Toxic Games released a new eight minute gameplay video for the upcoming first-person puzzle game, Q.U.B.E. 2. The video highlights some of the improvements and advancements that the small indie team have made from their previous student-project outing that was the original Q.U.B.E.
The series was always considered a poor woman’s Portal, and it’s not hard to see why. Anyway, this time around there’s a much stronger focus on a linear narrative based on the character of Amelia Cross. She’s a British archaeologist who finds herself on a strange and exotic planet. Amelia is one of the only few survivors of a crash landing, and with the help and guidance of her peer, Emma, the female duo must work together to get off the planet by completing the challenges and puzzles laid forth before them. And no, they aren’t lesbians… Amelia is actually married.
You get to see a lot of the stage-shifting puzzle dynamics in play in Q.U.B.E. 2</i. With the footage based on the playable demo from GamesCom, PAX West and the most recent EGX event.
Like most other typical new-school games, the early going of the game focuses on some basic propulsion puzzles. Once again, it’s very similar in tone and aesthetics to Portal, especially with the laboratory-style color scheme and test-room aesthetics.
The tutorial phase teaches you how to manipulate the blocks in order to complete the platforming segments.
After jumping and climbing around, Amelia unlocks a new ability with her multi-colored suit, allowing her to change the function and purpose of the white cubes by using red and blue functionality.
Visually the game looks less like an Unreal Engine 4 title and more like a Source Engine 2 title. It’s impossible not to see the Portal influences here, even more-so than the original Q.U.B.E.
Of course, if you enjoyed the first game and wanted more from the sequel, you’ll definitely get more. Also, the game has far more layered puzzle types than what you had to deal with in the first game or in Portal 1 or Portal 2.
Within the eight minute gameplay video we get to see a wide range of different physics-based puzzles that can be completed in some very interesting ways.