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Jan 19, 2012

Q.U.B.E. Reviews and more

Based on 7 critics - Overal Score: 77 / 100

GameInfo: 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's little to go on as the game begins - the player is dropped into an all-white room with few instructions, and simply has to figure their way out. The tone of game changes as the player finds small and big alterations to their environment, supported by an original score, inviting each player to let their imagination take over as to where they might be. Through experimentation and discovery, players will progress through an ever-evolving series of cube puzzles that will challenge them with logic, physics, platforming.

Critic Score

IGM The white and clean walls, the first person view, the puzzle rooms; is this not Portal? Toxic Games’ debut environmental puzzler may bear many resemblances to the Aperture Science Labs, but it has its own ideas and atmosphere. That does not shake away the comparison though and so Q.U.B.E. has a lot to live up to. Read Full Review

GameZebo Let me just get this out of the way since the comparison is inevitable: The first person puzzle game Q.U.B.E. will immediately remind you of Portal. They’re both set in stark environments with ambient sounds and a severe sense of isolation, all while you’re making your way through a facility with a series of tests to challenge your sense of problem solving. While Q.U.B.E. might not be the classic that Portal turned out to be, it still holds its own. Read Full Review

VelocityGamer Everyone knows of Portal, but Q.U.B.E. is a kind of sidestep to those games. Adopting a similar vein of first person puzzler, it does away with the wormholes for a tamer concept of movement and solution. A low cost downloadable offering, the game is worthy of a purchase by anyone that enjoyed Portal Read Full Review

Nave360 I’m glad I came across this game, because despite it’s shortness, it definitely gave my brain a great workout. There were some puzzles that had me figuring them out for up to half an hour. If you think Portal was hard, wait until you get a load of Q.U.B.E. I look forward to seeing where Toxic goes next with this game, or indeed some of their next work. It’s good to see more developers creating some rather fascinating games. I also think this game would sell well if it was ported to the Xbox 360 and PS3… here’s hoping Toxic are also working on that too! Read Full Review

Nowgamer However these niggles are well worth overlooking, as Q.U.B.E is a fine puzzler that deserves to overcome the ‘Portal-clone’ jibes that’ll doubtless be thrown at it. It’s challenging, yet oddly accessible and addictive. You’d be a blockhead to dismiss it. Read Full Review

Pure, Unadulterated Cognition Q.U.B.E or Quick Understanding of Block Extrusion is a first-person puzzle game that takes a player through an unknown environment where the location is only revealed once the game is completed.

Players must solve logic and physics based puzzles utilising their gloves and the environment, which is filled with coloured cubes that must be manipulated to progress through each sector or room. Depending on how high your inductive reasoning aptitude (ability to solve puzzles) is, you could spend anything from 10 to 14 hours to complete the game. Read Full Review

IGN Q.U.B.E. offers some short-term fun for puzzle fans and not a lot else. With so little emphasis put on story I can’t help but feel that Q.U.B.E. may have benefitted from having no story elements at all, instead of loosely hinting at some bigger picture that goes unseen. A few sloppy physics-based puzzles and a short-lasting gimmick put a small dent in the enjoyment of many other block-puzzles, but a consistent and striking visual style keeps things interesting. But, as much as it wishes otherwise, Q.U.B.E ain’t Portal, and its attempts to the contrary work against it. Read Full Review




Genre: Action, Puzzle
Release Date: 6 Jan 2012


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