Primordia Reviews

Primordia is ranked in the 51st percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
7 / 10.0
Jan 7, 2013

Primordia is delightful, smart and packed with personality, but it also comes to a close just as you're ready to explore more of its engrossing world. Leaving the player wanting more is no great disaster, of course - and the truncated length makes it tempting to go back and try to earn some of the different endings - but it still feels like a really good game that is only a few drafts away from greatness.

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IGN
Top Critic
6.8 / 10.0
Jan 11, 2013

Cool art and charming robotic banter can't quite save Primordia from obtuse puzzles and a story that doesn't click.

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PC Gamer
PCGamer
Top Critic
55 / 100
Feb 5, 2013

Primordia starts abruptly and ends just as suddenly, and the good story that were teased with doesnt quite ever get told.

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70 / 100
Jul 24, 2013

There is plenty to forgive Primordia for, but if you can get past the issues and lose yourself in the game there’s a rich and emotional story waiting for you. I’m a bit of a robot nut myself and despite all of my nitpicks about the game I found myself deeply affected by the ending. There’s a lot of reasons to fight Horatio’s war and Primordia does a great job of considering all of them even if it trips a few times on the way there. If you thoroughly enjoyed games like Beneath A Steel Sky or Full Throttle, I can guarantee that you’ll find plenty to like about Primordia.

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7.5 / 10.0
Dec 21, 2012

Wadjet Eye Games doubles the recent success of Resonance with an equally strong title. Primordia asserts itself in the post-apocalyptic environment, proposing a winning recipe based on retro style and through two ingredients: simple playability and an original script.

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Gameblog
Fumble
Top Critic
6 / 10
Dec 5, 2012

An SF-post-apo adventure that abuses a little of its Dude-bro humor but delivers a script and an interesting universe. Some flaws are compensated by the choice of the developers to vary the solutions to the same puzzle. Primordia could have been a more refined hair all the same.

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80%
Dec 5, 2012

A striking and unique adventure with an annoying sidekick.

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GRYOnline.pl
Hed
Top Critic
7.5 / 10.0
Dec 15, 2012

Adventure in the world of robots, in which it is in vain to look for people, is automatically associated with Machinarium. Primordia, a new proposal from Wadjet Eye Games, is different. It is a humorous, though not avoiding difficult topics, science fiction story.

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7 / 10.0
Apr 1, 2022

A fun point-and-click game from 2012 that you can tell is at least a decade old. The storyline is interesting and will make up for some of the visual flaws of the game.

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8.5 / 10.0
Dec 6, 2012

Only a few clunky systems, a couple of irritating puzzles, and a brief playing time let the game down, and none should put you off buying. Between this and Machinarium it seems post-apocalyptic adventures in robot civilisations are a safe bet for excellent puzzling. Well done WadjetEye, that's another great adventure game to add to your ever-expanding catalogue.

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7 / 10.0
Mar 3, 2022

With a not so great Switch port, Primordia's excellent world building, gorgeous art and compelling main duo still shine through, for those willing to put up with illogical puzzles and forgettable side characters.

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Renan Fontes
Top Critic
9 / 10
Jun 24, 2022

Time has been kind to Primordia with the past decade only highlighting just how unique, surreal, and grippingly atmospheric Wormwood Studios' inaugural title actually was and still is. While playing a point-and-click with a controller will never be as fluid as using a mouse and keyboard, the control scheme translates relatively well to Nintendo Switch and the ability to quickly check everything that can be interacted with on-screen all but removes the need for random examination. Wormwood's storytelling in particular deserves praise for blending surreal lore and a horrific premise together into an engaging narrative with multiple endings. Every bit of world-building just makes the plot richer and better contextualises gameplay. Wadjet Eye Games have done point-and-click fans a favour by porting Primordia over to Switch. Don't miss out on one of the genre's highest highs.

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8.2 / 10.0
Dec 5, 2012

Its charming wit, solid story, and excellent dialogue will make your ride a fun one.

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Recommended
Apr 4, 2022

Moody and introspective, Promordia is another perfect addition to the Nintendo Switch’s ever-expanding library of point-and-click adventure games. While it falls prey to many of the traps of its genre, those who persevere will find gorgeous art, great writing and voice acting, and a surprisingly deep story.

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65 / 100
Dec 16, 2012

Despite these shortcomings, Primordia is still a fun game to play. You obviously won’t leave this game unfinished as the story will keep you going till the end.

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Loved
Mar 11, 2022

I couldn’t recommend this game more. Definitely check out Primordia if you like point-and-clicks, post-apocalyptic settings, or philosophical themes. What it may lack in visual appeal, it makes up for twice over in writing. Lead voice actors Logan Cunningham (Hades and other Supergiant games) and Abe Goldfarb really bring it all to life. The characters, conversations, and well-developed themes were a delight. I enjoyed the puzzles and was thankful for a great hint system. Lastly, the Switch port is excellent.

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