel Boss: While the Killer Cubivore has the four Divibeasts fighting alongside him, you can take those four out without aggro'ing the Killer Cubivore at all, since he stands away from them. Once they're gone the fight becomes this, in that you can only defeat the Killer Cubivore one limb at a time despite your fangs and must remove ALL limbs rather than just the one containing Raw Wilderness, but at the same time he can only hurt you one limb at a time, as opposed to all other enemies who will gladly rip off two or three pieces of meat if they have the fangs for it.
Exposition Fairy: Considering nothing else in the game even speaks or does anything but try to eat you or run away, you happen to control an example of one.
Fragile Speedster: Redapeds. They might not be the fastest, but their jumps are so great that they can dance around anything if one knows how to use them. That, and some dive bomb when the pounce, becoming a bullet made of meat.
Generation Xerox: Every time you mate your character dies and you start playing as their son with the same consciousness.
Getting Crap Past the Radar: When successfully pulling of an "Eat 'n Run" the eaten monster's head creates a fountain of blood. Eating regularly also results in the monster expelling blood. Yet the game still is rated E.
Glass Cannon: Blueocytes, which have great attack power and illogically cool long ranged pounces, but are weak otherwise. Some species have their heads positioned sideways so that they can circle their prey.
Gotta Catch 'Em All: Collecting mutations is the driving game mechanic. If you don't get one hundred mutations by the end of the bird lap, you're sent back to the pig lap for a second run until you get one hundred forms.
High Pressure Blood: When you do an Eat n' Run, instead of bleeding a little like when limbs are normally ripped off, the victim's head spirals into the air with a geyser of purple blood that does not stop bleeding until the head decomposes.
Hurricane of Puns: Your character loves to make stupid puns based on its current species (not mutation form, rather, the appearance of its head).
Interspecies Romance: Whenever your character mates, there are numerous species of cubivores in their harem.
Jack of All Stats: Purpials, considering that their stats are mostly balanced and are unremarkable save for their reverse stats, which allow them to go great speeds without becoming exhausted.
Lightning Bruiser: Greyodons. So much so, that the entire boss cast (except for one section) of the bear lap are dark Greyodons.
Lost Forever: Averted for most things, but there is one minor Easter Egg of sorts that can be missed. The game takes you to the final boss battle once you have defeated the Hitman Cubivoreand obtained 100 Mutations. If you complete the former before the latter, you'll be taken to redo levels until you reach 100. If you complete the latter before the former, a very difficult task unless you specifically go out of your way to avoid eating certain things and to eat things in specific orders instead of randomly, then your Cubivore's head gets an aesthetic upgrade to resemble a more realistic animal's head, albeit still cubic, and the completion screen lists your 100th form as the "True" King of Cubivores, with a much larger crowd of animals gathered around you.
Mega Manning: Aside from taking the colorations from each enemy you eat, the bosses carry Raw Meat, which is obtained from them on consumption. There are 6 different kinds, plus a sort of seventh one.
Chick Magnet: While any Raw Meat will make you this, the Raw-Life will attract the Consu-mate to you, thus ending that particular lap of the game and starting the next one. Suffice to say, any boss carrying the Raw-Life is essentially the final boss of that particular arc.
Plot Coupon: The Raw-Wilderness does not bestow any abilities upon you when eaten, though like the others it is concentrated Wilderness. It is simply held by all the final bosses to remind the player that they're fighting them to free the last of the Wilderness.
Status Buff Dispel: Averted, the Raw-Peeper makes it so that even if a foe tears off one of your limbs, you retain the Raw-Meat ability that would have been on it. So in effect, having the Raw Peeper basically means you have every ability twice.
Intangible Man: The red Divibeast can turn invisible, preventing you from attacking it..
Make Me Wanna Shout: Several Bluocyte bosses, the blue Divibeast, and the Killer Cubivore once on his last leg (literally).
Rolling Attack: While the yellow-form player and several Yellowbrates can use this, the yellow Divibeast gets a longer and more controlled one than the player is allowed.
Rubber Man: The Pursesnatcher Cubivore can extend its legs to dodge your attacks.
Spin to Deflect Stuff: Two Purpial bosses, the purple Divibeast, and again the Killer Cubivore once down to his last limb.
Stealth-Based Mission: One level in the Bird lap has a level filled with six-limbed Clash Greyodons. You only have three limbs at the point. Even ignoring that they'll tear you to shreds in seconds if they catch you, you can't even hurt them.
Suicidal Overconfidence: Kind of not the case, weaker enemies usually try to escape you if the situation is obvious and packs will break off if they see you do a lot of damage.
Theme Naming: Each color/intensity combination has its own naming scheme. For example, Pale Greyodons are all named after haircuts, and PaleDark Redapeds have gun names.
Time Skip: Implied to happen when the Consu-Mate eats you.
During these time skips, the Big Bad also changes, since the original Big Bad has been kicked down in rank to be the District Attorney Beast in the Bear Lap, and at the end of the Bird Lap, it is mentioned that the Hitman Beast was recently the Killer Cubivore before being usurped in rank before you got to him.
Turns Red: The Killer Cubivore straddles the line between this and Clipped Wing Angel. After being reduced to only one limb, he gets a full health restore (As opposed to most beasts only regaining a portion of their health after losing a limb) and begins utilizing long-range roar attacks and deflective spins.
Warrior Poet: Your character frequently composes poetry about killing, eating, and mating. As you progress through the Bird Lap, your character gradually dispenses with the poetry and replaces the rhymes with screams of bloodlust.