Conclusion: Quantum Conundrum is a fun game that will no doubt be enjoyed by Portal fans and those who like to solve puzzles. While it’s not quite up to par when compared to Valve’s stunning series, it delivers a fresh experience that requires keen skills. Some rooms may feel a bit complex and the physics system does have a few quirks but, overall, it’s an enjoyable experience.
Conclusion: Quantum Conundrum's graphics remind me of a Pixar movie. Even the paintings on the walls of Professor Quadwrangle’s mansion resembled that of an animated movie. I wished they used more imagination behind each level though, as most looked the same or at least very similar. The puzzles are always different, requiring different functions, but overall the rooms sport the same colors, book shelves and statues.
Pros: Fun, creative puzzles that will bend your mind.
Excerpt: Quantum Conundrum's elegant first-person puzzling is only marred slightly by one very obvious comparison, but it's unfortunately something that this downloadable title never really manages to get away from. I'll just say it and get it over with: Portal . Quantum Conundrum doesn't share its aesthetic or core mechanics with Valve's seminal work, but there's a clear influence in its vision and execution that the game simply cannot avoid.
Excerpt: Actual science is full of the potential for fun, but mad science has it beat in this department, because it doesn't need to abide by the pesky, restrictive rules of reality. Quantum Conundrum's take on interdimensional travel may not hold up to scientific scrutiny, but who cares? This clever first-person puzzle game gives your noggin a satisfying workout.
Pros: Various dimensions have fun properties, Numerous smart, challenging puzzles, Pleasantly lighthearted look and tone
Excerpt: The obvious time spent writing GLaDOS in Portal and setting the stage with little areas that some players won’t even see contrasted with Quantum Conundrum ’s blank walls and (as much as I love John DeLancie) not-as-engaging narrator show that it’s not enough to have a good concept and fun puzzles.
Pros: Interesting concept, well-designed puzzles, good difficulty progression
Excerpt: Quantum Conundrum has some massive shoes to fill. Being the next puzzle game from the mind of Kim Swift, Project Lead on the original Portal , is perhaps the biggest shoes a $15 project could try to step into. In a lot of ways, Quantum Conundrum feels like the smaller, less accomplished brother of Portal .
Conclusion: In the mad scientist uncle, Quantum Conundrum finds the antithesis of GLaDOS but none of the charm. With a sharper wit to match the sophistication of the puzzle design, this jaunty adventure could have been a new dimension. As it stands, it’s just a little too familiar to one we’ve visited before.
Conclusion: I tried really hard to forget Portal and its sequel while playing Quantum Conundrum , thinking that a constant comparison to one of the most inventive games in the last few years would ruin the experience. But the design is so similar that, throughout my time with Quantum Conundrum , I was constantly reminded of how Portal did it all better.