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It’s definitely bloated, needing a brutal hand to strip out a few dozen of the weaker puzzles. Because in there are challenges that are not only good, but sometimes great. Really satisfying to solve. It’s that they’re too frequently diluted down by a series of chambers far more entertaining for the brief banter between TOM and Ava at the start than the process of completion. As such, it falls a good distance short of the two mighty games it emulates.
It reminds me of Alien Isolation especially when you recall the heroine of that titles explorations of the abandoned space terminal. But at least you are not in danger of being hunted down and eaten by some huge, acid blooded, xenomorph! The lack of action may put some off, but if you like a good puzzle solving game, with some platform style jumping to do then this is it.
The Turing Test is polished—both literally and figuratively. The puzzles are never overwhelming, and the game's intriguing, hard sci-fi story is told with a suitable air of mystery. In the end, it delivers a satisfying yarn while upturning thought-provoking questions about the nature of thought, understanding, the mind, and whether it is better to use a red orb or a blue orb for this socket.
The Turing Test” achieves a rare harmony of gameplay and narrative. It should make one think about the flexibility of the mind and what it means to consider one’s species the apex of creation.
The Turing Test will be compared to other games of similar structure, such as Portal, just by the nature of using a contraption to solving room puzzles. Although the narrative is one of the game’s main focus, and you need to be sure to complete the game to experience the entire story, the puzzles are sublime. Plentiful and varying, each set of new puzzles adds new and engagement elements to solving the puzzles, such as moving platforms, harnessing the power of magnetism, and using different types of energy spheres. On the downside, the Xbox One version of the game does have slight hitches and longer loads than I would have liked before each puzzle. I should note that while not all puzzles have a long load before them, enough did to warrant a footnote in the review.
Special credits for the sound dev’s and the voice actors, they turn The Turing Test into something better than good. They really learned from the feedback from Pneuma and delivered something really outstanding.
It’s a great game and even better, an excellent puzzle game. However, puzzles aren’t the be all and end all; the narrative is enthralling, mysterious and intriguing – any sci-fi lovers out there will find a good story here. There’s some seriously thought-provoking dialogue and moments in the game that I hope you take the time to experience The Turing Test for yourself – it shouldn’t be missed!
My initial review upon finishing the game consisted of 3 words – BUY THIS NOW. Sadly though I don’t think that would have been published so I’ve tried to explain why I thought that in the words in the review. I’ve played quite a few games in my 46 years on the planet and this one is one of the best.
The Turing Test strikes an impressive balance between Portal and Planet of the Apes that will keep players blasting through test chambers in search of more answers.
The Turing Test does exactly what the title states, it provides you with many hours of logically challenging puzzles as you discover the tense secrets found within the facility.
The Turing Test is a fantastic casual game with a lot of characters. It fits a very specific style and genre, though, and may understandably be hard for some to find fun if they don't already have a kind of preference or admiration for them. A single playthrough will take roughly 4-5 hours to complete, and replay value depends mostly on personal preference, long-term memory, and the time in-between plays. There's little in terms of negativity; only some small graphical aspects (in an otherwise beautiful yet simple environment), and a story that you have to receive in portions. If it sounds like your style and/or genre, then it's a must play, sooner or later.
Whether you’re in it for the gameplay or find yourself drawn in by the looming mystery that steadily simmers over in due course, The Turing Test (minus the occasionally hard-to-decipher audio) is a smartly-structured and delicately-arranged puzzle game that knows its boundaries and leaves it to the player to fill in the missing gaps.
The Turing Test is a great first person puzzler with an intriguing sci-fi inspired narrative. Its gameplay is a bit repetitive early on and the ending is a bit too open ended for my tastes, but overall it's a solid FPP worth experiencing for just $20.
It’s easy to say that The Turing Test gets a passing grade. Lots of thought has clearly gone into how the story plays out, while the puzzles are designed to teach the player without overtly telling you how a new gameplay mechanic works. Little details at the end of each zone and side puzzle flesh out just what’s going on, while the puzzles will test your logical thinking. It’s not without its flaws, but it’s certainly worth a look at for those wanting to scratch that First Person Puzzle itch.
Although its longevity will be brought into question, the blend of gameplay & thought-provoking narrative makes The Turing Test a well-crafted sci-fi puzzle title worth playing.
Although The Turing Test might look like a new Portal, it's not. It starts promising enough, but then it starts to lose breath. Still worthy of a recommendation.
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And with a fascinating narrative that explores themes few games have ever touched, you’ll be constantly enthralled by the philosophical debates between a human and an AI just as often as you’ll be frustrated by a puzzle for designing around the simple solution you had in your head.
The Turing Test has quite a few flaws that hold it back, but for a game that is a low budget, digital only game, it has a huge amount to offer for it's price. Depending on how quick you get through the puzzles, you could get close to 10 hours from this game, which is great value. None of the issues with the game are game breaking. There was a lot of potential for this to be a much better game than it was, but overall, it was still a good game that I enjoyed playing.
The Turing Test isn't just another "dime a dozen" puzzle game. It is a thoroughly enjoyable experience that does a tremendous job of separating itself from the herd. It is a game that compliments and neatly expands upon some of the best that the puzzle genre has to offer, games that you have come to know and love over the years.
It is heavily derivative, but 'The Turing Test' is a worthy imitation of the 'Portal' and its ilk. It has fun, quick puzzles and a disquieting, thought-provoking dialogue between two minds whose true nature is unclear. It is a pleasant way to spend a few hours.
The Turing Test forces you to consider what makes humanity, by questioning morality and the idea of 'the few vs the many' through conversations with Tom. The parts of Tom and Ava are written and voiced fantastically, and that's a saving grace in a puzzle game where the puzzles are, at times, too easy. The story twists and turns as you head deeper and deeper into Europa, and the strategically spaced-out post it notes, emails, and voice recordings from the ground crew feed you a tale that I don't want to say too much about, but it's a damn fine one. I gasped and dropped my controller after the final scene. And I don't remember the last time I did that.
The Turing Test is a pleasure to play. Its Portal-esque design lends itself well to its narrative. Even with a slow beginning and poor interactivity, Turing Test overcomes these to deliver a mind-altering conclusion to its adventure.
A solid but not excellent puzzle game. The Turing Test is a nice title, with interesting puzzles and an enigmatic story. Some rooms are complex and compelling, but at the end of the adventure truly memorable puzzles will be less than expected.
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The Turing Test is delivered well, resplendent in Unreal 4, and carries a few genuinely interesting moments that make some of the more languid ’downtime’ easier to swallow. We've had moments on our commute just mulling over some of the (ridiculously!) dry jokes in the game, but we love that - they feel like the bytes of humour you’d hear a museum curator crack as they show you their favourite exhibit. A puzzler for anyone who wants an aperitif after The Witness and The Talos Principle.
The Turing Test offers some engaging puzzle gameplay that will keep you entertained for roughly 12 hours. It lacks polish in some areas but as a package is a solid addition to the library of those interested in first person puzzle games.
Much of what the game shows or talks about has been discussed elsewhere in the past. That too in a better fashion, to be completely honest. Nevertheless, it's present here in a well-packaged puzzle entry that is by no means revolutionary, but still manages to do enough to not come across as a poor rehash. Helped by terrific voice acting and accompanied by a tense soundtrack, The Turing Test is an admirable effort.
I don’t want to disparage The Turing Test too much. It suffers by nature of comparisons with other similar games, but perhaps unfairly. With its lightweight puzzles and plot, The Turing Test is one of those “Great-For-An-Afternoon” games, the ones that scratch a specific itch and go down easy. In this case, it’s the “I need something like Portal, but I’ve already played Portal” itch.
The Turing Test is both a thoughtful meditation on the implications of artificial intelligence, and a competent first person puzzler. Its systems are clever, its graphics make for unambiguous play, and its mechanical focus on logic is satisfying. Structural and pacing issues are certainly present, but they aren't egregious enough to meaningfully detract from the experience.
The Turing Test can be quite accurately described as Portal meets Soma, exploring similar ideas of AI and selfhood. The trouble is, I suppose, that both those games did each aspect better.
As someone who loves games like Portal and The Witness, The Turing Test definitely scratched that familiar puzzle itch, even if it fails to scratch more than the surface of most of its ideas. Its mechanics are solid but largely unoriginal, and its themes and world-building are genuinely great. And while it never reaches the originality and heights of its inspirations, it still manages to deliver an interesting world with one heck of a twist.
If you’re willing to accept a game which is slightly rough around the edges, and will remind you of Portal at every turn without actually being Portal, then The Turing Test could be for you. There’s a lot here to like: a philosophical dialogue about ethics, transhumanism and the singularity, in conjunction with occasionally brilliant design. There’s enough on offer here that I sincerely hope that Bulkhead Interactive make another game, and next time, think slightly further outside the white-panelled box than they did in this endeavour.
A puzzles game in it's core where you solve puzzle after puzzle. The game starts in a beautiful and promising way, but slowly become repetitive. You’ll notice that the puzzles follow the same logic with small variances. I still enjoyed this beautiful puzzle game, and enjoyed some of its philosophical dialogues.
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