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

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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SkyNeko
( 5.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Pros:
+Mostly satisfying and fun puzzles
+Excellent organic teaching of the rules and mechanics of the puzzles
+Minimalist but very appropriate and polished graphics/sound
+Minimalist but gripping narrative
+Has an ending (no cliffhanger for a sequel or “fade to white” cop-out)
+Works great on SteamOS Linux with a Steam Controller
+A fair length for my skill level (took me 5 hours)

Cons:
-Some puzzles can get frustrating
-The ending might not be to your taste

I was very pleasantly surprised by Q.U.B.E: Director’s Cut. I had heard nothing and seen nothing of it before playing it (Humble Bundle syndrome) so I really didn’t know what to expect. I don’t generally consider myself to be a fan of first-person puzzle games because I do not consider myself to be very smart or very patient; whenever I pick up a puzzle game I expect to be bored while I figure out how to play, and as soon as I understand how to play I expect to be frustrated once the puzzles move beyond the easiest of the easy. Because of that I have abandoned many puzzles games soon after starting. Q.U.B.E seems to anticipate that mentality and provides an excellent learning experience to ease you in to every mechanic of the puzzles as they appear, without ever making you feel overwhelmed. Accomplishing that in the early part of any puzzle game is worthy of praise, but Q.U.B.E never stops accomplishing that as new mechanics and variations on old ones continue to be introduced throughout the game right up until the end, and never once did I feel like I was playing a tutorial. The puzzles themselves are mostly very well balanced in difficulty (for my personal skill lever). When a series of one type of puzzle starts to feel like a chore, the developers smartly introduce a new mechanic soon thereafter, which almost always managed to relieve my frustration by invigorating my curiosity. There were several times when I got incredibly frustrated with a particular puzzle and was feeling very prepared to call out the developers for cheap/unfair puzzle design, when eventually I “got it” and realized that the problem was me, not the puzzle. This happens most often on puzzles involving the physics engine, which did a few times “spaz out” and make objects bounce around in obviously unintended ways. But I realized later that this only happened because I was approaching a puzzle the wrong way, and I thought I needed to force my way through using some bizarre and implausible manipulation of the physics objects. The puzzles are thankfully not designed to rely on the physics engine nearly as much as it might appear they are, and once the right solution is found it becomes obvious that no “forcing” of the physics is necessary. It reminds me of a challenging jigsaw puzzle; sometime you really, honestly think you need to “trim a piece to make it fit” but that’s just because you haven’t found where it actually fits yet.

The story is understated but excellent. Being told almost exclusively through voiceovers, it utilizes mystery, excellent voice acting, and simple but effective themes of faith that I found to be surprisingly compelling, and kept me motivated to complete the game in a just a few days. Considering the game’s style I was beginning to dread that the game would have a cop-out “ambiguous” ending with no answers, but thankfully that’s not the case. The ending does have answers for the player, but whether you find them to be satisfying or not is going to be a matter of opinion. I appreciated that I was given answers, but I personally didn’t like the answers very much. Whether you like the ending or not is going to depend much more on your personally held beliefs than on your opinion of the quality of the ending cinematic. But the very fact that the story manages personal involvement on that level at all is very impressive.

Overall, for excellent quality and accessibility of puzzles paired with a very engaging story, I highly recommend Q.U.B.E: Director’s Cut.
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FredExp
( 3.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
PROS:
  • awesome psychological plot that ♥♥♥♥s with your brain
  • entertaining and self-explanatory gameplay
  • nice cube puzzles
CONS:
  • I expected only cubes, but there are also spheres in this game
But in all seriousness
awesome game, 10/10 would mindblown again
worth every ♥♥♥♥ing cent
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Blue - Blue's Warehouse
( 33.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Well, this is an amazing game. There should be more of this kind of game on steam.
It's a FPP - First Person Puzzle, in which you can control colored blocks to solve the different puzzles.
It looks pretty neat, and for the time I played it, I didn't feel like if I wasted my money.
I hope to see a QUBE 2 in the future, cheers to the developpers !
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Dat pootis Catul Braonee Gaemur
( 27.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Before I played:
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   レ ノ   ヽ_つ
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`ノ )  Lノ
After I played:

/フフ         ム`ヽ
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/ |  ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)ノ⌒(ゝ._,ノ
/ ノ⌒7⌒ヽーく  \ /
丶_ ノ 。   ノ、 。|/
   `ヽ `ー-'_人`ーノ
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10/10
The older sibling of Portal 2.
I'm hoping for a sequel.
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Goat du Baguette
( 5.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
as sexy as a cube can be
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yokz
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Product received for free
Its like Portal, but without portals. Still good!
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Kroovka
( 3.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Pretty good puzzle game. Portalish.
6.5/10
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QuantumPhysicals
( 3.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 21
Product received for free
This is a beautiful, the story draws me in, it's price is a decent estimate for its content, it simply furfilled the purpose I brought it for :)

9/10 :)

10/10 In my books, right above Portal
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GvB
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 21
A great game and all, looks and that stuff although i kinda broke the game... SPOILERS On one of the levels you are supposed to lead a ball, I used the yellow blocks so that it would push the ball, although it well started levetating and didnt move but apart from that little bug i r8 8/8 or 5/7 for 9gagers
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Skytis
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 21
Product received for free
Interesting game - until I got to Sector 6. A certain puzzle was literally impossible there (at least for me). You have to move some "things" via magnets, but the game keeps bugging out - some the "things" sometimes move on their own, get stuck in a wall and bounce out randomly... good luck arranging them correctly like that.

If it wasn't for that, I'd probably recommend it, but well... literally unplayabe uncompletable.
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
10/10- It teachs you how to color blend
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 8
Product received for free
For a game I got for free, It's pretty fun, but I would also pay the full price if I had to.

This puzzle game has unique mechanics and just plays amazing.
After I went through the basics I am now proud to be...

Wait for it..

Better Than my brother

9/10
Would replay again
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 13
Pretty nice game , i enjoy it a lot really worth of money :)
+ Really nice graphics
+ Nice storyline (MindTwists , etc.)
+ Really nice puzzles
+ Nice voice dabing
I have just nothing to complain about this game JUST NICE !!!
I personally recommend this game for every one !!

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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
7/10 good puzzle game, recomended for portal fans or just simple puzzle fans
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
27.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
Before I played:
\\ _
   \( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
    < ⌒ヽ
   /   へ\
   /  / \\
   レ ノ   ヽ_つ
  / /
  / /|
 ( (ヽ
 | |、\
 | 丿 \ ⌒)
 | |  ) /
`ノ )  Lノ
After I played:

/フフ         ム`ヽ
/ ノ)   ) ヽ
/ |  ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)ノ⌒(ゝ._,ノ
/ ノ⌒7⌒ヽーく  \ /
丶_ ノ 。   ノ、 。|/
   `ヽ `ー-'_人`ーノ
    丶  ̄ _人'彡)
10/10
The older sibling of Portal 2.
I'm hoping for a sequel.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 8
Warning: First Impression
This is probably going to be a neutral view from me. I say probably because this review is merely a first impression and will later be edited to reflect my final opinion on the game.

At this point I'm about 20 minutes or so in, and have beaten the first two areas of (I assume) seven total. I understand that the level design will become more complex in later areas so I'm not going to stress on that so much. However, I have some notable problems with the game already which I feel need to be mentioned.

Problems encountered in the first 20 minutes of gameplay
  • There are no subtitles available. Yes, you heard me right. I actually had to search this up to be certain because it was so UNBELIEVABLE to me that a game with any amount of spoken dialogue could ship without subtitles. This is an insane omission that doesn't affect me much personally but can be a deal breaker for many affected gamers. It's just insane that a re-released, presumable successful game lacks such a basic feature.
  • Audio sliders. There's only one master audio slider. Enough said. Devs need to get their options menu ♥♥♥♥ together.
  • Platforming? The puzzles I've encountered so far have required some moderate platforming, more that you would expect from a portal-like puzzler. The problem is, the platforming mechanic doesn't seem as fleshed out as it should be. It feels incredibly uncomfortable to JUST be able to jump onto the ledge leading to the next level (which has been the focus of many of these puzzles so far). It just doesn't feel right, which is unfortunate since the game chooses to put so much emphasis on the mechanic.

Why it might be worth it to venture on?
  • The game seems to have a very nice ambience and there's a great feel to the puzzles.
  • The story seems to be forgettable so far, so perhaps the lack of subtitles isn't as much of a vice as it could have been,
  • The game has a very strong portal feel to it: it moves you forward to rooms that contain self-contained puzzles and has a similar plain white aesthetic that brings out some of the strong colors.
  • The puzzle mechanics are novel. Each colored cube introduced so far (blue, red, yellow, green) is relatively unique and enjoyable to work with. Although one can say that only two of these (yellow and green) are truly novel ideas.

In conclusion
It seems to be worth bearing through the problems so far, but only just barely. It hits me at my weakness with its Portal vibe and has intelligent enough puzzles to justify sticking around. Some of the levels (though still early on) have been clever and engaging and I hope there is more of that to come.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 7
Product received for free
Personally, this is my favourite puzzle game so far. Gameplay is fluid and you really have to commit if you want to pass the level. Also the graphics are nice and the story behind it is curious. This is two thumbs up!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 14
Product received for free
This game is a very good puzzle-game, with some story-assets in it. I really recommend it to people who want a good story-driven puzzle-game, Also it reminds me of portal.

10/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
I went into this one with far too low expectations. I figured it was another one of those indie puzzle games.

Wrong. This is the best first person puzzler after Portal, both in story and gameplay.
The gameplay was fun and refreshing. It's challenging, though at the same time remarkably intuitive.
I found my own subconscious solve the majority of the puzzles without having to actively think about it.
The puzzles keep throwing refreshing new gameplay mechanics at you, it never gets stale, but it never gets confusing either!

Verdict:
Worth €10? Personally I'd say no. It's about 3 hours of gameplay, maybe more if you try the additional content.
I got it for €1 in a Humble Bundle, and I sure am glad I did!

8/10 - Surprisingly fun! But for 3 hours.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 7
After playing this game it's rly fuN GAME LOOK LIKE A MINEPORTAL its rly fun
9/10
good optimizated
good game
just too hard
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