Bound across the world spreading color, creating life, tearing brains asunder and meeting interesting geometry. Slowly begin to doubt that you are playing correctly. Slowly begin to doubt that life is even able to be lived correctly. And come to a terrifying conclusion.
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“Cube and Star: An Arbitrary Love is one of those indie games that make us remember why indie games are so important.”
Hooked Gamers

“Cube & Star: An Arbitrary Love is a strange entity, but it makes a compelling case for games as high-art.”
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“Cube & Star: An Arbitrary love is a wonderful weird little game ... There's some magic here.”
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Cube & Star: Warped Perspectives

"This is like the ultimate mind-f**k experience" - Robin E: The Gaming Ground.



Taking our cue from Robin E's vivid description, Cube & Star: An Arbitrary Love is now warped (hyperbolically) beyond reason and logic.

Select the lens through which you view this bizarre, colorful little world: Opt for the world-stretching Spindle view, the comforting and classic Perspective view, or the sociopath's delight: Data view.

Because truth isn't tied to reality, it is tied to the perspective through which we view it.

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"Spread color. Spread joy. Thrill to the emergence of strange new creatures. And burn them all to ashes."

Cube & Star: An Arbitrary Love is a surreal open-world exploration game about the creation of life, joy and the pointlessness of existence.

Eat fruit, nudge trees, stain the ground and thrill to the emergence of strange and vapid creatures in your fool's errand to reunite the Ancient Cube and Star.

Day breaks, grass grows, night falls, stars fall from the sky, trees shed their fruit...

And across the world other cubes like yourself are bounding around, each with their own tiny opinions to impart to you... if you have the patience to listen.

As the grey world comes to life - secrets emerge from the ground: discover ancient relics, bizarre monetary tokens and personal journal entries left by cubes long gone.

Fill your void with knowledge, flood the world with color, burn the world to ashes - and watch as an ancient entity is reborn.

And relax....

  • DRM-free!
  • Explore an ever-changing, ever-bizarre world.
  • Night falls, day rises, grass grows, and the world becomes slick with rain.
  • Seek out the lost voices of the Tiny Things, unearth relics, pointlessly accumulate currency.
  • Decrypt the bizarre language of the Tiny Things.
  • Resurrect long-dead creatures.
  • Flood the world with color.... and drown the world in fire.
  • Raise strange new structures and bear witness as their occupants continue their grim calling

Системные требования

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Минимальные:
    • ОС: Windows 7
    • Процессор: 1GHz
    • Оперативная память: 2 GB ОЗУ
    • DirectX: Версии 7.0
    • Место на диске: 200 MB
    Минимальные:
    • ОС: OSX 10.5
    • Процессор: 1GHz
    • Оперативная память: 2 GB ОЗУ
    • Место на диске: 400 MB
    Минимальные:
    • ОС: Linux Mint. Or equivalent. You know how it is with Linux.
    • Процессор: 1GHz
    • Оперативная память: 2 GB ОЗУ
    • Место на диске: 400 MB
    • Дополнительно: Oh man. I don't know. Linux covers a broad area.
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tundraghost
( 0.8 ч. в игре )
Опубликовано: 26 марта
Complete waste of time and money unless you are really into toys and eye-candy.

Cube rolls around the world, colors the ground, bumps into things and gets collectibles which mean nothing but achievements. Sometimes you get some zen-like phrases when you bump into certain things (not much changed in "encrypted messages").
That's all of the game.

No goals, no action, no real influence on the world.
The Boneyard Man
( 19.8 ч. в игре )
Опубликовано: 8 марта
Yet another modernist art piece masquerading as a game.

The writing and art are very charming. This is definitely a casual game, and it's very telling that most of the people who don't recommend this game have more playtime on it than the ones who do.

The piece is quite abstract, featuring generic solids with a pastel color pallete. The gameplay is completely open world, with the vague goal of making the grey grid of squares a little less depressing, and no particular end to that.

Throughout the game, you're peppered with little bits of backstory written in a simple substitution cypher, and a ton of incredibly generic but nearly universally applicable bits of life-advice, generally aimed at convincing you to be less boring.

I don't recommend this game. It's an experience that is surpassed in nearly every way by reading a self-help book under a tree in the park.

However, if you've watched the trailer, and the idea of moving the cube around is more appealing to you than a cheap sandwich, you'll definitely get your money's worth.
Ilgaz
( 2.1 ч. в игре )
Опубликовано: 14 февраля
" Art "
HyoukaFuwa(不破 氷菓)
( 0.5 ч. в игре )
Опубликовано: 4 февраля
so, as steamdb graph says, I am the only player for this game today :/ That sick, because this game is nice though
Bliss
( 4.7 ч. в игре )
Опубликовано: 24 января
It's a bit buggy, but nothing a quick restart doesn't fix. If you enjoy semi-aimless exploration it's worth buying at price. It's worth your time.
3-HEADED BULLY BEAST
( 2.6 ч. в игре )
Опубликовано: 16 января
Trash game about trash cubes being deep
jack8in
( 0.9 ч. в игре )
Опубликовано: 14 января
Приятная песочница, в которой нужно окрасить весь мир, собрать кучу вещей и найти все секреты. Игра больше тянет на приятный таймкиллер. Скрашивают ее достижения. Подойдет не всем, но если Вам понравились скриншоты и видео геймплея - то игра Вас не обманет.
0ni
( 8.3 ч. в игре )
Опубликовано: 18 ноября 2015
invest several hours coloring the map just to start up and find i'm starting from the beginning D; uninstalling, never play again >:[ //edit// after the frustration faded i started again D;
spasmodic
( 4.9 ч. в игре )
Опубликовано: 8 ноября 2015
A serene amble through a bizarre world. Worth a few hours exploring and collecting. The ways in which you interact with the world are not particularly deep, but the game is satisfying nonetheless.
3k0
( 1.1 ч. в игре )
Опубликовано: 9 октября 2015
I don't mind having not much of an objective when playing a game, but close-to-none is a bit too much, especially when the playability is not on the table and the gameplay so repetitive.
Basically... FlirtySlash
( 0.3 ч. в игре )
Опубликовано: 16 сентября 2015
Amazing game, i dont even know what this ♥♥♥♥ is about but it's amazing
ToxTheFox
( 3.5 ч. в игре )
Опубликовано: 18 июня 2015
I'm still trying to really figure out exactly what this game wants from me, but I do find myself enjoying playing it, even if it is a bit odd. It's actually one of my favorites and I love just chilling out and listening to music while I play. It's awesome.
Locoweed
( 10.8 ч. в игре )
Опубликовано: 7 июня 2015
Fun little game about putting color back into the world.

There aren't really any instructions so it can be hard to figure out what to do at first.

Once you find out how to color the world, you pretty much spend the rest of the game coloring up a certain % of the map until you win.

Unfortunately the map is kind of worthless except to show a kind of general idea of where you've been, and where the Cube and Star are. The game has multiple kinds of collectibles, most of which only show up after you've colored in random tiles. Unfortunately, once you've started coloring in the map, all the activity going on makes it hard to find the rest of them, so I was never able to finish the Diary or the History collectables to read the full story,

I don't know if the game is worth $5, and I definitely wouldn't recommend trying to 100% this unless you REALLY want to meticulously color in the MASSIVE map to get each of the collectibles.

But if you just want a chill coloring game to relax to, and have some spare time, you will enjoy this.

goqbert
( 0.6 ч. в игре )
Опубликовано: 30 мая 2015
It's an interesting concept that starts with some promise as you begin colouring the world, but boredom sets in as soon as you realize how slowly things progress and how large the world really is.

This has been described somewhat as a Zen game, but unlike other such games such as Flow, etc. there is little sense of progression and the pace is so very, very, slow. Nudge trees slowly, collect the colour that falls from them, and paint the world until the colour runs out. Repeat. It is the very definition of grinding, only with no real goal in sight.

There are some redeeming qualities: it is pretty, and the music is tranquil, fitting with the zen-like feel. Unfortunately that wears thin quickly as there is precious little actual game-play. The little bits of text you unlock are simply small statements designed perhaps to evoke deeper thought, but there really isn't much to them and they don't add much to the experience.

Some would say it is art, but to me it is a game without actual gameplay. Evocative statements and abstract graphics cannot make up for the fact that there is simply little to do, and what there is is so drawn out you would need to grind for hours and hours just to see it. It simply tries too hard.

The trailer shows all sorts of interesting parts of the game that I suspect are many hours away. Getting there is simply not that interesting, and takes too long.
Hexie Lambent
( 0.4 ч. в игре )
Опубликовано: 12 апреля 2015
25 minutes was all i needed to make the conclusion that this was a single guy who bought a "philosophy for dummies" book and a "baby's first poem" book, and then asked his friend to make 3D models for this great idea he had because he was so inspired, disliked what his friend made, and decided to just use some shapes for characters because he didn't have the money to commission anyone, and then tried to pass it off as artsy and minimalistic because he spent some cash getting the software to make the "game" and wanted a quick buck.

everything about this game VERY LOUDLY screams "I'M PRETENTIOUS AND DEEP", from the store page to the exit screen. i haven't mentioned a single thing about the gameplay because there is none - you hold arrow keys to roll a box around and pick up potentially tens of thousands of certain kinds of shapes while you bump into other shapes, and get cryptic and sometimes condescending messages on the topic of life shoved into your face, which even when i tried to read them i couldn't because sometimes the text faded too fast.

pretty glad i got this in a humble bundle a while back, and i'm pretty glad i gave my 1 dollar entirely to the humble staff.
euroboardgames
( 25.8 ч. в игре )
Опубликовано: 24 марта 2015
Visuals and Graphics: 7/10
Gameplay Mechanics: 2/10
Overall score: 4/10; TLDR

I did not buy this in a bundle. I bought it solo on IndieGameStand for $1 because it looked great.
This interactive screensaver (**not game) is tolerable for $2-3. $5 is too much

This application is like an alpha concept demo. LIke wandering through a 1st person shooter with no bullets or melee, you get a good sense of feel of the presentation without any game mechanics implemented.

The gameplay is missing. Like a small developer who had a beautiful project envisioned which he never had time to finish. Rather than junk all the work, he/she releases the incomplete alpha app (avoiding the word 'game'). I get it. Developing a game is tough; life moves forward; the author must eat; other priorities overshadow this project. I think it is a beautiful project. Sell the Alpha for $1 maybe and perhaps finish it at a later date.

If the author were to finish the game, I envision a bear eating berries and having a transformative effect on the environment. Or a bee or collection of bees pollinating the neighborhood and effecting change on the makeup of the flora. (The dev is like a bee--he works very hard, and we gamers come expecting delicious honey for next to nothing $$ and do not care whether the worker starves for his hard work. I actually applaud what the author started here.)

However, again, there is NO real game mechanic. I read the reviews that say this app was meant to behave as a tranquil zen sandbox--No, that is a cop-out excuse for a demo released before it had a game built around the concept.

I have extra time on my hands, so I can drop my 12 hours into this game for even Zen foolishness. Most of you cannot--play 15-30 minutes of this, then Uninstall. The app is like painting your house with a trimming brush and full set of watercolors. It takes forever but you end up with a nice kaleidoscope result. That is all that happens.

The app even mocks you with fake/useless collectibles and makes parallel references to the futility of life. Why not take this beautiful app as the pollen/seed spreader and tack on a few simple game mechanics. (ex: Cultivate this red plant in the NE side of the garden. The Blue plants and ladybugs and animals flourish as you succeed.) Something weak and simple but producing/accomplishing a small goal. Rinse and repeat for a few dozen challenges. The sandbox all works mostly the same, but gives some reason to play or some bother to polinate/transfer/spread each plant color.

Instead, there are no instructions--nothing accomplished--All the plants, bushes and trees have their own inherent colors that do not change. Your only action is to paint a hue to the ground/grass beneath them by picking nearby color from a unchangeable plant. As you paint, there are 100 other bugs slowly painting the areas that you have brought to life--so you have no real control of color.

Instead, you paint the world with a tiny trim brush. Do a little--then do a lot until you see that it is not getting any better but the world is incomplete, so one might grind for the futility of a full color completion. The world needs to be 5 to 10 times smaller because it takes too damn long for no better finished result.

Pursuit of Achievements is a silly set of badges in many games. There are a plethora of nonsensical achievements. "Make a swollen and fertile world" 0/50 What?! How would any of this be accomplished? "Sprinkle a modest joy over the world" 0/20. It wants you to cover 20% of the world with Yellow. Over half of the areas are painted by bugs with a semi-permanent color which the player cannot change. So, how would I get 20% of the world yellow? Most of the achievements revolve around a find-a-needle-in-a-haystack subgame. After walking the whole world around and making small interactions--you will quickly accomplish quite a few nonsense achievement. (Bump into 1 beetle.)

The only controls are WASD (configurable + controller) Remember I have the luxury of doing nothing but wander for hours WASD, redipping the paintbrush every few feet, After revealing color to the world 6 hours later, I was about to uninstall the app. 4 of the needles-needles-in-the-haystack are colored runes that go into the useless stacks of Zen sayings, Zen history, Zen coins, Zen jewels, Zen artifacts. All useless.

SPOILER ALERT that should have been put in the nonexistant instructions/tutorial:
6 hours done, ready to uninstall, it turns out, that if you click the 4 Runes while standing still 6 times, your paintbrush will drop a few paintballs which will bounce around and change a small to medium area around you. It is random--so you have a new tool which just introduces more randomness into the world. Not a means to guide the color development. Now there is a population of little people that walk around with their paintbrushes too. So, instead of competing with the 300 bugs, you now also compete with 100s of "LittleThings" that also shift the colors of the environment. No control. Just beautiful paints wandering the canvas--with your tiny ability to shift the localized colors a bit. The rest of the world shifts as it wants.

Keep doing that for hours instead crafting the look of the gardens, or making honey, or scaring a competing hive out of the neighborhood, or stinging the brutish humans who trample the gardens. All of these mechanics are missing.

Beautiful interactive screensaver game though. 4/10.
Dinre
( 0.2 ч. в игре )
Опубликовано: 20 марта 2015
I guess I should start by saying I only booted this game up on Steam so I could review it. I have, however, played it for a crazy number of hours on my DRM free copy I picked up over on IndieGameStand. That's not a plug for IGS; it's just a disclaimer about the time Steam says I've played the game.

I just played Cube & Star again this evening, and I'm a bit confused about why I enjoy this game so much. The tone is incredibly melancholy, even though you're playing a game about spreading color over a grey world. There are several secrets to be found in the game, and after far too long, I just finally solved one of them. It felt great!

I am reminded of the feeling on a long summer afternoon, when dinner was hours away, and I sat by a creek, blindly feeling around for stones to skip across the water. I don't know that I was "happy" about the plip of a thrown pebble or the overlapping concentric circles after a successful skip, but the experience was deeply satisfying.
Your Annoying Brother
( 1.4 ч. в игре )
Опубликовано: 19 марта 2015
its too boring.
Hollow Joe
( 1.1 ч. в игре )
Опубликовано: 13 марта 2015
Before you buy this game, go to it's website and read the creator's description about it's mechanics. Now ratchet back your expectations a few knotches. The things bouncing around your mind don't happen. If you are a person to whom media which are condemed as "art-y" appeal, and are willing to make the experence fun largely by the locomotion of your own inner monolog, then this game may be for you.

If you are a person like me who's world view is unlikely to be shaken to the very core by a cube talking to you in annoyingly short lived text boxes, then perhaps skip out. I went in looking for a whimsical sand box adventure driven by the complicated relationship between a cube and a star. The game is nothing like that. If something like that sounds good, go play Grow Home.

All in all the meaning of this piece is intended to be created by the viewer, as a colaboration of maker and player. This has only neice appeal and should have been wrapped up in a game that is actually fun, or engaging as to make the person interested before you ask then to come up with their own story.

The experence could be replicated and probably improved by walking around a meadow talking to your grandad about the meaning of life, and that doesn't cost $5 usd, assuming you bring a packed lunch.
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Приятная песочница, в которой нужно окрасить весь мир, собрать кучу вещей и найти все секреты. Игра больше тянет на приятный таймкиллер. Скрашивают ее достижения. Подойдет не всем, но если Вам понравились скриншоты и видео геймплея - то игра Вас не обманет.
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Опубликовано: 24 апреля 2014
Мне в последнее время что-то часто попадались игры, которые потенциально могли бы быть очень хороши. Вот только авторы недоделали их до такой степени, что вместо того, чтобы говорить в пользу игры, эти полу-работающие механики только портили впечатление.

Ну вот, Cube & Star - причудливый пример прямо противоположного: когда на вполне готовую не-игру наложили дополнительные игровые механики. Я не могу сказать, что прямо в восторге от результата, но это значительно лучше первого варианта.

По сути игра представляет собой такой "симулятор экологии". Мир живёт вокруг тебя и помимо тебя, а твои действия только слегка меняют правила вокруг. Поверх этого самодостаточного симулятора наложен герой - куб, со всего двумя разными механиками взаимодействия с миром. И уже поверх этого прилеплены дополнительные цели, тексты, ачивки и стим-карты.

И сделано всё вполне хорошо. Мир живёт, дышит и развивается. Цели достижимы. Ничего (ладно, почти ничего) не глючит, а тексты придают миру дополнительное измерение.

Проблема во всём этом только одна - я себя чувствую лишним. Мои действия меняют всё - и не меняют ничего. Когда ты знаешь, что без тебя всё было бы по сути тем же, хоть и несколько другим - это как-то... смущает.

В общем, рекомендую любителям ярких песочниц. Походить по миру, взаимодействуя с обитателями и разыскивая артефакты, вполне интересно. Во всяком случае, в первый раз.

Но второй раз в это я играть уже не буду.
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0.5 ч. в игре
Опубликовано: 8 июня 2014
Что это? Зачем я в это играл?
Поговорив со старым кубом, наш персонаж (молодой кубик) выходит в окружающий мир, полный конических и сферических деревьев, из которых выпадают шишки и звёзды при столкновениях, других путешествующих кубов и прочего геометрического разнообразия. Исследуя мир, можно найти кучу предметов, раскрасить его, пооколачивать шишки с сосен... и всё. Ну, разве что, почитать глубокомысленные сообщения при столкновениях.
Игра из серии "хорошая была трава у авторов".
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4.6 ч. в игре
Опубликовано: 21 июня 2014
Cube & Star is a game I very much wanted to enjoy, but unfortunately, the game doesn't give you enough back to warrant continued play.

You're a cube in a mostly-colorless land. You begin your quest mostly without direction. You interact with other cubes and surface-dwellers. You start to color in the environments. You meet a tiny thing and discover there may be more to them to meet the eye. It all seems like something very clever is beneath the surface, but as the hours went by, I couldn't find it. Like the other reviews say, achievements are broken. Even after you decode the language of the tiny things, not much is revealed other than cryptic laments.

As you collect currency and stars and such relics, you eventually feel the grind and pointlessness of your quest. You can spend hours coloring in the world...but when you figure out how to open the map and figure out how the big world is....you release you could easily spend another large quantity of hours filling in all the empty spaces. And for what? The tediousness of my journey weighs heavily on my cube-like shoulders, and it is with much regret that I finally ceased to roll across the plains.

Cube and Star feels like it aspires to something great but then maddeningly keeps it forever out of reach of the player.
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4.4 ч. в игре
Опубликовано: 16 февраля 2014
I have no idea what I'm doing, but I sure am enjoying it.
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Опубликовано: 14 февраля 2014
I adore this game and I can hardly explain why; the color, music, and totally minimalist gameplay create an experience can perhaps only be described as 'fun', pure, simple 'fun' untethered by our expectations of a plot or any discernable end goal.

At its current (sale) price you'll more than get your money's worth from simply trying to decode messages.

Confused you? I'm confused myself. All I know is I'm having fun.
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Опубликовано: 15 февраля 2014
I, like many others here, can't help but be strangely compelled to play. Instead of just leaving it at that though, I'll try to put what I feel in words. This game seems like it was developed to be the ulitmate abstract expression of both the 90's "collect-a-thon" platformers and the modern open-world "sandbox" games. It's minimalistic aesthetic serves well the feeling of exploration and the occasional bits of story you recieve from journal pieces and conversations are tantalizing enough to entice you to find them all and piece together the entirety of the narrative.

While the gameplay so far has never diversed from "roll around, color, collect, talk" I don't think it needs to, it's a testament to the philosophy that simplicity is key and sometimes overthought in the game design process isn't required. In addition to the of the world beng a clever mechanic, it also lends a hand to the relaxing nature of the game and imparts a sense of ownership as no two worlds will be the same and you can feel proud of your coloring as you traverse your world.

There really isn't much negative to say about the game, but one should be informed the game has no save mechanic. This is by design and I really don't think it needs to have saving, but definitely make sure to make time for this game because all of your work will be lost upon closing. (edit: ive been informed this is no longer the case and the game saves on exit. YAY!)

That's really all I have to say about Cube & Star: An Arbitrary Love. I don't think this will win over some gamers but I would encourage everyone to at least try it. What's here is something that to the best of my knowledge hasn't been done before, and the results come together in a delightful and fascinating way.
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Опубликовано: 19 февраля 2014
Today is 2014.Feb.19. At the time of this review, the game came out five days ago.

Firstly, this game needs a patch. Secondly, if you read the other reviews you'll notice that they all talk about how colorful and/or pretty the game is. Yes... this game is both colorful and pretty. But that's it.

The game offers nothing in the way of plot, gives you no motivation to explore other than to complete your map, and has very little in the way of interaction between you and the environment.

There is no options menu, the game forgets your music settings and always launches with music "on", I found three different bugs, experienced one crash, and most importantly lost some of my interface because I can't change the graphics settings (because there ARE NO GRAPHICS SETTINGS) and the HUD icons fall off the right side of my screen.

The three bugs I found were a missing "congratulations panel" when you find all the lore icons, I went invisible while "talking" with one of the NPC critters, and I have found several dozen "invisible trees" where they are there but not displayed.

The cryptography puzzle was laughably easy and solved in under four minutes.

This game's fatal flaw: filling in 100% of the map is almost impossible because the creatures that paint the world in their own right don't count toward your "fill" percentage and yet they have painted the tile so you can't visually tell which tiles you have missed. I got to 91.30% map completion in six hours and getting the last 8.7% is not going to happen because I'm done with this game.
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25.8 ч. в игре
Опубликовано: 24 марта 2015
Visuals and Graphics: 7/10
Gameplay Mechanics: 2/10
Overall score: 4/10; TLDR

I did not buy this in a bundle. I bought it solo on IndieGameStand for $1 because it looked great.
This interactive screensaver (**not game) is tolerable for $2-3. $5 is too much

This application is like an alpha concept demo. LIke wandering through a 1st person shooter with no bullets or melee, you get a good sense of feel of the presentation without any game mechanics implemented.

The gameplay is missing. Like a small developer who had a beautiful project envisioned which he never had time to finish. Rather than junk all the work, he/she releases the incomplete alpha app (avoiding the word 'game'). I get it. Developing a game is tough; life moves forward; the author must eat; other priorities overshadow this project. I think it is a beautiful project. Sell the Alpha for $1 maybe and perhaps finish it at a later date.

If the author were to finish the game, I envision a bear eating berries and having a transformative effect on the environment. Or a bee or collection of bees pollinating the neighborhood and effecting change on the makeup of the flora. (The dev is like a bee--he works very hard, and we gamers come expecting delicious honey for next to nothing $$ and do not care whether the worker starves for his hard work. I actually applaud what the author started here.)

However, again, there is NO real game mechanic. I read the reviews that say this app was meant to behave as a tranquil zen sandbox--No, that is a cop-out excuse for a demo released before it had a game built around the concept.

I have extra time on my hands, so I can drop my 12 hours into this game for even Zen foolishness. Most of you cannot--play 15-30 minutes of this, then Uninstall. The app is like painting your house with a trimming brush and full set of watercolors. It takes forever but you end up with a nice kaleidoscope result. That is all that happens.

The app even mocks you with fake/useless collectibles and makes parallel references to the futility of life. Why not take this beautiful app as the pollen/seed spreader and tack on a few simple game mechanics. (ex: Cultivate this red plant in the NE side of the garden. The Blue plants and ladybugs and animals flourish as you succeed.) Something weak and simple but producing/accomplishing a small goal. Rinse and repeat for a few dozen challenges. The sandbox all works mostly the same, but gives some reason to play or some bother to polinate/transfer/spread each plant color.

Instead, there are no instructions--nothing accomplished--All the plants, bushes and trees have their own inherent colors that do not change. Your only action is to paint a hue to the ground/grass beneath them by picking nearby color from a unchangeable plant. As you paint, there are 100 other bugs slowly painting the areas that you have brought to life--so you have no real control of color.

Instead, you paint the world with a tiny trim brush. Do a little--then do a lot until you see that it is not getting any better but the world is incomplete, so one might grind for the futility of a full color completion. The world needs to be 5 to 10 times smaller because it takes too damn long for no better finished result.

Pursuit of Achievements is a silly set of badges in many games. There are a plethora of nonsensical achievements. "Make a swollen and fertile world" 0/50 What?! How would any of this be accomplished? "Sprinkle a modest joy over the world" 0/20. It wants you to cover 20% of the world with Yellow. Over half of the areas are painted by bugs with a semi-permanent color which the player cannot change. So, how would I get 20% of the world yellow? Most of the achievements revolve around a find-a-needle-in-a-haystack subgame. After walking the whole world around and making small interactions--you will quickly accomplish quite a few nonsense achievement. (Bump into 1 beetle.)

The only controls are WASD (configurable + controller) Remember I have the luxury of doing nothing but wander for hours WASD, redipping the paintbrush every few feet, After revealing color to the world 6 hours later, I was about to uninstall the app. 4 of the needles-needles-in-the-haystack are colored runes that go into the useless stacks of Zen sayings, Zen history, Zen coins, Zen jewels, Zen artifacts. All useless.

SPOILER ALERT that should have been put in the nonexistant instructions/tutorial:
6 hours done, ready to uninstall, it turns out, that if you click the 4 Runes while standing still 6 times, your paintbrush will drop a few paintballs which will bounce around and change a small to medium area around you. It is random--so you have a new tool which just introduces more randomness into the world. Not a means to guide the color development. Now there is a population of little people that walk around with their paintbrushes too. So, instead of competing with the 300 bugs, you now also compete with 100s of "LittleThings" that also shift the colors of the environment. No control. Just beautiful paints wandering the canvas--with your tiny ability to shift the localized colors a bit. The rest of the world shifts as it wants.

Keep doing that for hours instead crafting the look of the gardens, or making honey, or scaring a competing hive out of the neighborhood, or stinging the brutish humans who trample the gardens. All of these mechanics are missing.

Beautiful interactive screensaver game though. 4/10.
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Опубликовано: 9 октября 2014
I'm not sure if I am having fun...
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Опубликовано: 18 ноября 2014
Like Noby Noby Boy and Mountain, this is a toy more than a game. It's a constantly changing environment to interact with, where your cube bumps into stranger and stranger things as you explore the world further. You can influence the world in various ways, but it's a subtle, slow influence, especially compared to the industrious gardening of the game's other characters. So it's a zen game, something to switch off and relax with, an antidote to hours of SpaceChem brainburn. On another level, it's also a commentary on the psychology of achievements. Why collect coins that can never be spent? In a game about spreading colour and life, does it make sense to burn and kill things to unlock one achievement among a hundred?

I think this is going to to have limited appeal. In particular, if you absolutely need action, or character progression, or puzzles, or a story -- any of the things that constitute a game -- then look elsewhere. But in its best moments, Cube & Star goes beyond all that to capture the feeling of ambling along the shore, picking up shells and bits of wrack.
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7.3 ч. в игре
Опубликовано: 25 апреля 2014
Starts off as interesting and relaxing but quickly becomes tedious after a while of playing. I think the game doesn't want you to play it, though. So the developer accomplished that much at the very least! I really did enjoy this for a while, but the fact that most of the achievements are broken as well as a lot of them being largely about wasting time (good luck with the 1 million stars achievement, seriously...) and I get the feeling that this game could've been better with a more interesting execution. There's some neat ideas here but ultimately it ends up simply not being too much fun for more than an hour or two.
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3.9 ч. в игре
Опубликовано: 14 октября 2014
Completely fell in love with the game, haven't colleccted everything yet, still working on colouring it, but I really wanna know what happens at the end?! Completely addictive, 9/10
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10.8 ч. в игре
Опубликовано: 7 июня 2015
Fun little game about putting color back into the world.

There aren't really any instructions so it can be hard to figure out what to do at first.

Once you find out how to color the world, you pretty much spend the rest of the game coloring up a certain % of the map until you win.

Unfortunately the map is kind of worthless except to show a kind of general idea of where you've been, and where the Cube and Star are. The game has multiple kinds of collectibles, most of which only show up after you've colored in random tiles. Unfortunately, once you've started coloring in the map, all the activity going on makes it hard to find the rest of them, so I was never able to finish the Diary or the History collectables to read the full story,

I don't know if the game is worth $5, and I definitely wouldn't recommend trying to 100% this unless you REALLY want to meticulously color in the MASSIVE map to get each of the collectibles.

But if you just want a chill coloring game to relax to, and have some spare time, you will enjoy this.

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1.1 ч. в игре
Опубликовано: 3 мая 2014
The worst part about this game is that it has a lot of potential but doesn't live up to it. You start out knowing nothing. It tells you to move with the arrow keys and that's it. Awesome! So I go exploring and see little foreign cubes and pyramids and wormy things. Awesome! I approach one and see four little stats or something appear above it, with little symbols by each stats. I don't know what those mean, but great! More mystery! Some of the little cubes speak a different language. I find out I can collect little foreign sentences, which will help me decode the language. Great concept! I wanted to find all the sentences!

But then I found a coin. Great! What's this do? I see a menu appear on the right of the screen. 1/100 next to a coin picture... Oh. Well. That's a lot of coins. What do they do? Then I find a relic. 1/250 or some high number like that. What?? A gem: 1/75. What is this? I don't care about any of that. But that's the majority of the game. Explore new areas (they all look the same: grey until you get there and add color) and collect useless stuff. I never could understand the foreign cubes (the translation tool was crap; a programmer needs to sit down for a week and make the interface more usable). I never figured out what the stats were all about. And how could I with all the fluff in between me and the riddles' answers?
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0.6 ч. в игре
Опубликовано: 13 мая 2014
Next up today was "Cube & Star" (Doppler Interactive). I rolled a cube around a geometric environment, collecting objects of unknown purpose, and reading cryptic messages. I supposed I would have had to play the game longer for its purpose/goals to reveal themselves, but the gameplay itself was tedious, and the music was extremely repetitive and quickly got on my nerves.

For a game that doesn't explain itself from the onset, it would need to have much more engaging mechanics to hold my attention long enough for me to come to an understanding of what I'm supposed to be doing (a game like Starseed Pilgrim comes to mind, which I played for about two hours before I even began to have the foggiest idea of what I was supposed to be doing—but it was a fun and engaging two hours of cluelessness).

Maybe Cube & Star this is a life–changing game that I'll never experience because I lacked the patience, but there's also an opportunity cost to that sort of hopefulness…
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64.3 ч. в игре
Опубликовано: 23 июня 2014
Fun simple game. It's minimalistic but enjoyably so; you can color the world in rainbows or destroy it with the agony of fire. Raise hundreds of "tiny things" or leave them extinct, Super simple game play, feels monotanous at first but that quickly leaves and is replaced by the satisfaction of a colorful musical sandbox world from the perspective of a cube traveling across the land. At this sale price right now, definitely worth a try.
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1.6 ч. в игре
Опубликовано: 16 сентября 2014
This game is quite dissapointing, reading the description and looking at the gameplay video it looks quite entertaining and it is... for the first 20 or so minutes, almost two hours in and I already feel the maddening grind.

I'm not even near 100% yet, the map is mostly grey stil, I'm confused. I don't know what I'm supposed to do, what's expected of me, where I should go or what I'm even doing.
I took a stab at decoding the tiny things language, that didn't help at all, I was still just as confused.

I'm sure this game gets good at some point but I just don't have the attention span to get there, and with great regret I have to put yet another title on my list of games I never completed.
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6.5 ч. в игре
Опубликовано: 30 октября 2014
While somewhat interesting in concept, I can't really recommend this game, as it essentially lacks much of anything of interest to actually *DO*. You start play plunked down on a gray world full of trees, and are functionally tasked with making it a colorful world by bumping colored trees, rolling over their colorful fruits, and then spreading that color to other trees. Your color fades to gray after a dozen or so moves, so you have to bump another tree. Rinse and repeat. And repeat. And repeat. And repeat for hours on end...

As you roll around, you collect random collectables that you collect because you get an achievement for collecting them all. (Unless they disappear because some random critter activated the object outside your sight range, and then you can never collect 100%.)

The game world is huge, which is something of a negative, because, with gameplay from start to finish basically consisting of just bumping trees and spreading color, I ran out of interest in the game before I could cover the world in color or get any of my completion. There's a "mystery" to uncover by collecting journal bits, but it just doesn't have enough suspense or reason for players to care to carry the player to the finish line. Unlike a lot of other reviewers, I actually managed to decypher the language... and was not particularly impressed by the results. It's a simple symbol-to-letter cypher that is made even easier with each line starting with Roman Numerals, but the need to click through each symbol is *HIGHLY* tedious, yet served as a distraction from a tedious game... No wonder so many people quit with lower hours played than I have.

I hit a crash bug, and didn't have the will to see if or how much I'd lost in game progress, because it all felt like a waste to me to try to complete painting this world.
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2.1 ч. в игре
Опубликовано: 15 февраля 2014
Not really sure what to say about this game if we can name it like that, i`m confused like most of people talkin about this game. This game is just weird, but keep me playing for some strange reason. You should try if are able to get it cheap, but only if you like weird games, or at least dont mind :)
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