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Review: Cutesy: Quest of the Unicorn





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Quick Information

Rating: Pretty Fun
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Age Rating Suitable for everyone
License: Commercial
System used: Martha
Available From: Gamer's Gate

Game Screenshots


The fancier puzzle mode


Your standard 15 Puzzle


Playing with stickers after the puzzles

General Notes

It's pretty obvious that Cutesy: Quest of the Unicorn was aimed at younger gamers. Surprisingly though, the gameplay turns out to be challenging enough to still be somewhat entertaining to an older audience. If you can get past the friendly graphics, cheerful colors and pink unicorn featured on most levels, then you could probably have a good time with this game.

On the downside, some of the features don't seem to work as expected, which might be a problem for parents and children that aren't tech-savvy. Another major issue is that the company behind Cutesy seems to have disappeared, so getting support might be a problem.

Story Summary

Bunty is a unicorn with a special, magical gift. Sadly, this makes her different from other creatures, frequently leaving her alienated and bullied. In hopes of finding a friend, she starts traveling the world and eventually meets a lonely narwhal named Roane. He has a similar magical ability. Like Bunty, he has also ended up on his own because of it. The two become friends, and live happily ever after.

Gameplay Summary

There are eight levels in Cutesy (ten if you count the two bonus levels). Each level begins by giving you a bit of the story and an option of which style of play you want to use to reassemble the level's picture. Choosing the "puzzle" option takes you to a well-known logic puzzle. The "story" option makes things more interesting.

In the "story" mode, you can move the pieces around in more ways, and you control how many pieces are on screen at any time. This makes the game a lot easier, but it evens things out by introducing hazardous pieces that may appear instead of another piece of the picture. To clear a hazard, you combine it with a counterpart or fling it through one of the grid's doors. Either way, you'll need to move quickly as many of the hazards will do something more than just waste space on the grid.

Both variants also feature a timer. You'll need to solve the puzzle before it runs out, or you'll be forced to start the level over. Later levels are more likely to send hazards your way and have less time on the clock, so you'll need to learn to move quickly if you want to win.

Pros

Collect and play with stickers
Cutesy features a minigame where you can play with stickers. You earn these by solving a puzzle, and each level has six stickers and a medal for you to earn. Playing with stickers only involves moving them about a background of your choice, but I can see this entertaining little kids for a while.

If you want to keep the image you've created, you can save it to your computer or upload it to Facebook.


Excellent art
All of the ten levels feature well done and colorful images. It's easy to tell what each piece of the picture shows, and so it's not that easy to get them confused for one another. The stickers also look like someone took pride in making them look their best.


The story mode is pretty unique
While 15 puzzles aren't anything new, the alternate game style is something I've never encountered before, and it's a fun twist on the simple premise of reassembling a picture.


Hazards make sense
Each of the hazards you may encounter is paired with another piece that cancels it out. All of these pieces also make simple, logical sense and are intuitive enough that you don't need an explanation on how to deal with them. For example, a sun will cancel out a thundercloud and a pearl will cancel out an oyster.


Some hazards even do something unique
While you might expect a piece to just sit there until you remove it, many of the hazardous pieces will mess up what you've been doing if you let them sit on the grid for too long. For example, a thundercloud might cause a lightning strike, scrambling the parts of the picture you have nearby. Another piece, a blue teddy bear in a striped prison suit, will snicker and steal away one of your other pieces. Because of this, it's important to deal with hazardous pieces quickly.


Cons

15 Puzzles are a dime a dozen
Most logic puzzles are very, very common and are pretty much limited to minigames these days. The one used in the puzzle mode is called a 15 Puzzle, and it's one of the more common ones. It's easy to program, so there's nothing really noteworthy about yet another one appearing, let alone one you need to pay for.


Hope someone understands the file system
One of the special features is the ability to play around with stickers you collect. The problem is, when you go to save a picture you've created, the files are often placed in Windows' virtual storage instead of in your documents folders. You can change directories to save it properly, but this might not be something your average person will know how to do.

Worse, the game can't change to a different partition. I store my personal files on F:\ rather than C:\, and wasn't able to leave the C:\ drive to put them with my other stuff.

Also annoying was that the game's installer put the shortcut to launch the game on the desktop instead of in the game's Start Menu folder. If your desktop icons are hidden (like mine) you're going to have to go looking through your computer to find either the shortcut or the game's executable. Again, this isn't something that I'd expect an everyday user do understand.


The homepage is gone
It seems that Crawfish Games stopped having a presence online sometime around 2012. Their Facebook page hasn't been updated in quite a while, and their website doesn't appear to exist anymore. Thus, the links provided by the installer don't go anywhere anymore.


The game's a little on the short side
With ten total levels, there's not that much to do. What's there is fun, but it doesn't seem like enough to justify the price of the game.


Concerns and Issues

Magical unicorns and narwhals
The main character is a magical unicorn and the character they eventually meet is a magically gifted narwhal. If fairy tale magic isn't your thing, then this is probably something to consider.


None of the animals that tease Bunty or Roane are punished for it
Despite making Bunty cry and encouraging Roane to spend his time alone away from everybody else, nobody is ever punished. On the other hand, that's not what the moral of this story was about. The actual moral was that there is always someone out there that would want to be your friend; you just need to keep looking and never give up. Note that in the end none of the other animals ended up getting to spend time with a friendly unicorn that can spontaneously create cupcakes, so you could argue they did technically lose out on something great.