Whack on those manipulation gloves and prepare to be tested mentally in the latest game to be stripped of its price tag for the Games With Gold scheme, Q.U.B.E. 2 on Xbox One. It’s arguably one of the best puzzlers of this year and it’s free, so you should at least find out what all the fuss is about.

Anyone who takes the plunge will be taking on the role of archaeologist Amelia Cross in Q.U.B.E. 2, who awakens with no memory as to how she’s ended up in what appears to be an alien world. This first-person puzzler arms Amelia with a pair of special gloves that enable her to manipulate the environment within a monolithic structure, which is full of alien technology, in order to locate a stranded scientist, Emma Sutcliffe. The hope is that they’ll find a way home, together; it may prove a tricky task though given that their only means of communicating is by radio.

There are over 80 puzzles to overcome across 11 chapters of a story which explores themes of isolation, trust, and ultimately brings about thought-provoking questions of Amelia’s purpose in life. Should you wish to get involved with Q.U.B.E. 2 then Xbox Live Gold subscribers can download it from the Microsoft Store, without the usual cost of £19.99 until the end of this month, thanks to December’s Games With Gold scheme.

You can’t knock a freebie, can you? Be sure to let us know whether you’ve given it a go by getting in touch via the comments below or on social media!

Game Description:

Q.U.B.E. 2 is the sequel to the hit first-person puzzle game Q.U.B.E. You are Amelia Cross, a stranded archaeologist who has mysteriously awoken among the sand swept ruins of an ancient alien landscape. Together with the distant help of another survivor, Commander Emma Sutcliffe, you must traverse and manipulate the structure of this forgotten world to find a way back home. Waking up wearing a strange suit with attached gloves, you have no prior knowledge on how you came to be in this environment. Awaiting you is a maze-like monolith, a structure that you must navigate, solving mind-bending puzzles. Use your manipulation gloves to change and adapt the architectural structure in your search to rendezvous with another survivor, finding a way off the planet. As you explore and solve puzzles to progress, thought-provoking questions about your true purpose and the origins of the structure you are navigating will need to be considered, forcing you to come to terms with a devastating truth that will shake your world. Features – Master eleven puzzle areas and solve over 80 individual puzzles – Explore diverse environments that expand the Q.U.B.E. world – Experience an all new adventure and brand new characters – Interact with new and improved game mechanics – Original musical score composed by BAFTA nominated composer, David Housden – Full colourblind support, using symbols as a colour aid

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