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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: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Mar 14, 2019
    9
    Visuals are more impressive than the first game and some really inventive puzzles. The difficulty curve is spot on. Certain things could be aVisuals are more impressive than the first game and some really inventive puzzles. The difficulty curve is spot on. Certain things could be a tad better but overall a fun and challenging experience. Expand
  2. Mar 15, 2018
    9
    Amazing. Much better than the first game. Great graphics, chalanging puzzles and at least not bad storyline. Pleasant surprise.
  3. Jan 13, 2019
    9
    This is the best pure puzzle game I've played since portal. The narrative is captivating and is paced well between the puzzles, it leaves youThis is the best pure puzzle game I've played since portal. The narrative is captivating and is paced well between the puzzles, it leaves you thinking about every line, almost a puzzle in itself.

    The music while fitting is not very memorable, it makes you think in the moment but you quickly forget it. This is a point i think could be improved. The atmospheric sounds and footsteps are nice though.

    The graphics are very very nice. You will want to look around or stop and stare in many places. It's not distracting during puzzles, but is beautiful when it needs to be. It gives a very portal feel.

    The puzzles. The most important part in a game like this. They are perfect. The difficulty slowly ramps up in a nice way, where you will be challenged more, but have the experience to solve it. New mechanics are introduced often enough that you do not get bored, but not so quick that you get overwhelmed.

    I wish this game was a little longer, but it is probably long enough for most at around 5-6 hours.
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  4. 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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  5. Oct 29, 2019
    8
    Brilliant Portel-esque game with creative and at times challenging puzzles. Graphically very nice. Had lots of fun with this one.
  6. 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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  7. Oct 24, 2018
    5
    The simple fact is that manipulating coloured squares and blocks on a wall is not as immediately gratifying as making portals in Portal. WhichThe simple fact is that manipulating coloured squares and blocks on a wall is not as immediately gratifying as making portals in Portal. Which immediately places this game in a lower strata. Add to that the rather uninspiring scenery, monotonous geometric architecture lit sparely with lots of gloomy shadows, and it's just not a gamespace to enthuse about. The attempt to fill out the experience with a threadbare sci-fi plot with voice acting does work but it's not enough to escape the feeling of being stuck in a bland puzzler. Expand

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