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  • Summary: Set in a mysterious and abstract sterile environment, Q.U.B.E. (Quick Understanding of Block Extrusion) is a first-person puzzle game that challenges players to navigate each level by manipulating coloured cubes that surround them. There
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. Jan 19, 2012
    84
    With an acceptable duration, some challenging puzzles and the ability to constantly surprise, Toxic Games has created a title with personality. It's a must have for any lover of the genre and a great way to enter the world of the puzzle for novices.
  2. Jan 13, 2012
    80
    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.
  3. Feb 23, 2012
    75
    The game's wonky art assets and cursory narrative trimming feel like placeholders, but take it as a no-frills Portal mod pack and there are ideas here worth winding your brain around--building blocks of a development talent almost as impressive as the game it apes. [Apr 2012, p.81]
  4. Jan 6, 2012
    70
    Pity about the lack of detail, originality and music. The price is affordable by all and deserves a chance.
  5. Feb 1, 2012
    70
    It's difficult not to draw parallels to Portal. You are a test subject in a unique environment interacting with your surroundings in a creative way. But here you are alone: There is no humor, no cynicsm, no cake lie, only partially frustrating puzzles thanks to the imprecise controls – nothing else.
  6. Jan 6, 2012
    65
    Q.U.B.E. may have some wonderfully clever puzzles, but without any sort of personality, it ends up feeling as boring as its whitewashed walls.
  7. 50
    It might look like Portal but it certainly doesn't play like it, which is a good thing in terms of the puzzles but not the dour presentation and story.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 42
  2. Negative: 3 out of 42
  1. Jul 29, 2012
    10
    Wonderfull game! Our era need more games like this. Simple yet innovative. Nice music. Visually atractive. Quite challenging at some points.Wonderfull game! Our era need more games like this. Simple yet innovative. Nice music. Visually atractive. Quite challenging at some points. And above all that, SMART. Worth every single cent. Amused me in every single puzzle, specially the ones in the dark. Surprising ending too.

    Some people think that the game is crappy for the lack story but in my opinion one thing that make this game so good is exactly the lack of it. That way when you proceed through the chambers you wonder who created them, what was the purpose of all that and many other things that are, at least partially, explained when you beat it. People with at least a drop of creativity, imagination and logic should love this game.

    Looking foward to Q.U.B.E. 2!
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  2. May 23, 2014
    9
    Amazing game. Too short ? True. Not as good as Portal ? True. Still a beautiful, challenging game. Comparing it to Portal is obviouslyAmazing game. Too short ? True. Not as good as Portal ? True. Still a beautiful, challenging game. Comparing it to Portal is obviously something everyone would do after playing this game. But if you don't, it's a wonderful game, with a nice OST fitting with the atmosphere of the game, correct graphics and interesting puzzles. Just buy it, not for its full price if you don't want to, but play it. One of my favourite games for sure. Expand
  3. Jan 11, 2012
    9
    A very good puzzle game indeed. Superficially there are some resemblances of this game to Portal series. However, the mechanics of this puzzleA very good puzzle game indeed. Superficially there are some resemblances of this game to Portal series. However, the mechanics of this puzzle game is significantly different from that of Portal games. In this game you don't generate portals. Instead you are supposed to touch and to activate varous colored cubes which have different functions. You need to figure out the functions of different color cubes and to find out the way to go forward by using these color cubes in appropriate combinations. Since the mechanics of this game is very different from that of Portal, you don't feel like repeating Portal games under different disguises at all. There is no story unlike Portal 2. This game is for pure logic puzzles. The game is available as both a steam version and a DRM-free version (Gamersgate). Expand
  4. Jul 21, 2012
    7
    First things first. Although Q.U.B.E. looks a lot like the Portal series and has a certain similar feel to it, the gameplay itself is quiteFirst things first. Although Q.U.B.E. looks a lot like the Portal series and has a certain similar feel to it, the gameplay itself is quite different, as in the kind of puzzles you solve and game mechanics that you utilise. Overall it's a fairly good and fun puzzle game. Visually it's very stunning, despite most of it being set in a mysterious white environment. The puzzles are really great, even though at times can be frustrating. The controls and game mechanics relating to what each type of cube does are very intuitive and easy to pick up within a couple of minutes, and with each new area there are new elements added to the puzzle solving aspect (though some of these elements are not used again in latter areas). Some of the puzzles here are very challenging, so be prepared to spend some time on solving them, especially two in particular which take up a fairly big chunk of the game's playtime and sort of follow one after the other. The game doesn't really have any story, but I suppose that is fine for a puzzle game. In fact there is something happening in the background, but it's always kept in mystery and I suppose can be up to interpretation. In fact I somewhat enjoyed that feeling of mystery which was well complemented with the white-themed environments. Perhaps the only major drawback of the game is that it doesn't last long. It should take you around 4-5 hours to complete it and after that there isn't much of anything else to do apart from replaying the puzzles. I think if there were more features added, then they would've extended the game's lifespan, stuff like a mapmaker perhaps, or additional challenges added to some of the existing puzzles (as the first Portal game had). Generally a good game, just short-lived. Expand
  5. Mar 12, 2012
    7
    Q.U.B.E is a first-person puzzle game that tries very hard to be Portal. It's a decent game, but it falls far short of Portal's glory.

    The
    Q.U.B.E is a first-person puzzle game that tries very hard to be Portal. It's a decent game, but it falls far short of Portal's glory.

    The decision to not incude any instructions is interesting. I was able to figure everything out after a while, but there are many moving parts and it's easy to forget which parts do what. Portal was elegant. Portals were the solution to every problem. In this game, you push blocks, pull blocks, rotate rooms, move balls, switch gravity, push wires, and more. Once you figure out how something works, instead of mastering it, new moving parts are thrown in. Combine that with non-resettable puzzles where you can get stuck, and it adds up to poor level design. The puzzles are somewhat entertaining and decently tough.

    The setting is really boring. Little sound, and nobody says anything. It's like walking through a hospital.

    Puzzle fans may enjoy this, but don't pay too much for it, especially for such a short game. $5 is about right.
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  6. Jul 30, 2012
    6
    Qube is an interesting game. It has a great visual feel to it and a pleasant soundtrack and atmosphere with it. The quality of the puzzles onQube is an interesting game. It has a great visual feel to it and a pleasant soundtrack and atmosphere with it. The quality of the puzzles on the hand is kind of mixed. The game never gives you any tutorial or hints on how stuff works and you sometimes find yourself in awkward situations where its not clear what you are supposed to do to advance. Later in the game there is also some puzzles that is mostly trial and error based and are more time-consuming than really hard. There is also instances where its more difficult to psychically solve the puzzles than to mentally solve the puzzles which is kind of annoying. Its campaign could be a bit longer (about 5-6 hours) but its pretty varied with pretty interesting level and puzzle design. Its still an alright puzzle game though and if you are into the genre you should definitely check it out consider its low price. Expand
  7. Jan 16, 2012
    3
    Too short. Too simple. Stole a lot from Portal, but didn't have any of the intrigue or humor. $15 for 3 hours of bland gameplay? No thanks. IfToo short. Too simple. Stole a lot from Portal, but didn't have any of the intrigue or humor. $15 for 3 hours of bland gameplay? No thanks. If this was $10 cheaper, I'd give it a 5/10. Expand

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