Players will progress through an ever-evolving series of cube puzzles that will challenge them with logic, physics, platforming.
User reviews: Very Positive (864 reviews)
Release Date: Dec 16, 2011

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Set in a mysterious and abstract sterile environment, Q.U.B.E. (Quick Understanding of Block Extrusion) is a first-person puzzle game that challenges players to navigate each level by manipulating coloured cubes that surround them. There's little to go on as the game begins - the player is dropped into an all-white room with few instructions, and simply has to figure their way out. The tone of game changes as the player finds small and big alterations to their environment, supported by an original score, inviting each player to let their imagination take over as to where they might be. Through experimentation and discovery, players will progress through an ever-evolving series of cube puzzles that will challenge them with logic, physics, platforming.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    • OS:Windows XP SP2 / Vista / 7
    • Processor:2.0+ GHz (dual core recommended)
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:NVIDIA 8000 series or higher (Shader Model 3 Compatible)
    • DirectX®:dx90c
    • Hard Drive:1 GB HD space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X Version 10.6.3 or later
    • Processor: 1.6GHz (Dual Core) Intel CPU
    • Memory: 2GB RAM
    • Graphics: At least Intel HD 4000 or Open GL 3.3 / Shader Model 3 Capable Graphics Card
    • Hard Drive: 1GB
    Recommended:
    • OS: OS X Version 10.6.3 or later
    • Processor: 2.2GHz (Quad Core) Intel CPU
    • Memory: 4GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 6750M 512MB
    • Hard Drive: 1GB
Helpful customer reviews
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
I enjoyed this game. Nice ambient wich slightly changes during the game, fine soundtrack, not-so-easy puzzles. I did not get the ending but the rest is fine.

The biggest drawback is that "first person" view is not necessary nere. Most of the puzzles are hanging on the walls and floors so you do not really use your "body" to solve them, not like in Portal.

Anyways, I'd recommend it to those, who love fpp.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
Looking good so far, interesting concept. I think it's unfair calling it Portal with blocks, as some are doing. I'm on scene 4 out of 9 at the moment and the puzzles are increasing in difficulty. Really interested to see what comes next. My only complaint at the moment is some extreme screen tearing, even with V-sync on.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
Reminds me strongly of portal. Thats a really good thing. They did an amazing job with this.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
13.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 28
DO NOT GET THIS GAME!! IT IS JUST QUBE DIRECTORS CUT BUT WITH SIGNIFIGANTLY LESS STUFF. THE GAME DOUS NOT EVEN TELL YOU THE STORY BUT DC DOUS BUT NOT THIS ONE,PLUS THIS GAME COSTS THE EXACT SAME AS DC. BUT STILL WORSE!!!!!!
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0 of 9 people (0%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
Puzzle game but instead of portals, you use cubes. Different cubes do different things, trying to escape the facility you're in kinda like portal.
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1 of 14 people (7%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
It's like portal, only soulless and boring.
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6.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
Awesome puzzler! I can't wait for a prequel or sequel. Whatever comes first, i will definitely play it.
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5.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
really good problems thet require a good amount of thinking
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2.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 28
To start: I used to add a header to these reviews, but since it often made the review too long to submit, I've opted to leave it on my Backloggery. Since this is a short game, that shouldn't matter, but I like keeping consistent.

Gameplay: With this being a minimalistic first person puzzler, the comparison to Portal immediately arises for many. Is it, though? ...kinda. Of course, the game doesn't deal at all with Portals, but rather with blocks. There's about eight different types of blocks throughout the game, each used in their own very interesting way. The puzzles are presented in a very Portal-like style with room-sized puzzles connected in a linear, world-like fashion. Most of these puzzles are all well and good, but there are a few (four come to mind) that involve you manipulating the hell out of magnetism in a very "non-linear" way. By non-linear I mean that sometimes things just break. Two achievements are related to solving these kinds of puzzles. They're not *bad*, per se, but they can be rather frustrating to solve for many. I'd say about 45 minutes of my two hour play time (oh yeah, this game only took me two hours to beat) were dedicated to these two puzzles. For the most part, though, the puzzles are pretty fun to solve, even if they may not be the most intellectually stimulating for some. I'm okay when it comes to puzzle games, but with how fast I blew through some of these puzzles, it does make me wonder whether they could've added some more challenging ones into the game. Still though, for $6 (and about $3 on sale), you can do a lot worse. It's like eating a singular cherry; that cherry may be pretty good, but it does leave you wanting more. 7/10.

Story: It's really up to your own interpretation. There's no dialogue to this game, and that's just fine by me. In fact, the only really concrete thing to the story is the ending. As such, there's really no point in me reviewing this aspect.

Graphics: I'm convinced that Anti-aliasing doesn't work in this game. Since I have a very capable GPU, I cranked everything up to max at 1080p, and there were jaggies everywhere, even at 8X AA. The game still looked fantastic; if you like how the game looks from the screenshots, you won't be disappointed by the game, especially during some of the dark levels, but it is strange. Also considering that this runs off of Unreal Engine, you'd expect AA to work better than it does. Also, it's another one of those games that doesn't know what resolution you have by default, so it launches at the now very esoteric 1024x768 (Does anyone really use that resolution for a computer that would play a game like this? I'm interested to know). At least it's pretty well optimized; it peaked at 45degC on my GPU, which idles at around 34. Great art style, kinda disappointing on the AA side of things. 4/5.

Sound: Sound design is alright; nothing to really write home about. Most of the soundtrack is really ambient, and it does a pretty good job at setting up the mood. Apart from that, there really isn't much more to say about the audio side of things. 3/5.

Overall scores are: 7/0/4/3; 7.0/10. Competent is the way to describe this game. It's pretty much competent at everything that it sets out to do.
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1.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 28
I'll be honest: I played the game nonstop for about two hours and never touched it again.
Yes, it has gameplay elements similar to Portal. It was fun for the time, but there was just nothing more to it. I saw a game, not a story. And I didn't like that. That being said, for a while, it did keep me intrigued, and I continued through it hoping there would be some sort of explanation as to where I was or why or how. But when the game went on and on with no real story, I abandoned it.
And if I missed something by not finishing it, please tell me, but I did not enjoy it.
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15 of 15 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 17
7.5/10 Best Portal rip-off on the market

No seriously, it's worth a try. If you like 3D puzzle games, this one is pretty damn good. Puzzles are intricate yet visually appealing and the game offers a variety of mechanics to progress from one stage to the next. Backed by solid visuals, it makes for an enjoyable game, no doubt.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
Very short but fun puzzle-platformer (mostly puzzles though). Not a very complex game, it has nice, clear visuals, enjoyable ambient music and a decent variety of puzzle types. There's really not much to say about it though that's by no means a negative. Could have been longer so I would say wait for a sale but evidently, you can't buy this version anymore.

I have nothing to say about the director's cut version, other than putting a "story" into it is a bad idea. The vague, silent nature of the game is nice and obviously an intentional direction that they're now going back on, which is disappointing. A voiceover wouldn't make this more enjoyable.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
Absolutely amazing. The puzzle design in this game is second only to the portal series. Highly reccomended!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
Great puzzler fun that can be done in multiple goes or in just one. Nice, fun, relaxing and simple. It's cheap, go get it!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
89.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 18
This clever game has the clean feel of Portal testing chambers, but has some very cool new mechanics never before seen in a puzzle game. I enjoyed the challenging levels and getting achivements, yet the ending was anticlimactic. I would recommend this to anyone who is a portal or puzzle game fan.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 30
BE AWARE, THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE ORIGINAL Q.U.B.E. IT HAS A DIRECTOR'S CUT NOW WHICH HAS A DIFFERENT SOUNDTRACK AND STORY!


QUBE is a good but not incredible puzzle experience. It's fun, it's not too stressful (none of the puzzles are timed or will kill you), it's got a good mostly ambient soundtrack, it's not too hard (there's a couple stumpers in there, but they're not too bad if you experiment a bit), and it has some nice visuals. Oh, and there's a few secrets you can hunt out in the game. Now, there's good and there's bad. The game focuses on the puzzles, and setting you up so you can work your way through them in a challenge of wits. The bad is that it lacks a story. The ending kind of explains what you were up to, but not really. Another downfall is that the game is short-lived. Yeah, it lasts a few hours and yeah it has time-trials to check out, but it still feels like there could have been more. One more downfall is that only the last 3 sectors (5-7) are really challenging. Sectors 1 and 2 are an absolute breeze. Sector 3 and 4 make you pay attention. Sectors 5-7 make you trully sit down and work at the puzzles. Finally, I feel like they actually should have fleshed out some of the areas better. Most areas don't seem to have much of a purpose.

So in conclusion, is it a game worth playing? I feel so. It's one of those things that wraps you in for a little while, and is a worthwhile experience, but not something with tons of replay value or background story to keep you vested in it past your playthrough. Still, I'm not a huge puzzle player, and this game made puzzling fun! 7/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
If you're a fan of puzzles, this is a great game for you.
When it comes to story, this game has not much to offer, unfortunately. It has also a lack of size, it takes about 3-4 hours to play through. But those hours are definitely worth it. The game offers content through the entire gametime.
If you want a quick perception of the game, imagine Portal without the characters, story or portals. It may sound like Q.U.B.E is a lot less of a game, but it is worth it.

If you're insecure, buy it on sale. Then it would definitely be worth the money.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
it's fun and challeging.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
Awesome game, but also first puzzle game, where I used google to get solution. The last chambers are extremly hard and the "Hardest Puzzles in game" are almost impossible to do without getting hint (for me) But I really enjoyed this.
Great game, 9/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
As a competent, if short, Portal knock-off, the one thing QUBE has going for it is the atmosphere and the ending, which in its tasteful understatedness is quietly wonderful.

That said, if you haven't already, play Portal and Antichamber first and only get this if you're truly in need of a first-person puzzle game "fix".
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