Hi everyone! The Turing Test has been out for two months now. If you were on the fence or never heard about this game, feel free to stick around as I give you my thoughts about this game.
A Pleasant and Thought-Provoking Surprise
Honestly, I didn’t expect much out of The Turing Test. I didn’t even know this game existed. It wasn’t until I saw it appear on the Xbox store and Steam that I thought about picking it up. As I read the description about it, I thought to myself, “Puzzles? Philosophy? Sure I’ll give it a shot.” In a nutshell, The Turing Test is a first-person puzzle game set on Europa as a woman named Ava Turing is sent to deal with something through puzzles only meant to be solved by humans. That’s pretty much all I’m telling about the story.
The first thing that really popped out of the game is the soundtrack. The score by Sam Houghton and Yakobo is a masterpiece in of itself. My favorite track thus far has to be “Crews Quarters.” The solemn piano track that builds up until more instruments come in absolutely gives me chills every time. The soundtrack is available now and is a must-buy.
Next I’ll talk about the meat of The Turing Test, and that is the puzzles itself. Each one is carefully crafted and challenging. The gameplay is reminiscent of the Portal games and Talos Principle. As the game progresses, there will be optional puzzles that can be solve for additional story content and achievements. After solving a room, I immediately felt like I accomplished something. And when that lightbulb lights up in your head on how to actually solve the puzzle is absolutely gratifying.
What really surprised me about the game was its dilemma. There is a moral compass that floats around in the game as the A.I. companion TOM speaks to you about what is happening. He speaks about humans and machines where you actually say, “He’s actually right.” To have a game that walks on a moral gray area where both Ava and TOM are right about both ideals. This game is extremely though-provoking and sheds light on a tough subject. The double meaning of the title “The Turing Test,” is that it involves the real Turing Test (by Alan Turing) and the main character Ava Turing. The real Turing test determines if a machine can behave and solve problems just as good as a human (don’t quote me on this). Whereas the other meaning is of Ava Turing, where this is her test to find out what happened on Europa; because TOM is unable to solve the puzzles.
To wrap up my thoughts, The Turing Test is a sleeper hit for 2016. It’s challenging, thought-provoking, and a great puzzle game. Where the end of the game puts a moral weight on your shoulders. This along with Unravel, hold a place in my heart as personal favorite games of 2016. If you haven’t played this game, I strongly urge you to play it. For only $20, this game is worth the price.
That’s all my thoughts for The Turing Test. If you liked what you read, I have my thoughts on the puzzle game Unravel, music in video games, and my series Road to Publication. Have a good night or good morning and I will talk to you later.