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The Cubedex of Boxes and Lines

The Cubedex of Boxes and Lines is a collection of six puzzles (and one meta-puzzle) pretending to be classic games in a cubic arcade. Like puzzle hunts or escape rooms, figuring out the goal of each puzzle is, itself, part of the puzzle.


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The Series

Jim McCann / TCHOW llc developed the Cube* puzzle games to continue his tradition of creating midwinter puzzle hunts for his brother. The Steam releases are the first time these tiny and frustrating puzzling worlds have been available to a large audience, and contain significant enhancements relative to their original (single-member-audience) releases.

The Cubedex of Boxes and Lines is the second game in the main series of Cube* puzzle games. It was created as a midwinter gift in 2016 and updated and polished for Steam in 2020 (...and beyond).

The Standard Notes

Nothing in this web page, the store page, the game documentation, or other materials outside the game is a puzzle.

The Cubedex of Boxes and Lines is intended to be solved without decompilation, resource snooping, or modification of game files. Indeed, these are all considered cheating. (And, really, who are you cheating but yourself? Once you know the answer, you can never discover it fairly.)

You will, however, benefit greatly from scrap paper, a good reference for standard encoding schemes, and -- potentially, though it is not required -- the ability to write some small computer programs to search for solutions to combinatorial problems.