One of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful arcade games of the 1980s is back in its Classic pixel perfect 2D form, and a re-imagined Reboot version with state of the art 3D game-play and graphics that remain faithful to the original concept.
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Release Date: Jul 1, 2014

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Update Notes

- Various bug fixes for Classic mode
- Various art touch ups in Classic and Rebooted modes
- Sound FX fixes in Classic and Rebooted modes
- Updated controller support with default mapping for XBOX 360 controller and D-pad support
- 1 new playable character (can you find him?)
- 5 new levels

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Halloween Update is Alive!

Aaah, All Hallows' Eve is upon us again…

A time for pumpkins, scary costumes, mischief night, sugar highs and crazy resurrected Q*bert Halloween characters! Check out this haunting update and delve into your pagan lizard brain roots with Zom*bert, Jack*Q*Lantern, Franken*bert’s Monster, Q*tankhamen and Dra*Q*la.

- Zom*bert: Q*bert's out for brainssss... or he's been up late watching TV. Doesn't explain the axe on his head, though!

- Jack*Q*Lantern: Not sure if he’s purposefully wearing a pumpkin on his head or just lacks the arms to take it off

- Franken*bert’s Monster: Doctor Franken*bert’s dark creation, a combination of various body parts brought to life!

- Q*tankhamen: After wrapping up 4,000 thousand years in an underground tomb, he's ready to stretch his legs out

- Dra*Q*la: Straight outta' the coffin, he's a real pain in the neck

About This Game

Q*bert is Back @!#?@!

One of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful arcade games of the 1980s is back in its Classic pixel perfect 2D form, and a re-imagined Reboot version with state of the art 3D game-play and graphics that remain faithful to the original concept. Both versions are exciting twitch games requiring keen puzzle solving skills and logic.

First introduced in 1982 by Gottlieb, Q*bert was critically-acclaimed and went on to become the third most successful arcade game of all time (behind Pac-Man and Donkey Kong). It inspired home versions, a variety of Q*bert merchandise, numerous copycat games and even an animated TV series.

Q*bert Classic stays true to the original in all its jagged 2D pixel art glory, now optimized for the modern PC with mouse and Steam gamepad controls. As the title character, players jump around an isometric cube pyramid and convert each block’s color while avoiding familiar adversaries Coily, Ugg, Slick, Sam, Wrong Way and Red Ball. Levels become progressively harder with more enemies blocking your path and the tiles requiring multiple jumps to change to the required color.

Q*bert Rebooted takes the arcade classic and catapults it into the 21st century 3D game play that takes full advantage of today’s technologies yet remains faithful to the original Q*bert. Featuring hexagonal blocks instead of squares, Q*bert Rebooted introduces new enemies, playable characters, power-ups, traps, gem collecting and characters, and new ways to play.

Q*bert Rebooted highlights:
  • Level Select – replay all previously unlocked levels and track progress against friends.
  • 7 New Playable Characters – introducing Q*zard, Q*bertha, Q*bot, Q*zilla, Q*tee, Q*knight and Q*nicorn, all based on the original Q*bert form.
  • 3 New Enemies – the classic cast of adversaries are joined by new enemies Homer, Uppercut and Treasure Chest
  • 9 Achievements – these include Classic Master, Newbert, Qbertorama, Snake Surprise, Green Machine, Ugg!, Down for the Count, Disc Rider and Coin-Op Collector.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows Vista / 7
    • Processor: 1.0 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX compatible graphics
    • Storage: 512 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible card or onboard sound
    • OS: OS X Leopard 10.5
    • Processor: 1.0 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D graphics card or onboard graphics compatible with OpenGL
    • Storage: 512 MB available space
    • Sound Card: CoreAudio compatible card or onboard sound
    • Processor: 1.0 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL accelerated card or onboard graphics
    • Storage: 512 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Any ALSA supported card on onboard audio
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74 of 86 people (86%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 8, 2014
A great classic revisited
I used to love playing the original in the Arcades way back.
I know that makes me old as hell. xD
Anyway, you get 2 games here. The original Arcade version with the cabinet design and the new remake Rebooted version.
Both are great and easy to get used to.
The game works fine with the Keyboard and mouse and also with a 360 controller.

So what's new here?
The Rebooted version offers updated graphics with new level design and new challenges and Steam achievements.
You can unlock new characters, each cost a certain amount of gems that you can find throughout the game.

The repetitive soundtrack in the Rebooted version, hearing it over and over in each level. It would have been nice for a variety of soundtracks. And as far as I see there are no audio options to raise and lower the in-game music volume so you can't play your own background music. :(

But still for $5 USD, you can't go wrong. It's a great game and an awesome classic. :D
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73 of 99 people (74%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 18, 2014
I want to like this game. It's not even bad as a Q*Bert game! It's got the whole original arcade Q*Bert in here! Here is why I don't:

It controls like crap and it makes you grind.

I'm not talking about the gems, even, which you collect here and there to unlock different skins for Q*Bert. Those are silly and a harmless bonus. It's the stars. See, when you begin a set of stages, you see three objectives. "Complete the stage", "Complete the stage under (time)", and "Complete the stage with (score)". Finish one of them and you get a star, it shows you on the stage select screen how many of the 3 you have on each stage, and how many you have overall.

You need to have X stars to continue on at various points. You will not have X stars if you just beat each world. This is not a problem if you're talented, EXCEPT... you only get one star per run at the world. You can hit all three goals, and it does not care - you're going to have to play it three times for three stars. So you're stuck re-running stages you've beaten already and it becomes a real chore. These gates are pretty regular! There are 5 out of a 36 stage map. I got to the second and went "I'm out".

The other problem: this game uses the mouse to control Q*Bert. Only the mouse. If there is any other single button or input option, I never found it/got it to respond. It ALMOST makes sense, because of the isometric perspective + hex-based structures in the game, except for the fact that it's just such a pain to have to trundle around with clickclickclickclickclick. You can't even hold the button to make him follow. This will also apply in the emulated "Classic" mode, too, so don't think you're free of that there. (edit: I have since discovered that somehow, the base installation came with the buttons unset for me. There is in fact a keyboard control scheme/way to make him follow a held mouse, even if you have to close the game and reset it to activate it - no in-game options screen at all. The latter is super-risky if he misinterprets which way you're pointing and flies into the void, but this gripe is something I was wrong about and I leave the proof of my idiocy here.)

Bottom line is, the game as a whole is way over the line past "acceptably janky" into "it all works, but it works WRONG" territory. Please don't buy this.
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68 of 93 people (73%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 8, 2014
As a gamer who was around to play this game when it first hit arcades in the 80's, I was expecting Q*bert Rebooted to be a fun, modern take on the original. How wrong I was.

The problems begin with the classic version. Why they didn't just emulate the original ROMs when they hold the rights to the game is bewildering. Instead what we're given is a poorly programmed mess of a port that gets many things wrong. Two-thirds of the sound effects are missing. Ugg and Wrong Way are completely silent, as are Slick and Sam, who also don't revert the colours on the cubes (and sometimes change the cubes to the RIGHT colour instead). No ditty plays when you collect the green ball that freezes the board. The game sometimes continues to move enemies after you've cleared a stage. The unused discs don't score any bonus points when you clear a level, instead of the 50 bonus points x level you should get.

As for the Rebooted part, it is one huge cluster as well. The hexagon pattern removes the difficulty and strategy of trying to clear the bottom corners of the level. Other than the resolution, nothing graphically stands out. The level music and the map music often play at the same time. Q*bert only has the one voice sample and it seems to play randomly instead of when he gets hit. The music is MIDI quality at best and elevator quality at worst.

Steer well clear of this reboot. Not even nostalgia goggles can protect you from this crummy game.
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24 of 37 people (65%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 18, 2014
This PC port it suffers from serious gameplay problems. Even the 8-bit Nintendo version had continues making it superior to the PC version, its another example of a PC port where oddly the free legal online versions using java emulating the arcade game are superior to actually buying the game. Such a core underlying principal of game design should be PLAYING the game, somehow if you buy this your limited to playtime, this happened one of the Metal SLug games only letting you have 20 credits where the legal online free versions offer unlimited continues.

Using a controller the controls feel delayed, this is a game of speed and precision like most games, but when moving somewhere it feels like the game takes a second to detect it then move the character, this results in death, which results in no fun since dying over and over due to the game being unplayable sucks.

The rebooted side is interesting with a map and all that but its classic qbert, a fun game but done wrong in this PC port. Why bother making a game if they dont want us to play it? Such an odd idea to just crank out code because people can to make a game then forgetting people may want to play that game. This game gives the feeling that people just knew how to put code together to make a game but had no clue how to make it playable, also visible in the sort of wonky controller support where you cant exit the game without using the mouse or keyboard, meaning it can require up to 3 peripherals to play Qbert, why not 4 or 5 maybe VR goggles. Keep in mind the original qbert just had a joystick, not one button, yet this game requires three peripherals, figure that math out...

Worth one quarter, the arcade equivalent since that is what a person would spend before walking away from this abomination.
Rating: 4/10 Value: $0.25
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 30, 2014
Brings back the old Q*bert, and the new update adds even more levels and visuals. This comes with the classic, and of course the rebooted version. If you love the Q*bert series, this will be for you.
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27 of 45 people (60%) found this review helpful
29 people found this review funny
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2014
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 8, 2014
Feels a bit like a mobile port but then again, it's Qbert. If you are nostalgic about 80s arcade games, you'll like it. If you want something of substance, this probably isn't your game. The controller controls are wonky (XBox 360 / One controllers are the two I've tried) and I just ended up using the keyboard but there is a bit of lag sometimes between pressing the key and QBert moving which makes later levels frustrating. With both the classic mode and a new "rebooted" version, it's a good time waster.
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 14, 2014
The controls have been tweaked and the game is better. There may be lag with 360 controllers, but I managed to get to level 3-2 whereas with the broken controls I couldn't get past level 1-2.

It also seems to support Playstation controllers although I didn't try that option. Whether its Playstation 3 or 4 controllers I dunno.

I haven't tried the 'new' version, just the arcade / retro version and it seems faithfully emulated.

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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 30, 2015
Q*Bert: Rebooted is a really nice take on a very old classic, a game I used to really enjoy playing as a child, the Rebooted version of the game brings a really refreshing touch for modern-day standards too, but the calssic version still shines as a great arcade classic today anyway.

For the most part, everything in this game is solid, I personally enjoy the gameplay of the new and classic versions of Q*Bert: Rebooted alike. The classic Q*Bert insallment of this game is essentially the same as it has always been, so there is no real need to comment on that further, even if you don't care for the rebooted installment, the classic is still worth buying, especially since it's really cheap in the first place.
The Rebooted version of the game is a mixed bag for a good number of players, but I don't have any issues with it myself. The difficulty curve is spot-on, the graphics have a great charm to them and there is a really nice variation of levels and challenges to play. It is ultimately nice and solid gameplay and I have no complaints for the price.

The main issue for this game appears to be the controller support, I personally prefer to play with the mouse controls by clicking (or holding left-click) on the cells instead, so this isn't something that effects me and thus can't comment on, but all in all, yes, I'd recommend this game, especially to retro gamers. It's a great addition to your casual game library that is a fun way to kill a couple of hours once in a while. Just like all those years ago: It's easy to play, difficult to master.
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25 of 42 people (60%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 7, 2014
First impressions:

(optional let’s play footage)
So far, I've played until the 6th level of the rebooted version which equates to about 18 rounds or so. But I only played one round of the classic version because I suck lol.

Anyway the rebooted version look's good especially in comparison to the original game. It's got some nice if repetitive happy music.

You have to change the colours of all the tiles by hopping Q*bert on to them. He's supposed to have OCD or something like that haha. Enemies are spawned to try and stop you such as the rolling red ball and the bouncing purple snake. The rebooted version has challenges you can complete each stage in order to earn more stars. The classic version is appears to simply be just that the original game from the 80's or whenever.

The reboot version is relatively easy. At least to get 1 star ratings on the first 6 levels which I’ve completed. Your progress to later levels appears to be blocked until you have earned a certain amount of stars. So it look's like you need to do better than bare minimum 1 star rating i.e. more than just finish the level. This would mean repeating levels which could be a little bit annoying but it's better than starting all over again from the first stage I guess. The classic version doesn't seem to be as user friendly e.g. there is no warning when enemies drop down so I found myself jumping onto squares and before I knew it an enemy spawned and squashed me.

Anyway the game is fun, so far lol. There are like 50-60 levels in the rebooted version each with challenges to complete. So I'd say you can probably get your moneys worth out of it.

Click here for more let’s play videos =)
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0.3 hrs
Posted: October 17
Why the fug i cant play rebooted version? i tried on linux, windows 7 and windows 10 it get stuck in the level select part
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1.0 hrs
Posted: October 16
If you liked Q*bert as an arcade game then this is a good game for you. If you're new to Q*bert it is also a good game. It's a simple game with the classic mode of Q*bert and a new updated mode with 3D graphics and a level style format. After completing a level you can go back and complete a different objective to collect another star for that level. While playing, you get gems and you can use those gems to buy Q*bert Costumes basically. They give you a few costumes for free. It is easy to get gems and there are no in game purchases.

This game also has achievements and trading cards with emoticons, backgrounds, badges, etc. People say the controls are bad and there's glitches but I haven't encountered any of this, I have been using just a mouse for playing. You can also use a keyboard and a controller I think.

Overall, I don't think this was a bad purchase and It is fun to come back to every once in a while if I have some spare time.
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mr. gamer attached
1.9 hrs
Posted: September 27
Product received for free
awsome game i know you can play the classic version online but the new one is awesome vary good new graphics i think you should try this
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0.9 hrs
Posted: September 9
Its O.K... If U Like Wasting Some Money. This Game Will Get On Your Nerve. (If U R 11) MOM MOM QBERT I WUNT IT PLS *Buys U Q-Bert* (55 Mins Later) This Game Is Stupid! (If You R Ove 21) Oh Kool Q-Bert Liek I Wunt It Liek Wut Eves... (55 Min Later) Fuq This Game It Can Go ♥♥♥♥ Itself And Die In A Hole.
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11.0 hrs
Posted: August 26
Don't get this game even if you have nostalgia for the original Q-bert which this does have but the this games terrible mouse cocontrolruin any kind of fun I can have while playing original game it sucks it has terrible controls, repetitive music and stages and sadistic micro trans action prices and pacing 3/10 Terrible game Stay far away!!!
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0.3 hrs
Posted: August 22
its good but it isnt worth 5$
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0.6 hrs
Posted: July 24
Rebooted version is currently broken on Linux (and has been for some time), and from some posts on the Forum Win10 is also affected -- with no DEV support in sight. The classic version does work ok, but if you are looking to play the rebooted version stay well away from this title.

Edit: The Win10 version does work now, Linux version continues to be broken (even post patch), so the review will remain negative until the issue is addressed, if it's addressed.
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0.4 hrs
Posted: July 16
As someone else said in a review, this was a lazy port. I couldn't agree more. It seems like very little effort was used in creating this version. I wish I could actually play the "reboot" version, but there is a bug in both the windows an linux versions preventing me from even started the game in that mode. The bug has been in the forums for months but no patches at all to attempt to fix it. Stay away, it seems like there will not be any real support effort at all with this title.
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8.0 hrs
Posted: July 14
Although I'm rating this game overall positive, to be honest I was kind of let down when I bought this. I mean, to people who are new to Q*Bert, this game honestly isn't that bad. The graphics are pretty awesome, there are a load of levels to play, and you can even change Q*Bert's look. Aside from only having two different music tracks throughout the entirety of the Rebooted side of the game and the ridiculous change in difficulty that hits around level 35, the game is still somewhat fun. The thing that keeps me from giving this a 100% positive review, however, is the wasted potential this game had.

I've been a fan of Q*Bert for as long as I can remember, playing all of his titles, and when I saw that this had come out, you can believe I was pretty excited to get it and see just how amazing it was compared to the other games. The thing with that, though, wasn't amazing. In the SNES version of Q*Bert, each level had a theme to it, making every single one unique in its own way. In the PS1 version of Q*Bert, it not only had the different themes, but also introduced a story and several new different types of puzzles. Q*Bert: Rebooted, however...had none of that. It was just mainly a graphically-enhanced version of the original arcade game.

Don't get me wrong, the game features the classic "step twice on the floor" and "don't step twice on the floor or you'll change the color back" things, along with a few new enemies, but other than that, that's pretty much it. When I saw that the map in which you select the levels circled around various planets and stuff, I was pumped up, thinking that the levels changed appearance according to the planets and all that. I was very disappointed to find that throughout the course of every single level in the game so far, they all consisted of the same thing; One of five different layouts for Q*Bert to walk on that gets reused every few levels, and the same black space background with the same looking tiles and colors. Pair that with the same level music that plays throughout every single level, and you get absolute blah. Not even the Q*Bert costumes made this game that enjoyable for me, despite it being a great addition.

To kind of sum up what I've said, for people who are new to the Q*Bert series, this game is alright, with only minor flaws and glitches here and there. For people who have been a fan of Q*bert for a long time and have played his previous games, thinking that this will definitely be an upgrade and a step up from that, well...I hate to say that this is not the case at all. The game, however, has updated in the past, so who knows, maybe they'll take this game to a whole new level in the future. Until then, though, this game is a bit of a let down.
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4.0 hrs
Posted: April 10
The controller I was using for this review was an Atari Retrolink. I used the program joy2key in order to make it work. More on how I did it in the CON section.

PRO: It's a decent update of the classic game. The progression system is good and it includes both the classic arcade game and a modern update. I can see why other people could be turned off from this game's presentation since it is basically the same as you'd see on an iPhone or Android device, 3 star ratings included. But for something like Q*Bert you don't really want anything too complex and the system they have in place does a good job of giving you reason to improve your skill. On the graphical front it has been optimized for PCs so pixelated mess you may get from similar mobile game ports (looking at you Final Fantasy IV) isn't here.

CON: The real annoyance comes from getting your controller to work. Whenever I tried running the game from my Steam library joy2key just wouldn't work to emulate the controls. The same also goes for if I tried starting it up in Big Picture mode. After much trial I found that if I launched the game from its .exe file rather than from STEAM's menu joy2key worked just fine. It's an annoyance that I hope they fix in the future. Another annoyance is needing a mouse in order to select menu options and start the game. I would've like to just use my controller for this stuff but, as it is right now that's just not possible.

CONCLUSION: With all the cons taken into consideration I'd still reccomend this game, particularly if you use an Atari-style joystick like I did. It'll please both people who likes the arcade original and newcomers alike.
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