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Q.U.B.E. (Windows)

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Category Description MobyScore
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.0
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.8
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.5
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.0
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.5
Overall MobyScore (4 votes) 3.5

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Indie Game Magazine
One thought does permeate throughout Q.U.B.E. though, and it chimes with the problems of familiarity. Of course, the comparison to Portal immediately draws upon this, but standing QUBEback from the game it seems that Q.U.B.E. revisits the same puzzles from time to time with just a change in aesthetics for variation. This is not too much of a problem as the developers have ensured that each puzzle requires a new solution and have constructed a learning curve that is as rewarding as it is challenging. Still, this underlying thought prevents the game from ever truly surprising you as much you want it to. It’s clear that a lot of love has gone into Q.U.B.E., making for a gratifyingly mature experience. It’s definitely a game worth checking out, especially if you enjoy challenging puzzles and intelligent, stylish design.
Fundamentally, this is a very satisfying puzzle game, and one that manages to stay surprising throughout by keeping things incredibly tight. It escalates from the start and doesn't stop, providing more than enough reason to spend a couple of hours pushing around brightly covered blocks. After all, you've been practising since you were a toddler.
Overall, Q.U.B.E. isn't on par with Portal 2, but it offers a delightful on-screen Rubik's Cube to puzzle-lovers and perfectionists everywhere -- maybe just don't tell anyone you played with blocks all day.
Q.U.B.E. applique à la lettre la recette assez rarement exploitée du jeu d'énigmes à la première personne, en parvenant même à créer la surprise et à proposer de nouveaux éléments de gameplay au fur et à mesure de la progression du joueur. En résulte un jeu réussi, inventif et agréable à parcourir de bout en bout.
PC Games (Germany)
Wer den Charme und Humor eines Portal 2 erwartet, wird enttäuscht: Der Spielspaß in Qube speist sich ausschließlich aus der Befriedigung, die anspruchsvollen Kopfnüsse zu knacken — nicht aus einer ebenso unterhaltsamen wie motivierenden Geschichte. Kaum fand ich mich damit ab, hatte ich an den klug konzipierten Puzzles meinen Spaß auch wenn es bei einem kurzen Vergnügen blieb, denn Qube ist unglaublich schnell vorbei. Da darf Toxic Games in Zukunft gern weitere Levels oder einen zeitbasierten Herausforderungsmodus nachliefern - oder gleich Qube 2!
Q.U.B.E. s'inspire fortement de Portal pour nous livrer sa propre vision du jeu de réflexion a la première personne, et c'est une réussite. Grâce a son style visuel très personnel et son gameplay riche qui demande beaucoup d'attention au joueur, Q.U.B.E. s'impose comme une très bonne surprise. Pourtant, avec une bande-son plus présente et un vrai scénario pour mieux nous tenir en haleine, le jeu n'aurait pu être que meilleur. Cependant, si vous avez envie de vous creusez les méninges ou si vous êtes simplement en manque de jeux du style de Portal, Q.U.B.E. saura sans aucun doute vous faire passer un très bon moment.
Jeux Vidéo Network
Q.U.B.E. est une bonne surprise. Si son style épuré attire l’œil, se sont véritablement ses énigmes qui parviennent à retenir le joueur. Varié, intelligent, et agréable à jouer, Q.U.B.E. offre une expérience plaisante, bien que très courte. On espère maintenant une suite détaillant un peu plus l’univers créé par Toxic Games.
GameStar (Germany)
Mit Portal und Portal 2 hatte ich viel Spaß, allerdings hauptsächlich wegen der Story, weniger wegen der Rätsel. Umso mehr hat es mich überrascht, wie viel Freude ich beim reinen Knobeln in Q.U.B.E. hatte. Bei den Aufgaben waren die Entwickler ausgesprochen kreativ, außerdem ist der Schwierigkeitsgrad nicht so hoch angesetzt. Dass es keine Story gibt, finde ich zwar schade, aber das völlig überraschende Ende birgt immerhin eine Menge Potenzial für zukünftige Erzähl-DLCs. Ebenfalls schön gewesen wäre übrigens mehr Inhalt: Q.U.B.E. ist definitiv zu kurz, selbst ich als Logik-Niete habe nach viereinhalb Stunden das Ende gesehen.
Q.U.B.E. offers some short-term fun for puzzle fans and not a lot else. With so little emphasis put on story I can’t help but feel that Q.U.B.E. may have benefitted from having no story elements at all, instead of loosely hinting at some bigger picture that goes unseen. A few sloppy physics-based puzzles and a short-lasting gimmick put a small dent in the enjoyment of many other block-puzzles, but a consistent and striking visual style keeps things interesting. But, as much as it wishes otherwise, Q.U.B.E ain’t Portal, and its attempts to the contrary work against it.
Q.U.B.E. has a lot of great ideas that are realized in an excellent series of puzzles. These are carefully explained without feeling stifling, and there's always a new challenge waiting around the corner. However, without any competitive element, story, or context for you actions, there is little motivation to advance past your own curiosity. The puzzles are sound, but that's only a fraction of what makes a game enjoyable.
60 (UK)
QUBE is a half-familiar and strange game, but that does not make it a good one. Its ideas for first-person puzzling mechanics are original, and when it starts combining them all into larger and more baffling setups it has great moments with a chilled-out pacing all their own. But that creativity is smothered under slavish imitation of the aesthetics and structure of the Portal series, and such a large influence is malign. QUBE hasn't learned from Valve's game but copied it - and ends up a shonky paraphrase of much better science.
I doubt I'd be as bothered by the lack of a story or characters if QUBE didn't seem to enjoy teasing me, acting as though it was about to introduce the mastermind that had imprisoned me in this bizarre obstacle course, only to disappoint again and again. That taunting can't take all the joy out of solving these puzzles, though, and about two thirds of those are stimulating mental gymnastics that puzzle fans will certainly enjoy.
Cheat Happens
Q.U.B.E. is not Portal 2. It never will be no matter how much it tries. It is however an interesting puzzler that can be entertaining enough to play through when everything works. It's just a shame that when copying everything else, the team at Toxic Games didn't bother to copy Valve's style and wit, because without it, Q.U.B.E. is eerily similar to its test chambers -- sterile, bland and boring.