80s retro gaming nuts should enjoy LagMac Studios' recent release CuBert [App Store], a port of the 1982 arcade classic Q*bert for the iPhone.

For those unfamiliar, in Q*bert the player moves a cute, tube-nosed, orange character about an isometric pyramid constructed of three-color cubes.  The goal is to hop from the top of one cube to the next, changing each square to a specific color.  (Some cubes take several hops to reach the target color.)  It's a rather basic premise that's made more complex by a variety of roving enemies bent on preventing Q*bert from converting the board to the target color.

CuBert is...well...pretty much Q*bert.  No surprises and no real disappointments.  The main character is controlled by touchscreen; the screen is divided into four equal-sized quadrants and touching within a given quadrant causes CuBert to hop in that direction.  And that's pretty much all you need to know.

While fans of the Gottlieb classic may enjoy this port which features the original (unenhanced) graphics and sound, it's worth noting that CuBert does not appear to be an officially licensed Q*bert remake, and as such it may be subject to removal from the App Store pending complaints from the original stakeholders.


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App Store Link: CuBert, $1.99

  • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

    I've had a lot of fun with this one on the PSN lately.

  • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

    I've had a lot of fun with this one on the PSN lately.

  • Wolfgang

    I think it should also be noted that this clone is another blatant and obvious IP violation...changing the "Q" to a "Cu" is probably not going to cut it. While the game might be fun, I'm really against supporting developers who continue to ignore copyrights and IP's even if their intentions are the best and out of love for the original. It is still a blatant act and I think more should be said about it in a write-up like this.

    1Up's the Tilt mentioned this violation a few days ago, and kudos to them. It's unfortunate that Apple's internal approval process seems to care little for policing these violations. You'd think if anyone, they would understand protecting IP rights.

    I'm sure the game is classic fun, but hopefully it will get removed unless the developer has properly acquired the rights to publish a Q*bert title.

  • Wolfgang

    I think it should also be noted that this clone is another blatant and obvious IP violation...changing the "Q" to a "Cu" is probably not going to cut it. While the game might be fun, I'm really against supporting developers who continue to ignore copyrights and IP's even if their intentions are the best and out of love for the original. It is still a blatant act and I think more should be said about it in a write-up like this.

    1Up's the Tilt mentioned this violation a few days ago, and kudos to them. It's unfortunate that Apple's internal approval process seems to care little for policing these violations. You'd think if anyone, they would understand protecting IP rights.

    I'm sure the game is classic fun, but hopefully it will get removed unless the developer has properly acquired the rights to publish a Q*bert title.

  • Kamazar

    Argh. I never understood this game on the MAME emulator, and now it's on the iPhone. erGHe!

    I agree with Wolfgang: changing the title and only the title doesn't make it a clone.

  • Kamazar

    Argh. I never understood this game on the MAME emulator, and now it's on the iPhone. erGHe!

    I agree with Wolfgang: changing the title and only the title doesn't make it a clone.

  • http://www.frapstr.com/ Mindfield

    Yeah, that's pretty blatant. There are some obvious differences, but they're far too minor to differentiate them.

    Now, Pogo Joe ... _there_ is a Q*Bert-style game I'd love to see.

  • http://www.frapstr.com/ Mindfield

    Yeah, that's pretty blatant. There are some obvious differences, but they're far too minor to differentiate them.

    Now, Pogo Joe ... _there_ is a Q*Bert-style game I'd love to see.

  • http://beesbuzz.biz/ fluffy

    I think Comedy Central should do a licensed version of this, called 'ColBert.'

  • http://beesbuzz.biz/ fluffy

    I think Comedy Central should do a licensed version of this, called 'ColBert.'

  • Marco

    Hi guys, I'm Marco from LagMac Studio. I'm just want to point out that CuBert it's not a blatant and obvious IP violation. Check out these and search Q*Bert:

    http://www.uspto.gov/main/trademarks.htm
    http://www.uspto.gov/

    Only trademark "Q*Bert" it's still LIVE.

    (The price on AppStore it's now 1.99$)

    Bye

    • sp00k00ps

      Wow! You are just trying to cover your poor sore throbbing ass aren't you? While there are SOME differences like improved graphics and misplaced sound effects (anyone but me notice the Pac-Man sound effects upon eating a fruit?) but you just fail at it all! Crappy Cubert doesn't even jump right! Here you are, saying how "Cubert is not a blatant and obvious IP violation!" WHEN IT IS! WTF is your price for this shitty excuse for a 'decent' game? 1.99. WOW! You're going to make THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS, and when people find out it is a COPYRIGHT INRINGEMENT you're going to be making more money than EVAAAAAAA! Epic fail, you are, and a disgrace to the gaming world!

      You NEVER asked for permission, you used their sound effects INCORRECTLY (yeah, that musical tone when you win is actually the intro to the first level of the game, the ORIGINAL game!) and when "cubert" dies, all he can say is "bye-bye!" passed off as swearing? You cannot even do that right!

      Do us all a favor and lock yourself in a jail cell, better yet, an insane asylum! The world would be better off without copyright infringing creep bastards like you!

  • Marco

    Hi guys, I'm Marco from LagMac Studio. I'm just want to point out that CuBert it's not a blatant and obvious IP violation. Check out these and search Q*Bert:

    http://www.uspto.gov/main/trademarks.htm
    http://www.uspto.gov/

    Only trademark "Q*Bert" it's still LIVE.

    (The price on AppStore it's now 1.99$)

    Bye

    • sp00k00ps

      Wow! You are just trying to cover your poor sore throbbing ass aren't you? While there are SOME differences like improved graphics and misplaced sound effects (anyone but me notice the Pac-Man sound effects upon eating a fruit?) but you just fail at it all! Crappy Cubert doesn't even jump right! Here you are, saying how "Cubert is not a blatant and obvious IP violation!" WHEN IT IS! WTF is your price for this shitty excuse for a 'decent' game? 1.99. WOW! You\'re going to make THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS, and when people find out it is a COPYRIGHT INRINGEMENT you're going to be making more money than EVAAAAAAA! Epic fail, you are, and a disgrace to the gaming world!

      You NEVER asked for permission, you used their sound effects INCORRECTLY (yeah, that musical tone when you win is actually the intro to the first level of the game, the ORIGINAL game!) and when "cubert" dies, all he can say is "bye-bye!" passed off as swearing? You cannot even do that right!

      Do us all a favor and lock yourself in a jail cell, better yet, an insane asylum! The world would be better off without copyright infringing creep bastards like you!

  • Klaus

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS! That was my first thought! I also want POGO JOE on my iPod Touch!

  • Klaus

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS! That was my first thought! I also want POGO JOE on my iPod Touch!

  • spiffyone

    Sorry, Marco...but it is a blatant violation. Once you get a C&D order you'll know this to be true, and I suspect you eventually will.

    There is homage and parody, but this is out and out disregard for IP. Changing it from "Q*Bert" to "Cu*Bert", a title that, when said aloud, sounds EXACTLY like the original, and one that "shares" character design as well is blatant IP violation.

    Perhaps you did not educate yourself enough in this matter, and feel that simply changing the title will be sufficient to circumnavigate the perils of a lawsuit at worst or a simple C&D order at best. If so, you have probably made a grave error in judgment.

  • spiffyone

    Sorry, Marco...but it is a blatant violation. Once you get a C&D order you'll know this to be true, and I suspect you eventually will.

    There is homage and parody, but this is out and out disregard for IP. Changing it from "Q*Bert" to "Cu*Bert", a title that, when said aloud, sounds EXACTLY like the original, and one that "shares" character design as well is blatant IP violation.

    Perhaps you did not educate yourself enough in this matter, and feel that simply changing the title will be sufficient to circumnavigate the perils of a lawsuit at worst or a simple C&D order at best. If so, you have probably made a grave error in judgment.

  • Chris

    Why is everyone acting so high and mighty?

  • Chris

    Why is everyone acting so high and mighty?

  • HHG

    Hey Folks.....

    Ive had the pleasure to work with both Warren Davis and Jeff Lee - the team who created this game. Hate to see the work of a couple of friends so blatantly stolen. It's not just the name. It's the visual and audio works that are protected.

    Needless to say. The IP police should be on their way. Suggestion to dev: Pull the product and respect the law and works of others.

    UGGH!!!

    Thx,
    HHG

  • HHG

    Hey Folks.....

    Ive had the pleasure to work with both Warren Davis and Jeff Lee - the team who created this game. Hate to see the work of a couple of friends so blatantly stolen. It's not just the name. It's the visual and audio works that are protected.

    Needless to say. The IP police should be on their way. Suggestion to dev: Pull the product and respect the law and works of others.

    UGGH!!!

    Thx,
    HHG

  • HHG

    Hey dev...

    Thanks for the link to the USPTO. It's great to see the Q*Bert IP is still ->LIVE<- and maintained by Columbia Pictures - which is Sony Pictures.

    Whats great is Dev's who not only STEAL IP - but broadcast how to contact the owners: http://maps.google.com/maps?q=columbia%20pictures%20culver%20city%20ca&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&hl=en&tab=wl

  • HHG

    Hey dev...

    Thanks for the link to the USPTO. It's great to see the Q*Bert IP is still ->LIVE<- and maintained by Columbia Pictures - which is Sony Pictures.

    Whats great is Dev's who not only STEAL IP - but broadcast how to contact the owners: http://maps.google.com/maps?q=columbia%20pictures%20culver%20city%20ca&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&hl=en&tab=wl

  • Phoenixfury

    HHG, I have to admit I was pretty excited to get Q#bert in some form on my iPod Touch, but not at the expense of the original developers losing money. Maybe you could put a bug in the original devs ear to release an official port or emulation of the original game? I'd also like to drop the first feature request.. I would love the same swipe control like Pac-Man, or Frogger although the dev of this app did tap control very well, so I'd love that as an option too.

  • Phoenixfury

    HHG, I have to admit I was pretty excited to get Q#bert in some form on my iPod Touch, but not at the expense of the original developers losing money. Maybe you could put a bug in the original devs ear to release an official port or emulation of the original game? I'd also like to drop the first feature request.. I would love the same swipe control like Pac-Man, or Frogger although the dev of this app did tap control very well, so I'd love that as an option too.

  • mgabrys

    re: sony - WRONG! Hey - dija know there's a neat thing called Wikipedia? It's cool and internet-y!

    from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mylstar

    "Today, Gottlieb's pinball machines (along with those distributed under the Mylstar and Premier names), as well as the "Gottlieb" and "D. Gottlieb & Co." trademarks (USPTO registration nos. 1403592 and 2292766, and other numbers in countries around the world), are owned by Gottlieb Development LLC, a New York limited liability company"

    Psssst. That's not Sony. That would be a company in Japan. New York City is a town in the United States of America. Neat-o!

    Please though - don't let me get in the way of your smug misinformation campaign. Self-righteous retards are fun!

  • mgabrys

    re: sony - WRONG! Hey - dija know there's a neat thing called Wikipedia? It's cool and internet-y!

    from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mylstar

    "Today, Gottlieb's pinball machines (along with those distributed under the Mylstar and Premier names), as well as the "Gottlieb" and "D. Gottlieb & Co." trademarks (USPTO registration nos. 1403592 and 2292766, and other numbers in countries around the world), are owned by Gottlieb Development LLC, a New York limited liability company"

    Psssst. That's not Sony. That would be a company in Japan. New York City is a town in the United States of America. Neat-o!

    Please though - don't let me get in the way of your smug misinformation campaign. Self-righteous retards are fun!

  • arn

    @mgabrys

    same article: "Gottlieb was bought by Columbia Pictures in 1977."

    http://www.sonypictures.com/mobile/qbert_title.html: "Qbert is a trademark of Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc."

  • arn

    @mgabrys

    same article: "Gottlieb was bought by Columbia Pictures in 1977."

    http://www.sonypictures.com/mobile/qbert_title.html: "Qbert is a trademark of Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc."

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.larsen.5055 Joe Larsen

    i cant find it on the iphone now ):