WINNER: IGF China award for BEST GAME! Cubetractor is a neo-retroesque action-strategy-puzzle hybrid where you defeat enemies through an unconventional cube-pulling, turret-buildling mechanic. The game carries elements of a reverse tower defence and a grounded bullet-hell dodger to deliver a unique gameplay experience presented in a...
User reviews: Mostly Positive (73 reviews)
Release Date: May 29, 2013
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"It quickly won be over" Rock Paper Shotgun
"like a puzzle driven Dark Souls" 8/10 Examiner
"engaging story and some tricky puzzles" Tignews

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WINNER: IGF China award for BEST GAME!

Cubetractor is a neo-retroesque action-strategy-puzzle hybrid where you defeat enemies through an unconventional cube-pulling, turret-buildling mechanic.


The game carries elements of a reverse tower defence and a grounded bullet-hell dodger to deliver a unique gameplay experience presented in a classic top-down perspective.


You play as Endroi, a menacingly happy-go-lucky quadrubot as he strives to master the art of Cubetracting -- the art of attracting Cubes. It's a deceptively straightforward skill that involves dexterity, acute awareness, multi-tasking and tactical positioning. You'll have to strategize, solve and fight your way through multitudes of enemy installations to achieve your coveted goal.

Features

  • 40+ maps for you to pull, crush and build: Levels carefully designed to bring out the emergent dynamics in a unique mechanic.
  • Symmetrical Balance: Why do bad guys always have to be stronger than you? In Cubetractor, the enemy structures are exactly the same as yours, other than they got there first. Defeating them is a matter of thoughtful timing and positioning.
  • Purely indie-made: Done by 2 people, living off their savings, working off random coffee joints.
  • Hardcore Awards for Hardcore Players: The main levels are designed for speedruns. Collect all the batteries, reach the finishing goal within impressively tight time limits -- do all that without a scratch -- to earn the most coveted of accolades. Don't worry, there are also options for those of us that are more human.

System Requirements

PC
Mac
    Minimum:
    • Processor:2.0GHz processor
    Recommended:
    • Processor:2.66GHz processor
    Minimum:
    • Processor:2.0GHz processor
    Recommended:
    • Processor:2.66GHz processor
Helpful customer reviews
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Fun little game. Will grab your attention for an hour or so.
Basically you use this cute little robot tractor to pull cubes across the screen. The cubes can be used as weapons to take out baddies or combined to make turrents. NES style graphics and runs real smooth (as you would expect). Chirptune midi
Posted: October 19
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Extreme frustration at its finest.

5/10
Posted: October 20
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Do you like games that pretend to be good?
Do you like games where you feel like a 10 year old can solve the puzzle and leave feeling satisfied with that?
Do you like games that get old quick?

WELP YOU FOUND THE PERFECT GAME DIDNT YOU?
Posted: October 3
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7.9 hrs on record
Yes ,this is a good game worth your money. Simple strategy, it Could have been a SNES game. I think that if you paid 5$ for it,It was well worth it. At 10$ It is a little short for a Game. If you work for more than 20$ an hour it is worth a lot more than a half hour work. ( Except if you are a ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ or gigolo, i would not suck a ♥♥♥♥ for that game...Maybe for Desktop Dungeons.)
Posted: October 18
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0.6 hrs on record
The combination of a slight delay needed for every input, the coordination required for building, and the fact that you take damage from everything including the blocks you use to build stuff results in an extremely frustrating underlying experience. To make matters worse, you are stopped dead anytime you take damage, and this on top of the slight delay built into the game creates a very odd start-stop style that makes coordination even more annoying and frustrating then it might've been otherwise.

Stay away unless, well, you've seen gameplay and thought "I must play that" on sight. If you're on the fence, it's probably not worth it.
Posted: October 24
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
If you can settle with gold/silver/bronze, this game is fun and easy.

If you're a perfectionist, like me, and NEED master.... It's harder than Impossible Game, Dark Souls, Quake, and Superhexagon combined. ♥♥♥♥ing me the ♥♥♥♥ off the entire time I'm playing it.

11/10 surprisingly fun for what it looks like.
Posted: June 21
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
If you're willing to dig into mechanics that'll make you count distance and learn the timing on when to fling what where, this is a fun game where you're dodging and combining objects to make protection/offense against the environment to solve puzzles and survive. It's also exceedingly cutesy.

If you're not, though, you'll probably get tired of this a few stages in like I did. Doesn't make it a bad game, just makes it not my cup of tea.

Other cool facts: game has a ranking system which is pretty good and also doesn't expect you to get ALL THE STARS every time - the highest rank can be earned from minute one of the game, but clearly is designed for a replay once you've gotten good at it (they require obscenely tight timing + offing all enemies and collecting their batteries + never taking a hit). So that's cool.
Posted: May 20
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22 of 33 people (67%) found this review helpful
8.5 hrs on record
It's like fu­cking tower defence but instead of fu­cking tower defence it's fu­cking tower attack. Fu­cking boss.
Posted: June 27
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
This game is essentially the reverse of a tower defense game, and it will provide you with roughly 6 or 7 hours of gameplay.
If it's in a humble bundle, you must buy it! -8/10
Posted: July 6
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Good game, nice blend of mostly puzzle with a little timing (or, if you go for the speed ratings, a lot of timing). Little on the short side even with all the sidequests, but I'm not sure that's necessarily a bad thing, better than just keeping on getting harder until people quit in frustration, and if you still want a challenge you can go for the 'master' rating on every level!
Posted: July 13
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Do not read into the tower defense part. This is strictly a puzzle/action game. You also are locked into using your keyboard for movement and using your abilities. Perhaps there is controller support, but definitely no mouse. You use arrow keys for movement, z and x for activation.

All you do is pull blocks to solve levels through either moving blocks into enemies, or combining them to make your turrets/towers. THAT is your tower defense part of the game, but it's honestly not enough like an actual tower defense game to deserve that comparison.

I personally wasn't that taken by the game, but I can see where others might have an amusing time with it. Only certain puzzle games work for me, and this isn't one of them. It also requires a bit too much in the way of perfect timing, and quick reflexes, in a bothersome control scheme, from what I would think most puzzle buffs would prefer.
Posted: July 7
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
That Game reminds me of "The Past" simply the past =D i mean its kinda tricky to get trough , it sounds like gameboy color , it has nearly the same "colors" oh and it just simply is making yu angry as if yu were a littel kid again :D This game is an MUST HAE !
Posted: June 23
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
I thought this game was an action strategy game, but it is really just a straight action game. I played the first few levels, which were okay but nothing special.

When it started to get a bit harder, the difficulty was purely due to the action elements, the strategy required in the level was obvious. That might be okay, but the controls are also not great, despite being very simple.

Posted: June 22
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5 of 10 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
This would've been a pretty nice Flash game, but it's not really worth the few bucks on Steam.
Posted: June 21
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
I was suprised by how much fun this game actually is after just a couple levels. Each level increases in difficulty and theres a story that I haven't payed any attention to. Fun oldschool style game.
Posted: June 23
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
odd game
Posted: June 21
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
it's pretty good!
Posted: June 21
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
Quirky, loads of fun as long as you are not expecting more than what it is. It would seem to be a perfect "I've got 10 minutes, what can I do?" time filler game... if you can manage to actually stop at 10 minutes, which so far I have been unable to do. Mix of puzzle/strategy reverse tower defense with the twitch mechanics of Frogger.

I got it as part of a bundle so it was definitely worth the price I paid. As a standalone, it feels more like something I might pay mobile app prices for. YMMV
Posted: June 21
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
6.2 hrs on record
Neat little puzzler, good sense of humour.
Posted: June 26
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
I love everything about this game. A really simple but difficult to execute gameplay mechanic. Taxing puzzles. Intelligent design choices. The presentation is perfect for me as a pixel art fan. The sense of humour to the tractor dialogues is great too! I can see why this game gets rated! A steal.
Posted: June 27
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