Welcome to Q.U.B.E. Director's Cut! A puzzle game thats unique in its presentation and super fun to play. I'm so glad I got to play this on the Xbox One. This game was originally released on PC through Steam. The version I am reviewing is the Director's Cut which features a more fleshed out, new story, additional gameplay modes and refined gameplay.Plot and Imagery
You're an astronaut orbiting a Cube above the Earth! You need to destroy the Cube by reaching the center of it by solving puzzles in each sector inside the Cube to progress deep into the potentially destructive object. Why is it potentially destructive? It can destroy the Earth and all of Mankind!
Easy to follow and cleverly done. Who would've thought of this story plot point? I wouldn't have but it's unique in its own right. I dig it. I like things to not be convoluted. Graphics
The graphics in this game are good. They don't stand out an entire bit from other games on the market but for an ID@Xbox title it is one of the better ones I have seen/played. They pose a unique simplicity to it all and are overall pleasant to look at. I recommend you just focus on the puzzle aspects and the quiet calm of the atmosphere rather than flashy splashy colors or hugely realistic graphical prowess.Gameplay
The game is more or less broken into two controls, which are linked to your character's hands. They are essentially left and right (LT and RT). You control blocks and controls with the left control to make choices and decisions as well as right. There is literally two buttons used to play this game. Simple, right?
Wrong, sometimes the puzzles are tricky but not actually hard. Your angst playing this would be mainly at yourself for not seeing the solution sooner. It's a challenging game but not difficult unless you're a complete novice to puzzle games. You should find good brain teasing fun in this to pick your brain but nothing hard enough for a brick wall of progression to stand in your way.
You control platforms, jump blocks, balls and wall panels. You manipulate the area with your gloves to make the objective point to be reached, which is essentially you finding the exit and walking out of it or making it so a green ball activates a sector puzzle door barrier for you to press further.
This is a video of a puzzle in Sector 2 I captured with the Upload program to show how the game operates.
It's mostly an ambient soundtrack, though actually light of any real music overall. It is relatively quiet and features a good use of lack of sound to the effect to show that you're alone and trying to save the Earth in Space, where it is obviously quiet always. I dig the music free vibe of the game.Achievements
This game is an easy 1000 G game if you want to spend the time getting better and honing your Time Trial Skills. A great majority of the game's gamerscore is tied to the single player story. Relatively easy and challenging enough for a FUN and easy completion.Replayability
The replayability on this game is moderate. There's 7 sectors of puzzles and the new Beat the Qlock mode. You'd find the most playability in the main single player story coupled with reruns for time trials in the Qlock mode. It'll keep you busy for a bit and it is definitely worth the $9.99 price tag for this amount of playability. The game can be beaten 100% in roughly 5-6 hours according to the Truechievements community.