The Turing Test from Bulkhead Interactive and Square Enix has been available on PS4, Xbox One and PC for a couple of years now. The game has finally made its way to Nintendo Switch but does it still hold up now in 2020?
In The Turing Test, players will take on the role of Ava Turing. Ava is awakened by an artificial intelligence aboard a research space station located in orbit above Jupiter’s moon Europa. As Ava, players will follow the instructions of T.O.M, the artificial intelligence and descend to the moon’s surface below to investigate why the research crew has stopped responding.
What initially starts out as a simple investigation becomes a rather complicated affair. Ava will have to team up with T.O.M to solve puzzles and figure out just what exactly happened to the research station and the base of operations on the surface. Players will control Ava from a first-person perspective and explore the research base in search of clues.
The story of The Turing Test is great and keeps you engaged and entertained throughout. Without spoiling too much, the game is rather short but it delivers an enjoyable yet somewhat predictable sci-fi tale to players. There’s plenty of science fiction thrown around and the premise of the game is great. The eponymous Turing Test itself of course being a test to determine whether or not a computer is capable of thinking like a human being, being central to the game’s ideas.
Gameplay in The Turing Test involves the use of a special device known as the E.M.T, or Electromagnetic Transfer Tool, that can absorb and shoot energy balls around. Puzzles in the game initially start out quite simple and slowly become harder as you progress further down into the research base. It’s very reminiscent of Portal and Portal 2 and gamers who have played those titles before will definitely find a lot of enjoyment to be had in The Turing Test.
The Turing Test also features some puzzles which can only be solved by really putting your thinking cap on. Others are quite easy but some later level puzzles are extremely well designed. Some puzzles will keep you busy for 15 minutes or more as you try to figure them out. Coupling the puzzle-based gameplay with the engaging story is an aspect of the game that works to its favour.
Graphically, The Turing Test looks great on Nintendo Switch and there isn’t any noticeable slowdown at all. The voice acting in The Turing Test is excellent throughout with T.O.M and other characters being voiced remarkably well.
Overall, The Turing Test is a great story-driven puzzle game from Bulkhead Interactive and Square Enix. It delivers enjoyable puzzle-solving gameplay and couples it with some well written, if somewhat predictable, sci-fi story. It doesn’t exactly redefine a genre of video gaming but rather supplements it. If you’ve played games like Portal, Portal 2 and The Talos Principle, chances are high that The Turing Test will interest you. The Nintendo Switch port is highly recommended by us.
The Turning Test was reviewed on the Nintendo Switch and can be purchased here.
The Turning Test is also available on Steam, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
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The Turning Test
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.
Product Currency: GBP
Product Price: 15.99