Players will progress through an ever-evolving series of cube puzzles that will challenge them with logic, physics, platforming.
User reviews: Very Positive (925 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
34 of 38 people (89%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2014
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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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 19, 2014
Absolutely amazing. The puzzle design in this game is second only to the portal series. Highly reccomended!
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 28, 2014
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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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 28, 2014
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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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2014
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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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 24, 2014
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 6, 2014
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 7, 2014
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 9, 2014
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 13, 2014
A very interesting puzzle game with an intriguing aesthetic. Interesting, enjoyable, well worth the play.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 15, 2014
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 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2014
Interesting FPS+Puzzle game! Recommended! 8/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 17
I never got into the whole Portal craze, I respect the praise the franchise has received but I just never “got” it. QUBE at first glance looked like nothing more than a Portal-style puzzle game cash-in. I was so very wrong.
I think the single element which make QUBE stand out to me was the pacing. As far as I’m concerned it was absolutely perfect. As you progress through each chapter a new mechanic is introduced. Each one is admittedly predictable but add so much to the evolution in difficulty of the puzzles. On the subject of difficulty, I was incredibly impressed with QUBE. I have no doubt some of the more hardcore puzzle fans will say the puzzles are too easy, but on the contrary I found that the difficulty was just right to both keep me engaged and also make sure I was never so frustrated that I felt the need to consult a guide. With each puzzle solved, I learned a new way to manipulate the mechanics to my needs. I truly felt like I was learning all the way through and it was magical.
Bravo to the developers of this awesome puzzle platformer. QUBE no doubt gets glazed over by many as a knockoff Portal but I think it really goes in its own direction. I highly recommend QUBE.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 4, 2014
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 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 21
Short. Really short. I have enjoyed it though. It is a first-person puzzle game where you control cubes. There were some puzzles where the emphasis was on speed and precision as opposed to smartness, but overall it was good. Worth for recommendation.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 26
Admittedly, I didn't even quite get half way through. However, the game was dull, flavourless, and lacking in any real challenge for the first 4 of 9 areas, so I see no reason to continue playing any further. No story I feel compelled to uncover, no mechanics I am excited to explore further, not even a gripping aesthetic style. The game is foccused entirely on it's mediocre puzzles, which (for the first 4/9 sections) lack any original mechanics, require little effort to complete, and are, as a result, wholely unsatisfying.

Skip it. There are far better puzzle games out there.
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80 of 87 people (92%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 5, 2013
If you love Portal, you'll probably love Q.U.B.E., too. The puzzles in this game come from colored blocks, which are related but behave VERY differently. As an example, blue ones are basically trampolines, and red ones create a ledge or a stepping stone. The puzzles are very clever and mostly a lot of fun, and there are some TRUE mind-benders near the end. Best of all, there is no death; you can reset the hard puzzles and try again and again to find the solution, with no reloading of checkpoints needed. My only complaint is the lack of story, which takes from the charisma of Portal. Otherwise, this is a Grade-A puzzler and highly recommended.
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62 of 70 people (89%) found this review helpful
Posted: September 22, 2012
click a box so you can get into the dev room and see the ugly grin of the guy that made it. based on a true story. 7/10
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34 of 39 people (87%) found this review helpful
43.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 25, 2013
Q.U.B.E. is a game about problem solving and navigation. The art style is kind of like Portal but instead of using portals, the player has to navigate through each level by manipulating coloured cubes that surround them.
Unfortunetly there is no story at all other then you wake up at the begining of the game and you just solve puzzles.
The puzzles in Q.U.B.E. start out simple and get progressively more difficult. Progression is unfortunately linear, there is only one way to solve a puzzle.
Q.U.B.E. has also some bugs and the main game is very short.
All in all I would say that Q.U.B.E. is still a good game, the puzzles are very satisfying. For fans of Portal and other puzzle games it is worth a try.

Sounds 7/10
Graphics 7/10
Gameplay 8/10
Atmosphere 7/10
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33 of 39 people (85%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
7.5/10 good, but remade since this review.
I enjoyed this quirky little first-person puzzler. The puzzles ease you in gently, and build complexity until you are feeling pushed. Sadly it is a little short, and the ending a tad weak after you put yourself through all those challenges you don't even get a cake :(
In short: It's not quite Portal, but if you've run out of Portal and feel the itch for something on a similar vein, this is that game.
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