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.… Expand