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 (71 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
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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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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