Q.U.B.E: Director’s Cut is a first person puzzle platformer with cube manipulation mechanics brought to PS3 and PS4 thanks to Toxic Games and Grip Games. You are a nameless protagonist who has woken up inside a cube having no memory of who you are or how you got there. An astronaut aboard a ship feeds you information as you progress through the main campaign, but is he friend or foe?
The aim of the game is to find a way out of the puzzle rooms using your ability to manipulate the cubes in front of you. There are different types of cubes that you have to set up in such a way so that you can exit the room and move on to the next.
The good thing is that the cubes are color coded so that you don’t get confused. The blue cubes work as launch pads that fling you into the air, the yellow cubes can be used as steps, the red cubes are retractable and extendable, and the green cubes reset the puzzle rooms.
The cubes are controlled thanks to the special gloves the silent protagonist wears. Your fingertips change to the color corresponding to the cube you are standing in front of. You use the R1 and L1 shoulder buttons to manipulate the cubes and X button to jump on the cubes.
The difficulty does ramp up the further you advance and puzzles definitely get tougher around midway through the game. And by the end you’ll be taking on puzzles in the dark as you tackle lasers and other obstacles.The pace at which the difficulty increases is properly spaced out since it happens after each completed sector instead of after each room. A tutorial isn’t even necessary as the only mechanic in the game is manipulating the cubes, and it is not difficult to figure out how to use it to your advantage.
The game’s narrative is full of mystery. I won’t spoil things here for you, but I promise that you will not be disappointed. The story doesn’t distract you from freeing yourself from the location you are trapped in before it is too late.
The main game should take approximately three hours to complete depending on your skills. There are also hidden puzzles to find and solve, but not all sectors have one. Not only that but once you are done with the main game you have the time trial mode with a new set of puzzles, and you have to memorize each solution before going against the clock in order to earn a high score, so that’s plenty of replayability right there as you aim for a spot on the leaderboards.
The game’s visuals are really stunning, although you might want to turn the brightness down a little bit in the settings, as the whiteness (oh so much whiteness) might cause some mild headaches. It certainly did for me before I turned down the brightness!
The puzzles in the game certainly offer a lot of enjoyment thanks to the clever and flawless design. If you are into games like Portal, you will love Q.U.B.E.: Director’s Cut. The game may be short, but it is definitely worth a download!
This game has 19 trophies to earn, and they are pretty straight forward since you can acquire most of the trophies within an hour. There are 17 Bronze and 2 Silvers to add to your collection, so I hope you enjoy your time with the game!
My only gripe with this game is the lack of subtitles, so players who have hearing issues are not going to get the full benefit of the narrative side of the game, which is a crying shame as all people should be able to enjoy this game in all of it’s glory. But apart from that little gripe, it is a brilliant title. I had an absolute blast playing and I would love to see a sequel some day.