Players will progress through an ever-evolving series of cube puzzles that will challenge them with logic, physics, platforming.
User reviews: Very Positive (877 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
20 of 20 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.8 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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7 of 7 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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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 29
Do you like Portal series?
Do you like brain burning puzzles?
Do you like different challenges?

Yes?

So, you'll like this game.
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2 of 2 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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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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2 of 2 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
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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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
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
Q.U.B.E is a fun little indie game about moving square cubes around too finish a 'level area' after a few level areas are finished it will complete a sector, there are 9 sectors on the whole and each get progressevly harder, whilst I make this review i am onto the third sector and its taken me about 20-so minuets,so it shouldn't take long to finish the whole game.
Hope this helped :D-Poncho.
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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
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
This is basically a first-person puzzle-solving game. The character/you are in a maze-like series of rooms and you need to find your way out of each room and into the next. Your means of doing this are a pair of glove that allow you to (telekinetically?) manipulate your environment. The entire strucutre seems to be composed entirely of square blocks. Most of these are white and inert. However, a few are colored red, blue, yellow, green, and purplish pink. These colored blocks each have their own ability and can be manipulated from a distance using your gloves. For instance, yellow blocks form stairs, blue acts as a springboard, red forms ledges, etc. There are a few other tools/features you'll encounter along the way. Using what you find, you need to progress from room to room through the maze.
Anyhow, that's the gist of it. Overall, I thought it was a really fun game. Some of the puzzles are laughably easy while others are maddeningly difficult. Most of one level is dimly lit or even dark in places. Overcoming the challenges brings a sense of satisfaction, especially since the game doesn't give much in the way of tutorial...you, the player, just have to experiment and figure it out as you go. My only complaint was that the game is pretty short -- I finished the whole thing in about 5 hours. But judging by the many achievements I've yet to get, I'm sure I missed a lot on the first play through, so hopefully there will be decent replayability. Long story, short: It's a fun game, and definitely worth buying (especially if you can get it on sale or as part of a bundle or something). Enjoy.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
This puzzle game is pretty damn good, and you should definitely give it a go. No questions asked. Unless you disliked portal for some reason that is.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
Excellent simple puzzle game. No tricks or gimmicks in this one. The puzzles are straight forward and right in front of you but still a great challenge. The difficulty curve is a perfect gradual curve. Each puzzle is ever so slightly harder than the last and they all build off of eachother. Your brain will start hurting in the second half but you never feel like a puzzle is "IMPOSSIBLE!!!". All that with clean simplistic smooth visuals and sounds.

This was actually my second time playing through this game and it was just as enjoyable as the first. Though, some good amount of time had passed. I had forgotten nearly all the puzzle's exact solutions but also retained enough to make the playthrough far shorter than average. So don't pay attention to my short 3hr playtime as it isn't indicitive of the game's actual length. All that said, the base game doesn't really have any replay value beyond finding two hidden areas for imaginary achievements (though both hidden areas have their charm). I do not own the DLC that involves time trials of some sort so I can't speak to the value, replay value, and entertainment of that.

In all, the base game is a good mind workout that doesn't ever make you feel cheated. While lacking any immediate replay value it does present a challenge again years down the line. Recommended on sale or in a bundle for the best value.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
A very interesting puzzle game with an intriguing aesthetic. Interesting, enjoyable, well worth the play.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
Very creative and fun game. Never has pulling out blocks added simplicity and complexity to the game at the same time, while also adding new puzzles to keep it fresh. Great game.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
this is the bEST GAME ever my FAVourite of the bestest beST game of the best vidEOgame fave
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
The better portal!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
Clever, and not that difficult puzzles except that magnet one :D
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
Visually, this game is appealing. The music fits the style of gameplay, and all of the mechanics are pleasantly polished, however the actual content of the game is unappealing and monotonous.

You start the game on a descending elevator and find yourself in a white room. There is no attempt at all to explain WHY you're there, or what motivation you have to solve the puzzles. Each set of puzzles takes about 7 minutes, and there are 9 puzzles. Initially, the content is new and exciting, however in the later levels, the same kinds of puzzles are recycled over and over, but with slight differences, that makes solving them like solving math problems. Rewarding, yes, but exciting, no.

My biggest issue with this game is that the content is not tied together with characters, or plot, or any reason why you should feel a connection with your virtual counter-part. You go through each set, and then do the next set. It's not a progressive experience that you can invest yourself in, but rather invokes an "oh great, another freaking puzzle" reaction.

In conclusion, the audio and visuals are pleasent, and the mechanics are nicely polished, but the actual content, the gameplay is boring and repetive. This game is not worth it's paid title, however it would make a nice free game.
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