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  • Summary: Assume the role of Amelia Cross, a stranded archaeologist who has mysteriously awaken among the sand swept ruins of an ancient alien landscape. Together with the distant help of another survivor, Commander Emma Sutcliffe, you must traverse and manipulate the structure of this forgotten worldAssume the role of Amelia Cross, a stranded archaeologist who has mysteriously awaken among the sand swept ruins of an ancient alien landscape. Together with the distant help of another survivor, Commander Emma Sutcliffe, you must traverse and manipulate the structure of this forgotten world to find a way back home. Expand
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Apr 6, 2018
    90
    With an increase in scope and improvements in every area, Q.U.B.E. 2 shows that Toxic Games have learnt from their experience and are doing a great job. This is an excellent title that is even better than the great game that it follows on from.
  2. Games Master UK
    Mar 22, 2018
    84
    The story isn't much, but despite a lot of block shifting, QUBE 2's puzzles never stop feeling fresh. [Apr 2018, p.76]
  3. Apr 3, 2018
    84
    Well done and atmospherically dense sequel of the puzzle adventure, convinces with a multitude of clever puzzles and mechanics.
  4. Mar 13, 2018
    78
    Like the original, Q.U.B.E. 2 keeps the emphasis on smart puzzle design and maintains a core group of mechanics that fit together like a glove.
  5. Mar 14, 2018
    78
    In the end the narrative isn’t quite as strong as the puzzle content found throughout, but nonetheless Q.U.B.E. 2 is an impressive entry in the test-chamber puzzle game subgenre first made popular by Valve’s Portal.
  6. CD-Action
    Jun 5, 2018
    70
    The sequel does everything better than the original Q.U.B.E. and is an absolute joy to look at. It is a great game for younger or less experienced players, because the puzzles, while satisfying, are easy and have single solutions. [05/2018, p.64]
  7. Apr 30, 2018
    60
    Not the worst imitator of Portal 2 that gets better as the story progresses, but, alas, the moment of magical transformation never comes. You won’t miss much by skipping this game entirely.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Mar 15, 2018
    9
    Amazing. Much better than the first game. Great graphics, chalanging puzzles and at least not bad storyline. Pleasant surprise.
  2. Mar 15, 2018
    8
    Very enjoyable puzzle platformer, with stunning visuals both on ultra and low settings, eye candy for everyone!
    Puzzles are at a level that
    Very enjoyable puzzle platformer, with stunning visuals both on ultra and low settings, eye candy for everyone!
    Puzzles are at a level that can please both casual as hardcore gamers.
    The story might be mediocre for some, but i really enjoyed it, i liked the plot, the voice acting was really good and it never felt boring.
    The only complaint i really have about the game is that there is little to no replay value, i would have loved to see something of a time attack or maybe even a way to create your own levels for others to play.

    8/10 game
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  3. Mar 24, 2018
    8
    Just finished this game after almost exactly 6 hours. So, much like it's predecessor, it's a relatively brief experience. However, it'sJust finished this game after almost exactly 6 hours. So, much like it's predecessor, it's a relatively brief experience. However, it's visually more appealing and at least as far is I can recall the original QUBE, this one feels more polished when it comes to how everything controls.

    There are unfortunately a bunch of problems with it though. For one thing, the puzzles are pretty easy for the most part. I think I only recall two where I was like "I'll come back to this tomorrow". And I'm not that good at puzzle games - as evidenced by other reviews where people write that they've finished QUBE 2 in 2 or 4 hours.
    Also, while the visuals are of course a vast improvement and largely very nice to look at - for one thing, there are some textures with oddly low resolutions here and there (broken lights), some lens flares (those of the big rectangular, red lights) lag behind and overall, I didn't find the design to have enough variety. At least the indoor sections. Outdoor is fine (and looks pretty stunning) but indoor could've especially used more variation in terms of color. It reminded me of that Mirror's Edge time trials DLC where each level felt unique because of its color and structure. QUBE 2 does offer SOME variety but in my opinion, not enough.

    Music seems a bit odd because sometimes, something fades in but most of the game is without. I think that they should've made a decision on whether there should be no music in general or everywhere.

    The story is pretty decent but be warned - once you've finished the game, your save will be purged and you have to play it a second time if you want to see a different ending. But... there are no special perks or anything different about that second run. There's no way that I will do that because while it was very amusing, without any incentive aside from a different ending - no.
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  4. Aug 31, 2018
    8
    It's fun and relaxing. The visuals are an improvement compared to the first game. The story keeps you interested and moving forward, but isn'tIt's fun and relaxing. The visuals are an improvement compared to the first game. The story keeps you interested and moving forward, but isn't that compelling.

    Even though the puzzles were fun to do, they lacked any real challenge. Most of the puzzles were easy and those that were supposed to be "harder" just contained more steps to solving the puzzle.

    Still a nice game.
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  5. Mar 15, 2018
    7
    Really good game with great puzzles. Let's start with graphics. They look nice, except maybe last location... i would give them 6/10. GameplayReally good game with great puzzles. Let's start with graphics. They look nice, except maybe last location... i would give them 6/10. Gameplay is great! Puzzles are very clever made and a little bit challenging. I don't like small arsenal with only 3 cubes - red, green and blue. Levels are also too much... portal like. So that's 8/10. Plot is ok, not so good but average. Probably some players won't understand or ignore it. - 7/10. Game is also very short. I finished it in 3 evenings.
    So for me, game deserves for 7. It's not worth price i think, better buy it on sale.
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  6. Jun 27, 2018
    7
    When a friend suggests us a game ofc we will going to test it, even more when he sharpens our curiosity with details about the game that leaveWhen a friend suggests us a game ofc we will going to test it, even more when he sharpens our curiosity with details about the game that leave us wondering if the game can be able to surprise us. Q.U.B.E. 2 takes on a difficult formula and comes out on top. The game does not disappoint.

    Q.U.B.E. 2 is an almost pure puzzle game where there are some platform components. Emilia wakes up lost and without memory in what seems some sort of alien ruins. With the help of Emma's communications she tries to find a way back to Earth. Soon she begins to receive communications from another entity, but we will not get into big spoilers, right?
    Graphically this game is very beautiful, even considering that 80% of the time is spent inside a giant cube, with cubic rooms and walls made of small cubes. Over time I began to consider that this might be related to the name of the game, but I still find that evidence inconclusive. At some point in time, the action starts to takes place in a more external environment and the characterization of a post-apocalyptic atmosphere is credible, without the traditional exaggerations of other games.
    The music and sound effects are well thought out, with the music being very relaxing, not providing distractions in a game where it's important to be focused on the details. The only problem I point out is that often the music runs over dialogues, which makes them difficult to understand if we do not have the subtitles turned on.

    The game itself made me immediately remember of Portal. Even with less than 30 seconds of game I was already saying that it was a blatant, all it was left to know was if it was good or bad.
    In the game we have a suit that gives us the ability to manipulate structures to perform different actions, and those actions allow us to solve puzzles to access new areas. In addition to the structures we can manipulate, new game mechanics are gradually introduced to complicate our thinking process. That introduction is gradual and we never feel overwhelmed with information. The puzzles are mostly easy with the exception of three or four, which seem randomly introduced and not associated with any difficulty curve. Those require much more attempts, including trial and error, to solve. The controls are not immaculate, I have been mistaken multiple times in the structure I wanted to manipulate and sometimes it was not easy to time the jumps, which lead me to think if I was solving the puzzle correctly or if there was something that I was not seeing.
    There was any moment of action or combat, which always gave me the feeling that I was solving puzzles only for the sake of solving them, there was no obvious notion of purpose in the game, which causes in the final stage of the about 6 hours that took me to finish the campaign, somewhat a feel of boredom and I just wanted to come to reach the end of it. This would be different if the story that the game gives us, the environment that the game tries to emulate to hinder a decision making really created some sort of doubt in our mind, but the choice that becomes obvious very early in the game is biased from the start. The game tries to create doubt in our heads, but in my opinion, soon we realize that we have to take a party in the future, and we also decided the side that we support rather quickly. In practice there is no antagonism in history, the information provided to us only confirms what we already know and what we will do when the time comes. I know it's not easy to do it properly, but if the story was balanced with this dyad, I might got more excited and want to know even more, but that was not the case.
    I think I've said enough to realize that the game has more than one ending, however I did not feel minimally motivated to repeat all the puzzles just to see all the endings, I simply went to Youtube and that's it. For me no replay value whatsoever.

    In a nutshell, Q.U.B.E. 2 is an excellent puzzle game. If you like this type of games, if you loved Portal this game is for you. Although it’s still a notch below it, with a story that could be more balanced, the final product remains a game well above the average that I have played. I’ve started and finished it in one go, I could not stop. We get the feeling that we're clever at solving all those puzzles and we do not want to stop. Try it. You will not regret.
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