The Turing Test
A playful examination of the relationship between human and machine, and a focused, entertaining puzzler.
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.
The comparisons to Portal are many, and obviously intentional, but this smart and ambitious first person puzzler is no mere clone.
It succeeds in both its puzzles and story, and emerges as one of the nicest surprises of the year
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.
The mechanics are fun and narration is interesting, but the puzzle design is quite basic and the end result is a fun but limited puzzle game.
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A steady puzzle game elevated by its story and mystery that's never quite original enough to stand out.
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.
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.
The Turing Test delivers not just a worthwhile game but an amazing story that will sit with you long after the credits.