Quantum Conundrum Preview
I love Portal 2. And if someone from the original title is working on another project, and it utilizes a similar sort of dimension or perspective concept to drive a puzzle/action game, I’m on board. This is why I’m excited for Quantum Conundrum, the new title from Airtight Games and Square Enix. Former Valve member Kim Swift is leading the charge and this time, instead of making holes to travel through, we’re going to directly alter our environment to reveal the solution. The possibilities are endless, and we appreciate yet another nod to originality.
You step into the smaller shoes of a boy who goes to visit his eccentric uncle; he’s one of those quintessential mad scientists and he has been working on a new invention called the Inter-Dimensional Shift Device. Basically, it allows you to alter the reality of the world around you. Suddenly, though, your uncle disappears, and you’ll need that nifty revolutionary device to find him; the mansion is huge and challenging, and the Shift Device is essential for surviving the quest. Much like Portal, each room or area will present you with a complex puzzle, and obviously, that’s when things get interesting.
Various dimensions will be explored, such as the fluffy dimension, where everything is…well, fluffy. And a whole lot lighter. So if you need to move something that would normally be too heavy, just use your handy Shift Device and make it movable. There will be a total of five dimensions you must sample and conquer, including anti-gravity and slow-mo. Just use your imagination. Something falling too fast? Execute slo-mo. There are any number of situations where you’ll have to think differently; you’ll have to approach the problem depending on your surroundings and dimension. Bend your brain into various shapes!
The game has this cartoon-y look that may not appeal to everyone, but I like the lighthearted style. Besides, as you might expect, there will be a definite focus on the first-person puzzle-oriented gameplay; the ingenious design of the Portal puzzles should be evident in Quantum Conundrum. We’re not sure how long the game will be, but we’re definitely hoping for a satisfying length and oh yes, a dose of that great GLaDOS humor. She won’t be around, of course, but Airtight Games’ new production is obviously primed for plenty of comedy.
Look for this highly promising title to arrive next year on the PSN, Xbox Live Arcade, and Steam.
9/1/2011 Ben Dutka