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.
User reviews: Mixed (103 reviews) - 66% of the 103 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Feb 14, 2014

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Recommended By Curators

"I still do not know why I adore the aimlessness of Cube & Star (2014) as much as I do, but I do."
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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.”
Critical Indie Gamer

“Cube & Star: An Arbitrary love is a wonderful weird little game ... There's some magic here.”
Rami Ismail

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.

About This Game

"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

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 1GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 7.0
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • OS: OSX 10.5
    • Processor: 1GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 400 MB available space
    • OS: Linux Mint. Or equivalent. You know how it is with Linux.
    • Processor: 1GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 400 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Oh man. I don't know. Linux covers a broad area.
Helpful customer reviews
5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 7
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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37 of 42 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 21, 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 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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45 of 58 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 16, 2014
I have no idea what I'm doing, but I sure am enjoying it.
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36 of 45 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 14, 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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23 of 29 people (79%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 15, 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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