The Turing Test has become a staple of smart puzzle games in a very short period of time. Bulkhead Interactive’s late August release poses important existential questions via a challenging first-person adventure puzzle experience that will make you think differently about the world and existence in general.
The game’s story takes place in a sci-fi setting, with a distant future where humanity has managed to reach space colonization. Everything takes place on Europa, one of Jupiter’s moons, and the player gets to be Ava Turing, an engineer for the International Space Agency. You must take Ava through the station to help her discover what happened to the missing crew there. Things will not be easy for you; you have to figure things out and make discoveries about unpleasant secrets as you go along.
As you begin The Turing Test, you will have to gradually solve a series of puzzles, each more difficult than the previous. Now you may feel a little familiar with how things progress around here because the station AI, Tom, sounds awfully and suspiciously similar to GlaDOS, Portal’s nemesis. Tom here says that the various puzzles around the station can only be solved by humans, and the AI seems to know only that they were constructed by the missing crew members. Are we to believe him?
The Turing Test is not only a puzzle game, but an experiment on human nature also. The whole story revolves around humanity’s instincts of exploration and survival, and you are at the center of it all. You must explore the icy-cap of Europa and burrow beneath its crust in order to find out just where the line between man and machine becomes blurry. You have one weapon to use, the Energy Manipulation Tool (another Portal franchise similarity of a sort), and you will have to use it to solve every mystery that comes your way.
When it comes to gameplay, The Turing Test decides to throw you a curveball with the EMT, the tool you can use to transfer powers with between machines. You also have the power to switch between different perspectives in order to get a different view of things and solve the most difficult puzzles. The puzzle aspect of the game varies, with brilliant, tough and sometimes frustrating puzzles spicing things up at every turn.
The general consensus over the game is very positive, with players enjoying the Portal franchise feel and the intelligent design of the entire adventure. The creative and challenging gameplay and its philosophical aspect manage to amaze most of the audience.
The Turing Test can be found on Steam, where it costs somewhere around $20 full price. You can also get the upgrade pack for it which is another $10, but it is not absolutely necessary for playing the base game. You can give it a second look below if you’d like: