Generally favorable reviews - based on 60 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 60
  2. Negative: 1 out of 60
  1. Jun 21, 2012
    This game is amazing, and I would gladly pay forty bucks for it. It almost seems wrong to enjoy a $15 title this much. Quantum Conundrum has more polish and charm than most full-price retail releases, and it plays just as well. It took me about eight hours to get through the story once, and I could easily spend another eight with it.
  2. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Aug 10, 2012
    Brilliant logical game comes with creative puzzles and great atmosphere – and you even learn something about the laws of physics. [Issue#220]
  3. Jun 27, 2012
    Quantum Conundrum isn't of the same calibre as its inspirational predecessor at Valve, but if you're looking for a new first-person game that doesn't involve violence, weapons or adult themes of any kind, the low entry price seals it as a worthy addition to a genre that we hope will continue to blossom.
  4. Jun 27, 2012
    Quantum Conundrum is a great game that stretches your brain and forces you to think in different ways. It's fairly long as well, and I spent about 10 hours finishing the main game. There are goals related to time and the number of shifts needed to solve a puzzle, which adds some replay value. It's a terrific game for puzzle and platforming fans alike, and at $15 it's a great bargain.
  5. Jun 21, 2012
    It's a work of craftsman-like quality going for a ridiculously low price point, especially since the game has two upcoming DLC drops planned. High whimsy content aside, fans of new, interesting, brain-bending challenges need to seek this one out.
  6. Jun 21, 2012
    A novel and original concept, executed cleanly and with style - in short, the ideal to which videogames should aspire.
  7. Jun 22, 2012
    This is one of the best 3D puzzlers out there. The sheer genius of a certain Portal is still superior, but Quantum Conundrum is not far behind.
  8. Jun 25, 2012
    Quantum Conundrum it's a funny and original title created with great mastery.
  9. Jun 22, 2012
    By no means a perfect game. But it's an incredibly enjoyable one that preserves the spirit of Portal, introduces some fascinating new mechanics, and provides players with a great new set of puzzles. At $15, that's a steal, plain and simple.
  10. Jul 6, 2012
    Quantum Conundrum, thin plot and kind of bland atmosphere aside, has some great puzzle action to it. For the bargain price of $15, it is well worth the price of admission.
  11. Jun 26, 2012
    A brilliant puzzle game, one that feeds and satisfies the brain without ever frustrating the player. Put down the virtual guns and use professor Quadrangle's IDS for a while. It will be nice, trust us.
  12. Jun 21, 2012
    With its physics-warping mechanics, thoughtful brainteasers, and playful atmosphere, Quantum Conundrum should appeal to the legions of Portal fanatics. Some may complain that it's not as funny or as clever as Valve's hit series, but Quantum Conundrum is a unique experience that deserves attention nonetheless.
  13. Jun 21, 2012
    The challenges will please more core gamers while the comprehensible level design will likely attract new players attracted to the art style and refreshingly different gameplay mechanics. I recommend it heartily to fans of Portal (either version) as well as gamers who may be suffering from shooter fatigue.
  14. Games Master UK
    Jul 24, 2012
    A cuddly, yet tricky, platform puzzler to rival, but not quite surpass, GLaDOS's finest. [Sept 2012, p.101]
  15. Jul 19, 2012
    Quantum Conundrum is a great game that with a clear conscience can be recommended to all puzzlers.
  16. 83
    But yes, I do recommend it to anyone passionate about spatial puzzles that require switching dimensions (and more). Some of its shortcomings, like the platforming sequences, could be regarded as relative, because some people will be better than others at appreciating distances and the moments at which they need to react.
  17. Jun 22, 2012
    A joy for players looking for something interesting and original. The clever puzzle design and the great mechanic of changing dimensions makes this a really good experiencie, only a bit flawed by some details that are bearable anyway.
  18. Jun 21, 2012
    A really nice feel-good game.
  19. Jul 9, 2012
    Quantum Conundrum is original and a catchy logical game. However, the game can't deny a fact it was being made under the same hands as the first Portal installment. Surprisingly enough, it doesn't even cast a shadow over the Portal series - quite the contrary.
  20. Jul 3, 2012
    You liked Portal ? Then you'll like Quantum Conundrum. It's impossible not to compare the two title as they have so many similarities in terms of narration and gameplay. Of course, the players won't be as surprised as they were with Valve's title, but surely they will spend some good times as well. Playing with dimensions is something easy to learn and it's a real pleasure to solve the many puzzles the game has to offer. And for a low price, there is no reason not to be tempted.
  21. Jun 29, 2012
    While Quantum Conundrum might owe its existence to Portal, it stands in the shadow of no game. Anyone who enjoys a good puzzle owes it to themselves to play this one.
  22. Jun 29, 2012
    Quantum Conundrum is the new title from Portal's creator Kim Swift, a fun, brilliant puzzle game. Well worth the price of admission, despite some frustration and a lack of polishing.
  23. Jun 29, 2012
    Quantum Conundrum won't live on in memes and in gaming history quite like that, but if you're in the mood for a solid, entertaining puzzle-action romp, it's hard to go wrong with this game.
  24. Jun 29, 2012
    Despite a few minor shortcomings it's very hard to say something negative about Quantum Conundrum. It's a very charming game that manages to strike the same chords that the Portal games did, and does it well.
  25. 80
    Quantum Conundrum is a fun and challenging romp, and jumping between its four dimensions becomes wildly satisfying towards the end. The story doesn't live up to the borderline genius of the gameplay, but we're more than willing to forgive that considering the price tag.
  26. Jun 26, 2012
    Quantum Conundrum nails the puzzles, and does okay with the atmosphere, leaving a well-crafted "Diet Portal"-style adventure that succeeds when it matters.
  27. Jun 25, 2012
    It'll surely be recognized as one of the better puzzle games of 2012, despite its liberal platforming demands in the first person.
  28. Jun 25, 2012
    With Quantum Conundrum, Kim Swift proves her talent for designing puzzle games. The structure of the game is the same than in Portal, so it's hard to feel lost or even surprised. But manipulating the dimensions is fun and solving the puzzles will make you feel powerful and smart. Too bad the story isn't on par.
  29. Jun 23, 2012
    Most disappointing of all, as hard as it tries (and it sure does try), it's just not funny.
  30. Jun 22, 2012
    It's funny, it'll push your mind to breaking point but never go over, and is expertly designed and polished to perfection. Well, at least in its puzzle rooms, which are basically the entire game so we won't worry too much about the repeating filler rooms.
  31. Jun 22, 2012
    Its similarities to Portal will be obvious to everyone and in terms of puzzles this is very much its equal, but in terms of script and characters… not so much.
  32. Jun 21, 2012
    Quantum Conundrum is a fun and thought-provoking take on the physics-based puzzler. It's quirky and challenging with enough depth to its mechanics to keep players persevering when the going gets tough. If lateral thinking is your thing, you can't go far wrong with this one.
  33. Jun 21, 2012
    It's both cohesive and inviting, mechanically and aesthetically. And if you're interested in a game with elaborate and interesting puzzles, you're not likely to find something better this side of Portal.
  34. Jun 21, 2012
    Quantum Conundrum's inventive puzzles put your brain to satisfying work. Everything surrounding the challenges feels a little empty and could use some of the rest of the game's ingenuity. But a disappointing ending and lack of visual detail shouldn't keep you from the thrill of inter-dimensional puzzle solving.
  35. Jun 21, 2012
    Quantum Conundrum is a fine adventure with a mechanically competent series of puzzles, and I definitely recommend it, but while the game has got plenty of brain it doesn't have nearly enough heart.
  36. Jun 21, 2012
    An intelligent and rewarding puzzler in the Portal mould, highly recommended for genre fans.
  37. PC Master (Greece)
    Aug 31, 2012
    If you enjoyed Portal, puzzle games in general, or… Mirror's Edge (due to the first-person platforming), buy Quandum Conundrum with no second thoughts. It's not a perfect game, technically it's somewhat mediocre and the humorous personality of Portal is absent, but the gameplay is fun and- like always- that's what it's all about. [August 2012]
  38. Jun 22, 2012
    With several dozen scenarios on offer, it'll certainly keep you busy if you've got a hankering for transdimensional brain-teasers. It's just too bad that so few of the puzzles end up feeling memorable.
  39. Jun 27, 2012
    A good puzzle game that follows Portal style, although with its own ideas. Its poor script and some gameplay flaws when jumping limit the game. Despite this, it is quite a recommended buy at a very affordable price.
  40. Pelit (Finland)
    Oct 14, 2012
    Interesting puzzles, marred by dull environments and stupid requirement for jumping, seemingly with roller skates. [Sept 2012]
  41. CD-Action
    Jul 31, 2012
    Kim Swift's new game puts a lot of emphasis on dexterity – solutions to most puzzles are obvious at the first glance but executing them is not that easy. [September 2012, p.54]
  42. Jul 23, 2012
    Quantum Conundrum isn't exactly the game that some people had expected. The abundant bad platforming dampens the experience, and the fickle physics system turns a few of the puzzles into games of chance. The puzzle aspects are fun enough, even if most can easily be solved, and the dimension manipulation is a fresh idea. Both casual and dedicated puzzle fans will have fun with this title, especially considering the $15 price point for the game.
  43. Jul 3, 2012
    Quantum Conundrum offers fresh gameplay mechanics that are used to create interesting challenges. The game is constructed in such a way, that looking for solutions for problems is fun and solving them gives a lot of satisfaction. Moreover, the campaign lasts for 5-6 hours what is a rather good accomplishment for a reasonably priced, download only game. There is just one big flaw – lack of overall polish.
  44. Jun 21, 2012
    The rewarding sense of experimentation and problem-solving that dominates this quest makes putting up with its foibles worthwhile, and the twisting, puzzling halls of Quadwrangle Manor are substantial enough to justify the $14.99 price of admission.
  45. Jun 21, 2012
    It borrows all the recognizable parts of Portal – devious puzzles, an intriguingly deadly setting, a funny narrator – but it doesn't have the polish of Valve, that uncanny ability to pull everything together into a perfectly cohesive whole.
  46. Jul 6, 2012
    It can be entertaining...The obvious downside is that despite the occasionally interesting puzzle-solving, you still waste too much time on numerous platform-related challenges.
  47. PC PowerPlay
    Jul 31, 2012
    Unique puzzle mechanics provide some intriguing conundrums, but things end up stuck in the flat dimension. [Aug 2012, p.62]
  48. 70
    Even if the premise is not as self-contained as it should be and the basic design not as fascinating, as in the game that helped Swifts rise to fame: Friend of Portal-esque puzzles will find enough to do for two long afternoons - and at a reasonable price point, too.
  49. Jun 30, 2012
    Quantum Conundrum might look a lot like Portal, but the execution is wholly different thanks to the four dimensions that'll change the properties of the game world and all items in it. Unfortunately an interesting context for dropping the puzzle cubes in place is absent.
  50. Jun 29, 2012
    The puzzling part of Quantum Conundrum is highly enjoyable and satisfying. Unfortunately, there are a number of frustrating parts where you really need superhuman reflexes to succeed, and the overall experience suffers a bit as a result.
  51. Jun 25, 2012
    Kim Swift will make amazing games for family audiences at Airtight Games. But as a watered down version of Portal with a forgettable world and gameplay that makes you pound your desk in fury, Quantum Conundrum is a step backward.
  52. Jun 21, 2012
    If you can ignore the jarring, clipped dialogue and attempted story, play Quantum Conundrum to enjoy the tranquility of practiced physics – tranquility that may frustrate you to the point of destroying a beautiful keyboard, but tranquility nonetheless.
  53. Jun 21, 2012
    There's no disputing that Quantum Conundrum has some great ideas here, and perhaps it's even something this creative team can build upon. I just hope they dial back the amount of first-person platforming involved to solve these puzzles the next time around, and create a more-compelling world that I actually want to explore.
  54. PC Gamer UK
    Aug 12, 2012
    Clever puzzle concepts fail to coalesce into anything scintillating, undermined by inconsistent physics and a rather witless world. [Sept 2012, p.100]
  55. Jan 29, 2013
    Quantum Conundrum lacks many things that made Portal so entertaining. It never shocks you with amazing possibilities. It doesn't make you head spin with ingenious ways to solve a trite problem. It doesn't force you to look at the problem at a completely different angle. This is just a puzzle about moving boxes from one place to another.
  56. Jul 3, 2012
    It's the misjudged reuse of ideas like this that makes the game feel like a classic '80s rock song being played by the band's contemporary line-up.
  57. Jun 26, 2012
    Quantum Conundrum feels like the PC's answer to a smartphone app – a simple idea, well executed but never quite reaching the level of a "real" game. You'll play it for a few hours, enjoying the experience and then suddenly think: "Well, that's enough of that," and never go back. It is what it is; a small slice of casual gaming at a slightly inflated price.
  58. Jul 24, 2012
    If the shift powers had been less drip-fed, the puzzles more open to experimentation, the dimensions less generic and the general conceit more fully realised, Quantum Conundrum may well have blown us away as much as Portal did.
  59. Jun 26, 2012
    A budget game, and Swift and her team can't be expected to match the perfect cohesion of Portal. The disappointment is that, in trying to do just that, they've undersold their own good ideas as well as inviting unflattering comparisons with a classic. Despite its frequent frustrations, it's a solid, intelligent puzzle adventure and represents good value for money, but it could have been much more by trying to be a bit less.
  60. Aug 29, 2012
    But all this said, the game is only US $15, and although hugely infuriating at times, still manages to offer up several hours of cerebral entertainment. Bonus points should be awarded if anyone can play the thing through to the end without turning off the background music, which has clearly been lifted from an elevator in a Disney building somewhere, or not pausing to reflect how inappropriate and darkly sadistic it is to caption each death screen with numerically catergorised examples of what deceased children will never experience.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 189 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 21 out of 189
  1. Jul 1, 2012
    This is a really great game at a ridiculously low price. You will definitely get more than a bang for your buck. Infact, the one kindaThis is a really great game at a ridiculously low price. You will definitely get more than a bang for your buck. Infact, the one kinda irritating thing is just HOW much this game wants to give you. The voice over work for the uncle is quite good...but it's SO MUCH. It will start to grate on you after a while. Seriously, stop talking at me, Uncle Crazy! I wish there was a little less attempt at theatrics and a little more making this a tight puzzler as the story is essentially non-existant...but man your ear gets talked off about it. This is a lame complaint though, considering how much you are getting at a 15 dollar price tag. Play it for the puzzles and just try and tune out the continuous Vincent Price-esque monologue that's ever in your ear. Full Review »
  2. Jun 28, 2012
    I was excited to play this after I saw the different dimensions in trailer and started to imagine what amazing puzzles could be made withI was excited to play this after I saw the different dimensions in trailer and started to imagine what amazing puzzles could be made with them. Unfortunately, every puzzle is way too easy, I bet even 10 year olds could figure them out quickly. I was in and out each room with ease. The only times I got stuck was when the execution of the puzzles was too clunky and needed multiple tries. Unlike Portal, you never have to think outside the box. Top that off with a lackluster story, a GLADOS rip-off commentary which makes no sense and is supposed to be funny but ends up annoying, and an obsolutely anticlimatic ending, there is no way I could have given it more than a 6.

    P.S. Metacritic is not allowing me to give it a proper rating, so I guess it will have to be a 0.
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  3. Jun 25, 2012
    This game is nothing compared to portal. Its biggest failing are badly designed puzzles. After figuring out what to do, I spent way too longThis game is nothing compared to portal. Its biggest failing are badly designed puzzles. After figuring out what to do, I spent way too long trying to throw a box or something else just in the right spot. Very frustrating. Also if you fail, you usually have to start again, resetting almost all items.

    Writing is also average at best. Paintings and other assets are mostly recycled from previous levels. There is nothing that makes the player keep playing. Bottom line, don't waste your money.
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