Cubicle Quest is a game about how life can suck. Dead end jobs, repetitive obligations, irritating coworkers... Cubicle Quest takes all of those things and turns them into enemies you can fight in an old-school RPG.
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Mixed (13 reviews) - 61% of the 13 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Mostly Positive (211 reviews) - 72% of the 211 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Feb 25, 2015

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About This Game

Cubicle Quest is a game about how life can suck. Dead end jobs, repetitive obligations, irritating coworkers... Cubicle Quest takes all of those things and turns them into enemies you can fight in an old-school RPG.

Adventuring in Cubicle Quest doesn't earn you levels and gold to fight some great ancient evil. Every quest has an impact on your character's life, whether it's getting a promotion at work, finding new friends, or figuring out what you want to do in life. Gain allies and personal strength until you take on the forces keeping you in your cubicle!

Features:
- 20-25 hours of gameplay, including post-game challenges and secret ending. Permanent choices and time-based challenges add replay value.
- Monsters don't drop gold. All your cash comes from the complex financial system, including your regular job, side gigs, and potentially starting your own business.
- In addition to destroying your credit card and college debt, you can invest your money in savings accounts and stocks.
- Instead of elements like fire and ice, you fight enemies with work or interpersonal skills for intuitive strategy. The enemies will be hitting you with unique elements too, many of them not comparable to normal RPG strategies.
- Nine party members, each useful for supporting you in different challenges.
- Multiple choices for marriage, each providing unique elements to the second half of the game. Or stay single, if you find the right quest.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: 98+
    • Processor: 800MHz Intel® Pentium® III or higher
    • Memory: 128 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 1024x768 or better video resolution in High Color mode
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectSound-compatible sound card
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[S] - Samisara
0.2 hrs
Posted: September 17
Amazing Graphic
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REDEX
3.9 hrs
Posted: September 16
不錯的遊戲
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Marlou Vac Ban
87.6 hrs
Posted: September 1
im sick of cube games. im here for the cards.
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timmyRS
3.6 hrs
Posted: September 1
Lots of dialoge.
Uses arrow keys.
Window way too tiny.
At least I could name myself "Gatorade"
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Happy
3.4 hrs
Posted: August 30
Impossible/Really hard to get through most of the beginning....
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AbuDhabi
36.2 hrs
Posted: August 20
Definitely worth a single piece of my country of residence's currency.

Jokes are good, gameplay is decent, content is generally top-notch. Found just a single typo.
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jordanmanalu
12.6 hrs
Posted: August 14
this game was fun to play and (almost) representing my life...
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B a l l a g e
3.8 hrs
Posted: August 14
The game is good.
The game is long, so you have to play a lot if you want to see the end of the game. Some fights better and better. But this game doesn't have achievements.
And you can get trading cards.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
27.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 14
An interesting game about a person dealing with DEBT. It treats real life situations like a rpg game. There are even side bosses and side quests to complete..

Some of the late game bosses are a bit overpowered, but with the right strategy, they can be beaten.

This whole idea is a fresh new look at a job with rpg aspects.

I recommend this game just for it's uniqueness and how it takes a fresh spin on RPG games.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
294 of 344 people (85%) found this review helpful
17 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 25, 2015
I was given a pre-release key for this game to see if everything was fine before being released on the store, and as there may be alot of people out there looking at this game (First day launches tend to be... viewed alot) I decided to do a review of my first 30 minutes.

DON'T WANT TO READ? Here it is:
Too expensive for its quality, weird for a game that beat KickStarter (1.6k) to have default textures everywhere. If it was cheaper, then I would recommend it.

About it
It's a 2D Game made on RPG Maker about a guy that is deep in debt and depression and with a very boring job.
You will fix your problems (most of them with money) through RPGly battles and adventures through the game's map.

The game tends to break the 4th Wall quite often (Maids knowing they don't do anything or that they look all the same and character in-game talking about Nintendo and grinding gold on WoW - although the latter doesn't seems to be 4th wall, but I found it worth mentioning.)

Features
You will walk around in some confusing maze-dungeon-trap with random spawning monsters coming out of thin air all the time, fight them and proceed to walk for more 15s before getting into fight again (Like Cthulhu Saves The World, but in lesser quality)
There are chests around the mazes, and most monsters are incredibly powerful, taking a bit of a time to deal with them (Job Police), that will have some special items such as Job sheets or Self-esteem spells.

Pros
+1 It's nice fighting your problems as RPG.
+1 Takes a while to finish, although that may be related to confusing mazes other than tons of content.
+1 Beat a boss, win a promotion (That's as far as I got into the game, though!)
+1 The main menu's background is cool.

Cons
-1 The entire game is made with standard (aka default) textures that come with RPG Maker, weird for a game that beat Kickstarter ($1.6k)
-1 It doesn't even look like it has custom (aka community made or selfmade) scripts.
-1 Game's OST doesn't seem to fit the game, looks like RTP (RPG Maker Default Material) OST
-1 The game's price is.. too high. I mean, $9.99 for a RPG Maker game with no custom textures (EYE CANDY11!)
-1 Most characters' dialogues are boring and dull.

Sigh.. I hate when I have to do this. Rate a game negatively, but it happens.
I don't recommend you buying this game for $9.99, but $4.99 or $3.99 would do it.
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148 of 191 people (77%) found this review helpful
17 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 24, 2015
Where did the Kickstarter money go!? This game made a lot of money on Kickstarter and is 99% default RPG maker! $10 for a game that should be free, I paid $1 for this and I feel cheated. For the people that left positve reviews you can play hundreds of FREE games on ANY rpg maker site that will have more work put into it.

This games doesn't even use the FREE fullscrene window script, you play this in a small window, I see mapping that a 12 year old could do better, I see map errors, the amout of custom work in the game costs no more then $40 and the Kickstarter raised $1,599.... These people actually just paid off this guys credit card bill....

You can spend $10 on this game or 5 clicks to...
1 click on web and put in rpg maker site
2 click on game fourms
3 click on a random game topic
4 click the download button
5 click to install

I just saved you $10....the dev should be ashamed of themselves...
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41 of 51 people (80%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
20.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 17, 2015
I actually really liked this game's concept of combining finance management with a traditional RPG. It's a clever and unique idea I haven't really seen done like this before.

Too bad it's ABSOLUTELY INFURIATING to play. Nothing is explained. There is no direction. You will never figure out what the hell anything does. What is this status effect? What am I getting hit with? How am I supposed to block it? What does this spell/item/menu/building/area/character/monster/boss/effect/investment/weapon/armor/accessory/insert-any-gameplay-element-can-think-of-here do? You'll spend the whole time asking yourself these questions, and unfortunately you're the only one who's ever heard of this game before so you're not exactly going to find the Prima strategy guide for it.

I would describe the gameplay best as "wander aimlessly until you find the one path where monsters don't one-hit kill you, reconfigure and redo battles until you randomly find a configuration that let's you not get irredeemably reamed," When you're ready to finish the game, go to bed over and over so the main plot devices just resolve themselves. Either that or you can go fight the last boss. Because he's there. And because stabbing him makes credits roll. I guess that's reason enough.

Also there is a horrible hole under a tower with a knight that casts death (I guess?) on every single party member up to eight times every single round. There's no indication what's actually happening and I've found no combination of gear that gives you any defense against it. All I know is there's a 100% chance that knight will slap seven shades of ♥♥♥♥♥ out of you at any level. So have fun with that nightmare.

This was supposed to be leisure time; WHY AM I SO ANGRY?!
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52 of 75 people (69%) found this review helpful
99 people found this review funny
Recommended
50.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
Before I played:
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24 of 28 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
This game has the potential to be a huge indie hit if it had a little more love put into it. RPGs live or die on their writing and this one has both clever writing and a quirky, engaging premise. Unfortunately that's been wrapped up in stock RPG Maker graphics and music. More originality in those areas would go a very long way. As it is, the game seems very much worth playing, as it definitely entertains. I'd recommend it at the less than a dollar sale price point.

As for the people complaining about where the Kickstarter money went.... The guy didn't even make enough to pay my rent for a month and clearly detailed where it all went, including paying a couple of people for some original assets. It still wasn't dven enough to compensate for the creative work he had done if he had kept it all. It can clearly be seen itemized out on his Kickstarter page.

Does Cubicle Quest need work? Yes.
Does it detract from the game? No.
Is it still fun? Yes.
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20 of 25 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 1, 2015
Cubicle Quest, gameplay-wise, is a standard JRPG with turn-based combat, the likes of which RPG Maker VX Ace is designed for. It follows the story of a man named...well...whatever you want to name him (let's go with Pantsinestro). Pantsinestro is neck-deep in debt, and it's your job to get him out of it.

This is where the game differs itself in terms of actual gameplay--monsters don't drop gold, so your only way to get money is to get promotions and cut down on spending...or, in gameplay terms, go through dungeons and fight the bosses within to prove yourself worthy of getting a higher pay. You advance the months by going to bed, which gives you your monthly income and restores your HP and MP, but it also piles more debt on you, since those loans have interest rates attached to them. Since there is no way to recover your HP and MP for free besides advancing the months, this creates an interesting ticking-clock element where you have to make the most of each month, leveling up and getting more income as efficiently as possible without wearing yourself down (or spending too much money on healing items).

The thing most people seem to complain about is the art and music. Yes, the game uses the default RPG Maker graphics and sound, but to be honest, it doesn't hamper the game all that much. It's annoying, but the gameplay and humor shine through enough to make the annoyance of default assets practically irrelevant.

Speaking of the humor, it may or may not be your cup of tea, but I like it. It's almost Earthbound-esque, if Earthbound broke the fourth wall even more often. The characters often question game mechanics and point out things that only make sense in games (like the "NPC Racist" maid in the trailer), and while I'm usually a fan of the fourth wall staying just how it is, it managed to get a few laughs out of me.

Of course, this game isn't perfect. There are some annoying balance issues, especially with some enemies in a dungeon being far more powerful than others in the same dungeon. The game recommends you save often in different files, and I wholeheartedly agree--death can come from the most unexpected of places. One example of this is near the beginning of the game, in the first dungeon. The random encounters I'd faced up to that point were mostly fine, except for one enemy (Idle Whim, I think. It looks like a spider) who dealt frankly absurd damage compared to his allies, but one of my random encounters was against an enemy who appeared fairly normal at first. His attacks did trivial damage, but he had more health than the others in the dungeon, so we traded blows for a while. Suddenly, a couple turns before I would've killed him, he performed a massive attack that did more damage than my entire HP capacity at that point. The attack wasn't telegraphed, it wasn't forewarned, it just happened and killed me. So, like I said, save, or else you might be killed by some random ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t. (I should note that I only saw this guy once--I never encountered him again, even traveling across the same square, so it's possible you won't have to deal with him. Just be forewarned--if you're in the first dungeon and you encounter a massive knight, RUN!)

TL;DR: it's funny, charming, and has a unique financial system. Don't dismiss it from the graphics alone. Yes, there are some balance issues and the price tag is a *bit* high, but I completely recommend it if it's on sale. Even if it isn't, I recommend it...just, y'know, less so.
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30 of 44 people (68%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
13.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 22, 2015
Introduction
Cubical Quest is an old school RPG that was funded through Kickstarter. The game plays just like an old RPG like final fantasy (reminds me of the turnbased combat and world exploration), and , but the art style does seem generic. The story of Cubical Quest is a huge joke on everyday life. A few examples of this are: Your party members are called roommates, the enemies have ironic names (Trivial Relationship, Fear of intimacy), beating a boss gives you a “promotion”, and the big bad is the Debt Alliance. The game even is self-aware and references real life things. Ex: “To comply with Nintendo censorship standards, I am required to say the substance in the bottles behind me is juice.” And “Hello there, cliché RPG child running in circles.” Cubical Quest isn’t innovative, but the comedy/jokes/self-references make this game very entertaining. The huge issue for me is all of the sprites seem very generic and out of place. (Fear of Intimacy is a green bat gargoyle thing)
Pros

  • Self-aware jokes
  • Typical fun old school RPG gameplay
  • Great comedy
  • Unique items/upgrades
  • Everything references real life problems (self-esteem, paperwork, and whine)
  • Comedic look at the “everyday” life in the form of an old RPG


Cons

  • Generic sprites
  • Not many graphic options
  • No voice acting


Conclusion

Cubical Quest is an old school RPG that creates a unique comedic look at everyday life. The game’s assets do seem generic, but the funny dialogue and good old RPG gameplay make up for the generic seeming assets. If you are a fan of the old RPG games, this is definitely a game you should pick up.


-HiPFiRED


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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 17
An hour ago, this game was just one of my many freebies I earnt from giveaway sites, that simply gave me cards and an extra game on my counter.
Then I decided to actually play one of them.
Suprisingly, I enjoyed it. You can defeat Slow Computers with paperwork on the way to get a work promotion from a spider, to earn more money to defend yourself from the coming war.
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