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 (256 reviews) - 76% of the 256 user reviews for this game are positive.
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.


  • 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

Mac OS X
    • Processor:2.0GHz processor
    • Processor:2.66GHz processor
    • Processor:2.0GHz processor
    • Processor:2.66GHz processor
Helpful customer reviews
38 of 46 people (83%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 18
Cubetractor is an action strategy puzzle game where, you guessed it, you have a lot of interactions with cubes. The game was released in May 2013 and a lot of people will probably have this game already due to it featuring quite often in bundles over the past couple of years.

The game play looks very simple from the screenshots on the store, but there is actually quite a bit of depth to this little title. You are in control of a little robot who can move cubes around the map using his tractor beam, these cubes can either be used to out right destroy enemies, combined to create turrets or barriers and even be used to cause harm to yourself if you aren’t careful. The blocks will continue to move in the direction you pulled them until they come into contact with something, so you have to be really tacticful with how you interact with them sometimes. If they don’t hit anything, they will tend to respawn after a few seconds in their original spot. The game play is really pusating and enjoyable, some very fast paced action can be seen throughout your play though of this game.

The art style is really pleasantly presented. The 8bit theme is pulled off very well, along with some really nicely done animations and lovely sound effects. There isn’t any spoken dialogue, simply because it isn’t needed.

Cubetractor surprisingly has a very interesting story line. The robot you play as is trying to escape to freedom, you do this over the course of completing your exams for robot school? I would strongly recommend people read the dialogue between the main characters in the game as there are some great lines to be seen. Silly enough, the robots who built you failed to think about putting some sort of self-destruct feature in your build, so they are forced to sit back and hope you fail your exams and destroy yourself.

The game is difficult to say the least, once you complete the tutorial you are pretty much thrown in at the deep end. I might add that the tutorial is done very well and explains the mechanics of the game to a level which allows you to keep up with the early levels but also doesn’t hold your hand throughout. Once you get past the first 10 or 15 levels, a lot of the game play is luck based and how quick you are on your feet with the amount of bullets flying around your screen from enemy turrets and mobs.

I have been playing the game for about three hours now and have just finished the game. There is a side of me that thinks I will want to jump into the game at some point to maybe work on a few achievements given how easy the game play is to just pick up and play as well.

I would personally say Cubetractor is a neat little indie title that could quite easily find a place in most people’s library. I would definitely say it is worth the £6,99 price tag, but you can quite easily pick this up on sale for much lower on other sites.

Tom's Score Card
1) Stay away
2) Not Recommended
3) Only recommended when on sale
4) Recommended
5) Highly recommended
6) This is a must play

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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 22, 2015
Cute and clever little strategy game
Cubetractor is a strange and unique game where you play as Endroi, a robotic drone who seems to take strange delight in completing puzzles and frustrating the plans of his creators in a comically overblown fashion. Practically, the game is quite simple. You move your robot around the board and use the space bar to attract blocks toward your position. Once in motion, the blocks continue until they strike something causing damage, merge with another moving block to form a tower, or leave the screen. Cubes can be pulled only once (they will regenerate after a few seconds) and only in straight lines. The game is all about creating towers and striking enemies with moving cubes as you progress down the path toward freedom. The greatest advantage of this game is the story, you should read the entire contents during the game. On the other hand. the retro graphics of Cubetractor and the accompanying music start to bore very easily, although when it comes to music then you can always turn your own one. Worth buying during sales.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 23, 2015
Cubetractor a game where you have to ... yea you guessed it, to attract cubes to mix and match, and from that build new structures. Still a rather interesting concept.

Graphics - Plain and simple, but it rather appeling to look at, a great looking game overall. 7/10

Music - Goes well with the game. 8/10

Cinematics - None

Story - Presented by various levels, some do continue the main story others don't (Think of them like side quests). But those so called unneded levels are there to teach you new stuff and if you do them, you get their achievment (for all the achievment hunters out there). 8/10

Content - A lot. A wide variety of everything, 8/10

Controls - Rather confusing, but that quickly is fixed by playing a little and getting used to them. 7/10

Gameplay - Smooth and responsive, everything at a constant framerate (never experienced a spike or something) a solid performance overall. 9/10

A unique puzzle game, never did it became way too hard or too simple, okay it did became hard at one time (Im bad). Overall a very solid game.

Final Score: 7.8/10
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 2, 2015
Cute puzzle / tower defense / bullet hell game. Never felt unfairly difficult, and the mechanics were simple but interesting.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 24
A cube pulling puzzle game with hints of tower defense. I dig the retro graphics and the chiptunes, but the game is genuinely enjoyable and the tutorials and level design are well-crafted. Definitely worth it as a distraction from your 'main' game.
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