Primordia iPad Review
- Gorgeous art
- Thrilling narrative
- Logical puzzle-solving
- Puzzles can be a little easy
A fun point-and-click with an excellent look, a captivating story, and more than enough going on to keep you entertained for hours.
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By Harry Slater
Right, let's get this out of the way as early as possible. Primordia is gorgeous. It's a beautiful mix of design and chunky pixels and it fills my heart with the sort of joy that's usually reserved for a nice sandwich.
But the game has the chops to back up its aesthetic swagger. It's a point-and-click adventure with a solid logical heart, a rich stream of humour running through it, and a story that pushes you to find out what happens next.
And despite its deep future setting there's none of the esoteric nature of the genre here. And that makes it the perfect adventure for players who might be sick of the logical leaps games of this ilk often ask you to make.
The game casts you as a robotic scavenger whose ship is attacked and its power source stolen. From there you need to work out how to survive, aided along the way by a sarcastic but enthusiastic bot who hovers alongside you.
The relationship between the two main characters is excellent, and their conversations slowly start to build a picture of the world they inhabit.
The main thrust of the game is solving puzzles. Find some things, combine then, stick them in the right place. But there's rarely any confusion about what you need to find or what you need to do with it.
And that's pretty refreshing in a genre where often you're just trying to combine everything in your inventory in the vain hope that you stumble across the right mixture.
The controls are solid too. Pressing on the screen and moving your finger around lets you find anything you can interact with. Tapping one of them opens up a menu that lets you use, look at, or send your robot to them.
A tap on the top of the screen opens up your inventory, and you can drag items around from there, either to combine them in the inventory itself or into the world to combine it with something there.
And it all blends together to create an experience that you're happy to get swept along by.
You'll want to explore every nook and cranny of the world, and discover which of the multiple endings you're going to reach.
To be honest you can't really give an adventure game much higher praise than saying you'll stick with it to the bitter end. And if you haven't already played Primordia, then I'm pretty sure you will.
DescriptionWhat happened to the humans?
In a desolate, ruined world inhabited only by robots, the taciturn android Horatio searches for answers. Where did he come from? Where have all the humans gone? And what, if any, was his role in it?
Torn from his peaceful existence in the crashed airship, the UNIIC, Horatio and his sarcastic floating friend Crispin are forced to travel to Metropolis, City of Glass and Light, to retrieve their stolen power core. What they discover there changes their understanding of the world and their place in it, for better or worse.
Full voice acting, featuring Logan Cunningham (the voice of Bastion) as Horatio.
-- Reviews --
Adventure Gamers - "Beautiful, surrealistic retro graphics; likeable characters and a deceptively sprawling plot." 4/5
Eurogamer - "Primordia is delightful, smart and packed with personality." 7/10
Rock Paper Shotgun - "A cast of thoroughly insane-in-the-short-circuited-membrane side characters keeps the ride nice and lively as well, complimenting the oppressively dreary setting with a strong mix of mystery driven drama, Old West frontier charm, and dark humor."
Gamezebo - "Primordia is a very good game, packed with enough secrets, surprises and twists to keep it interesting from start to finish." 4/5