beb's Q.U.B.E. (PC) review

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Not Portal

Q.U.B.E is a first person puzzle game that will look quite familiar to most PC gamers.

It is very clear that this game is heavily inspired by Portal, to the point that it may feel like a budget knock-off of that game to some people. Imagine the first Portal game, but with no GLaDOS. Now imagine that the whole facility is not made out of panels, but cubes. Now, imagine that instead of having the portal gun, you have gloves that allow you to 'interact' with certain cubes, causing them to raise, lower, rotate, etc. That is Q.U.B.E in a nutshell.

Having competed the game in a few hours (let's say 2 - 3 hours), I found it enjoyable. While not nearly as good as the game that inspired it, there is something to be said for taking Portal, giving it the sort of ambient chill-out feel of Mirror's Edge (in sound and visual design - there is no parkour) and the gameplay of something sort of like Pushmo.

The downsides of this game are that it is extremely derivative, quite short / easy (your mileage may vary), and some of the achievements seem to be bugged.

1 Comments
Posted by Hsizzay

Thanks, nice review. I really appreciate the specific comparisons to other games, you've really communicated what this game is (and isn't) very succinctly and clearly. I also appreciate the nonjudgmental descriptions -- really helps the reader decide if this is a game for them or not without getting bogged down in arguing about whether your opinion is "right."

Keep reviewing!

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    Standing on the Shoulders of Giants 0

    Q.U.B.E. is an interesting and novel take on the first-person action puzzler that brings its unique gameplay to the table to challenge Valve's successful Portal series. A great soundtrack and accessible gameplay round out the package.In order to properly review Q.U.B.E. (Quick Understanding of Block Extrusion), one must address the elephant in the room: Valve’s Portal series. The comparisons appear fast and loose between these games, and not without good reason: Valve’s original Portal game legi...

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    Comparisons can be made, but it's mostly in appearance. 0

    (Please Note: Puzzle types used this game will be described/spoiled in this review.)I have seen many people compare Q.U.B.E. to the Portal franchise. While I can see why they are made, I feel that this is merely in how the game it looks. Its motives for Portal style trappings are there, but the game only travels shortly down that path. Instead I feel we were left with something more straightforward and lacking in narrative.To Put It Bluntly: Q.U.B.E. starts strong with its easy to manage puzzle ...

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