You can play smart puzzler Q.U.B.E for free for the next 24 hours

If you're feeling stuck for games to play today, then here's a suggestion: try Q.U.B.E, the puzzler from 2012 about manipulating coloured blocks with sci-fi gloves. It's free for the next 24 hours or so, it'll only take you three hours to complete, and it's a smart game with lots of good ideas. Click here to grab it (opens in new tab).

Don't expect flashy visuals—its environments are mainly sparse, sterile white rooms punctuated by the coloured blocks, and it definitely lacks a bit of personality. Still, I think it's worth playing, and so did our review at the time (opens in new tab), which argued that some of its puzzles were "almost as impressive" as Portal (opens in new tab)'s. High praise indeed. 

The Steam version is a Director's Cut that adds in story elements to the original, which do at least provide some context for what's going on.

The reason it's free is because its sequel is coming out next week (March 13). Q.U.B.E 2 is looking like a far more polished package than the first game: Austin enjoyed his time with it back in January

If you try Q.U.B.E and like it enough to buy it, then it's 75% off, making it just $2.50/£1.74 (opens in new tab). That deal lasts until Monday, while the game is free until midday PST tomorrow (8pm UK time).

Samuel Horti

Samuel Horti is a long-time freelance writer for PC Gamer based in the UK, who loves RPGs and making long lists of games he'll never have time to play. He's now a full-time reporter covering health at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. When he does have time for games you may find him on the floor, struggling under the weight of his Steam backlog.