Co-op or single player arcade game full of delightful music. Designed to bring casual and hardcore players together.
User reviews:
Overall:
Very Positive (74 reviews) - 90% of the 74 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Oct 29, 2014

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“It’s not just the karaoke Still Alive clone playing in the menu that makes you want to tend to these blocks like they’re your children.”
Indie Statik

“The more triplicates a player completes, the more starts happening, with butterflies and fireworks and flourishes like flowers in a strong breeze”
The Indie Mine

“Where QbQbQb really stands out is in its soundtrack. Each level possesses an original, cheerful electronic track that’s instantly catchy”
Enemy Slime

About This Game



Extended soundtrack available

CO-OP and single player arcade game. Colorful musical experience designed for both casual and hardcore players.
Simple rules and increasing speed makes it an ideal choice if you are looking for a game to occupy your friends, guests
or yourself for a while. Each 100 points pumps up the music and gameplay speed.

There is also built-in support for color-blind players, gamepads and ... karaoke.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: XP
    • Processor: Pentium 4
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: XP
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.7
    • Processor: Core 2
    • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: 10.7
    • Processor: Core 2
    • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 64 bit
    • Processor: Core 2
    • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 64 bit
    • Processor: Core 2
    • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
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Overall:
Very Positive (74 reviews)
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Calo4562
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 17
I got this as part of a bundle of indie games, and all I can say is wow. The soundtracks are absolutely stunning, and perfectly fit the mood as you stack to your heart's content. The music often times picks up and then suddenly shifts, with a new dominant melody coming to the front, whilst the melody you were just listening to becomes a part of the wonderous chaos of the background. If you want to hide away for a bit in a world of bright visuals and a great soundtrack, this game is probably for you!
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Mr. Hands
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 2
One day I woke up and there were no sky above,
Not a single cloud, not a single cloud,
I have raised my hands up,
Everything is gone, everything is a pattern,
Now as eternal being I rescue other planets,
And I don't know if it is alright to stack more than three blocks,
I am afraid I cannot do that again.
One day I woke up and there were no sky above,
Not a single cloud, not a single cloud,
Something beautiful may happen,
When I solve all the planets.
One day I woke up and there were no sky above,
But if I can find way to create new world,
Maybe I could rest then or at least
not to be alone
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Bloom
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
Product received for free
Cute little rhythm game, I had no idea what I was doing. I picked the regular color gamemode and started to spin a planet.

It's like super hexagon the rhythm game.
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KänguruGuru
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: March 28
Fun game that has a good dificulty curve to unlock new levels, music is fun and gets hectic and energetic as the game speeds up.
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MoeHartman
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: March 8
With all the falling block games out there, it's rare that one will really stand out, but somehow, QbQbQb does. The basic game is simple. Blocks fall from outer space towards a small planet, and it's your job to rotate the planet so that the falling blocks will match the onest that have already hit the ground. If the blocks stack too high, you will lose one of your three hearts, and losing all three hearts means a game over. There are also meteorites which will instantly destroy whatever stack they happen to hit, which adds another layer of strategy. The game has several variations on its basic premise, which helps to keep it fresh. You have a match three mode in which any three touching blocks of the same color will disappear, a stacking mode, in which you must stack three blocks vertically, and finally, a mirror mode in which you must match two blocks on opposite sides of the planet, a truly unique and clever game mode that I have never seen.

The game is good enough on its own to be worth a look, but the greatest virtues of QBQBQB are its aesthetics. Although the graphics are simple, they are extremely colorful, and they are yet another distinguishing feature. Best of all is the quirky electronic music. The game is ushered in by a "karaoke" singing robot who explains the rules with a funny little song. The humor is downplayed through most of the rest of the game, but each stage has its own background music, and the compositions are excellent, both fitting the action and visuals of the game and also serving as memorable pieces of music on their own. I cannot recommend the soundtrack highly enough, and even if you normally don't like electronic music, I think the soundtrack will grow on you as you play the game.

On a final note, the game is extremely adaptable to the player. At the beginning of the stages, the game will be breezily easy, but after you have been playing for a while, the music becomes more frantic, and the blocks start falling faster. This makes it easy enough to draw in less skilled players, but if you are more experienced with puzzle games, you will still have some challenge.

QBQBQB is the rare puzzle game that people really ought to try. It may feel like everything has been done before, but this game is expertly crafted and has a few tricks up its sleeve that will feel entirely new. It's incredibly easy to pick up and play but also has depth if you're looking for it, and whether you enjoy playing or not, the audio and visuals are simply outstanding. Altogether, this may be the best puzzle game since Puzzle Bobble/Bust a Move.
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wildsaf
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: February 17
Reminds me a bit of Tetrisphere on Nintendo 64. An entertaining puzzle game. The split screen mode is suprisingly fun and the music is cute. Its not without its flaws though. The co-op mode is virtually unplayable because you can never tell which is which. It feels like it was hacked to get a multiplayer mode on the same screen, but would benefit from being split screen. The pieces don't give you much warning either, unlike Tetris. If your stack is too high, there is zero chance to plan your next move, resulting in instant death. The menu navigation is also unintuitive with a gamepad. All up though, its not bad for the light casual gameplay.
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LonerNova
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: January 25
This game is great. The soundtrack is beautiful, the graphics are cute, and the game is very addictive. Although, the game lacks customization. The way the game controls is very disorienting to me, and makes it very challenging at some stages, where it really shouldnt be. Although, it's usually very forgiving. And it's only about $5 Canadian, so you can't really complain. I'd give this game an 8/10. It's great, but a few simple and vital features were left out.
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Ongo Gablogian
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: January 5
Pros:
+great soundtrack
+familiar, challenging, interesting
+nice aesthetics

Cons:
-no means of building a strategy, which takes away from the puzzle aspect of it
-rotating the planet (the crux of the game) isn't smooth with the keyboard. its a little better with the mousewheel. havent tried the gamepad just yet but I'm hoping that's the smoothest.

my biggest gripe with this game is that there's no intuitive/smooth way to rotate the planet...which is the main control mechanic. It's not unplayable, just frustrating, and requires the player to have extreme finesse with keystrokes/mousewheels. You know what would make it better? click & drag to rotate, spacebar to drop

Unlike tetris, this game requires you to be precise with 2 aspects when placing blocks: rotation and gravity, whereas tetris just has the gravity aspect. this is a curse and a blessing because while it adds a layer of complexity, it also adds a layer of frustration if you've lined up a great match, but move your mousewheel up a tiny bit, making the whole move useless. it's similar to the feeling in tetris when you slam down a stick piece only to have it be off by 1 block and instead of racking up points, you now have a mess to clean up. HOWEVER, in tetris, that's 100% your fault. in this game, other factors like mouse wheel sensitivity and randomization come into play. combine that with no indicator of whats coming next, and sometimes this game feels a bit unfair. Less intellect based, and more luck/reflexes.

Would be a much better game if they had at least the option to have an incoming drop indicator, to adapt to different play styles


I can't say that this is my favourite puzzle game, or that I'll even go back to it very often. but I definitely feel like the pricepoint is fair. It's a challenge, that's for sure. just sometimes not for all the right reasons.
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shrewdlogarithm
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: December 6, 2015
First-up - I love how it looks and sounds and if it was just a BIT better designed as a puzzle, it would be great.

It has a stack of issues tho - most of which mean it comes over as too-random/a crapshoot.

We need SOME idea of the 'next piece' as with Tetris, without that the game has zero strategy

Same-color-pieces which would have made a combo break-off and don't always get matched - this is really naff (Tetris matches on hit - and again on split)

The game gains speed quickly but movement speed slow so after no-time you'll have NO chance of moving a piece before it hits and it's game over (again, Tetris worked around this well)

We NEEED a 'reverse controls' option - even after a dozen games I was still moving the wrong way!

Please enable the sticks on a pad - the DPad is worse than using the keyboard!!

tl;dr looks nice, sounds nice but doesn't play that well right now
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Regenboog
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: November 10, 2015
Fun puzzle game!
At first, the blocks go down in a very chill way, but the speed of the blocks will be in time higher, which makes the game harder. There is a way to make the blocks go slower, but this is not endless, which makes that at least I had to play on a really hard mode sometime, not being able to slow down the blocks for some time. After some time, it was possible again. :)

I really do like the concept of the game. :)

Also, who would give a game such name? Very funny. :P

If you have a Mac, like me, I recommend playing it on Windows. I didn't get my achievements while playing on Mac, I thought I read something about this that this is normal, not getting achievements on the Mac. So if you do like achievements, I recommend playing on Windows. Then you get the ones you deserve (AFTER you achieve them again)! :D

I recommend this puzzle game!
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
One day I woke up and there were no sky above,
Not a single cloud, not a single cloud,
I have raised my hands up,
Everything is gone, everything is a pattern,
Now as eternal being I rescue other planets,
And I don't know if it is alright to stack more than three blocks,
I am afraid I cannot do that again.
One day I woke up and there were no sky above,
Not a single cloud, not a single cloud,
Something beautiful may happen,
When I solve all the planets.
One day I woke up and there were no sky above,
But if I can find way to create new world,
Maybe I could rest then or at least
not to be alone
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46 of 48 people (96%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 30, 2015
Tetris + Gyro that is what comes into my mind after playing QbQbQb. Everything is about the planet... the goal in here is to place blocks around its surface and match three or more with the same color. For those who don't like to play alone there is a coop mode and versus mode as well. I should mention pretty neat visual style and awesome soundtrack which make it really addictive title.
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57 of 65 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2014
For maximum awesome, headphones recommended!
Soundtrack is outstanding!
There is also the karaoke in main menu similar to "Still Alive" (Portal ending theme).

This cute little game was inspired by Rymdkapsel (pastel colors), Tetris (falling blocks) and Gyro (rotating planet).
Basic rules are simple - stack blocks with the same color to erase them, try not to stack blocks above the borderline or you'll lose one heart, get as many points as you can to unlock more levels and toy-achievements.
There are three difficulty levels (Easy/Stack three, Medium/Match three, Hard/Mirror) and six planets in single player mode and two local multiplayer modes.

Now as an eternal being I rescue other planets :3
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25 of 28 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2014
QbQbQb will have you fitting blocks into a spheroid and thus depending perhaps whether you're left brain or right you will see influences from Klax, Tetris or both. QbQbQb is well implemented, polished and atmospheric.

Features include a colorblind mode, coop, versus, starting difficulty, a simulated karaoke intro and a cool soundtrack. All functions are supported using keyboard, mouse and controller. Steam implementation includes additional anomaly remediation, full screen and coop.

A new found gem. One of those must haves in any library for that proverbial quick fix.
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2014
Nice stylized game with a great retro/techno soundtrack. My favorite feature is the local coop and controller support, not many music games have coop. I find some of the zoom in and out quickly animations a bit queasy but I know intense animations are often a staple of the music genre. Would be nice to be able to disable that though.

Currently the game doesn't take advantage of any free Steamworks features (no Steam cloud, leaderboards, achievements, online multiplayer etc...) but perhaps some of those will be added in the future.

Overall it's a nice game to pick up and play for around 20minutes at a time. I'd recommend buying it to anyone that likes music or local multiplayer games.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 2, 2015
Awesome matching game with amazing tunes and visuals.

This game is great for killing some time or just relaxing a bit. Deceptively simple gameplay: you stack different colored bars on a world, if you stack/match/mirror three of a kind the blocks disappear and if the stacks get too high you lose a life. I really like how the game ramps up, each mode starts smoothly but the longer you go the faster the tempo gets - the gameplay, the music and the visuals get faster and more intense - but the game doesn’t get frustrating, when you lose you just want to try again or go about your business.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 23, 2014
Sublime.

It's simultaneously relaxing, engaging, challenging and creative.

Haven't seen a decent, or interesting new take on the puzzle genre in a while. Last puzzle game I enjoyed this much was Chime, which has entirely different mechanics, but sets a similar mood.

Got it in a bundle, but it's definitely worth the full retail price.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
Enjoyable little arcade game with a great soundtrack. More suited for short sessions since you can "finish" the game (aka unlocking the last planet) in less than an hour, but with achievements coming and maybe leaderboards, the replay value is pretty nice.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 23, 2014
This generation's tetris, it hits all the right notes with interesting music, strategic block placement and the panic of ever shrinking options. It has various game modes, level sizes and has co-op, versus!

Also 3d vision works with the game, with blocks dropping down as opposed to falling in from the side.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2014
Nice game but watch out, play it for to long and you will be hooked. Its really addictive, The soundtrack is very hypnotic also, You will soon find yourself noding you head along to the tunes and before you know it a hour has flown by. Its a great little indie game and it may be a bit basic buts thats all part of its charm. Reminds me of the good old days when game's where actually adictive and wasn't just play it a for a few hours and forget about it like most game's are today.
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