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Toxic Games Q&A 1

We asked you what you want to ask us about QUBE and Toxic Games, so here are the questions and some answers!

Q: What are you working on now?

A: Right now we are working on Q.U.B.E. for iOS.

This version of the game will see similarities to the PC version but will have a static camera rather than first person character and completely focus on the physics based puzzles.

 

Q: What’s the reason that you dropped everything of the story?

A: We tried very hard to tie in depth storyline into the game but had real difficulties in the methods that we approached it. It didn’t feel right.

So rather than having a full storyline that people wouldn’t enjoy, we decided to take it away completely and focus on the puzzles and aesthetics of the game.

(more on the story cut out here: http://www.indiegamemag.com/you-only-know-the-half-of-it-the-lost-story-of-q-u-b-e/)

 

Q:  What are your plans about adding more story to the game?

A: For Q.U.B.E., there won’t be additional plot lines added. The game is how it is.

We can however add DLC to lengthen the game for players. Additiional game modes, new puzzles etc.

 

Q:  How was your experience working with everyone from the Indie Fund? Would you recommend it? Were they hands on? Pros and Cons?

A: The guys at Indie Fund are really great. Throughout the development of Q.U.B.E. they answered every email we sent them and also gave suggestions on specific  design areas of the game. A lot of things we took onboard, and some things we didn’t.  Most of the time we listened to their advice as they knew what they were talking about when it comes to the industry.

I would recommend applying to Indie Fund. They’ve been very successful in helping out developers so yeah.

 

Q: Where did the original concept for Q.U.B.E come from?

A: The original concept of Q.U.B.E. was inspired by a number of things, aesthetically it was inspired by the movie The Cube, and more notably a short animation called The Room.

 

Q: When will the Mac version be out? / What’s Happening with the Mac port?

A: The Mac version of Q.U.B.E. has taken a lot longer than we thought it would, we honestly thought it was going to be ready at the same time as the PC version but it turned out it had a lot of problems, though now  it has only a few minor issues and it won’t be long until it’s ready.

 

Q: Q.U.B.E SDK for mods and maps?

A: Maybe in the future. It’s not a focus right now though.

We’ve been writing up designs for a level editor for the PC, but that’s not a confirmation that we’ll be releasing one just yet, but’s definitely a possibility.

 

Cube Pack on Steam!

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Us indies eh? We do love to use cubes, it’s the best way to innovate!

So we’ve gotten together with other cube loving developers Gaijin Games, Swing Swing Submarine, Manic Game Studios and Two Tribes to make the limited time only Cube Pack on steam! Which you can get your hands on here

Also, look at the cool cubes!

Make Your Paper Craft cubes!

What are the games? Well:

BIT.TRIP.RUNNER : Apparently it is “the fastest, most exhilarating music/rhythm-platformer to hit Steam!” with lovely chip tune music and a fun gameplay, get your hands on it!

Blocks That Matter : When Minecraft creator Markus Persson (Who likes QUBE very much) and Alexey Pajitnov (creator of Tetris) get kidnapped you need to guide their robot to save them through some nifty block consuming puzzles.

Critical Mass : It’s a cool twist on the match 3 gameplay by putting in 3D and SPACE

EDGE : From the famous trademark dispute where Tim Langdell claimed he owned the word EDGE, comes this nifty puzzler where you have to roll your cube around levels in all sorts of cool ways.

Q.U.B.E : This obscure indie puzzler where you manipulate the environment with gloves or something to solve puzzles. You’ve probably never heard of it. Also has the most cubes of any of the games THE MOST WE SAY.

RUSH : The oldest member of the Cube pack and it’s erm… Well we’re not sure what we just played, but it’s AWESOME, complex and a great puzzler.

 

So hop to it! http://store.steampowered.com/sub/15116 only until Thursday!

Toxic Games Q&A! Send us your questions!

Whenever we post a bit of news on Facebook or twitter, we get swamped with questions and it can be a bit difficult to answer them in a tweet or a facebook post.

So we were thinking it would be good to have a question and answer blog post with you guys and girls.

Plus there’s questions we get asked all the time and it would be good to have a place where you can find the answer if we happen to be asleep.

So send in your questions through Twitter (Here or Here) or on Facebook.

We look forward to seeing them, get creative with your questions as well!

 

Q.U.B.E is steam’s daily deal!

We just love a sale, no sooner than a few days after Because We May ended we’ve got it back on sale!

It’s 50% until 6pm GMT 06/06/2012 over on steam, so go get it!
We know we’ve kind of all been about the soundtrack, sales and collectors edition lately. But we’ll have lots of news for you folks over the next few months on all sorts of exciting plans!

Watch this space!

Also convince a friend to get QUBE and we’ll give you a hug at Rezzed*.

 

*Hug will be given by Dan Da Rocha, may not contain 100% love. Potential for hug to be pass onto our patch elbowed writer.