Mixed or average reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. Dec 14, 2012
    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.
  2. Dec 10, 2012
    Falling just a little short of instant classic status, Primordia is still a gorgeous, clever, and melancholy science-fiction parable.
  3. CD-Action
    Jan 6, 2013
    Primordia's intentionally outdated looks prove that the story (including atmosphere and puzzles) is still the most important element of a point'n'click adventure game.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]
  4. Jan 3, 2013
    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.
  5. Dec 14, 2012
    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.
  6. Jan 7, 2013
    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.
  7. Jan 24, 2013
    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.
  8. Dec 6, 2012
    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.
  9. Dec 17, 2012
    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.
  10. Dec 17, 2012
    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.
  11. PC Master (Greece)
    Feb 4, 2013
    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]
  12. PC PowerPlay
    Feb 6, 2013
    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]
  13. Pelit (Finland)
    Aug 22, 2014
    While the story and puzzles falter a bit, there is still something utterly captivating about Primordia. The robots, broken both on the outside and on the inside, claimed for themselves a small part of my heart. And with your heart, not your mind, Primordia should really be approached.
  14. Dec 5, 2012
    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.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 169 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 6 out of 169
  1. Dec 7, 2012
    Highly recommended, the great artwork and logical puzzles work together to make a truly memorable experience. The dynamic between Horatio andHighly 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 9, 2012
    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 »
  3. Dec 9, 2012
    Highly recommended! I am not a great adventure game player and tested the game, because the world seems interesting to me.
    A great game with
    Highly recommended! I am not a great adventure game player and tested the game, because the world seems interesting to me.
    A great game with an excellent Atmosphere and great artwork. The puzzles are easy till hard. Music is very atmospheric.
    The price is good. You play more than 10 hours.
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