The actual Turing Test was developed by Alan Turing in 1950, designed to determine whether or not a machine could exhibit intelligent behaviour equivalent to or indistinguishable from a human’s.
Thus kicking off mankind’s fascination with the potential for a machine’s AI to be so advanced that you can not actually tell whether or not it is human or machine.
Fast forward through history and step into the shoes of Ava Turing, an engineer for the International Space Agency or ISA for short who is sent to Jupiter’s Moon Europa after the ground crew have seemingly gone missing.
I first played this game in demo form at EGX Rezzed back in April when I interviewed the developers, it’s been high on my list of anticipated games since and stepping into the finished game for the first time a few days ago made me so much more impressed with it.
The story of the game revolves around the very interesting ideology behind the Turing Test and immediately has you guessing whether or not there is some sinister plot twist behind the missing crew, yourself or TOM the AI guiding you.
Story alone preset a desire to discover more and find answers behind everything going on, and then the gameplay comes in, the game plays as a first-person puzzler where you will be challenged with increasingly difficult rooms to solve.
The puzzles themselves are well designed and lure you into a false sense of ease before putting you into mind-bending situations that rely heavily on problem solving and the use of your Energy Manipulation Tool.
I will say however there was one particular puzzle I was stuck on for over half an hour because the level itself bugged out and failed to spawn an essential component required to solve it, however restarting the level solved the issue and I was unable to replicate the issue since.
Controls are easy to use, both keyboard & mouse or Game-pads work well and feel really intuitive
One of the most fascinating parts of the game for me so far has been the discussions between Ava and TOM as you play through each level.The conversations are extremely well-written and thought provoking, I caught myself sometimes just standing there and listening to the conversation before I solve the puzzle so that I do not get distracted and miss any part of it. I searched and searched for the voice actors for Ava and Tom, the credits list six but I’m guessing here that Ava and Tom were voiced by Marie Westbrook and James Faulkner (who played Randyll Tarly in Game of Thrones)
My only real gripe with the game thus far is how obscenely long it takes to load, transitions between chapters are daunting, lengthy and in the worst case would not proceed unless the game was restarted. The longest loading time I experienced was almost ten minutes!
Overall, The Turing Test still gets high praise from me for the story that has you hooked from the get-go, the incredible voice acting and the brilliant visuals.