Metascore
71

Mixed or average reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. 85
    Only a few clunky systems, a couple of irritating puzzles, and a brief playing time let the game down, and none should put you off buying. Between this and Machinarium it seems post-apocalyptic adventures in robot civilisations are a safe bet for excellent puzzling.
  2. Dec 17, 2012
    83
    Polished aesthetics, good writing and a beautiful, decadent world presented with a mix of light humor and pessimism, raise Primordia from the multitude of adventures out there.
  3. Feb 6, 2013
    80
    It doesn't reinvent the genre, but Primordia's rich script, interesting world and solid puzzles make up for its minor annoyances. [Feb 2013, p.72]
  4. Jan 24, 2013
    80
    Every weakness is compensated by a strength, and while I would prefer to have the latter without the former, I can't complain too much about the overall effect. I found Primordia charming and intriguing, and its mysteries well worth solving.
  5. Jan 6, 2013
    80
    Primordia's intentionally outdated looks prove that the story (including atmosphere and puzzles) is still the most important element of a point'n'click adventure game. [1/2013, p.48]
  6. Jan 3, 2013
    80
    A sci-fi adventure? Yes, and even more! A nice story, a true adventure game gameplay and a little voyage into old game melancholy. A game that every point and click lover shouldn't miss.
  7. Dec 14, 2012
    80
    Primordia follows the path set by recent indie adventures and combines a well written story with an old-school presentation. Ridiculous pixel hunting occasionally obscures the better parts of the gameplay but interesting events and characters keep the game coming out on top of any technical problems.
  8. Dec 10, 2012
    80
    Falling just a little short of instant classic status, Primordia is still a gorgeous, clever, and melancholy science-fiction parable.
  9. Dec 5, 2012
    80
    Although having a sidekick like Crispin corrodes Primordia's otherwise beautiful presentation, there are nevertheless fun puzzles, memorable conversations, and new thoughts to be had.
  10. 79
    Mark Yohalem has penned a truly impactful story, more profound than first impressions would suggest. Its strength lies with the characters, the deep symbolism and various philosophical questions raised. [February 2013]
  11. Dec 14, 2012
    78
    If you like your adventure loaded with puzzles, this might not be your cup of tea. But if you like unusual characters and stories, you should join Horatio and Crispin on their pixelated retro-journey.
  12. Jan 7, 2013
    75
    Wornwood Studios has developed a great adventure game in retro style, based on the history of Horatio Nullbuilt v5 and his robotic creature, Crispin, living in a planet inhabited only by robots. The game offers a new interesting plot about the science fiction universe in a post-human scenario trying to explain the truth about the last Era and the Creator.
  13. Dec 17, 2012
    75
    Primordia is a nice little s-f game. It's ugly, classic and short, but at the same time intriguing, well thought-out and quite literary. A game that tries to tell something about important things, but does so without being pompous. It's a modest game that has a huge spirit. An adventure game without impressive graphics has to rely on content, smart script, atmosphere and style. Primordia does well in almost all of these things, but definitely is not a breakthrough game.
  14. Feb 9, 2013
    73
    A throwback to the genre's glory days, obtuse puzzle concoctions, awkward controls and all. [March 2013, p.78]
  15. Jul 24, 2013
    70
    There is plenty to forgive Primordia for, but if you can get past the issues and lose yourself in the game there’s a rich and emotional story waiting for you. I’m a bit of a robot nut myself and despite all of my nitpicks about the game I found myself deeply affected by the ending.
  16. 70
    It is not the longest game you have played, it's bit predictable but nevertheless it will entertain you. As a cure for unreasoning optimism Primordia works perfectly. [Jan 2013]
  17. Jan 7, 2013
    70
    There's a dark and meaningful story within Primordia and despite the rush at the end, it's a story worth hearing.
  18. Jan 7, 2013
    70
    Primordia is delightful, smart and packed with personality, but it also comes to a close just as you're ready to explore more of its engrossing world.
  19. Dec 28, 2012
    70
    An excellent, but not independent, adventure game extraordinaire. Draws gamers to its high-quality dialogues, replayability and perfect sound design. However, its predictable story along with its user-unfriendliness, that is ignored just by contemporary retro fans, are dragging the game down.
  20. Dec 21, 2012
    70
    Primordia is ticking almost every box. It has an amazing setting with a deep back-story and lore, and some wonderful gameplay ideas. It is a pity though the main storyline and the puzzles struggle so much to keep up and don't quite manage to live up to enticing prospect.
  21. Dec 11, 2012
    70
    Primordia is proof that Wadjet Eye doesn't develop amazing games. This point-and-click adventure tells a good story in an interesting world, but is troubled by some annoyances and a lack of innovation.
  22. Dec 5, 2012
    70
    Primordia is an interesting adventure for fans of science fiction, but it is a pity that coming from an original idea as good as religion and moral conflicts of robots, the game turns into something as traditional as the search for a power core. Good game, but not at the level of Rue Gemini or Resonance.
  23. Dec 4, 2012
    70
    Primordia will enchant its guests, leaving a deep impression that will have you wanting more. And no matter what your craft may be, it unquestionably has a way of getting those creative juices flowing.
  24. Jan 11, 2013
    68
    The interplay between Horatio and Crispin as they push deeper into this pixelated robotic realm to recover their stolen goods is a high point in an adventure that feels like a bit of a slog despite its relatively short length.
  25. Jan 27, 2013
    66
    A robot hermit who speaks in rhymes, a robot preacher who guards a bomb, a robot passenger who is doomed to wait for a bus that will never come… The wasteland world of Primordia is filled with memorable characters, but the game is totally devoid of emotions, exciting plot twists and entertaining puzzles – as if it was, too, made by robots.
  26. Dec 5, 2012
    60
    This post-apocalyptic science fiction adventure uses its own humor too much, but delivers an interesting story and good universe. There are some flaws, but we appreciate that there are different solutions to the same puzzle. Primordia is an interesting game that could have been a little more refined.
  27. Feb 6, 2013
    55
    Primordia starts abruptly and ends just as suddenly, and the good story that we’re teased with doesn’t quite ever get told.
  28. Dec 5, 2012
    50
    Primordia isn't a bad adventure, just not one with the spark of other recent attempts - not least Wadjet Eye's own library. The basic ideas are solid, and it's worth checking out at least the demo for the humor that the Horatio/Crispin dialogue brings.
User Score
8.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 100 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. Dec 7, 2012
    10
    Highly recommended, the great artwork and logical puzzles work together to make a truly memorable experience. The dynamic between Horatio and Crispin is a lot like the friendship between Overmann and Joey from Beneath a Steel Sky, but with their own interesting personalities and quirks. And any game with Logan Cunningham voicing the main character is worth playing. Full Review »
  2. Dec 7, 2012
    8
    Absolutely recommended! They managed to create an interesting world supported by a solid story and great cast, if you're into old-school point&click adventure games, this one is definitely worth your time! The length isn't that bad either, it took me a little over 8 hours to finish it according to steam. Full Review »
  3. Dec 9, 2012
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. I don't play a ton of point-and-click adventure games, but I saw a couple videos of the game last Thursday and decided that I should check it out. After spending a good chunk of Friday, Saturday, and Sunday playing Primordia, I'm glad I picked it up. Primordia is fascinating for its environment, despite the fact that war-borne post-apocalyptic wastes are not new territory for video games. Every place is beautifully rendered and has a hint of mystery, not just because you find yourself clicking around the screen in search of things you can interact with. Every screen feels like it has a rich history, most of which remains lost under the sand and debris that abound. The central plight of the game Full Review »