The Turing Test is a challenging first-person puzzle game set on Jupiter’s moon, Europa. You are Ava Turing, an engineer for the International Space Agency (ISA) sent to discover the cause behind the disappearance of the ground crew stationed there.Read full description
The Turing Test Collector’s Edition includes the game's full digital soundtrack, alongside a PDF artbook containing imagery from throughout the game's development process. Not only that, you'll also gain access to The Turing Test's first fully playable prototype, giving you a unique opportunity to see how the game looked when the Bulkhead Interactive team were creating the game. It's a rare chance to glimpse behind the curtain of the game-making process, to see how the game changed from prototype through to release.
The Turing Test is a challenging first-person puzzle game set on Jupiter’s moon, Europa. You are Ava Turing, an engineer for the International Space Agency (ISA) sent to discover the cause behind the disappearance of the ground crew stationed there. Guided only by the station’s AI, Tom, find your way through the facility and discover what it truly means to be human.
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A lot of comparisons to Portal, but I think The Turing Test does a lot of things much better than Portal, which is fine since it's clear the game wouldn't exist without Portal's influence. You can beat the game and all optional puzzles (Only 7 of them, plus the 69 main puzzles), in about 3-4 hours, so you might consider the price a bit steep. The story raises a lot of interesting questions about what it means to be human and what morality is, and I didn't feel like it was forced or trying to be too deep with too little. The puzzles themselves are great, on par with Portals' in quality, but I never felt they were overly challenging (which helps with the pacing). I'd definitely recommend The Turing Test, and probably give it a 9/10, the only issue for me was the sometimes repetitive mechanics, especially ones later on where cameras were added into the mix, adding to the amount of busywork it'd take to get to the solution.
This game combines the aesthetic of Portal with the seriousness and tones of Talos; I love it. The puzzles aren't quite as challenging as Talos but I still found them pretty damn satisfying when I figured them out. Like Talos there's no humour but the drama is fantastic (even if some voice performances of the other characters seem a bit wooden at times). The story makes for some amazing science fiction, and it's not so cut-and-dry with good/evil like it's predecessors. I was hoping for a different take on the ending, but I got what I wanted in the end. It's one of the best combinations of good gameplay and engaging storytelling I've experienced in a while.
Nothing bad to say about the game. This is a Portal clone that actually works, and even though it is the same structure and the same idea, the puzzles are so genuine I would totally recommend playing it. This review is for the overpriced Collector's Edition. Just don't buy it and stick to the standard game. The only thing interesting in this package is the prototype -the first playable one designed by the developers- that will give you a good idea about how the game evolved from the first stages to what we have in the end. Other than that, you have a standard artbook showing some concept designs and the soundtrack, which is not bad but far from memorable. Not bad as bonus content, but totally not worth it for the price. It is almost twice the price of the standard edition, and believe me, this is not one of those great collector's edition with tons of reading and making of -like, let's say Alan Wake's collector's edition-. You'll be done with it in less than an hour.
The Turing Test is a first person puzzle and thriller that asks philosophical questions, such as what it means to be human, while using the environment and information left behind by other people to tell its story. The puzzles are average, they are what you would expect form a first person puzzle game is you have been playing some of the more recent ones, but they never do anything new or have any interesting ideas behind them in the way that Portal or The Witness would. Unlike other games where puzzles are one of the main focus points of the story, such as by having you in a testing area, the puzzles in The Turning Test are important for the plot but they aren't what the game's plot is about. The game is on the short side, about 3-5 hours depending on how quickly you get through puzzles, but that is a decent length for the price and for an enjoyable game. The environments are well detailed and look good and the voice acting is well done. If you want a more series version of Portal and are ok with less interesting and less original puzzles then this is worth a look. The collectors edition comes with the usual artbook and soundtrack. Both of these are nice to have as the artbook gives some detail about how the game was designed and the game has a good soundtrack that can be worth a listen outside of the game. A more interesting and original inclusion is a pre-alpha prototype of the game that can be interesting to play if you want to learn about how the game was designed.
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