The Turing Test is a first person puzzle game, with a sci-fi setting. You are tasked with solving room based puzzles as you uncover the mysteries of what happened in the base on the Jupiter moon Europa. Is The Turing Test a puzzle worth soving? Read on to find out..
In The Turing Test Players take on the role of Ava and have to go in search of her colleagues that have disappeared on the moon base of Europa. You are accompanied by TOM, an A.I. voice who has frequent conversations throughout the game with Ava, which develops what is a quite well scripted story. I will say at this point that the voice acting is incredibly well done and makes the main arc of the story quite enjoyable.
Now many will be thinking that The Turing Test is just another portal game, and in some way it is, a protagonist accompanied by an A.I. voice, a gun type of device to help solve puzzles, room based puzzles that unlock the door to the next room. The puzzles are fairly simple to start with, and gradually become a little more complex with new mechanics added now and again. Overthinking a puzzle is your worst enemy as they are pretty straight forward, although this will depend on the player’s ability.
The puzzles consist of orbs, which you can move using the ‘gun’ boxed orbs, which you have to pick up and move around yourself, switches and pressure plates to name the main components of the puzzle rooms, there’s a few other things that come in to play now and again such as conveyor belts and magnets for example.
There’s optional puzzles scattered throughout the game appearing as side doors in the corridors between rooms, and add a welcomed variety to the main puzzles, as each one offers something a little different to the main rooms and are more challenging. The game does offer more in the way of the story as there’s a few bits of extra information you can find in the form of audio logs on computers should you wish to learn more. The game isn’t all that long and can be completed in around 8-11 hours on a first run and a lot quicker if you decide to do it all over again, although there’s nothing more to experience once the game is completed.
The visuals overall are good. the game has a high polish clinical feel to it and works well in the environment it is set. there are a few graphical glitches namely some of the objects you can pick up to inspect are blurry to begin with and slowly render in. the game does sometimes need to buffer between rooms, which takes away a little from the immersion. The audio is the games strongest point adding to the aforementioned voice acting which is fantastic the soundtrack that accompanies the game is also great and fitting to the gameplay.