Q.U.B.E: Director's Cut is the definitive version of the brain-twisting first-person puzzler. Using special high-tech gloves to manipulate cubes in the environment, the player solves an array of conundrums - from physics-based challenges; to 3D jigsaws; to platform-based trials.
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Release Date: May 21, 2014

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About This Game

A new Director's Cut of classic indie puzzler Q.U.B.E is here, and this time the mind bending gameplay will be accompanied by a completely new story by award-winning writer Rob Yescombe.

Q.U.B.E: Director's Cut is the definitive version of the brain-twisting first-person puzzler. Using special high-tech gloves to manipulate cubes in the environment, the player solves an array of conundrums - from physics-based challenges; to 3D jigsaws; to platform-based trials.


Feature List
  • Single player campaign with an all new narrative
  • Challenging and unusual puzzles
  • New time-trial mode with 10 levels
  • Brand new original music score
  • New achievements and leaderboards
  • Oculus Rift DK1 support
  • Mac and Linux Support


The All New Story
To reboot the narrative, Toxic Games brought in industry veteran Rob Yescombe, writer on franchises including CRYSIS, ALIEN: ISOLATION, STAR WARS and PS4’s upcoming RIME; winner of Best Thriller Screenplay at the Creative World Awards, and the screenwriting Award of Excellence at the Canada International Film Festival.

“The Director’s Cut is a single-location thriller” says Yescombe, “It’s about figuring out what the Qube is, and why you’re inside it. You’re told you are an astronaut inside some kind of alien structure hurtling towards Earth, but it’s also about something deeper than that.”
Under the surface, there is a subtext about games themselves – “We are conditioned to expect death and doom. We’re resigned to it. At its heart, this story is about that state of mind and how it effects the way we view our experiences, in games and in life. The Director’s Cut will feel either heroic or unnerving, depending on your own personal trust issues.”

System Requirements

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    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP2 / Vista / 7
    • Processor: 2.0+ GHz (Dual Core Recommended)
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA 8000 Series or higher (Shader Model 3 Compatible & 128MB or more memory)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 1100 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OSX 10.6
    • Processor: 2.0+ GHz (Dual Core Recommended)
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD 4000 or higher
    • Storage: 1200 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • Processor: 2.0+ GHz (Dual Core Recommended)
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA 8000 Series or higher (Shader Model 3 Compatible & 128MB or more memory)
    • Storage: 1200 MB available space
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
Q.U.B.E.: Directors Cut is a short puzzle game. Comes packed with great mechanics and interesting puzzles, that become more difficult throughout the game. There is a story in this one, however it's just okay and probably unnecessary?
Don't go for a 100% on this one because it's just close to impossible.

Recommended on a sale.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
61.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 10
Q.U.B.E. is a witty puzzle game which falls short to the likes of Portal and The Talos Principle, but can be a fun little distraction.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
I don't know why, but the ending gave me chills. I wasn't sure what to expect, but it wasn't that. It's rather short, and I haven't played the original (a lot of the reviews say that it's better, so I can't really confirm one way or the other), but it was a really fun experience from start to finish. I can't quite remember if I picked it up during a sale or not, but the $10 dollar price tag isn't too bad for what you get.
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98 of 125 people (78%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 21, 2014
It's a great game, but don't buy this version if you already have qube. Doesn't add much extra
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67 of 83 people (81%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 21, 2014
I can only truly recommend this game if you've played the original.

There's controversy that this could have easily been released as DLC, but I'm not reviewing the politics of game admissions.

With the Director's Cut of this game comes a brand new narrative as well as a new soundtrack. They are both welcome additions to the game, alongside reworked puzzles, new secrets, and the previously released DLC. There's not a lot of extra things to see or do, but for a returning player who wants a bit more of the Q.U.B.E. universe, $5 isn't a big hole in the pocket.

However, the reason I prefer the original over this version is based on two things; the first being the actual lack of story in the original. There was almost a haunting mysteriousness to it, in the sense that you never truly understand the game as a whole. You pick up bits and pieces of things, formulating and speculating the who and what and where and when, but in the end, there were no concrete answers. These are the elements that made the game enjoyable for me beyond the gameplay. It was the time I spent wondering, "what really is behind all of this?"

The second reason being the soundtrack. The original game has a much more upbeat, ambient electronic score. It's catchy, it's fun to listen to, and I found myself listening to it even outside of the game. While the new soundtrack isn't necessarily bad, as it has been tweaked to fit the new found atmosphere that coincides with the added narrative, it simply just isn't as memorable. There were a few tracks that I did enjoy, but in the end it cannot compare to what was.

If you haven't played Q.U.B.E. do yourself a favor and track down a copy of the original. It's a short, simple, but entertaining and involving. If you're a returning fan who doesn't mind throwing a fiver down to replay and re-experience the game in a different light, go for it. It's not the best five bucks you'll ever spend, but I personally don't have any regrets. It gave me an excuse to have some fun with it again, and most importantly enjoy myself. After all, isn't that the point?
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84 of 111 people (76%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2014
I'm a huge fan of the original game and I can honestly say the Director's Cut is much worse.

The only difference is an added voiceover and story, but the gameplay and content remains much the same.

The story, however, is unnecessary and unfortunately, bland. Part of what made the original so great was the lack of any background. It was a blank slate and very mysterious, and so you put your own imagination and own story into the gameplay. I loved it. The Director's Cut forces you into a, quite frankly, stupid story that is nothing compared to what your imagination would give the game were you playing the original.

The voiceover is more annoying and distracting than anything. It's like having an audio book playing in the background while you play the game: completely unrelated to what you're doing and ruining your concentration.
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33 of 34 people (97%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 20, 2015
I played Q.U.B.E. and the Q.U.B.E. Director's Cut back-to-back in a weekend. I have posted this review for both versions of the game so you can decide which you'd prefer to play. They are essentially the same game, but the Director's Cut adds two characters that talk to you, the silent protagonist, throughout the game. These characters serve to tell the story of what the hell is (or isn't?) going on, which, while not particularly deep or even explained at all in the original version, is interesting because it had me waffling back and forth between what I thought the ending would be... or if there would actually be two endings. Spoiler: There's only one ending, but the game really should have had two, depending on a final choice you had to make. A huge missed opportunity, IMO. At first the narrative seemed cliché, but considering how many times I changed my mind as to what the conclusion to the game's story would actually be... that was unique. I was satisfied.

I understand why many judge this game superficially as Portal-esque, and aesthetically, it is quite similar. And it's a first-person puzzler. And there are very few characters. And it's not a very long game. And there's no combat. The voice acting in the Director's Cut was well done (although sparse), and the music was pleasing as well. Controls, movement, etc., were nothing to rave about, but not really worth complaining about either, considering the type of game. I just wish buttons activated and deactivated much faster. Making a mistake because of the delay just irked me.

The puzzle content from the original and the Director's Cut is essentially the same, but I noticed in the Director's Cut they removed at least one puzzle that players of the original despised (myself included; I wanted to kill the planet after fumbling with it for half an hour and then looking up the solution, taking solace in the fact that I was not the only befuddled player). Took me roughly 4 hours to beat the original (which includes banging my head over two puzzles in particular), and then, once knowing all the solutions to the puzzles, it only took me 2.5 hours to breeze through the Director's Cut. I feel like the original game had more difficult (in a bad way) puzzles which were removed from the Director's Cut, but I did stumble upon two hidden puzzles in the Director's Cut that I didn't encounter in the original. I'm sure there are other nuggets hiding somewhere I missed.

To put all my thoughts into a tidy, six-sided package: If you're a fan of Portal, A Story About My Uncle, or Quantum Conundrum, check this title out. Short, sweet, and satisfying. The original feels a bit longer and more difficult, but the Director's Cut felt less frustrating and more interesting.
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37 of 41 people (90%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
28.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 5, 2015
A short but fun indie game, quite similar to Portal but have far more difficult puzzles at times.

If you're an achievement hunter (like me) BE WARNED, the achievements for the extra content, such as completing bonus levels with the minimum number of moves or beating the developers time on bonus levels are EXTREMELY DIFFICULT, I have managed it and I celebrated so loud I woke up my whole village.
There are also very grindy achievements like aquire 10,000 powerups, which I recommend working on last, and if you do please put on some music as it will be very repetitive and will turn you insane otherwise.

Still, good game, would recommend, price goes very low on a sale
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39 of 47 people (83%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
13.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 6, 2014
Why, devs? WHY?!

Why have you tainted down the game's original atmosphere with such irrevelant narration? The original release was awesome as it was! The lack of explanation or lack of narration was part of the dark feeling! It was great! Lots of people reviewed it positively and gave it great scores because of it! And now... it's ruined! People who never played the game before will probably enjoy this version... but it is now a mediocre title since it was implemented with a blatant plot/twist/whatever that have absolutely no valuable addition to the game.

For people who already purchased the first release, its a dissapointment! It feels like having the original Star Wars rewritten so Greedo is now shootting first. What the hell, devs? I gave QUBE a good review when it came out on Steam, but now i just can't. It has been turned into a mediocre game. Unless you manage some options to play the game in its original version (without the voice over and all that), i'm no longer going to recommend it to anyone.

Damn i feel ♥♥♥♥ed. And to approximatively quote someone on the forum: "Turning a GREAT game into a mediocre one is a greater sin in my book than making a bad game"
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19 of 19 people (100%) found this review helpful
19 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 19
Product received for free
Good puzzle game, it's like Portal
without portals
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maritzasoy
2.7 hrs
Posted: September 30
Its a great gema! But if yu have the origonal qube this dont add much extra
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LB
2.9 hrs
Posted: September 28
I'm disappointed with this game. I never played the original, but I saw playthroughs of it. The director's cut edition merely adds a weird "story" and doesn't seem to have fixed the buggy physics or refactored the trial-and-error puzzles. There is not enough variety. There aren't even enough options in the menus for things like keybinds and graphical settings. This is effectively a version 1.1 labeled as a 2.0.

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As someone who's played both the original and the Director's Cut, and as a huge fan of puzzles in general, I have to agree: this game was disappointing. The concept is great, and some puzzles are awesome, but the execution felt very shallow, weak and poorly planned. The graphics are okay, I like simplistic games, but they went a bit too "portal-y" with the "behind the scenes" and "destroyed environments". The physics is buggy, hella buggy actually, and some puzzles are just, like you said, trial and error. I did get the "hardest" puzzle more easily by just aligning the pairs of blocks against the red cubes instead of using the magnets and timing. But overall, I'd say Q.U.B.E is a 6/10 game. Could have been great if it had been worked on better and if it was better planned, executed and tested. The story also felt shallow in my opinion, but I still had fun with this game AND with the lets play!

Since this game is "above average" I can recommend it, but just barely.
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clochette
1.9 hrs
Posted: September 27
sensitivity is too high but other than that its great
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PSRB | General Pengu
0.1 hrs
Posted: September 17
My computer sucks with high quality graphics.
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3Core
0.6 hrs
Posted: September 15
Puzzling but boring
Its quite a fun game but its more or less a boring cube-only portal game minus the portals. I like it though.
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L0L_Osi
2.7 hrs
Posted: September 15
Product received for free
This game is pretty cool!
Nothing extraordinary, but the music and the mechanics are good, despise the plot (that isn't so much influencial until the end of the game) maybe could have been better...
However the ending gave me chills and made me think a lot!
I ended the story in more or less three hours, without completing all the achievement and the time trials mode!
In conclusion, I suggest you to buy this game, expecially if you liked the Portal Series!
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DarkFuryy
3.6 hrs
Posted: September 12
I haven't played the original QUBE. My opinions are based solely on the Director's cut edition!

QUBE is a fun and short puzzle game with, you guessed it, cubes. There is kind of a story added to the game, which is quite mediocre, but a cool addition to the puzzles nonetheless. There is little to no soundtrack in the game.

Despite the 'meh' story and sometimes repetitive puzzles without any background music I really enjoyed Q.U.B.E.

I recommend the game, but because of its short length I would advice waiting for a discount if you don't want to spend 10euros for a 3-4h story.
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Paar'nãhvîx
9.7 hrs
Posted: September 10
Recommended !
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voximity
2.6 hrs
Posted: September 10
This review explains the game itself and the differences between the original QUBE and its Director's Cut form.

QUBE itself's pros:
Futuristic and cool looking game. Fun mechanics.

Cons:
Awful physics engine. Awful beyond belief. Short and very hard. Repetitive puzzles.



Director's Cut pros:
I mean I guess you have something to listen to now?

Cons:
Removed the original game's soundtrack and added a lousy storyline with plenty of good ol' plotholes.

I spent 5 hours on the original game quite a long time ago and gave up because of one puzzle that was so hard. I've since completed Director's Cut in merely 2 hours. I was very frustrated by the end. If you really want this game, play the demo. It's as good as it gets. If you're willing to invest the money, I guess that's your choice.
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