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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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.”

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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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BiPolarBear
( 7.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
Has a Portal feel. Not as good as that game, in either the gameplay or the narrative, but fun and worth the short playthrough. Got this game in a bundle, went in with low expectations and was pleasantly surprised.
7.5/10
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Adonis
( 9.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
Play the original, story is kinda unneeded.
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Sergius
( 7.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
Similar to the portal games, worth playing if you enjoyed them.
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herold.n
( 4.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
Great puzzle game. Good for those who like to have a story intertwined to provide context. And of course to boot there's a big mystery element to the story.
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Ultrazaero
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
A little gem that, although fairly short, really sucks you up into the story!
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l4p1n45
( 3.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 19
It is wonderful how a game can be build from something simple like cubes. Very good puzzle game. Short one and does not get on myu nerves
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cosmicvisitor
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 17
Not as great as I thought...
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bz-mof
( 3.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 11
Awesome game! The game's mechanics are pretty simple and easy to understand, although there are more and more features added during the progression of the game.

It is kind of a portal-like game, whereas the storyline is not that dense as in Portal BUT the level-design is much more diversified and creative in Q.U.B.E. (and good (-: ).

Two things I dislike:
- No option to change the volume of the music/sfx. It was too loud for me, so I turned down my master volume and had to turn it up again each time a dialog started )-:
- Some levels are much too dark.


Took me 2.7 hours to complete.

I'd give Q.U.B.E. a score of 86/100.
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𝕒𝕤𝕥𝕣𝕒𝕝_𝕔𝕪𝕓⦿𝕣𝕘
( 19.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 10
+atmosphere & environment
+ambient sounds & voice acting
+gameplay
+extra time-run stages
+enigmatic story (lets you wander what really may happened)

-lack of subtitles
-graphics could be better
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Astariol
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 4
Simple and fun puzzle game without a lot of flashy nonsense.

Neat story. Good voice acting and great gameplay.

Definitely worth checking out if you're in games like Portal.
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Marona
( 11.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 2
Q.U.B.E, aka Quick Understanding (of) Block Extrusion, is an action puzzle game where you control various rooms with blocks.

This Director's Cut version is a small, but needed expansion to the game. Some of the wording may be similiar from my Q.U.B.E review.

Graphics: The graphics is blocks. No seriously...what were you expecting me to type? Anyways, the majority of the rooms you go through will be made of opaque white blocks. The blocks you can control are in colors. Yeah, that's it. Just to put it short, it is simple.

Director's Cut Graphics: In my previous review, some of the stuff gave me motion sickness. However, some areas such as twisting rooms and the rotating rooms are fixed to accomodate that. Also, there are extra rooms and designs so that you won't be walking the same path over and over. Overall, a good improvement in this version.

Controls: The controls are simple. You use your mouse buttons to either pull the cubes up or to push them back in. Also, there is jumping involved. The gravity is a little higher than normal fps games, like from valve.

Gameplay: The goal of the game is to find a way to the next room or to solve puzzles in order for the next room to open. There are various puzzles in the game. The puzzles are simply climbing up to the next room, directing a ball into a hole, dyeing a ball a certain color and putting that in a hole, magnets to move blocks, and using your memory to note where blocks are in the dark. It seems like a lot, but luckily, the game walks you through from the beginner stage to the intermediate.

Director's Cut Gameplay: In my previous review, I mentioned about that super hard magnet puzzle with the four small blocks. This puzzle was removed-thank goodness! Also, the difficulty curve has changed a bit, but in the more easy way. There are new puzzles and some puzzles removed. Still, an enjoyable experience for those who played the original Q.U.B.E game, or for those starting new.

Story in Director's Cut: Finally! Some insight! The story has two people to guide you, the one to encourage you to complete and the other to stop what you're doing. However, the story is only in audio. However, there isn't much complexity in the story that will affect your gameplay or is required.

Music: The music of this game is mostly ambience. Now, depending for some, it can either be slightly annoying or relaxing. To me, it was relaxing (except when it came to that room I described above).

Music in Director's Cut: The music is a definite improvement. It's not just ambience this time, but actual music and beats to accompany.

DLC: The DLC, "Against the Qlock," is a small expansion to the current game with new puzzles with pickups to make it more fun. The goal for each puzzle is to complete it with as few moves as possible and/or as fast as possible.


Is this Portal?: While this game has an atmosphere feel and mechanics like the game, "Portal," it is not. The similiarities are, again the atmosphere and gameplay (excluding portals), using least amount of moves and completing the puzzles as fast as possible in the dlc, and the difficulty curve of the game. You may get a "Portal" vibe from this, but again, it is not.

Overall: Q.U.B.E is another great action puzzle game that is a great addition to your library that is recommended to all, even to those who enjoy "Portal" or did not enjoy it.Regardless of how bland the interface looks, the gameplay stands up and shines in this game. The difficulty curve is great, with an exception of that one room. While the design of the game is simple, the puzzles introduced can be complexed and require thought. However, with training and a good amount of thinking, you can surely be "Quick" in "Understanding" of "Block Extrusion."

Overall Director's Cut: Director's Cut is the much needed improvement from the original version of the game. With new puzzles, much needed fixes, music, and a story, this expansion is like reading the minds of the players who played the first game. While some people may be bummed out by missing the original game, there is no need for despair. It is mostly the same game, but with some modifications and new additions. Director's Cut is what Q.U.B.E should have been: An enjoyable, casual experience with various difficulty challenges for all.

Pros:
-Great difficulty curve. From easy at the beginning to hard at the end.
-Many unique puzzles.
-With DLC, more puzzles and more challenges.

Pros for Director's Cut:
-Hardest magnet puzzle removed
-Difficulty curve improved.
-New puzzles.
-A story
-Improvement on music

Cons:
-No story.
-Bland graphics. Majority of rooms are just white blocks.
-That one magnet room. Yes, I will never stop talking about it.

Cons for Director's Cut:
-Still some blandness for graphics, but not as bad as the previous.
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shteev
( 3.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 1
I was having some trouble writing a review of this, but it's just so staggeringly mediocre, so monumentally average that I found myself unable to either recommend or denounce it.

Then I got to the last puzzle, and all of the exciting possibilities that a broken physics engine has to offer.

Do not buy this game.
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Pharap
( 4.7 hrs on record )
Posted: March 15
A very interesting and cinematic game.

It's very hard to not compare it to Portal because both are puzzle games that revolve around the notion of cube-based puzzles in a white/grey ruined science facility.
However, unlike most other games the comparison is well earned.
Q.U.B.E.'s puzzles are just as challenging, and its narrative is just as satisfying (albeit shorter and taking a more serious tone). I am still not sure which of voices was lying and which was telling the truth.
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Musica
( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 13
I really hope Valve's new VR has this set up on launch
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QuinnGTL
( 5.5 hrs on record )
Posted: March 11
Pretty good puzzle game. I like how it has a bit of story mixed in too! You dont know what to believe! xD
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Burroughs
( 4.7 hrs on record )
Posted: March 7
The boring, ugly and buggy brother of Portal.
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CelticMajora
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: March 7
This is quite the fun game. It is a first person puzzler, one of the many that came out after Portal became a hit. You use your gloves to control blocks. The gameplay is simple, but some of the puzzles are challenging. For $10, it is a good deal. I will admit, I quit after I got to the super dark part(like in the sense of lighting, not story). I'll come back to it some time.

Pros:
Good graphics
Thoughtful puzzles
Smooth gameplay

Cons:
Sometimes bright white becomes dull
Dark levels sorta killed it for me

Overall I'd give this a 6.5/10. It is a good game to get if you have already played all the Portal content and you are looking for more stuff like it.
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Coty
( 9.7 hrs on record )
Posted: March 6
Good puzzles, not so good the story.
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Flyingferrets
( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 5
Q.U.B.E is like the first portal. A small interesting mystery puzzle game. It won't last that long (2-3 hours) so it's a good game to play if you are just looking for something short yet different.
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arash1st
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: March 4
Great block puzzler. The director's cut story is great as are the voice actors.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
19.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 10
+atmosphere & environment
+ambient sounds & voice acting
+gameplay
+extra time-run stages
+enigmatic story (lets you wander what really may happened)

-lack of subtitles
-graphics could be better
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 90 days
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 21
Great game, love the overall design, look & feel. The game itself is pretty simple and I quickly reached the end wanting more, In game you move tetris looking blocks to progress onto the next area, eventually taking a portal 2 turn & your out the game behind the scenes wondering who to beleive between the only two voices you hear via your radio (This is where having a choice between two endings/arcs would have been nice)

Dislikes were the bright primary colour of the shapes (I would have liked a more grown up feel and alien look but understand that bright colours help distinguish them as interactive). Would have liked cards/badges to show of on my profile, just cous' I liked the game!
Loved the game & cant wait for the announced sequel. Get it if you like Portal, Time Rifters, Talos Principle... RECOMMENDED
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 15
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 17
Fun little game with gamepad support. Recommended for Portal fans.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 2
Q.U.B.E, aka Quick Understanding (of) Block Extrusion, is an action puzzle game where you control various rooms with blocks.

This Director's Cut version is a small, but needed expansion to the game. Some of the wording may be similiar from my Q.U.B.E review.

Graphics: The graphics is blocks. No seriously...what were you expecting me to type? Anyways, the majority of the rooms you go through will be made of opaque white blocks. The blocks you can control are in colors. Yeah, that's it. Just to put it short, it is simple.

Director's Cut Graphics: In my previous review, some of the stuff gave me motion sickness. However, some areas such as twisting rooms and the rotating rooms are fixed to accomodate that. Also, there are extra rooms and designs so that you won't be walking the same path over and over. Overall, a good improvement in this version.

Controls: The controls are simple. You use your mouse buttons to either pull the cubes up or to push them back in. Also, there is jumping involved. The gravity is a little higher than normal fps games, like from valve.

Gameplay: The goal of the game is to find a way to the next room or to solve puzzles in order for the next room to open. There are various puzzles in the game. The puzzles are simply climbing up to the next room, directing a ball into a hole, dyeing a ball a certain color and putting that in a hole, magnets to move blocks, and using your memory to note where blocks are in the dark. It seems like a lot, but luckily, the game walks you through from the beginner stage to the intermediate.

Director's Cut Gameplay: In my previous review, I mentioned about that super hard magnet puzzle with the four small blocks. This puzzle was removed-thank goodness! Also, the difficulty curve has changed a bit, but in the more easy way. There are new puzzles and some puzzles removed. Still, an enjoyable experience for those who played the original Q.U.B.E game, or for those starting new.

Story in Director's Cut: Finally! Some insight! The story has two people to guide you, the one to encourage you to complete and the other to stop what you're doing. However, the story is only in audio. However, there isn't much complexity in the story that will affect your gameplay or is required.

Music: The music of this game is mostly ambience. Now, depending for some, it can either be slightly annoying or relaxing. To me, it was relaxing (except when it came to that room I described above).

Music in Director's Cut: The music is a definite improvement. It's not just ambience this time, but actual music and beats to accompany.

DLC: The DLC, "Against the Qlock," is a small expansion to the current game with new puzzles with pickups to make it more fun. The goal for each puzzle is to complete it with as few moves as possible and/or as fast as possible.


Is this Portal?: While this game has an atmosphere feel and mechanics like the game, "Portal," it is not. The similiarities are, again the atmosphere and gameplay (excluding portals), using least amount of moves and completing the puzzles as fast as possible in the dlc, and the difficulty curve of the game. You may get a "Portal" vibe from this, but again, it is not.

Overall: Q.U.B.E is another great action puzzle game that is a great addition to your library that is recommended to all, even to those who enjoy "Portal" or did not enjoy it.Regardless of how bland the interface looks, the gameplay stands up and shines in this game. The difficulty curve is great, with an exception of that one room. While the design of the game is simple, the puzzles introduced can be complexed and require thought. However, with training and a good amount of thinking, you can surely be "Quick" in "Understanding" of "Block Extrusion."

Overall Director's Cut: Director's Cut is the much needed improvement from the original version of the game. With new puzzles, much needed fixes, music, and a story, this expansion is like reading the minds of the players who played the first game. While some people may be bummed out by missing the original game, there is no need for despair. It is mostly the same game, but with some modifications and new additions. Director's Cut is what Q.U.B.E should have been: An enjoyable, casual experience with various difficulty challenges for all.

Pros:
-Great difficulty curve. From easy at the beginning to hard at the end.
-Many unique puzzles.
-With DLC, more puzzles and more challenges.

Pros for Director's Cut:
-Hardest magnet puzzle removed
-Difficulty curve improved.
-New puzzles.
-A story
-Improvement on music

Cons:
-No story.
-Bland graphics. Majority of rooms are just white blocks.
-That one magnet room. Yes, I will never stop talking about it.

Cons for Director's Cut:
-Still some blandness for graphics, but not as bad as the previous.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 7
The boring, ugly and buggy brother of Portal.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2015
You awaken stranded inside a structure made from millions of interlocking cubes with no memory of how you arrived. A woman's voice sounds over a radio. "Fingers crossed you can hear me. You are in a large ship in space headed for Earth. You are humanity's last hope for survival. Solve some puzzles, destroy the cube."

As the story progresses another voice crackles across the radio in your suit. "The woman is lying. Her fingers are crossed behind her back. They stole your memories and trapped you in an underground test facility. Do you really think solving tests will somehow save the world?"

The puzzles are fairly simple in design, though solving them can and does become very complex by the end of the game. You're limited to 5 abilities: red cubes expand and contract, blue cubes bounce objects into the air, yellow cubes transform into stairs, green cubes create blocks that can activate switches, and purple cubes rotate sections of the room.

The game is fairly short, which is good since the mechanics don't really allow for much variation in puzzle design. The solutions become more convoluted as the game progresses, but ultimately you're doing the same thing over and over again on a grander scale each time.

Aside from the new story, the director's cut also includes 3 beta puzzles that were note included in the original game. These puzzles are essentially 3D tilt labyrinths and they add a tiny bit of variety to the game. There are also some speed run levels to see how quickly you can click your mouse on colored blocks as you run forward through a level, but I don't much enjoy those types of challenges.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2015
Best game! I absolutly LOVE IT, the story is so god.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 10, 2015
A very RARE game that was missed and quite fun to play. If you like games like Portal then this game is really fun. Abit short story mode but i didnt even expect that this kind of game should even have a story... But the game really starts after you finish it, when you start doing TIME mode... its really fun and just just wanna get better and better.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 21, 2015
Q.U.B.E: Director's Cut is a first person puzzle game that is as much Portal as it is NaissancE.

It functions essentially like Portal, with sequential, and well defined puzzles. However, when moving from one puzzle to the next, you encounter some pretty huge monocromatic structures, very much like NaissancE.

The difference between this version and the previous, is the addition of a story, through voice-acting... I don't think the story is very well put together, in the context of the game, though. It's not bad, but I don't think it is very important, aside from giving the player a break between puzzles.

The puzzles are rather eclectic, drawing from several different types of puzzles. It certainly keeps things varied and interesting. Unfortunately, there will inevitably be sections with puzzles that many players may not like.
A specific example I can give is some of the physics-driven puzzles... It's always the same problem: instead of very clear cause-effect, you sometimes get weird interactions that make the puzzle much harder and confusing than it should be.
I'm also not a fan of sliding puzzles, of which there were a couple.

Overall, nothing too bad! Most of the puzzles were pretty good! I liked it. Not much more to say about it, though.

The visuals are great, and the music sets a nice atmosphere. It's around 4 hours long to beat the main campaign, but there are some time-challenges and other secret puzzles hidden around that may let you take something more out of the game.


Finally, I mentioned the story. Not to spoil too much, it's mostly trying to get doubt into the player's mind, by having 2 people trying to tell him different sides of the story, seemingly leading to a decision in the end. Unfortunately, the game was designed as a straightforward puzzle game. As a result, the story is literally a few lines of voice-acting between areas. It never affects the gameplay. The player never actually chooses anything. Never questions anything. Never explores around to find clues. Nothing.
It's just there! And what could be a cool thing, ended up being nothing at all.
It's purely a distraction.

But hey, this is all subjective. These were my impressions after playing through it.
Although not as striking as either Portal nor NaissancE, it does manage a nice balance of both, and it's definitely a good game! Worth a try if you're looking for a first-person puzzle game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2015
Absolutely incredible game

Takes about two hours to complete the main story if you take it sorta slow.

The visuals are very clean, fantastically pleasing and fit the game well.
The puzzles are not too hard to be irritating, and are not too easy to breeze through, as such they are enough to be pleasantl gratifying to solve.
The story is fine, and fits the game aptly, with a few drawbacks in a couple of line deliveries, but all around splendid.
The controls are intuitive, responsive, and only at times annoying for clear gameplay frustration workaround reasons.

In total, a great, short experience, buy it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2015
Are you an analphabet? Worry not my friend, as this game proves that even you can make a good game if you try!

Pros:
- Interesting mechanics. The cube mechanic is really interesting and would've been good for a level editor, missed opportunity.
- Good visuals. It's very clean and looks very nice.
- Hard puzzles.

Cons:
- Hard puzzles. The puzzles may be a little bit too ♥♥♥♥ed up for a casual play, but if you're okay with this kind of game, you can ignore that.
- Bad voice-acting and story. I would've prefered if it was completely silent, like, apparently, the original cut.
- Cringy graphic options. It gives you limited options to change your graphic setup, so you need a mildly good PC to handle it since you can't tweak it to a less power-hungry setting. Claps for giving the Dynamic Lights option, even when it severely degrades the gaming experience, and giving the option to the player. But unfortunately, they forgot everything else. It runs roughly 20-25 fps on an Intel HD 5500/Intel i3 2.00GHz x 4 setup with Ubuntu 15.10.
- Fullscreen options. And if things are already bad with the terribly limited console-like graphic options, they ♥♥♥♥ed with the fullscreen as well. The game won't run in any resolution lower than yours on fullscreen (at least on Ubuntu), which means you're SEVERELY limited if you don't have a good machine.

Overall, the pros are really strong, but the cons as well, if you have a powerful machine, a brain for puzzles and can handle the voice-acting, it's a strong recommendation. If you want something better balanced, doesn't have a very powerful machine and is picky with voice-acting, I would recommend to take that Portal 2 out of the shelf.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 22
Elegant and short first person puzzle platformer centred around the extrusion of blocks. I reccomend getting this version over the original as it comes with the DLC included, as well as some added content (new puzzles, achievements, and an actual story line with voice actors, which the original didn't have).

Pros:
-Minimalistic. It's a nice break from games with complex intricate environments filled with detail. There's not much background noise to distract you.
-Good puzzles. The hardest puzzles are a nice challenge but not super tough (imo). If spatial puzzles are your thing then don't expect to spend 30min stuck in a room.
-Short. Again, a good break from that drawn out campaign you're going through in that other game. You can explore everything in the main game here in 3.5h or less. Secret areas included.
-Against the Qlock. The DLC gives you a bunch of short challenges with a ton of achievements. They do have a stressful change of pace but you can play them in many ways.
-Those elegant hands and forearms. I feel strangely attracted to them.
-Cool environments. Not all of them but there's some screenshot/recording-worthy moments.

Cons:
-Slapped on story. This version is basically the original with voice acting to give you some sense of story. Personally it rubbed me the wrong way. I prefered the mystery of not knowing anything (in a Myst like way) rather than feeling like I'm in a bad stereotyped American film. There were so many things that made no sense, so many plotholes.
-Preformance issues? I'm not the only one. I'd like to see what the highest settings look like while still being able to have a good framerate (or is this just lag? I can't even tell). And this game doesn't demand much from the graphical part.
-Linearity. While I like games to be linear when they do have a linear plot, it was confusing to reach the only part where the other characters instill you to make a choice and yet... there's no choice to be made. You just keep going forward. It becomes irrelevant whom you trust because there's only one way to progress in the game. Even if that's against your wishes.
-Unpolished environment. Elements without collision. Invisible walls. Strange transitions in the secret areas.
-Unskippable cutscenes. But hey, at least they are short. Unlike the slow and painful elevator rides added in so you'd listen to the monologues. I get what the developers were trying to do but I believe they went a bit overboard.

All in all I enjoyed itt. The story, as bad as it felt, was bad in a laughable way. There were gorgeous rooms and corridors to be seen. The athmosphere was serene and somewhat mysterious. And the puzzles were accessible enough while still having some challenge in them that you'd feel accomplished. Yes, there's a bunch of things that could be better but they don't take the fun away from this game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2015
Pretty short main story but interesting puzzles and mechanics make this game worth the price. Story, athought not very important is pretty interesting, it's deliveved entirely by voiceovers while you solve puzzles or during intermissions between sections.

Final verdict: good puzzle game on its own right, with unique puzzles and gameplay.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 15
BEATEN - Time to completion - 4 hours

QUBE is a very portal-esque first person puzzle platformer. It involves you manipulating blocks to pass through rooms. The puzzle are creative, the music is pretty good, and the plot is actually more interesting than i would have expected it to be. Certainly worth a sale price, given the length. It does also have a time attack mode if you like that kind of thing.
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Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 27
Great game. Thought provoking with a pretty good back story. At first, I wanted music, but it's kind of creepy to be so quiet.
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Recommended
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 4
Master Piece !!!
FOR REAL!
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Recommended
13.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 18
I have never played Q.U.B.E before. But judging by my playtime I seemed to have been very good at it. Maybe it's that I'm good at puzzle games. Or it could be that I had a natural intuition for the mechanics. Either way, I could imagine that some people who aren't as good at puzzle games as I am would have trouble and wind up having double the amount of playtime I had. The most troubling thing for me is the pacing of this game. I understand that part of that is for the sake of the puzzles, but it really could've been made a bit faster so that we don't feel like we're plowing through molasses.

What I don't understand is why people compare this game to Portal other than the fact that they're both first-person puzzlers (well, this game is more of a puzzle-platformer than a puzzler, but I digress). Let's be clear: this game is very different from Portal. It has no portals, unlike Antichamber for instance, and it has no buttons and very few lasers, and so the puzzle mechanics are flat out different. That being said, I will say that this game resembles Portal in its tiled and behind-the-scenes environments. But even there you'll find differences, I can guarantee you.

And speaking of game mechanics, there are 5 main mechanics in this game, but there are also plenty more underused ones, encountered in the latter half of the game.

Next up: the story. It's a simple story told through two voices — not entirely unheard of. At times it did make me wonder what the ending was going to be, but otherwise it only helped enhance the increasingly bleak and freaky environment in the latter portion of the game.

The UI was simple — perhaps too simple. Even Antichamber (another UDK game) had more flexibility. At least it had some basics.

Overall: 7.5/10

UPDATE: I just realized that this game include the Against The Qlock DLC as part of its deal, so now you can complete all of the achievements if you try hard enough. However I have to say that this game, with its semi-irresponsive clicking, is not particularly friendly for speedrunning. If I could post a review there as well I would. At any rate, don't let this discourage you from the main game.

UPDATE 2: Now I recently saw some playthroughs of the original Q.U.B.E. I only wish I could've been able to buy that version on Steam instead of the Director's Cut, as it seemed was better.
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Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 24
I like cubes.
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