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1st May 2021: Attack The Block

It's been quite a while since I last had a go at a good puzzle game, so to get the brain juices flowing again I have just played through the sequel to a game I played a few years back, in the shape of Q.U.B.E. 2.

Like its predecessor before it, this game sees you using special gloves to manipulate coloured blocks in your surroundings, using them to open up new paths and to make progress.

Now my memory is a bit sketchy, but I don't remember the last game having so many other environmental interactions as this one does. In this game, in addition to the coloured cubes, you also harness other powers such as wind, fire and magnetism. In addition, there are lots of other switches and turny wotsits that let you move or change things in the puzzles. This does make it feel quite different to the original game, which I'm pretty sure (not that I can remember very well) only let you use the cubes and the occasional ball.

The original game also had quite a clean, minimalist look, which to be honest, I preferred to the more natural environments found in this one.

It also seems like they put a bit more forethought into the story of the game, rather than tacking it on at the end like in the original. Still, it does seem like more of the same, with you playing as a character who wakes up with amnesia, before pushing out into the maze of puzzles to try and figure out what is going on.

All in all, I feel about this one very much like I felt about the first game, in that it's a pleasant enough puzzle game, that challenges but never seems too hard. And doesn't outstay its welcome. That's very important.

Delving deeper into the puzzles

Delving deeper into the puzzles

Spin, you spinny thing

Spin, you spinny thing

Burning my way through a door

Burning my way through a door

Well, this is not gonna be easy

Well, this is not gonna be easy

Just what am I doing?

Just what am I doing?

30th September 2015: What A Blockhead

Today I bought the latest Humble Bundle, being number 15. I've purchased four Humble Bundles before this one, and was a bit angry with myself when I realised that I'd only tried six of the games from the previous four bundles. That is not a good ratio.

There are a few games from this bundle I quite fancy having a bash at, and I started with Q.U.B.E., a game I'd never heard of before but was immediately intrigued by due to its interesting looking puzzles.
In some respects, it's similar in appearance to Antichamber, which I also really liked, but the puzzles in this were far easier to get my head around. To complete the puzzles, you use special gloves to manipulate coloured blocks, which in turn allows you to reach new doors and elevators that open up as you progress.

It starts off really really easy, but a few of the later puzzles had me scratching my head for a while. Mostly because I couldn't see the end goal of the puzzle rather than not being able to figure out how to get there. Happily and surprisingly though, after two and a half hours of play, I reached the escape pod and the end of the game, all without looking at any help even once. That's pretty good for me I think.

Reading up, in the original version of the game that was released a few years ago, there was no actual story and it was just a puzzle game. This version though is the director's cut, which adds narration explaining that you are an astronaut with amnesia who must defeat the strange maze in order to save the world. Yes, it's weird, but whatever, I liked it. It was short and fun and activated what's left of my brain for a little while.

Things start off very simple

Things start off very simple

Things start to get more complex

Things start to get more complex

Man, I wrecked this place

Man, I wrecked this place

I escape the maze

I escape the maze