The Cube (game show)

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The Cube
The-Cube-ITV.jpg
Format Game show
Created by Adam Adler
Presented by Phillip Schofield
Voices of Colin McFarlane
Theme music composer Nick Foster
Ken Bolam
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 8
No. of episodes 70 (as of 7 July 2014)
Production
Location(s) Fountain Studios
Running time 60 minutes (inc. adverts)
Production company(s) Objective Productions
Distributor All3Media
Broadcast
Original channel ITV, STV, UTV
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original run 22 August 2009 (2009-08-22) – present
External links
Website

The Cube is a triple BAFTA Award–winning British game show which first aired on ITV on 22 August 2009. Presented by Phillip Schofield, it offers contestants the chance to win a top prize of £250,000 by completing challenges from within a 4m × 4m × 4m Perspex cube. The show is based on the idea that even straightforward tasks become extremely challenging when confined and put under pressure in front of a large live studio audience. Once inside, contestants can feel both claustrophobic and disorientated. Using "state-of-the-art filming techniques", the show aims to demonstrate the intense anxiety which contestants undergo as they progress through each task. Colin McFarlane provides the disembodied voice of The Cube, who explains the rules of the games.[1][2]

Format[edit]

All the games take place inside The Cube. Contestants are set a task to complete which can range from testing their mental agility, physical ability, intelligence, observation, and response. If they successfully complete the task, they will move up the money ladder. Each contestant begins with nine lives. Each time a contestant makes an unsuccessful attempt at a game, one life is lost and the contestant must repeat the game until successful. Any contestant who runs out of lives while attempting a game is "Defeated" by The Cube and loses all the money he or she accumulated to that point. (This rule does not apply in Celebrity versions of the show where if defeated the Celebrity leaves with £1000 for their chosen charity.) Contestants may stop before attempting a game from Game 2 onwards and take the money they have won but once a contestant decides to play, he or she cannot change their decision. With the exception of five episodes (three of which are celebrity specials), each episode has featured two contestants.

Filming[edit]

Objective Productions first approached Channel 4 in 2008 with the format. It was made into a non-televised pilot by the channel,[3] and was hosted by Justin Lee Collins. Channel 4 eventually decided not to commission the show because it would have been too expensive.[4] In February 2009, ITV purchased the rights to the show and filming began during April 2009 at Wembley's Fountain Studios. The Cube is one of the first shows to use the game freeze filming technique on a frequent basis, such as when a contestant jumps. This is Time slice. Using specially designed cameras, it allows the viewer to see one side of the Cube before the action is frozen, spun to another face of the Cube and then resumed. Slow-motion shots are again common to show action replays of the task a contestant just completed, or the critical moment of a game, to heighten the excitement of whether the contestant will succeed or fail. The show makes extensive use of CGI to project images onto the walls and ceiling of the Cube, while a screen on the floor is also capable of showing images. These film techniques make the seemingly simple tasks that are put before the contestants seem much more exciting than they would normally be.

For Series 8, which premiered on 1 March 2014, the show received a revamp. Including a new studio set, new opening credits, a redesign of graphics and several new games. The 7 game format and prize money structure however remain the same.

Transmissions[edit]

Series
number
Start date End date Total
episodes
Regular
episodes
Celebrity
specials
Average viewers
(millions)
1 22 August 2009 3 October 2009 7 7 0 5.09
2 19 September 2010 2 January 2011 12 9 3 5.13
3 3 April 2011 11 June 2011 9 8 1 3.53
4 30 October 2011 31 December 2011 9 8 1 3.92
5 14 April 2012 23 December 2012 9 6 3 2.96
6 2 March 2013 18 May 2013 12 12 0 3.66
7 (Celebrity Series) 30 June 2013 22 February 2014 3 0 3 3.23
8 1 March 2014 7 July 2014 9 6 3 3.16
9* 2015 2015 TBC TBC TBC TBD

* A ninth series has been confirmed. It was recorded at Fountain Studios from 8-13 September 2014 and will air from late 2014/early 2015. A Text Santa Celebrity special was recorded.[5][6][7]

Prize money[edit]

The Cube has a prize money structure starting at £1,000 and ending at the £250,000 jackpot. Below is a breakdown of the Prize money structure, showing the game number and amount of prize money that can be won for successfully completing that game. If a player loses all their lives at any point during the game they lose all the money they have accumulated to that point.

Stage Amount
Game 1 £1,000
Game 2 £2,000
Game 3 £10,000
Game 4 £20,000
Game 5 £50,000
Game 6 £100,000
Game 7 £250,000

Aides[edit]

The Cube offers each contestant two different "aides", each of which may be used only once:

Simplify
Available from Game 1.
This feature changes some parameter of the game to make the game easier. For example, the contestant may be given extra time, the target may be made bigger, the game may be slowed down, or there may be fewer items to take care of. All games can be simplified (except when played at the £250,000 level), but not all games have ever actually been simplified. The simplification remains in effect for all of the contestant's subsequent attempts at the same game.
Trial Run
Available from Game 2.
This feature gives the contestant a single non-scoring attempt at a game, to help him/her to decide whether to play it for real. Whether the contestant wins or loses, he/she will not progress to the next game or lose a life, and can still leave with the money. If the contestant then decides to play the game for real, the normal rules come back into force.

Although not an official aide for the contestant, the host may offer the contestant statistical information about the game he/she is about to play. This may variously include the average number of lives the game takes from players, the percentage of players that completed the game on their first try, or whether a particular group of people (e.g. men or women, or taller or shorter people) are better at the game than another. This can help the contestant decide whether to attempt the game or not.

The Body[edit]

Before each game, there is a short demonstration by "The Body", a masked female character described as "an expert at all games played within the Cube". Her demonstrations show the contestant and audience how the games are played.

Games[edit]

When The Cube was first produced, 50 games were designed. However, new games have been added every series in order to challenge contestants with games they have not seen before and refresh the format. Around 130 different games have been created and played in The Cube, below is a list of these games.

The games are in alphabetical order. With each game is information on the rules of the game, the cash level it was first played at and what happens if a contestant chooses to Simplify the game. Also listed is any other cash level the game has been played at, along with any rule changes or Simplify changes that may occur at a higher or lower cash level.

Celebrity specials[edit]

There have been several celebrity specials of The Cube with famous faces playing for chosen charities. Celebrity versions follow exactly the same format as the regular version with one exception, celebrity contestants that are defeated by The Cube are given £1,000 for their chosen charity.

Series 2

  • On 21 November 2010, Dame Kelly Holmes was defeated by The Cube but still took away £1,000 for DKH Legacy Trust and Jenni Falconer won £20,000 for Breast Cancer BC2000.
  • On 2 January 2011, Jennie McAlpine was defeated by The Cube but still took away £1,000 for Mood Swings and Ricky Hatton won £20,000 for Genesis Breast Cancer.

Series 3

Series 4

Series 5

  • In the first episode of 2 Olympian Specials screened On 14 July 2012, Mo Farah beat The Cube and won the jackpot of £250,000 for The Mo Farah Foundation.
  • In part 2 of the Olympian specials shown on 21 July 2012, Fatima Whitbread won £20,000 for 21st Century Youth and Dai Greene won £50,000 for Young Epilepsy.

Series 7

  • On 30 June 2013, Louis Smith won £50,000 for Huntingdon Gymnastics Club and Mark Wright was defeated by The Cube but still took away £1,000 for Haven House Children's Hospice.

Series 8

  • On 11 April 2014, Joey Essex won £10,000 for Child Bereavement UK and Kym Marsh won £20,000 for The Kerry Ann Fighting fund.

Upcoming celebrity specials will include:

Attempts at the jackpot game[edit]

Reaching the final seventh game is a rarity. So far, across all series, only seven contestants have managed to reach the Jackpot game.

For this final challenge The Cube will bring back a game the contestant has previously attempted but at a Jackpot level difficulty.

  • In the first series, Jonny became the first person to reach the final game, having only three lives left. For his final game, he was given a more difficult version of Direction, the first game he faced in The Cube, losing three lives and using his Simplify. At the jackpot level, the path was reduced by a third to just 20 centimeters. He decided to leave with £100,000.
  • In the second series, Paul became the second person to reach the final game, having five lives left. For his final game, he was given a more difficult version of Structure, in which he had to build a construction of blocks within a time limit of twelve seconds, three seconds less than his original attempt. He also decided to leave with £100,000.
  • In the third series, Tom Fletcher of boyband McFly managed to reach the final game, having four lives left. For his final game, he was given a more difficult version of Barrier, in which he had to cross three barriers instead of the original two. He also decided to leave with £100,000.
  • The fourth person to get to the final game was Luke who was given a more difficult version of * Rebound. When Luke previously took on this game he only lost one life. At the jackpot setting the target zone the ball had to land in was reduced by 50%. He chose to leave with £100,000.
  • In a fifth series celebrity special, Mo Farah, Olympic 5,000 and 10,000 metre runner, managed to not only reach the final game but also became the first person to attempt the jackpot game. For his final game, he guessed that Response would be his final game but was given a more difficult version of Barrier instead, in which he had to cross three barriers instead of the original two, which he had previously beaten on his first attempt. Starting the final game with seven lives left (he had lost two lives in his first game Response). He won £250,000 only losing one more life in this jackpot game. Mo is currently the only contestant, celebrity or member of the public, to win the Jackpot and "Beat The Cube".
  • In series six, episode 4, Kevin became sixth person to reach the final game. The Cube brought back Descent at the Jackpot setting with a Target area 50% smaller than he had previously faced. Kevin had 6 lives remaining as well as his Simplify (Kevin is so far the only person to reach the final game with his Simplify still available.) Although very tempted due to the strong position he was in, Kevin chose to leave with £100,000.
  • In a Series 8 celebrity special broadcast on 28 June 2014, Mollie King of The Saturdays became the seventh person to reach the jackpot game. The first person to do so in 2 series'. Mollie said she would like to see the game she had just faced for £100,000, Balance brought back. However The Cube brought back the game she didn't want to see and had previously used her Simplify on, Capacity. At the jackpot setting, Mollie had just 20 seconds to complete the game. Although her band mates were confident she could complete it due to having 5 lives remaining, Mollie decided she couldn't risk it and left with £100,000 for her charity.

Notable events[edit]

  • The first contestant defeated by the cube was Rhian who lost playing Game 3 (Drop Zone) during episode 1 of series 1.
  • A somewhat notable event was when Phillip Schofield allowed Nicky to remove his trousers during game 5, Barrier in Season 1 episode 2 when he had two lives left, as they were restricting his movement and giving him an unfair disadvantage.
  • The most lives ever lost in one game currently[when?] stands at 8. A few contestants have lost 8 lives on different games.
  • The game that has defeated most contestants is Momentum, with 3 failing to complete this game. All 3 appeared during Series 6.
  • Jonny was the first contestant to reach the jackpot game, but he decided not to attempt it and left with £100,000.
  • The first person to attempt the £250,000 game was Mo Farah in a Series 5 celebrity special. He went on to "Beat The Cube" and win the £250,000 jackpot for his charity. He is currently the only person to attempt and win the jackpot game.
  • Kev in Series 6 was the first person to reach the £250,000 game with his "Simplify" still available, but he chose not to attempt the Jackpot game and left with £100,000.
  • Teresa was the first person to retire from competing due to injury. She sprained her foot in celebration after successfully completing Dual Reflex. Instead of resuming after treatment, she decided to take her £10,000.

Defeated contestants[edit]

Roughly 20% of all Cube contestants get "defeated". This means they run out of lives and leave with nothing. (Celebrities leave with £1,000 for their charities if they get defeated.) So far across all 8 series, 32 contestants have lost all their lives at various stages:

Series 1

1 contestant defeated.

  • Rhian was defeated at Game 3, Drop Zone in episode 1 and lost £2,000.

Series 2

7 contestants defeated.

  • Martin was defeated at Game 5, Side-Track in episode 3 and lost £20,000.
  • Alex was defeated at Game 2, Descent in episode 5 and lost £1,000.
  • Christian was defeated at Game 5, Pinpoint in episode 8 and lost £20,000.
  • Zoe was defeated at Game 2, Stabilise in episode 9 and lost £1,000.
  • Dame Kelly Holmes was defeated at Game 2, Gradient in episode 10 but still took away £1,000 for her chosen charity.
  • Joe Swash was defeated at Game 5, Pinpoint in episode 11 but still took away £1,000 for his chosen charity.
  • Jennie McAlpine was defeated at Game 2, Blind-Shot in episode 12 but still took away £1,000 for her chosen charity.

Series 3

3 contestants defeated.

  • Paul was defeated at Game 3, Vault in episode 1 and lost £2,000.
  • Aaron was defeated at Game 3, Cylinder in episode 4 and lost £2,000.
  • Yolanda was defeated at Game 4, Spike in episode 5 and lost £10,000.

Series 4

6 contestants defeated.

  • Debbie was defeated at Game 4, Tilt in episode 2 playing and lost £10,000.
  • Sarah was defeated at Game 2, Revolving Shot in episode 3 and lost £1,000.
  • Jim was defeated at Game 4, Shatter in episode 4 and lost £10,000.
  • Isaac was defeated at Game 3, Placement in episode 5 and lost £2,000.
  • Karen was defeated at Game 5, Construction in episode 5 and lost £20,000.
  • Neil was defeated at Game 2 Pendulum in episode 7 and lost £1,000.

Series 5

1 contestant defeated.

  • Graham was defeated at Game 3, Succession in episode 4 and lost £2,000.

Series 6

8 contestants defeated.

  • Noel was defeated at Game 4, Arc in episode 3 and lost £10,000.
  • Tricia was defeated at Game 3, Momentum in episode 5 and lost £2,000.
  • Scott was defeated at Game 3, Exchange in episode 7 and lost £2,000.
  • Corrine was defeated at Game 5, Time Freeze in episode 10 and lost £20,000.
  • June was defeated at Game 4, Momentum in episode 11 and lost £10,000.

Series 7

3 Contestants Defeated

  • Mark Wright was defeated at Game 4, Summit in episode 1 but still took away £1,000 for his chosen charity.
  • The stars of Loose Women were defeated at Game 4, Momentum in episode 2 but still took away £1,000 to split between their chosen charities.
  • David Haye was defeated at Game 3, Quadrant in episode 3 but still took away £1,000 for his chosen charity.

Series 8

3 Contestants Defeated

  • Tony was defeated at Game 4, Balance in episode 2 and lost £10,000.
  • George was defeated at Game 5, Locate in episode 3 and Lost £20,000.
  • James was defeated at Game 3, Dead Stop in episode 5 and lost £2,000.

Ratings[edit]

Episode ratings from BARB.

Series 1

Episode no. Air date Total viewers
(millions)
ITV weekly ranking Share
1 22 August 2009 5.85 11 26.7%[10]
2 29 August 2009 5.12 11 23.9%[11]
3 5 September 2009 5.26 15 22.4%[12]
4 12 September 2009 5.06 15 22.9%[13]
5 19 September 2009 4.83 17 22.8%[14]
6 26 September 2009 4.81 20 22.4%[15]
7 3 October 2009 4.71 19 19.1%[16]

Series 2

Episode no. Air date Total viewers
(millions)
ITV weekly ranking Share
1 19 September 2010 4.98 15 21.4%[17]
2 26 September 2010 5.09 16 21.6%[18]
3 3 October 2010 5.78 16 24.5%[19]
4 10 October 2010 5.19 18 21.2%[20]
5 17 October 2010 5.21 20 21.3%[21]
6 24 October 2010 5.51 17 21.4%[22]
7 31 October 2010 5.21 18 20.6%[23]
8 7 November 2010 5.51 17 20.6%[24]
9 14 November 2010 5.53 19 22%[25]
Celebrity special 21 November 2010 5.42 22 20.8%[26]
Celebrity special 18 December 2010 3.92 22 13.2%[27]
Celebrity special 2 January 2011 4.18 20 14.8%[28]

Series 3

Episode no. Air date Total viewers
(millions)
ITV weekly ranking Share
1 3 April 2011 3.64 22 17.8%[29]
2 10 April 2011 3.31 24 16.9%[30]
3 17 April 2011 3.32 23 17.6%[31]
4 24 April 2011 2.77 27 18.8%[32]
5 1 May 2011 3.50 24 20%[33]
6 8 May 2011 3.94 18 18.8%[34]
7 15 May 2011 4.02 17 18.5%[35]
8 22 May 2011 3.96 18 18.3%[36]
Celebrity special 11 June 2011 3.35 22 14%[37]

Series 4

Episode no. Air date Total viewers
(millions)
ITV weekly ranking Share
1 30 October 2011 3.96 20 16.2%[38]
2 6 November 2011 4.00 20 15.2%[39]
3 13 November 2011 4.08 26 15.6%[40]
4 20 November 2011 4.06 23 14.9%[41]
5 27 November 2011 4.08 20 15.2%[42]
6 4 December 2011 4.09 21 15.9%[43]
7 11 December 2011 3.19 25 12.3%[44]
Celebrity special 24 December 2011 4.96 16 20.8%[45]
8 31 December 2011 2.87 29 14%[46]

Series 5

Episode no. Air date Total viewers
(millions)
ITV weekly ranking Share
1 14 April 2012 3.99 14 17.5%[47]
2 21 April 2012 2.78 28 11.1%[48]
3 28 April 2012 2.82 25 12%[49]
4 5 May 2012 3.14 24 15.1%[50]
5 12 May 2012 3.00 30 15.9%[51]
6 2 June 2012 Under 2.26 Outside Top 30 10.8%[52]
Celebrity special 14 July 2012 3.07 24 17.4%[53]
7 21 July 2012 Under 2.66 Outside Top 30 14.7%[54]
Celebrity special 23 December 2012 3.01 25 12.8%[55]

Series 6

Episode no. Air date Total viewers
(millions)
ITV weekly ranking Share
1 2 March 2013 4.09 20 18.6%[56]
2 9 March 2013 4.08 18 17.7%[57]
3 16 March 2013 4.04 14 16.3%[58]
4 23 March 2013 4.71 14 20.3%[59]
5 30 March 2013 3.78 18 TBC
6 6 April 2013 3.95 17 18.1%[60]
7 13 April 2013 3.49 21 15.7%[61]
8 20 April 2013 3.15 25 13.2%[62]
9 27 April 2013 3.21 20 15.0%[63]
10 4 May 2013 2.97 27 13.4%[64]
11 11 May 2013 3.16 25 14.2%[65]
12 18 May 2013 3.27 20 13.8%[66]

Series 7

Episode no. Air date Total viewers
(millions)
ITV weekly ranking Share
Celebrity special 30 June 2013 2.93 24 12.6%[67]
Celebrity special 28 December 2013 3.96 20 17.8%[68]
Celebrity special 22 February 2014 Under 2.79 Outside Top 30 TBC

Series 8

Episode no. Air date Total viewers
(millions)
ITV weekly ranking Share
1 1 March 2014 3.67 19 16.8%[69]
2 8 March 2014 3.34 19 16.2%[70]
3 15 March 2014 3.64 17 18.0%[71]
4 22 March 2014 3.79 16 18.4%[72]
5 29 March 2014 3.42 17 18.1%[73]
6 5 April 2014 3.22 20 15.8%[74]
Celebrity special 11 April 2014 2.95 26 14.1%[75]
Celebrity special 28 June 2014 Under 2.15 Outside Top 30 10.1%[76]
Celebrity special 7 July 2014 2.23 27  %

Reception[edit]

Readers of ukgameshows.com named it the best new game show of 2009 in their "Hall of fame" poll.[77]

Awards[edit]

Year Group Award Result
2010 Broadcast Awards Best New Programme Nominated
Rose d'Or Best Game Show Nominated
2011 RTS Awards Best Entertainment Show Nominated
Broadcast Awards Best Entertainment Programme Won
BAFTA Best Entertainment Craft Team Won
Best Entertainment Programme Won
2012 Best Entertainment Craft Team Won
National Reality TV Awards Best Game Show Nominated
TV Choice Awards Best Game Show Won
Rose d'Or Best Game Show Nominated
National Television Awards Best Entertainment Programme Nominated
2013 Best Entertainment Programme Nominated
2014 Best Entertainment Programme Nominated

International versions[edit]

The format has been successful with international broadcasters. As of 2013, 11 countries have produced their own versions of the show. Some are still broadcasting, some have ceased broadcasting and in the case of the US version have not even been shown (only a pilot was filmed).

Below is a breakdown of the countries that have created their own versions along with other information including the Jackpot available and broadcast dates.

Legend:      Currently airing        No longer airing        Unaired pilot  

Country Name Host Channel Top prize Premiere/air dates
 Arab World[78] The Cube Dhaffer L'Abidine Dubai TV Dhs250,000 2 February 2014
 China 梦立方
Mèng lìfāng
Cheng Lei Dragon TV To achieve the contestant's dream[79] or ¥250,000 13 May 2012 – 4 September 2013[80]
 France Le Cube Nagui France 2 50,000 1 July – 30 August 2013
 Germany The Cube – Besiege den Würfel! Nazan Eckes RTL 250,000 29 April 2011[81]
 Italy The Cube – La Sfida Teo Mammucari Italia 1 100,000 7 September 2011[82]
 Portugal O Cubo Jorge Gabriel RTP 30,000 16 May – 11 July 2010
 Russia[83] Куб
Kub
Dmitry Kharatyan Channel One 3,000,000 roubles 30 March – 30 November 2013
 Saudi Arabia المكعب
Al Moukaab
Faisal Al Issa KSA 1 SR250,000 17 March – 8 July 2010
 Spain El Cubo Raquel Sánchez Silva Cuatro 150,000 8 February 2012[84]
250,000
 Ukraine Куб
Kub
Maksim Chmerkovskiy STB 250,000 21 November 2011[85]
Dmitry Tancovich 500,000
 United States The Cube Neil Patrick Harris CBS $500,000 Non Broadcast Pilot.

Filming locations[edit]

The German, Italian, Portugease, Saudi Arabian, Spanish and the U.S. pilot of The Cube were filmed at The Fountain Studios in London using the British set and games. Other international versions have created their own studio sets. The Chinese version of the show is filmed at the Zhabei Gymnasium in Shanghai; the Ukrainian version of the show is filmed at the Antonov Serial Production Plant in Kiev; the Russian version of the show is filmed at the Ostankino Technical Center in Moscow; the Arabian version is filmed at the Dubai Studio City in Dubai and the French version of the show is filmed in La Plaine Saint-Denis, near Paris.

Games[edit]

International versions of The Cube have some games not seen in the British series. Some are variants of UK games, but some are completely different.

Below are some games played in international versions. The games are listed in alphabetical order:

Notable events[edit]

  • The most lives ever lost in one game currently stands at 9. In the Chinese and the Portuguese version, a contestant was defeated at game 1 Pendulum. In the Russian version two contestants were defeated on game 2 Elevation (Anita Tsoy) and game 3 Dual Reflex (Nikolai Valuev).
  • In the Chinese version, a contestant named Whitney, who was also one of the notable contestants in the Hong Kong version of another world-famous game show Minute to Win It, failed at the Jackpot game Side-Track and lost ¥100,000.

Top prize winners[edit]

Across all versions of the show, 6 contestants have won the final game and taken away the Jackpot.

Country Contestant Jackpot game Jackpot won Date
 Arab World Hamad Al Yahmadi Blind Shot Dhs250,000 20 April 2014
 China Chen Kun Extraction ¥250,000 22 July 2012 (Charity special)
Wu Jing Tower ¥250,000 2 May 2013 (Charity special)
 Portugal Vítor Costa Barrier €30,000 30 May 2010
 Ukraine Andriy Serko Rapid Fire 250,000 грн. 29 October 2012
 United Kingdom Mo Farah Barrier £250,000 14 July 2012 (Charity special)

Merchandise[edit]

An electronic board game based on the series was made available in stores from November 2010.[86] As of June 2011, the game has been discontinued by most main retailers.[87] The game comes with an electronic handheld system featuring games such as Time Freeze and Stop Zone, as well as 9 balls- six 18mm blow moulded balls, 1 30mm EVA foam ball, 1 25mm hard ball and one 50mm hard ball. The balls are used for different reasons and the foam ball is used for most games with a ball. For Multisphere, all balls are used unless it is being played in a room with hard floors, in that case eight balls are used. Tubes are used for almost every physical game for starting positions, voids, tubes, towers and columns. Other equipment in the board game are track pieces, discs, clips, z shaped platform pieces, cannons, blocks, a ball flipper, a beam and card pieces,and a 7x7x7 plastic cube for playing a series of sixty physical games. The cube is used for a container and to connect onto the cube platform for the electronic games. A reducer also comes with the cube allowing it to reduce the size of it. The Simplify for games with the reducer generally remove it. Many well known and classic games are here as well as new games such as Roller, Catch, Retrieval and Bounce, everyday life games and interesting and complex games.

Around the time of the release of the board game, a Game App version of the series was made available via the iTunes store for use on the iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad. This app version originally featured sixteen games from the series: Balance, Cylinder, Descent, Drop Zone, Focus, Multisphere, Perimeter, Precision, Quantity, Reaction, Revolution, Shatter, Stabilise, Stop Zone and Time Freeze. The first update for the game came in April 2011 with Pulse added Another update for the game was made available in June 2011, adding a further free game, Succession, and making eight games available via in app purchase in 2 "packs" Exact, Pathfinder, Totalise and Tower in Pack one and Invert, Composure, Calculate and Navigate in Pack two. A Further update was made available in October 2011, adding a further free game, Axis. 2 further games followed in 2012, Eliminate in April and Symmetry in October. In February 2013, Chase, which at that time had not been shown on TV, was made available. Almost a year later on 21 February 2014 Avoid was added. The most recent update came on 19 May 2014 when 4 games new games were made available via In App Purchase. These new games were Reset, Plummett, Selection and Tally all which are new games from the most recent series. There are currently 35 games available to play in the App version.

On 9 November 2012, a Cube game was released on consoles for the first time. Released on Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3 and Nintendo 3DS. 33 games are playable in this version including two unseen new games which are Flight Path (already played in international versions) and Retrace. If you beat the Cube, then you unlock Extreme Mode, Where you play more "extreme" versions of 5 popular games which are Revolution, Pathfinder, Perimeter, Rebound and Momentum.

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  42. ^ 'X Factor' Janet Devlin exit watched by 12m - TV News - Digital Spy
  43. ^ 'X Factor' Misha B elimination seen by 11.7m - TV News - Digital Spy
  44. ^ 'X Factor' Little Mix win secures 12.9m on ITV1 - TV News - Digital Spy
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