QBEH-1: The Atlas Cube is an atmospheric 1st-person puzzle platformer by Liquid Flower that takes players on an inspired quest through a variety of divergent worlds, each filled with new mysteries and secrets to uncover. In each world, players find special cubes that must be collected and used to navigate to the next portal.
User reviews: Very Positive (134 reviews)
Release Date: May 15, 2014

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December 1

Update 1.1.3a

This small update fixes couple of bugs that snuck in to the 1.1.3 update.

  • Fixed missing sky texture in level 6-2
  • Fixed Rage Quit achievement

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November 27

Update 1.1.3

This update fixes the annoying Master Cube related bug.
Also the Oculus Rift support has been moved to beta branch.
Full changelog here

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Reviews

“A simple idea has been taken and turned into a complex puzzle game, with stunning visuals and relaxing music. If you've not played this great indie title yet, I highly suggest you give it a go!”
10/10 – Glacier Gaming

“It’s peaceful, intellectually rewarding, and of all things a stress reliever. Qbeh-1: The Atlas Cube, is great.”
9/10 – Hooked Gamers

“Qbeh-1 take’s everything that made Portal’s puzzles great and mix’s it with elements of MineCraft and even Tetris and blends them all together to create something unique yet familiar. Its Rift implementation is the best we have seen yet from a previously released 2D game so much so that it’s hard to imagine that it was not originally designed with VR in mind. Qbeh-1 is well worth your time and money as it’s a modern classic and a must play experience.”
4/5 – Virtual Reality Reviewer

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About This Game

QBEH-1: The Atlas Cube is an atmospheric 1st-person puzzle platformer by Liquid Flower that takes players on an inspired quest through a variety of divergent worlds, each filled with new mysteries and secrets to uncover. In each world, players find special cubes that must be collected and used to navigate to the next portal. Some cubes will simply be used as stepping stones to new areas while others are imbued with magical properties such as gravity and propulsion.

Created by Liquid Flower, QBEH-1: The Atlas Cube is a prequel to their much beloved Qbeh, a small student project that found its way online and into the hands of gamers and journalists alike who wanted more after feasting on the appetizer. Now, QBEH-1: The Atlas Cube builds on the core concept and aesthetics introduced in the original and brings even more polish, passion and gameplay into the new game.

FEATURES:
  • Solve elaborate puzzles using a variety of Cube types such as Building Blocks, Energy Cubes and Gravity Manipulators
  • Explore atmospheric Worlds, each with 6 challenging levels and unique themes
  • Discover alternate paths, intriguing platforming elements and secrets to unlock an unfolding mystery
  • Experience an immersive & mesmerizing Soundtrack that pulls you into the adventure
  • Uncover the game’s narrative through interpretive imagery
  • Oculus Rift Support (supports DK1 & DK2)

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista/7 /8
    • Processor: 2 GHz (or 4 GHz for CPUs like Celeron/Duron)
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0c compatible; integrated or very low budget cards may not work
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 3000 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible sound card
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows Vista/7 /8
    • Processor: 2.0GHz x86/64
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256MB GForce 8600 or better
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 3000 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible sound card
    Minimum:
    • OS: Snow Leopard 10.6.3 or later
    • Processor: 2 ghz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.0 compatible graphics card, 258 MB video memory
    • Hard Drive: 3000 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
Astranon's Rating of Qbeh-1: The Atlas Cube:
Gameplay (Is it fun?): 4/4
Visuals (Does it look good?): 4/4
Originality (Is it one of a kind?): 4/4
Playability (Is it free of errors and other issues?): 3/4
Overall Rating: 94% out of 100%

Astranon's Review of Qbeh-1: The Atlas Cube:
Qbeh-1: The Atlas Cube is a first-person, atmospheric puzzle game. The player is introduced to a world of crumbling labyrinths suspended in the sky. Some of them are lush and warm. Others are cold and dark. Each labyrinth contains special cubes that must be collected and placed to reach the exit portal. It sounds simple, but labyrinths can be tricky to navigate without a map or compass, neither of which exists in this game. The player will have to scale cliffs, take dizzying leaps across the void, and search the ruins for hidden passages or rooms to progress.

Not only does each labyrinth the player encounters contain a secret to discover, but some of them include Easter eggs as well. In this game, secrets appear as rotating, golden pyramids. They are more difficult to locate than the exit portal, and the purpose in gathering all of them is itself a mystery. Easter eggs, on the other hand, are not collectible and are purely aesthetic. They can be anything from unusual-looking blocks that stand out to doodle-like images that appear to jump out at the player.

Qbeh-1: The Atlas Cube has a memorable soundtrack and detailed graphics. The only problem I have with the game is that it does crash unexpectedly from time to time. These crashes have never caused me to lose progress when exploring a labyrinth, however. They seem to happen only when the player either attempts to minimize the game's window or clicks something in the menu. As long as the player does not do either of these things (and there is no reason to most of the time), the game will run smoothly.

Qbeh-1: The Atlas Cube can be a lot of fun if you enjoy wandering a scenic, lifelike environment while solving puzzles and unraveling mysteries. I recommend this game.

[Note: This review was written to help other gamers make an informed decision before purchasing. It is in no way intended as an attack on opposing viewpoints. You are welcome to agree or disagree with what I have written here. Either way, I hope you have enjoyed reading it. Thank you.]
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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
Brilliant game. It was the perfect difficulty and had and excellent pace. I couldn't stop playing it and didn't want it to end. This is one of the best puzze games I have ever played, it's right up there with Portal and Closure.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
13.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
QBEH-1: The Atlas Cube is a first person puzzle platformer that takes you on a quest through a variety of divergent worlds, each filled with new mysteries and secrets to uncover.
The basics behind the game are simple, tasking players with collecting cubes that can be used to build steps and platforms to reach a portal to the next level. There are a limited number of cubes in each level, and they can only be placed upon glowing segments of wall and floor tiles, making Qbeh-1 a challenging game that requires the player to think about their next steps and anticipate the eventual consequences.
The music is soothing and pleasant.
The graphics looks good so far, with vast blocky levels that stretch to the horizon, inventive level design and some great texture work that makes it easy to spot interactive elements and collectable objects.
Qbeh-1: The Atlas Cube is an interesting little block puzzle game which you should try out if you like first person puzzle games.

Sounds 8/10
Graphics 6/10
Gameplay 7/10
Atmosphere 8/10
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
Absolutely fantastic game. Peaceful, maddening, gorgeous, thoughtful. The soundtrack alone is worth it - ambient and soothing, and constantly fits the world. Just wonderful.

Devs, please make more games.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
29.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 26
Play time ~29 hours

This game is fantastic. Simple basic mechanics that are easy to learn in order to progress through the game, with then more powers unlocked later on and more obstacle types as well. The puzzles are hard enough to make you think but never too hard to ever stump you. The game may pose to be slightly repetitive after awhile though so I suggest playing with breaks in between. Still worth every penny though. I also love how there are secrets on each level that make you try to discover where they are - some are not trivial and you will just feel great finding them.

The game looks fantastic, has great atmosphere (settings, sound, music, expansiveness), so not only does it test your mind but you also feel immersed in to the game.

Also the game is family friendly - no violence what so ever. I highly recommend this game.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
Qbeh-1 I have to say is wonderful. I am having such a relaxing time playing and exploring. Playing in the sky makes my tummy turn when I am jumping around. I feel like I am really there. The graphics are so pretty. The music is fitting. The sounds are well suited. The colours are perfect! I can't pick any fault in this game. 10/10 If only I didn't have to go to sleep now I would still be playing. When I went to quite the game asks, "Do you want to quite Qbeh-1?" , " Yes or No" I was like "NO! No and I want to play more."
I think my box packing, as I am shifting house, will be a little rushed tomorrow because I am playing this when I wake up. On the other hand I may not sleep in so I can play this some more.
BRAVO for a fantastic game.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 12
I've now finished all of "The Atlas Cube" and overall the experience was very relaxing and beautiful. Liquid Flower has done an exceptional job, the level design is fluent and flows with the colour scheme of each world.

As I had faintly remembered my experience playing the demo Qbeh I was pleased to see the ending was very similar in that we were dragged into the "Atlas Cube". The puzzles were logical and easy to understand making this game simple and quick to get through. The levels were long which was great because it helped break the playtime into sections however although the loading time was designed to be long (like I was waking up through every level), I found it rather annoying when I wanted to check what level I was on and I had to wait to exit to the menu and wait to go back into the level. Maybe including the name/level number on the pause/exit menu would've been nice. Also I did occasionally find the Z-fighting on a few cubes here and there but not enough for it to affect the game at all in any negative way.

I felt a connection with each level, it felt really inviting and warm as they each had their own characteristic. I couldn't help but admire the beauty of some of the levels with the water, especially the interior/dark levels with the lights emmitting and illuminating the water.

Playing through the game I noticed Liquid Flower took very attentive care to small details upon the levels, balancing it out so the levels weren't scattered with small pieces however they didn't seem dull and blank at all.

As I went through each level I played it very wisely, being as conservative as possible and saving as many of my cubes. I was only able to find a few triangle gems, so it would've been nice if it had a record system which you can set a high score for how many cubes you save finishing the level so that way I'm not wasting all that time going back into the chamber and picking up the cubes which I can save
So thanks Liquid Flower for making such an amazing game. Great job!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
Awesome first game for anyone who just got their Oculus. Very gripping gameplay. Its amazing something that would be so simple on a regular screen becomes quite challenging in VR. Some bits will drive you crazy as you will die often and have to start from the beginning, but these are good learning tools and eventually you will get it. jumping is a little unpredictable. Some You really have to guess your way through a level but i like that they dont prompt you. Its peaceful in there.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
It is the perfect combination of puzzle and exploration. the perfect combination of portal and minecraft. nice graphics and soundtrack.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
This game is awersome !!! Hard puzzles, beautiful environments and enjoyable soundtrack ! I recommend !!!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
52.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 24
This is an excellent game. It looks fantastic; the levels reward exploration and there are plenty of good puzzles.

The best levels are great. Sometimes a level feels a little contrived rather than having a smooth organic feel to play through - they are still a lot of fun and I think this can be forgiven in an indie developer who is learning their trade.

Overall - I'd definitely recommend the game :)
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 25
Great puzzle game, and not too hard, not too easy. The scenery is beautiful and the soundtrack completes the atmosphere of the game. Difficulty, and even size of each level, increases gradually as the player progresses through the levels and worlds.

The levels are occasionally tricky to navigate, plus they're airborne, so falling off is definitely not recommended, and to add to the challnege there are no maps or compasses, though they are not labyrinths, outright. There are very rarely alternate paths whose dead ends you cannot see from the beginning, so the correct way forward isn't hard to find, or create. You only have to take detours to find hidden rooms and crevices containing items you may need to continue.

I wish the game was longer. Absolutely recommended.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
Qbeh is another puzzle platformer that is remarkably similar to Q.U.B.E. Both have the same cuboid environment, and both are FPS puzzle games that feel a little unfinished at the time of their release. Qbeh should have some sort of story, at least a symbolic abstract one, to accompany the gameplay. At the moment we don't even know if the player is human or not since there are no viewmodels. Another issue with this game is that it will crash if it is minimised or alt tabbed, or anything similar. This needs to be fixed as soon as possible. For reasons I don't fully understand, this game has hooked me in a way that most of the stuff I have bought recently has failed to do so and I recommend it for all fans of portal or Q.U.B.E. You will not be dissapointed (as long as you don't alt tab).
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
Like exploration ? like puzzles ? like platforms ?
Well, then, trust me, you'll enjoy this game.
The environment is beautiful, the music is remaxing, the controls are very good.
Once we've said that, we already know we have a good game. Now, let's focus on contents.

Each world (there are five, containing 6 levels each) introduces a new cube with new abilities (red will stack with others, blue will activate switches ...). Basics are easy to pick up, mastering them might be a bit harder, but anyway the cdifficulty curve is pretty smooth.
Finishing the levels are more about puzzles and platform skills, but in each level there is an extra to find and to reach (reaching it can sometimes be pretty easy, but finding it can be difficult, even frustrating sometime). Well, that's the exploration part, and is is optional, so it's fine.

Some levels can be pretty long, but they all have a few checkpoints (despite that, in some levels, death can be quite the punishment).

All in all, that's a great game that I recommend. For me, its only weak point would be that it takes a little time to charge a level, but it won't stop you from having hours of fun playing this game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
37.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 30
slow-paced and calming gameplay, yet with quite a lot of surprising and interesting moments.
if you enjoy extensive exploring + finding secrets, you will love qbeh-1. it is reminiscent of Portal('s puzzle style) and Kairo (!) but it definitely has its own vibe and design to it. i found the puzzles quite challenging whilst the atmosphere made feel refreshed and at ease.

(in my opinion, this is also the best acrophobia-triggering game ever.)


5/5
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
15.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 9
Better than Q.U.B.E.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
when beautiful game design, wonderful sound effects and nice puzzles are combined this game is the creation
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 28
I'm really enjoying this game especially in the rift, each level provides an even more challenging puzzle with great game mechanics. Definitely worth checking out for anyone that loves puzzle games or even if you are just looking for something with great eye candy for the rift!

http://youtu.be/X1EL3BJMZFQ
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
Definitely worth buying. I told myself I would only play for a few minutes, looked at the clock, and over an hour had gone by. If you like puzzle games, this game is for you. Not to mention it's beautiful.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
Portal (third-person puzzle) + Minecraft (blocks) = Qbeh-1: The Atlas Cube
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