Note: iOS 9 + Facebook users w/ trouble scrolling: #super sorry# we hope to fix it asap. In the meantime Chrome Mobile is a reach around
hot  /  reviews  /  videos  /  cblogs  /  qposts

Quantum Condundrum

Review: Quantum Conundrum

2:00 PM on 06.21.2012 // Joshua Derocher
  @Josh_Derocher

Quantum Conundrum is a wacky Portal-like puzzle game centered around a weird science contraption that switches dimensions. It's whimsical, fun, well made, well written, it controls well, and it's a blast to play. It's almost flawless. The puzzles are made up of simple elements that are combined into complicated and elaborate puzzles.

It's too good for a $15 downloadable title. I almost didn't believe it when I looked at the price; I felt like I was playing a $50 game. I simply can't recommend this game enough. In fact, you are an idiot if you don't buy Quantum Conundrum.

Quantum Conundrum (PC (reviewed), Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network)
Developer: Airtight Games
Publisher: Square Enix
Released: June 21, 2012 (PC), Summer 2012 (Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network)
MSRP: $14.99 (PC)

Players take first-person control of a young child who comes to visit his scientist uncle at a crazy mansion. Upon arrival, the silent protagonist learns that his uncle is trapped in another dimension, and it's up to him to save his relative. In order to do this, all three of the generators in the mansion will need to be restarted. Of course, it's not as easy as walking up to a switch and pulling it. Every room is a brain-racking puzzle that at first might seem impossible, but once completed, feels stupidly obvious.

Puzzles are completed by moving around objects, which are mostly just boxes. Heavy weights are used to trigger pressure plates, boxes can be stacked to climb on, and there are a whole bunch of other unique solutions that are pleasing to discover.

The real puzzle mechanic is the dimension-shifting glove the player has. By switching dimensions, the entire world changes slightly. In the Fluffy dimension, everything is lighter. This allows heavy boxes to be moved, and objects can be blown around by fans and they'll stick to walls. In the heavy dimension, light things become heavy. A cardboard box can hold down a pressure plate, and objects are laserproof. The Time dimension slows down time. This is my favorite one. It's possible to toss an object into the air, and then run to the other side of the room to catch it. The last dimension, Gravity, reverses the gravity.

Each dimension is introduced slowly, and there are a few easy puzzles that teach you how to use the new mechanics. Then there are a few really challenging puzzles that will make you work to find the solution. Dimensional shifts happen fast and frequently, and they need to be combined to solve puzzles. By going into the Fluffy dimension, you can pick up a heavy box and throw it. As soon as it's released from your hands, you can switch back to normal and the box will become heavy again. This is a good way to break glass that's blocking your way.

It's difficult to fully explain how all of these mechanics work. Physics are redefined in an insane way, but it makes sense inside the game. By the time I finished playing, jumping across slow-moving couches that moved through the air seemed like a perfectly normal thing to do.

One of the more complicated combinations is using Fluffy to toss an object, slowing down time so you can then climb onto the object, and then, by reversing the gravity, you'll get up higher. It's possible to float at a constant height if you keep flipping from reverse gravity to normal. You'll also need to make the object heavy at points to block incoming laser attacks. It can get complicated, but as you play, you'll pick these things up quickly. Although the puzzles can be quite challenging at times, the game is intuitive and does a great job of guiding you towards the right solution.

The whole time the player is running around the mansion solving puzzles, your uncle (voiced by John de Lancie, famous for playing Q on Star Trek) is on the intercom and he's constantly talking to you. He advances the story -- which is thin but sufficient and cute -- tells you witty one-liners, and he gives you hints if you spend a while on a certain part of a puzzle. He gives the game a thick slice of character that makes it delightful to play. I think it's impossible to play this without smiling at some point.

The closest game I can compare Quantum Conundrum to is Portal. This might have something to do with Kim Swift being the project lead. She used to work at Valve and left at some point while they were making Portal 2. Having a game be like Portal isn't a bad thing, even though some people might even go so far as to call this a clone. Sure, I guess you could say that, but it's still really good. If puzzle games with a witty narrator become a new genre, I'd be OK with that. 

This game is amazing, and I would gladly pay forty bucks for it. It almost seems wrong to enjoy a $15 title this much. Quantum Conundrum has more polish and charm than most full-price retail releases, and it plays just as well. It took me about eight hours to get through the story once, and I could easily spend another eight with it. There are collectibles scattered around, there's a leaderboard for each level so you can compete for best time and score, and you can get achievements by playing through all the levels and not dying. I don't have anything bad to say except that I wish I had more of it to play.



THE VERDICT

10

Quantum Condundrum - Reviewed by Joshua Derocher
Editor's Choice Award - Is it legal to marry a videogame? Because I want to be with this game every day for the rest of my life. It completes me. It is my soul mate.

See more reviews or the Destructoid score guide.

Joshua Derocher, PC Contributor
 Follow Blog + disclosure Josh_Derocher Tips
Josh is a PC gamer. He can usually be found flying around in EVE Online. He's been known to enjoy playing role-playing games like Dragon Age: Origins, Skyrim, and Planescape Torment. He starte... more   |   staff directory



 Setup email comments

Unsavory comments? Please report harassment, spam, and hate speech to our community fisters, and flag the user (we will ban users dishing bad karma). Can't see comments? Apps like Avast or browser extensions can cause it. You can fix it by adding *.disqus.com to your whitelists.

destructoid's previous coverage:
Quantum Condundrum


View all:powered by:  MM.Elephant

Ads on destructoid may be purchased from:



Please contact Crave Online, thanks!


Waifu Wars: Loyalty-Tier

The Wii U's fate is not (entirely) Nintendo's fault

Musings on Firewatch (Spoilers)

My Gaming Landscape [February 9th, 2016]

The sexiest Senran Kagura character has been found!!

Room to Share: Why More People Playing Games Is a Good Thing

OVERWATCH SONG - This World Needs Heroes

Cblogs of 2/8/2016 + Face Petting in FE is a TERRIBLE Mechanic

Calendula: Is this the start of the cynical "meta" games?

Testing the new blog editor update

 Add your impressions

 Quickposts
Status updates from C-bloggers

Torchman avatarTorchman
http://gonintendo.com/stories/251840-fire-emblem-fates-petting-mini-game-is-in-game-but-only-availa I THOUGHT THIS WAS GONE. MAKE UP YOUR DAMN MINDS PEOPLE
Shinta avatarShinta
God damn, Bernie Sanders is just killing it with this speech. Hitting basically every point. He even used the word "oligarchy." Probably the first time I've ever heard that word uttered on CNN. I think a lot of people in power are shitting their pants
Pixie The Fairy avatarPixie The Fairy
In my haste to finally factory reset my tablet, I erased a blog I had worked on. Thankfully, it's fresh in my mind. It's another MGS blog, but it goes the opposite way of my last MGS blog. Pray this guy is not your husbando, for he is shit.
Sir Shenanigans avatarSir Shenanigans
Just ate a disgusting amount of sugary wonders in a Fat Tuesday blowout. Chocolate (birthday) cake, Oreos, brownies, cookie dough, and some creme brule thing. Satiation by way of eat-'til-you-puke is what Shenanigans says!
LaTerry avatarLaTerry
Is there any real difference between the PS3 and the PS4 versions of Valkyria Chronicles?
Shinta avatarShinta
KnickKnackMyWack avatarKnickKnackMyWack
Say whaaaaaat?
Gundy avatarGundy
Voting for Broforce made me think of the most American person that could ever exist. President Michael Wilson!
Fuzunga avatarFuzunga
By the way, that IGPX collection is a new release. It's the first time the show is available in a complete package, and the first time it's been available in any format in about 10 years. [url]http://amzn.to/20JSMCd[/url]
gajknight avatargajknight
This is your daily reminder that Taxi Driver is the best movie ever and if you disagree then all I can say is: God, you're square.
Nathan D avatarNathan D
I love when someone at work tries to claim you screwed up on something and it completely backfires on them. I try to help them save face afterwards, but secretly I'm like...
CoilWhine avatarCoilWhine
I still love Tearaway Unfolded despite the shit pacing and hell yeah I'm going for that plat. It'll be my 2nd plat, first since Sly 2 Remastered back in 2012. So it's been a while. gotta beat the game first tho :P
CoilWhine avatarCoilWhine
Tearaway Unfolded's final level is my least favorite kind. Life is Strange-esque linear path (through a void) of moments from the game. Bleh.
Shinta avatarShinta
Gravity Rush Remastered looks reallllllyyyyyy nice. Video and screenshots didn't quite do it justice. Seeing it in person is much better.
Virtua Kazama avatarVirtua Kazama
We are T-7 days until the release of Street Fighter V! There will be a blog released on the February 15, only one day before the release. This blog is about reflecting on Street Fighter IV.
Terry 309 avatarTerry 309
Can good videogame music sugarcoat a game so much that we forget it's a bad game?
lewness avatarlewness
My Wii U came back from repairs... It does not recognize me anymore. It does not remember anything - Xenoblade, Smash, everything. Also, the game disc that was trapped when I sent it is in a separate sleeve, cracked. RIP data.
Pixie The Fairy avatarPixie The Fairy
Separated at birth? [img]https://38.media.tumblr.com/dc4c946f418196e87160398f851c19fb/tumblr_nuwhksbSVu1sjh5bfo1_400.gif[/img]
Solar Pony Django avatarSolar Pony Django
I got my RNDM Viynl by Mega Ran last night but forgot to post a picture. Enjoying it so far though.
Mike Wallace avatarMike Wallace
Damn, my 26" monitor just crapped out on me. S'what I get for buying knockoff brands I guess. Back to the 19" non-HD monitor for me.
more quickposts


Contest!


Seriously

Invert site colors

  Dark Theme
  Light Theme


Destructoid means family.
Living the dream, since 2006

Pssst. konami code + enter

modernmethod logo



Back to Top


We follow moms on   Facebook  and   Twitter
  Light Theme      Dark Theme
Pssst. Konami Code + Enter!
You may remix stuff our site under creative commons w/@
- Destructoid means family. Living the dream, since 2006 -