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 (247 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 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
59 of 76 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2014
I'm a huge fan of the original game and I can honestly say the Director's Cut is much worse.

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

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

The voiceover is more annoying and distracting than anything. It's like having an audio book playing in the background while you play the game: completely unrelated to what you're doing and ruining your concentration.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 13, 2014
EDIT: I have finished the game now, and I can honestly say the story in this is far less interesting than the original premise of having no story, and letting the player intepret it how they want. I will however still recommend purchasing either this, or the original (whichever is cheaper) and playing it because it is a good puzzle game.

The following applies to both games, original and directors cut.

Neat puzzle game, decently challenging. Stark black/white visuals with occasional splashes of color to seperate the puzzle elements.

Now, if you have never played this game before, I'd recommend buying the original (especially if it is cheaper). The reason being, the original is a good PUZZLE game with an interesting backdrop. The directors cut feels the need to tell a story, that frankly, has been told a thousand times.

Techincally this version has more content, but honestly I felt the original had a better feel to it simply because it gave you no pretext. It didn't give you a subtext to what was happening, this shoehorns one in for frankly no reason.

So in short, if you can ignore the blatant voiceovers and both are the same price, buy this since it has more content. If the original is cheaper, buy that.



SPOILERS BELOW (not that it matters honestly):





Seriously? A kid broke into your house because there was a fire? Why not call the fire department? Why not yell "Hey there's a fire! The second he broke in? How the hell did you manage to get downstairs without seeing/hearing/smelling a fire?

Seriously?

Also the ending of this game is incredibly concrete (as in there is no room for interpritation) yet it leaves a LOT out in the open.

What happened to the player character? Did he live? Did he die? Was this all a dream? Was the end sequence just something he created in his mind, or did all of that actually happen?

If the end was completely literal, why did solving cube puzzles destroy the "ship"? Why was there not a single inhabitant on the ship? Who built it? Did it just build itself and set a collision course with the earth? Why would it do this? It's clearly been made by something, the entire thing is made up of cubes (sans the television screens and shuttle in the last scene). Which brings up another point, why were there television screens and shuttles in something only made of cubs?

The only credit I will give the story in the Director's Cut was that they turned the whole "crazy man tells you the truth about a goverment consipiracy" cliche on it's head by revealing it was just a stranded man who wanted company. I guess that's something.

Either way this was wholly unnessicary and a large waste of resources for the developer. They should have just put all this time and effort into developing another title instead of writing a mediocre story for the existing game that was actually pretty atmospheric with no dialogue.

So again, buy whichever is cheaper, but honestly I'd recommend the original over this any day.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2014
Q.U.B.E is a game full of cubes in which you move cubes, jump on cubes, get tossed by cubes, choose the size of the cubes, into a room full of neutral cubes that are grey cubes unlike the other cubes that you move, jump on, choose size or get tossed by and those cubes are colored because cubes with colors are good cubes unlike Minecraft which is also a cube game but all of those cube things remind of portal because you're trapped in a huge cube and must go past those tests but portal doens't contain cubes that you jump on, move, get tossed by and choose size. The story reminds about the movie "Cube" which there are some people trapped in a huge cube full of cubes that are rooms but cube shaped like walls and that's why it's called "Cube" anyway in those little cubes you have different themes and ways to die and in the game "Q.U.B.E" you don't die you just smash yourself with your keyboard (With cube shaped buttons) because you are trapped in a room and the cubes are bothering you but unlike in the "Cube" movie which doesn't have anything to do with the game at all well the game doesn't have cube shaped rooms but it's built with cubes so you know.

I found a bug to get "outside" and actually it's not a huge cube containing you, it's just a closed corridor built with cubes in space with no stars which aren't cube shaped like.

But I like this game because it's a great puzzle and you know cubes are good (Comes with a few bugs if you discover them).

11/10 would cube again.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2014
cool game, puzzles made me question my own sanity. overall short and sweet.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 14
+ Fun puzzles
+ Voice acting is quite good
+ Stylish presentation
+ Secret puzzles
+ Voice acting also adds a new layer to the game...

- ...but unfortunately also feels off and unnecessary
- Still a bit short

[Rating: 83/100]
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15 of 25 people (60%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 24, 2014
They got rid of the ♥♥♥♥ing original soundtrack. What in the actual ♥♥♥♥ were they thinking? Not to mention they ruined the imagination with a bland-♥♥♥ narration.

For all that is holy and right please buy the original if you still can. It was beyond better.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2014
Like Portal and Antichamber's illigitimate love child!!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2014
The game is ok but it could be much better. first of all there are 7 chapters in the game (15-30 minuets per chapter) which is very short as shown by my above playtime. the game play is good however very basic the first 4 chapters (out of 7) were poinless, boring and way too easy almost no thought went into solving those puzzles but the last 3 were much better.

the acting was ok tho the story was dumb and not very well thought out as i thought the story should have been told throu each level via collectables and writing/drawings on walls.
there is also not much to do after completeing the game only a few speed runs

pros:
chapters 5-7
the concept
some vairation is puzzles

cons:
story line
playtime
lack of content

overall i would advise you to get this game IF it were on sale but otherwise don't there are much better puzzle games than this one
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2014
Portal-like, but just not that great.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2014
The game loads on Oculus Rift DK2 BUT there is no head tracking..... In order to get this game to load you need to set to extended and select the rift option but... I cant get the head tracking working. I have tried pausing the oculus utility. Its a shame. I will review the game once the head tracking is fixed. This was tested using oculus runtime v 0.4.4.

Its a shame as this looks like its a good game but for now I can not recommend this game. If you have a fix please respond I have investigated google and there are multiple posts regarding the broken head tracking.

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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 12, 2014
I liked the puzzles a bit... Sometimes they got a bit annoying, though. What really did it for me was the plot. I enjoyed it for most of the game, until the end. It's VERY disappointing. If this game is on sale, it's pretty worth it. But otherwise, don't get it.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 28, 2014
Q.U.B.E. touches something deep and personal and it makes you question a lot of things. The emotional story accompagnied with a beauiful soundtrack and a lot of chestnuts to crack makes this a must play for puzzle fans.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 7, 2014
First of: I am a huge fan of first person puzzle games, the more mindbending they are, the more i enjoy them with Portal 2 and Thinking With Time Machine on the top of my list.

The mechanism in Q.U.B.E. intrigued me, so i thought i'd give it a try. After waking up in completely sterile room you hear a voice over the radio telling you that you are somewhere in space, and you probably lost you memory of why you're there or even who you are. The only other thing they tell you is that the planet (or whatever it is you're on) is going to crash into earth, and you are humanity's only hope.... So, you know, no pressure. After that the game starts, you have these special gloves with which you can manipulate blocks.

Pro's
- Fun puzzles
- Cool new mechanism to solve puzzles
- Progressive build up in difficulty

Neutral
- Minimalist design. I guess if you're into that sort of thing you wouldn't mind, but personally i prefer a little more art direction

Con's
- Some levels require ninja skills, not pro ninja skills or anything, but i like my puzzles based on the ability to figure out how to solve them instead of fast finger skills
- Barely a story line, although i haven't played it fully through so maybe it'l surprise me
- Barely any sound design

Conclusion:
If you're a fanatic puzzler and you're up for a refreshing puzzle game: go for it!
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2014
Fantastically stylized and atmospheric Q.U.B.E: Director's Cut, gives players the opportunity experience what made Q.U.B.E. so fun and challenging, while incorporating a compelling narrative that made this game even more rewarding. With Q.U.B.E: Director's Cut, the player is given essentially the same game (graphics, puzzles, etc...) with a voice over and story attached. If you like Portal, you're going to like this, its mix of challenges and minimal style make it addictive and appealing to look at, because odds are if you’re good at first person puzzle games, you'll beat this in one sitting. The controls don’t feel constrictive nor are they over whelming, simply put; you have a glove that manipulates blocks on walls, which sounds easier than it is. If you aren't one to nit-pick, the story is interesting for what it's worth and the buildup towards the finally is beyond worth the wait. The voice acting is also impressive considering this is an indie game that costs less than half of a regular title while managing to look better too.

Visuals: 9/10
The game does look good and when in optimal settings on the correct monitor looks near lifelike or at the very least will make you say "wow".

Story: 8/10
With the game being about 3 hours the first play through, the story is more than adequate, keeping the player guessing as to what’s really going on while still being interesting and exciting.

Replay ability: 7/10
Like other games of the genre it has speed runs, but that’s really where it ends, the stories ok a second time through but it doesn’t have the same affect twice.

Challenge: 8/10
It's unique, really. Being able to manipulate your surroundings isn’t anything super new or exiting, but the way it’s done is impressive. Some of the puzzles will be quite difficult the first time through while some are just down right fun and awesome, specifically the blue platforms. They aren’t so difficult that your get bored or angry nor are the too easy and just flat out lame.
As with all games, the first section is to get the player oriented while the levels afterwords will put your mind to work.

Would I recommend this game? An overwhelming Yes. Unless you were sucked into the original by its lack of a story and explanation, buy this game. It's a perfect example of what can be done with a good idea and the right elements. Personally, id put this up there with Mirrors Edge, Portal, or any highly praised indie game. The story is there, along with the visuals and game play, especially being that this game is only $10, it’s not Portal, but it’s right there with it.

Solid 9/10 all considered.

Many many times better than most big budget games being released every year.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
เกมปริศนาคล้ายๆกับ portal ที่ต้องแก้ปริศานเพื่อผ่านแต่ละด่าน จะยากขึ้นเรื่อยๆตามลำดับ แต่ไม่ยากเกินความสามารถของเรา

คะแนน 9/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 7
I could get past the bad voiceover that people mentioned in reviews by just muting the game, but the fov/console lockdown? Nope. Google provides no solution.

My rule: if the fov is locked to something stupid and I can't change it, your game is unplayable and will get a no recommendation. PERIOD.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 19, 2014
If you're debating whether to play this or the original, they're both fantastic games. The main difference in this one is a new soundtrack and a story. If you're only playing it for the puzzles, the original might be a better choice.



*STORY SPOILERS AHEAD*





I liked the story at first, but it was obvious that it was somewhat shoehorned in, as there are a large amount of inconsistancies. The man Jonathon Burns managed to convince me that I was underground, as he actually made some good points as far as the symbols on the walls being recognisably human, and there being no windows. I was actually looking for something else to do other than take the escape pod at the end. It seems a shame that his paranoia actually made more sense than the rest of the game. Now that he is pointing these thing out, we can't dismiss is as "video game logic", they now become serious flaws in the game's story.



*END SPOILERS*


With that being said, the delivery of the story is well done. Both of the main voice actors did there jobs very well, and the writing was spot on as well. It's almost like they set up this story to fail, as if they had spent a little more time on it ironing out inconsistancies, maybe making an alternate ending, it would have been a really great game. In it's current form though, I would recommend the original over this one, but both can certainly be enjoyed for the puzzles.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 25
The director’s cut added a much needed story to keep you motivated and moving along. it may not the best story, but I enjoyed it.

The gameplay and visuals remind you of portal, but are still different enough that it doesn’t feel like a copy. The puzzles are also of good difficulty and the learning curve is excellent

This game is a no brainer if you like (that “if” really shouldn’t be there…) portal.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2014
Good game
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2014
Great mind challenge
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