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: Mostly Positive (71 reviews)
Release Date: Feb 14, 2014
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"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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May 5

Cube & Star: Warped and Twisted

"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.

If you own the game already, you've got it right now! Update and view the world through a whole new lens.

If you don't... maybe our friend Robin E from The Gaming Ground can inspire you to take a look:

"You don't need drugs and alcohol when games such as Cube & Star exist"
Robin E: The Gaming Ground.

We're saving lives here!

-Joshua

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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

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Mac
Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 1GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 7.0
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX 10.5
    • Processor: 1GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 400 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Linux Mint. Or equivalent. You know how it is with Linux.
    • Processor: 1GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 400 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Oh man. I don't know. Linux covers a broad area.
Helpful customer reviews
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
I'm not sure if I am having fun...
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
Cube & Star: A Love of Life and of the Arbitrary. This is a very simple yet complex game. The controls are few and guidance is absent which leaves most players lost looking for the point. I was drawn to Cube & Star by the beautiful design and the colors; I played because I enjoyed spreading the color. The question this game brings up is "What is the point?" Cube & Star is similar to life, the search for meaning. As I spread color, I discovered the purpose of the tiles that I collected- they create life. Originally, I only payed attention to my effect on the landscape but soon found out that the game is more widespread than that. Now I watch as each action my cube takes affects the entire realm of the game from changing simple colors to creating life that changes the face of the map in their own way. This is a game for people who enjoy the search for purpose.
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
Not sure if this is an arty achievement collecting game or an arty parody of achievement collecting games. Kind of dull.
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0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
Cube & Star is a game that you will either like or not. It is not a game for everyone and takes some time to figure out what your purpose is. There are collectibles, there are goals, and it acts like a massive paint sandbox thing. Would I recommend it to everyone, no, but I think this game is good and it may be worth a shot.
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5.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
Cube & Star is a bit of a challenge to review as I am not quite shure what exactly it is supposed to be. Quite simply it involves painting a black and white world with colour. In the end it is supposed to be a metaphor for giving life to the world around you.

In terms of actual gameplay its very simplistic. However it is still a fine work of art that can hold its own in the world of games.
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3.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
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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0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Pretty but not a game.
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26 of 30 people (87%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
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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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
64.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
No many words, just a real nice game.
That makes you feel good while playing.
Relex and play get your head clean and forget the world outside.....
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
Cube & Star is, if nothing else, an interesting time-waster. You roam the world spreading color, reuniting a long separated pair, and murdering "tiny things". It's addicting for those who love to get all achievements in game, from spreading certain colors to becoming a reaper of the tiny things (inhabitants of this world), there are quite a few goals to achieve. I would recommend a play-through for anyone who is a completionist as well as anyone who just likes to try random different things. :D
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 29
Fun, surreal thing.
I've not gotten far, because I keep accidentally deleting my save file -_-.

I don't know how to describe this other than "you're a cube, and you paint things colours you get from trees, sometimes you find randomly-generated emotions".

Get it, because yeah.
Also, it's been crashing for me (64-bit Debian Linux), so there's that. ....
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 16
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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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
I've played this for about 2 hours so far and it's really turning into a gem of a game.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
Cube & Star is supposed to be an "art game". Now, if you 're familair with my tastes in games, you know it's a genre I appreciate: I can't sing enough praises for "Papers, Please", and I really liked "Flowers", for example.

Cube & Star is nothing like those. It's a pretentious mess that mistakes random word juxtaposition for poetry. You're a cube and your goal is to... what? color the world? collect useless junk? It's never quite clear. The only marks of your progress are the collectibles you gather. These show up every x steps. With x being random. And they're usually made of 2-3 polygons and have fancy names that mean nothing.

There are no lethal enemy, no interesting sightseeing (past the first 2 minutes). You can bump into other cubes or animals and A random, meaningless sentence will pop-up (and will take painfully long to fade out) before you'll continue your travels.

After what seemed like an endlessly long time, a new power showed up, seemingly at random, that allowed me to burn a bit of my surroundings. What purpose does it serve? Probably none.

I suppose you begin to see a pattern: there's nothing that makes sense, there is no challenge, no reward, no loving craft that was used to shape the world. It's all an empty, meaningless random experience.

Playing Cube&Stars would be like playing Diablo if Diablo had no enemies, was painted with pastel colors instead of grey and brown, and if Blizzard's title used a tileset that had just 10 element for generating levels.

Stay clear of this one. It's not worth its cheap price, let alone your time.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 13
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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7 of 13 people (54%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
♥♥♥♥ing worthless dont play

you play as a cube that moves around a world. that is it. it is more boring than it sounds. i think this is supposed to be art but lol. just because you make a weird game with no point to it doesn't mean it's artsy
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
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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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 17
A lot of shapes
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
Is this a game? Appears to be an open world exploration game where you play a cube exploring a grey world. Not my cup of tea.
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