The Turing Test Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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 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 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.
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.
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 comparisons to Portal are many, and obviously intentional, but this smart and ambitious first person puzzler is no mere clone.
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.
A steady puzzle game elevated by its story and mystery that's never quite original enough to stand out.
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 playful examination of the relationship between human and machine, and a focused, entertaining puzzler.
An excellent game visually, mechanically and with it’s strong story and acting, this should be in your libraries.
If you're hankering for a first person puzzler and/or you're a sci-fi nut, then you will probably love The Turing Test.