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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...
Release Date: May 29, 2013
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$9.99

Reviews

"It quickly won be over" Rock Paper Shotgun
"like a puzzle driven Dark Souls" 8/10 Examiner
"engaging story and some tricky puzzles" Tignews

About the Game

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.

PC System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • Processor:2.0GHz processor
    Recommended:
    • Processor:2.66GHz processor

Mac System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • Processor:2.0GHz processor
    Recommended:
    • Processor:2.66GHz processor
Helpful customer reviews
6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
428 products in account
2 reviews
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 27th, 2014
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
1,590 products in account
265 reviews
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 20th, 2014
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
297 products in account
8 reviews
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 21st, 2014
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
37 products in account
1 review
6.2 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 6th, 2014
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18 of 35 people (51%) found this review helpful
1,111 products in account
50 reviews
0.9 hrs on record
A cute little game which has you pulling blocks to build towers to defeat other towers..

It's very basic...more basic than free flash games...or iOS games...

Definitely not worth a purchase...at the very most you'll spend about 1 hour on this game, and then discover how little it has to offer.

Keep in mind, this is not "Tower Defense" , this is a very basic puzzle game which focusing on dodging bullets, and timing actions perfectly to build the correct setup to complete each level.

To get a basic idea... you are a robot which has no abilities besides movement, and the ability to pull blocks across the map. There will be enemies on the level which you have to destroy. You can pull blocks over your enemies, or you can pull two blocks together to create a turret. While this is happening you will have to dodge bullets and avoid being taken out yourself. That is basically the entire game.
Posted: February 24th, 2014
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