Like Puzzlers with Story? Read On….
The Q.U.B.E Story arc starts off with a traditional start of blank slate, the player’s character has amnesia.
The Player begins the game waking up and not really knowing where they are. It turns out that you are aboard a vessel miles away from earth, it then shows off the vessel’s weapon that is being used to destroy the Earth.
The story’s main communicator is an ally off ship. She talks to you with a one way communication tool. She helps the player learn from a far, as she is orbiting the earth in a space station and gets cut off when she’s on the other side of the earth. This is a quite clever method to use, as it gives more suspense as the story unfolds. The only thing you can do is trust her and do as she says in the hope that what she is saying is correct.
The story keeps going and brings in elements the further the player gets. No Spoilers as we would not want to ruin it for you.
The first thing, the player will notice is that everything is white and minimalistic. No Tutorial and the player is thrown in at the deep end. It is very rewarding and intuitive and although there are no instructions. Q.U.B.E is very well designed so you won’t find yourself struggling to know what to do.
Don’t get me wrong, there are some tricky puzzles later on in the game where you may have to think about it for a while but the clever design makes you want to try and beat it.
The game looks very much like the excellent Valve game ‘Portal’. It does have some likenesses (clever puzzles) but without the humour of the teleporting classic. The game can become quite addictive and you wont get too frustrated or get the feeling that the game is cheating you.
Q.U.B.E can be completed within a few hours, but for the die-hard puzzlers there is a time trial mode. In this mode there are separate rooms with harder puzzles that have to be completed against the clock. Be warned, these are not for the weak of heart.
Q.U.B.E is an enjoyable game to play. If you enjoyed the Portal games, you will probably enjoy this. The game didn’t seem to get stale as I played through and there was always a new idea in the next section to keep you thinking.
Cleverly designed puzzles keep you wanting to play through and test yourself. Overall I would recommend this to any puzzle lover or anyone who enjoys taking time and using their brain to get through a game rather than running and gunning.