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.”

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    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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Cpt. Solta
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
This is a really good game!

Maybe the game can feels a bit short (I mean the main story), and the puzzles could push it further, but it's not a problem because this makes the game very varied. It never becomes boring, there is always something new. You can spend much more time with the DLC's and (mostly) the achievements.
A little interesting story is told by the game with not a big messege, but it's very good and impulsive.

I can just recommend this game! :)
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Gerach
( 2.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
Puzzles were fun to solve. Game is very short though.
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BluePaw 🐾
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
Product received for free
Review for the original version, however I bought it before it went off the store: http://steamcommunity.com/id/BluePaw/recommended/203730/

Thoughts are the same, however this version was more optimized for better performing computers. I have issues with frame-rate jittering to dropping below 30 (I prefer 30 minimum or steady).

The additional story it offers is good, but I'm torn of which version I prefer: story or silence. It did give context of what you were doing there and such.

QUBE:DC does provide the Against the Qlock DLC in it instead of sperately, less money spent for achievement hunters, however the original version requires a purchase and I don't know if current owners can still get the DLC for it.

Despite all that, QUBE:DC is still good and enjoyable if you liked Portal.
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$Tevo
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
graphic are nice
gameplay is ok
if you like puzzle game u should try it
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Major Gnuisance
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
Pros:
Technically robust.
Aesthetically pleasing visuals.

Cons:
Frustrating, slow and unsatisfying game mechanics and puzzles.
Pacing problems.
Ham-fisted story.
Extremely annoying time buffers in the levels to accomodate audio narrative.


My biggest personal gripe with the design of this game are all the forced waiting periods between puzzles, such as slow-opening doors, slow-moving elevators or poitlessly long corridors, which don't adapt to the player's pacing at all and will force you to wait idly in silence if you stopped to look or explore while the audio-only narrative played out.

The audio narrative should've been playing during the puzzles, not in between!
Or at least speed up the arbitrary waiting points if the audio already stopped playing!

And to add insult to injury, the achievements indicate that there are hidden secrets in some stages, so exploration is both incentivized (with secrets) and punished (with pointless waiting if you lingered a bit between puzzles).

I can tolerate a pointless story, but not when it gets in the way of the game proper.

As for the core of game, I'd describe it as "Portal-esque, but oddly unsatisfying."
Most of the game is spent trying to guide balls or cubes through obstacle courses by remotely triggering fixed gadgets in the level, which turns out to be a boring, repetitive and frustrating task.

I imagine some people will love what this game has to give, but I was not one of them, and I generally can't recommend it.
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countryshack
( 5.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
Loved this puzzle game. You are simply manipulating cubes by the way of special gloves to progress through the game.
It gives you a sort of 'Portal Feel' as you are making your way through the cube.
Portal is better and cost per hour is cheaper but don't let that keep you from this puzzle game.
The puzzles are just easy/hard enough so that you don't get stumped and totally frustrated to the point of needing a walkthrough.
There were only 2 drawbacks that I found. The 1st was a section of the cube that was in the dark, which I hated, and Thank God it didn't last too long. And the 2nd was that the game only lasted 4 or 5 hours. I guess that is fair as far as price per hour goes but you just don't want it to end....it's that good.
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RoloDeOvo
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
Product received for free
Best first person puzzler I have ever played.

10/10
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SuperSandro2000
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
Product received for free
Great puzzle game and great story but the controlls are sometimes a bit weird.
It reminds me of portal but without portals.
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Ilikecookies71
( 2.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
Let's make this short:

Pros:
-Interesting mechanics and puzzle design
- Story and voice acting is nice, though it's pretty obvious what is really going on

Cons:
- Barely any graphic options
- No seperate audio sliders
- No Subtitles
- Story is mostly told inbetween the puzzles. This wouldn't be an issue if the terrain was interesting to look at but most of the time you just stay put and wait in an elevator with nothing else going on or walk down a straight line in bland hallway. Telling the story while you are hammering your brain to solve a puzzle would've been more entertaining, this just causes a lot of boring downtime.
- The puzzles tend to repeat itself quite heavily. Sure this is an aspect that can't be avoided but other games manage to make solving the same type of puzzles fun by changing the environment around, bringing a new visual or story aspect into it. QUBE sadly stays the same old boring white blocks most of the time.
- There is some sort of artificial delay between beeing able to activate and deactivate blocks that drove me nuts. Quick and precise puzzle solving was made unnecessary slow

So would I recommend it?
Pick it up in a sale, it's mostly entertaining and doesn't outstay it's welcome in the 2h it took me to beat it

Would I play it again?
I really wouldn't.
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name of the game
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 20
Product received for free
Б.П.В.Б Вырезка Директора - Быстрое Понимание Выдавливания Блоков.
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mambuco93
( 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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Who
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 19
Pretty good puzzle game. Not too long, not too hard, just enough to keep it fresh and interesting the whole way.
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Moku
( 4.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 17
The puzzles are quick and intuitive, with only the odd one requiring real thought. The narrative is fairly insignificant, though it does make the ending interesting and better than nothing. There's a heavy amount of padding surrounding the Time Trial mode, but that's purely optional if you don't mind not getting all the acheivements.

Finished in roughly four hours over a few days. Worth a look if you want something vaguely Portal 2-ish.
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9000 geese
( 3.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 16
just completed the game, Its short but In many ways its similar to the portal games, qube can apper at first slow and with no plot, but without spoilers I can tell you that after completeing the game my specicific words were "F*** thats clever" definitley worth a few quid especially if you enjoyed the portal franchise! i will certainly be replaying this game in the future!
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Lightning_Rod
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 16
If you've been craving some Portal action since completing Portal's 1 & 2, this game is it. Many, many parallels between the two.

The puzzles are challenging but not too frustrating, they're intuitive, the narrative is brilliant and keeps you guessing (instills much doubt and mistrust like Portal). Short game but it's what you'd want to put into a puzzle game.

All in all very well job very the small team accreditted.
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Marshmallow3000
( 13.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 13
Its like portal except not!
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☯ spidi150 ☯ \ö/
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 12
Q.U.B.E is quite a neat and interesting game.

Some puzzles can really make you rip your hair out, it's not the ones that are hard that drive you crazy, but the ones that you have to try over and over again to get the right timing. But in the end it's quite fun.
Took me 2.7h to finish the main story (without Extras and DLCs and without the hidden area in Sector 5)
I liked the story that really makes you think about whether you're doing the right thing or not during the game, even though you don't really have the choice not to, but yeah... :D
To be completely honest I don't know if it's worth the 10 bucks as for so far as I've played it. But in a sale, why not?

The only thing I found quite bothering and a bit annoying about the game was the lack of control-settings.
I personally preferred it, if I could've switched the mouse buttons, because for me, the other way round it seemed more intuitive but that's personal. What disturbed me even more, was that I personally am someone who plays with a slow mouse-sensitivity, and I found that there should've been a better range of setting the mouse sensitivity in-game (specially towards the lower sensitivities), since as I said, I don't like playing with high sensitivities.

In a nutshell it's not a bad game and with 3h of main story, you're quite fast through it, so you decide what you want to pay for that.

PS: The hardest puzzle in the game as it's called by an achievement is actually one of the easiest in my opinion :P
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bd2600
( 4.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 12
It's not very difficult but the puzzles are fun to solve. It's a lot like Portal, the story is kind of interesting and definitely didn't end how I expected it to. Would recommend
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Munch4us3n
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 8
Bom jogo, pra quem gosta de Portal, é um pouco parecido, só que sem os portais.
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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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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 12
Q.U.B.E is quite a neat and interesting game.

Some puzzles can really make you rip your hair out, it's not the ones that are hard that drive you crazy, but the ones that you have to try over and over again to get the right timing. But in the end it's quite fun.
Took me 2.7h to finish the main story (without Extras and DLCs and without the hidden area in Sector 5)
I liked the story that really makes you think about whether you're doing the right thing or not during the game, even though you don't really have the choice not to, but yeah... :D
To be completely honest I don't know if it's worth the 10 bucks as for so far as I've played it. But in a sale, why not?

The only thing I found quite bothering and a bit annoying about the game was the lack of control-settings.
I personally preferred it, if I could've switched the mouse buttons, because for me, the other way round it seemed more intuitive but that's personal. What disturbed me even more, was that I personally am someone who plays with a slow mouse-sensitivity, and I found that there should've been a better range of setting the mouse sensitivity in-game (specially towards the lower sensitivities), since as I said, I don't like playing with high sensitivities.

In a nutshell it's not a bad game and with 3h of main story, you're quite fast through it, so you decide what you want to pay for that.

PS: The hardest puzzle in the game as it's called by an achievement is actually one of the easiest in my opinion :P
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 17
The puzzles are quick and intuitive, with only the odd one requiring real thought. The narrative is fairly insignificant, though it does make the ending interesting and better than nothing. There's a heavy amount of padding surrounding the Time Trial mode, but that's purely optional if you don't mind not getting all the acheivements.

Finished in roughly four hours over a few days. Worth a look if you want something vaguely Portal 2-ish.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 26
Product received for free
Review for the original version, however I bought it before it went off the store: http://steamcommunity.com/id/BluePaw/recommended/203730/

Thoughts are the same, however this version was more optimized for better performing computers. I have issues with frame-rate jittering to dropping below 30 (I prefer 30 minimum or steady).

The additional story it offers is good, but I'm torn of which version I prefer: story or silence. It did give context of what you were doing there and such.

QUBE:DC does provide the Against the Qlock DLC in it instead of sperately, less money spent for achievement hunters, however the original version requires a purchase and I don't know if current owners can still get the DLC for it.

Despite all that, QUBE:DC is still good and enjoyable if you liked Portal.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person 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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
This is a really good game!

Maybe the game can feels a bit short (I mean the main story), and the puzzles could push it further, but it's not a problem because this makes the game very varied. It never becomes boring, there is always something new. You can spend much more time with the DLC's and (mostly) the achievements.
A little interesting story is told by the game with not a big messege, but it's very good and impulsive.

I can just recommend this game! :)
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 90 days
11 of 11 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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.0 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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10 of 10 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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6 of 7 people (86%) 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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4 of 4 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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3 of 3 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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3 of 3 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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4 of 5 people (80%) 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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2 of 2 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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0.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 17
Fun little game with gamepad support. Recommended for Portal fans.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 15
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