Q.U.B.E. (Windows)

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Q.U.B.E., short for Quick Understanding of Block Extrusion, is a puzzle game played from a first-person perspective. The player controls a silent and unknown protagonist in a sterile environment reminiscent of Portal's testing chambers. The goal is merely to proceed through the different rooms. The character can be moved around, look freely in any direction, and jump. The main puzzle elements consist of manipulating differently coloured cubes in the environment, combining speed, reflexes, physics, timing and spacial thinking.

At the start of the game a large gate is shown with nine squares. Each square denotes a series of rooms that introduce a new puzzle element. Each set of levels builds upon the previous ones by taking all earlier mechanics and introducing a new one, which makes the puzzles progressively harder. A red cube in a wall for instance can be pulled out in three steps to form a bridge or a temporary platform. One button is used to pull it out, another to make it withdraw. Each colour offers a new possibility. Blue ones launch the character into the air, yellow ones form blocks with different height, green ones are used as platforms to reach heights and can be reset to an original position, etc. Many puzzles have buttons where shapes such as balls or blocks needed to be guided through a path where the player manipulates cubes along the way to make it reach a destination. The sequence can be repeated until it is completed. Other rooms have purple arrows that turn the environment 90 degrees. There is no health, HUD or opposition.


Q.U.B.E. Windows Use these arrows to rotate a section of the room.
Q.U.B.E. Windows Another complex room
Q.U.B.E. Windows Here the ball changes its colour based on the cube it runs through.
Q.U.B.E. Windows Creating a series of platforms with red and yellow cubes.

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Indie Game Magazine Dec 20, 2011 83 out of 100 83
Joystiq Jan 13, 2012 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
videogamer.com Jan 13, 2012 8 out of 10 80
PC Games (Germany) Jan, 2012 78 out of 100 78
Jeux Vidéo Network Jan 16, 2012 15 out of 20 75
Indius Feb 06, 2012 15 out of 20 75
4Players.de Jan 19, 2012 70 out of 100 70
IGN Jan 10, 2012 6.5 out of 10 65
Cheat Happens Feb 08, 2012 5 out of 10 50
GameSpy Jan 12, 2012 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50


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