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.
User reviews: Very Positive (303 reviews)
Release Date: May 21, 2014

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"Less grand and ambitious than the Portal games, but if you want a highly polished 3D puzzle game with some more challenges, QUBE is a greeat choice."

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


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

    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
    • Hard Drive: 1100 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
28.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
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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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
Awesome game. Great concept, fun puzzles.

There's a few bugs, the controls are a bit strange, and if you don't enjoy learning as you go, this isn't for you. I love it.

9/10
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
People like to compare this to Portal because of the similarities in first person puzzle and level designs, lighting and more, but those do Portal injustice because Q.U.B.E. doesn't have an overlying story narrative, you never break out of the "test" environment, and there is usually only ever one way to solve each puzzle. With those things said, Q.U.B.E. is still a fantastic puzzle experience, and other than some frustrating moments in harder puzzles towards the end where you have to repeat gameplay too often, it does a great job at gameplay, and stands alone.

Highlights

I think the reason Q.U.B.E. works is that it knew it probably couldn't beat Portal in terms of story, design and gameplay, and instead focused on just making the puzzles and experience simple and focused, but fun.

* Great use of lighting and colour which keep a minimalist feel, similar to that of Mirrors Edge, but allows for some more interesting art style when needed
* The nice ambient soundtrack and lack of rush or impending action keep things mellow and smooth and match the visuals
* Tutorial elements and introductions to the mechanics feel natural and are well implemented

Mistakes

* It's a short game, but still feels slightly repetitive towards the end due to the lack of variety in mechanics. Breaking up the puzzles with more platforming, or more interesting segments would've went a long way
* The narrative added in the Directors Cut is a pointless addition and takes away the atmosphere and isolation

Recommendations
Available on Steam for £6.99/9.99€/$9.99 at the time of review and clocking in at around 4 hours of gameplay, it's a fair deal when on sale.

There were originally two versions of Q.U.B.E. available, the original and the Director's Cut which added Oculus Rift support, a couple new puzzles and the 10-level time trial mode DLC. Unfortunately it also added a poor narrative, which adds very little and takes away from the games mysterious, isolated nature. Copies of the original Q.U.B.E. may still be available on other sites and, if you can, I strongly suggest tracking it down instead. It's an annoying and frustrating business practice when a publisher adds things that actively harm the game, then forces you to buy them over the original, especially when it's nearly twice the price. An optional DLC would've been a far better choice here.

However, Q.U.B.E. is still a good game and remains fair value for money, if it's on sale, it's a great buy.

* A sequel, Q.U.B.E. 2 is being developed in the Unreal Engine 4, the details of which are being kept closely guarded
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96 of 122 people (79%) found this review helpful
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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66 of 82 people (80%) found this review helpful
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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