Bulkhead Interactive’s The Turing Test has officially launched for the Xbox One and PC. The first-person puzzler sees players stepping into the boots of science officer Ava Turing, an astronaut on a mission to Jupiter’s moon, Europa. The only problem is that something devastating has happened at the facility on Europa and it’s up to Ava to figure out what went down and what role the AI T.O.M had in the events that transpired.
Some critics are already calling The Turing Test a clone of Portal without the comedy. The game is definitely visually engaging, with technology and designs that seem like more grounded versions of architecture and equipment from something like Mass Effect.
The game itself plays out similar to Portal and a little bit like the game Colortone. The objective is to rearrange power couplings, utilize energy spheres and basically solve logic puzzles to get through Turing tests. You can see what the gameplay is like with the trailer below.
So why is it called the Turing Test? For a couple of reasons. First up, since the main character’s name is Ava Turing, it’s a little like Ava is being tested. Get it? Second of all, it’s explained early in the game that the reason Ava can’t progress through the modular Europa facility is because a security measure has been setup to prevent non-humans from being able to access the higher security levels of the facility, thus Ava must complete Turing tests to prove her humanity. All of it plays into the game’s plot that unfolds over the course of the play session.
Graphically, the game looks really good, especially to be an indie title coming out of the Square Enix Collective. Bulkhead Interactive managed to give The Turing Test a nice shot of its own identity.
You can pick up a digital copy of the game for $19.99. It’s available on Steam in a collection’s edition as well, which includes an upgrade pack, containing the first full playable prototype of the game, a PDF art book, and a look behind the game’s development with a making of process.
You can learn more about The Turing Test by visiting the official website.