Indie Review: Qbeh
Liquid Flower Games has entered the scene with their first game, Qbeh, a first person puzzle platformer inspired by Portal and Minecraft. On paper that's a winning combination, but how does it measure up?
- Worth The Time?Yes, it's unique and rewarding to play.
- Things LovedIt's simple to play, it looks beautiful, it's unique in both its concept and visuals, the effects are really great, the game is very atmospheric and the audio is impressive, it's highly immersive and very creative.
- Things HatedThe game suffers from slow down in the third level and at the end, it's extremely short, it doesn't get particularly challenging, it's more like a concept than a full game, it ends rather abruptly.
- RecommendationIt's free and it's a very interesting concept that's worth playing, so you can't go wrong checking it out. But it's more of a concept than an actual game, so if you're limited by cap you might want to wait a bit or give this a miss.
- Name: Qbeh
- Genre: First Person Puzzle Platformer
- Players: 1
- Multiplayer: N/A
- Platforms: PC, Mac
- Developer: Liquid Flower Games
- Publisher: Liquid Flower Games
- Price: Free
- Reviewed On: PC
Liquid Flower Games has entered the gaming scene with their first title, Qbeh, which is a first person puzzle platformer that is inspired by Portal and Minecraft. On paper that’s definitely a winning combination, and the result is certainly an intriguing experience, particularly when it comes to visual and audio. The goal of the game is quite simple. You’re inside this abstract world filled with cubes. You need to work your way through the environment to reach the door at the end that will take you through to the next level. There are no checkpoints or breaks, so falling to your death means having to restart the level. It’s very simple to play. You’ll jump with the space bar, pick up colour cubes and add them to your inventory using the right mouse button and place them on applicable spots with the left mouse button. You’ll make use of these well-placed cubes to create platforms for you to jump across. That covers basically all there is to the gameplay, but despite its simplicity, your appreciation for the game will most likely be there for the graphical and audio experience, which is undoubtedly top class.
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The game has a very unique atmosphere due to its colorization and ambiance. It looks fantastic, and the world is highly detailed. You’ll start out the game in a bright, sunny and clean world, until you eventually move to a dark, stormy environment that has a completely different feel to it. The world is dynamic and ever-changing as you move through it, and Qbeh gives off a very Inception-like vibe with the way certain cube walls burst into space and hang suspended in the air while you watch in wonder. This is a game where your eye will see every detail, and you’ll be listening to every sound. It draws you in, and in this way credit definitely needs to be given to the developers because Qbeh is certainly captivating as an audio and visual experience. On the technical side of things, the game would be all but perfect if it didn’t fall victim to noticeable slowdown during the third level and at the end. It’s not enough to ruin your enjoyment or the experience as a whole, but it can be irritating and blatant.
The major problem with the game is that it’s extremely short, as it contains only four levels, the first of which is a tutorial level that has you learning the game mechanics and world. Naturally, in a puzzle game, this hardly gives it time to increase its difficulty or include much variety, so don’t expect to be challenged in this game, as you’ll mostly just need to be able to jump well. You’ll probably complete this game in around twenty to thirty minutes or so and sadly it ends rather abruptly, leaving you scratching your head over what actually happened. I can’t really say that the game ends on a satisfactory note, but personally I feel it’s far more worth your time to appreciate the audio and visual experience that Qbeh offers than anything else. The gameplay is quite relaxing, and it’s a smooth ride, but it’s a project that needs more content, as it has potential. In its current state, it’s worth experiencing.
Overall, Qbeh is an intriguing debut game and a great concept from Liquid Flower Games. It would have been nice to have more content and levels, or rather a more complete game, but this is definitely worth checking out if you’ve got twenty or thirty minutes to kill and you can make the download. Qbeh has certainly peaked my interest in these new developers, and I’ll definitely be eager to see what they do next with their second title, Aetheris, which is scheduled for a 2013 release.