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.
User reviews: Mixed (74 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 1, 2014
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"A great revival of an awesome arcade game I used to love playing as a kid. It also includes the new rebooted version but I still prefer the classic. :)"
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October 25, 2014

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

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September 30, 2014

Update Released!

We want to thank everyone for playing Q*Bert and for all your feedback, it’s been very helpful. Based on your comments and feedback, this initial update includes:

- 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

Thanks again for playing!

Best,
Sideline Amusements & Gonzo Games

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Reviews

“Pretty @!#?@!ing Good”
Gamezebo

“Rebooted mode is definitely fun - the difficulty curve is perfect”
IGN

“Q*Bert Rebooted For Today's Short Attention Span Gamers”
Kotaku

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

Just Updated

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

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista / 7
    • Processor: 1.0 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX compatible graphics
    • Hard Drive: 512 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible card or onboard sound
    Minimum:
    • 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
    • Hard Drive: 512 MB available space
    • Sound Card: CoreAudio compatible card or onboard sound
    Minimum:
    • Processor: 1.0 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL accelerated card or onboard graphics
    • Hard Drive: 512 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Any ALSA supported card on onboard audio
Helpful customer reviews
11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
12.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2014
Astranon's Rating of Q*bert Rebooted:
Gameplay (Is it fun?): 4/4
Visuals (Does it look good?): 4/4
Originality (Is it one of a kind?): 4/4
Playability (Is it free of errors and other issues?): 4/4
Overall Rating: 100% out of 100%

Astranon's Review of Q*bert Rebooted:
If you weren't fortunate enough to experience playing Q*bert in the 80's, now is your chance to become acquainted with the huggable alien with an oversized snout. The game includes both the original pixelated version along with a remake implementing 3D graphics. For readers who don't know, your goal is to jump from one block to the next in order to recolor the entire board while avoiding danger. The premise is simple, but the game can become extremely challenging very quickly. I recommend playing the Rebooted version if you have never played before. Its difficulty slowly increases as the player progresses.

So why the negative reviews? Well, let's take a look at what the critics are saying. The number one issue that stands out among them seems to be criticism of the game's controls. More than one Steam user complains that their controllers do not function properly when playing this game. It is also claimed that Q*bert can only be controlled using a mouse and that he will jump only when the player clicks a block. There are also some complaints about the music in the Rebooted version as well.

Please allow me to set the record straight. The Store Page for Q*bert Reloaded makes it clear that there is only partial controller support for the game. That being said, a controller isn't really needed to play. The player is actually able to move Q*bert using the WASD keys if preferred. The alternative is to use a mouse. There is no need to tediously click each block to make Q*bert jump, however. The player can simply hold the mouse button down while moving the cursor across the screen to guide Q*bert as he continually jumps. Misunderstanding of the controls in Q*bert Rebooted is at least partly understandable due to lack of any in-game explanation. What about the music in the Rebooted version? I would describe it as a retro-styled theme meant to remind players of early gaming. Admittedly, it can get redundant if you have been playing a while. It isn't meant to be on par with what you might find in a film or MMO game, but it isn't just terrible either.

There is just one more thing I would like to mention. In the Rebooted version of the game, players can purchase many different variations of Q*bert to play with using gems earned from completed stages. You can jump across the board emitting parts as Q*bot or puddles of slime as Q*zilla, for example. To celebrate Halloween 2014, the developers released an update adding several new choices such as Jack*Q*lantern and Draq*la. Could there be more holiday-themed Q*berts on the way? I sure hope so. I recommend this game.

[Note: This review was written to help other gamers make an informed decision before purchasing. It is in no way intended as an attack on opposing viewpoints. You are welcome to agree or disagree with what I have written here. Either way, I hope you have enjoyed reading it. Thank you.]
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.2 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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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
3.2 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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16 of 24 people (67%) found this review helpful
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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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 10, 2014
The NES port of Q*Bert was my 2nd NES cartridge when I turned 3, and got my NES. I'm 29. Known Q*Bert my entire life, and wished that there were more games out with this character/gameplay model. A true classic. This port is good, the remake is fantastic for the modern age, but my only complaint is this: Fix the g****** controls! They're looser than Jenna Jameson in a threesome with a horse! lol
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 2, 2014
I've had the Q*Bert game on the Sega Dreamcast when I was a kid, so I said "why not?" and purchased it for old times sake. The classic, and the reboot version is really good. I approve of it.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 5, 2014
I was pretty happy to see this one in steam , It had been a while since the last time I played Qbert ,but I remember walking about a mile and a half to the arcade, there was a line and some quarters involved , yea that was a while back , anyway .

I recommend getting this Game if at any point you in time you enjoyed it , or even if you've never herd of it , get it , It's a good game , you get the original game and a rebooted (new) version , both are pristine and smooth .

I can speak for the PC/windows 7pro64/steam/mouse and key board/ control of Q*bert is handled flawlessly via mouse ( point and click) so no missed jumps .
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2014
@!#?@!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2014
Q*Bert: Rebooted is a very fun game. I prefer the mouse controls personally, and it works great!

I never played Q*Bert in an arcade, but I've seen a few videos of it, and can say that the classic version plays pretty closely to the original. From what I can tell most of the sound effects are there, and it looks just like the original!

The new version is fun too though! It's the same basic game idea, but with a few added elements. There's gems, which you can use to buy new characters, there's stars, which are required to unlock new levels, and there's new enemies! The stars however did not recieve the best implementation they could have. You have you complete challenges to get stars, and there's 3 challenges per level. You have to play the level 3 seperate times to get them all, and get the stars for them, such as score 2000 points, or beat the level in under 1:10.

The enemies are interesting too, you have the classic ones all in a new style, and then you have the new ones. One is a boxing glove that punches you away, it feels a tad random when it punches you, but it's still a good enemy (frustrating though!). The next is a treasure that you chase around, I believe if you catch it you get 70 gems but I could be wrong.

The levels in the rebooted version get extremely hard (at least for me) later on. I'm still having fun though.

The final thing is the achievements, while I like collecting achievements for games, I feel like in this one it's random. I earned the achievement for winning the rebooted version even though I didn't beat it quite yet, the same happened for collecting all the characters.

This is a pretty good game for what it is though. It's a great way to bring back Q*Bert!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2014
Now all we need is the old arcade box setup and were good, eh! This game is breath taking retro game brings back the good old days. When we poped quarters into the arcade mechines, and played hours upon hours standing over a small screen using a rather nobby joystick and a single push button for special features. Now we can all play this game from home in our own comphy chair. Great deal for $5 bucks, and has some really kool new additions.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2014
Great little bit of nostalgia. Loving the new graphics in rebooted mode and great to revisit a childhood favourite in classic mode.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
How can you go wrong for 1.99 (sale) TO BAD ITS BUGGY (Mac) mouse appears to conflict with xbox stick (if mouse is on the wrong button. I even left the mouse in the upper left corner (full screen) and it froze.
ODDLY - even though I have buttons galore on my x-box joystick on the mac - it still requires you to use the Mouse on the interface and to start the game. REALLY? Don't touch a stick button before game loads or stick won't work right. The right shoulder button seems to do ODD things. If I'm careful not to leave the mouse in the wrong place or touch a stick before the game starts. It sometimes works (and works fairly well) This has always been a hard game to control with it's diagonal stick movements. With the new REBOOTED version you have 6 movements not limited to the original version of 4 movements. Glad I got it but glad I didn't pay more. And would be pleased if they fixed the bugs and allowed the stick to work 100%.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2014
Its Q-bert... theres not much else to say, the rebooted version feels good and doesnt mess around with it too much but the classic is always better.
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6 of 11 people (55%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 23, 2014
Now, I know what you're thinking. "F--- yes¹, Q*Bert's momentum is still going strong after his appearance in Wreck-It Ralph, the greatest anything in the history of everything. Here is a modern update that will do the original arcade game justice and also get me in with the JonTrons and the Jessie Rogerses of the world. We'll all go out together for strawberry malts and talk about how Square Enix be cray-cray."

But alas, it is with a heavy heart that I write this review. I, foolish squanderer of $5-something, am duty-bound to warn you that getting the attention of the JonTrons and the Jessie Rogerses of the world just isn't that simple. And also that Q*Bert: Rebooted sort of capsizes itself in the modernization process.

If you dive in, Xbox 360 controller blazing, you'll notice pretty quickly that the game only kind of supports controllers. Rebooted was clearly designed with mobile devices the mouse in mind, as it's the only way you can navigate the menus and get anything done outside of the panel-hopping you so eagerly seek. The main event makes a strong case for going mouse-only; the analog stick is an option, but it's pretty janky. Simultaneously forgetful and unforgiving, the controls weren't above tossing me a cardinal increment off from the direction I pushed from time to time, making me miss an angled (more angled?) jump or outright tossing me into the abyss. Not even the included original version is spared from this madness. Home interpretations of the arcade game's controls have varied wildly over the years, but this one takes the cake. The bad cake with coconut shavings that gives you indigestion.

You know how to play Q*Bert. The original game is that, but with bad controls. But the titular Rebooted half of the package? Hooboy. After jumping right in to the first world, all of which are dotted with three stars indicating objectives just like mobile games, you'll be drip-fed the mechanics of the game, one per stage just like mobile games, before being let loose to hop on panels and collect gems for unlocking such enticing character reskins as Q*Bert in Armor and Girl Q*Bert. When I say "let loose," I only mean until you hit a star wall and are forced to double back to clear more objectives in previous levels this was totally not a mobile port crapped out on Steam, why would you even think that. It wouldn't hurt if the levels weren't so samey, from the plain background to the barely-different stages. It's an inherent part of the design of the source material, which was part of its charm (and possibly technological limitations at the time), but the simple design doesn't work at all in tandem with this gameplay structure, the most infamous of phone-ins for the illusion of replay value.

Sound-wise, the reboot is legitimately obnoxious. Everything that makes a noise just makes the one sound, a frankly impressive step down from the (small) variety the characters had to them in the original game 20+ years ago. The one short song that loops during all the stages plays Q*Bert's most famous exclamation (you know the one, it sounds like "ECKSFEEAHZEEDAYWAYAH") over and over again. No music at all would've been preferable.

It's a real shame the game turned out the way it is which, coincidentally, is how many mobile games turn out; the modern Q*Bert is aesthetically pleasing, with cartoony jumping and death animations. They'd look great in a more vibrant world, one comprised of something even marginally more substantial than polygonal pyramids in black space. But for all the advances gaming has made since 1982, it seems poor Q*Bert's still doomed to be denied proper entry into such a world. Until he goes back and does it again with a faster time.

Someone, somewhere among the staff enjoyed having a hand in making this game. But I didn't enjoy playing it. And as for you? Don't let Rebooted taint your feelings for the original. If you have a PS3, do yourself a favor and buy the arcade game on the Playstation Store. The controls are spot-on, and you can experience Q*Bert in all its glory with a neat arcade marquee, instead of a sad mobile... fart bee.


¹or maybe should I say @!#?@! yes, like what Q*Bert says, ahahahahaha
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2014
Q*bert is amazing. It always was, it still is. However, the controller support is dreadful (doesn't work in menus, highly unresponsive in game) and playing on the keyboard (WASD for a diagonal movement game) isn't that much better. The "die 100 times" achievement is gonna be a cinch at this rate. I mean, it's not as playable as it was on the Atari. Should you have less problems than I did, you still have to deal with that inoffensive public domain music that companies think kids like. It's 2014, Sony and Gonzo, how do you mess up Q*bert?
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67 of 78 people (86%) found this review helpful
0.6 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?
Pros:
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.

Cons:
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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58 of 74 people (78%) found this review helpful
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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55 of 74 people (74%) found this review helpful
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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34 of 47 people (72%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 7, 2014
Ah the 80-90's are a throw back, and better than ever. Gotta give credit to Gottlieb for bringing back an amazing pyramid-platformer arcade back that is available and compatible with all operating systems. Its also a two-in-one game being that you can pursue on launching the rebooted (AKA: 3-D quad graphics) or the classic (AKA: Pixel). Even if you have no experience or knowledge about this game or its type I still prefer you purchase it, since honestly great games like this deserve to be memorable and played; and also its initiative creativity and design are unique unlike all other games today that use the same engine, or game-making program. Honestly I just love it, because I myself am a long time programmer and I know that a game like this takes high levels of algorithms, education, and knowledge in computer science software engineering.

If you didnt read all of this (high probability you didn't) this game is beyond extraordinary:

∞+/10 -Yours truly, Evangelos Kapodistrias (Epos)
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10 of 12 people (83%) 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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