Portal lead designer demos her upcoming title, Quantum Conundrum

By on January 27, 2012, 2:00 PM

Kim Swift, a level designer and team leader for Valve's Portal franchise, has a new project in the works and recently offered an eight-minute demo that definitely got my interest piqued. Developed by Airtight Games and published by Square Enix, Quantum Conundrum is a first person puzzle game that follows a similar premise as Portal but adds a cartoonish touch and a few gameplay elements that make it unique in its own right.

The game stars a young boy going through a maze of puzzles trying to find his mad scientist uncle after he went missing in his underground laboratory. Players gain access to Professor Quadwrangle's Dimensional Shift Device, which at the press of a button will flip between five dimensions, each of which affects matter differently, allowing you to slow down time, reverse the pull of gravity, make objects lighter, and more.

The video above shows how various elements of the game's complex puzzles work, such as switching dimensions on the fly to make it past obstacles and laser beams. Like in Portal, you'll learn new techniques as you progress through the game and move from one challenging room to the next.

Quantum Conundrum is due for a summer release on Windows, Xbox Live Arcade, and PlayStation Network.

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Puiu Puiu said:

Without the sexy voice/evil AI/good jokes it's not going to surpass Portal. But it shows promise.

Recycle said:

This seriously looks awesome. Mad props to Kim Swift and team for showing that they are up and coming game developers, and not just going to ride off of Portal's success.

Tekkaraiden Tekkaraiden said:

That looks really good, I look forward to when it gets released.

Guest said:

I saw this like 4 months ago, the exact same video!

Guest said:

That's the best review I have ever seen, thanks. I now know I don't like this game.

Adhmuz Adhmuz, TechSpot Paladin, said:

looks fun, depending on price I may buy it.

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

If that comes out at a reasonable price I'd get that, it looks like its worth a play through

Guest said:

Anyone ever see a horror movie called basket case? This is like Portal's little deformed mutant attatched sibling. In a word... meh.

---agissi--- ---agissi---, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Wow looks amazing, Kim's voice is really nice too.

treetops treetops said:

Not a puzzle fan.

Guest said:

puzzles yuck

Guest said:

Yep, Kim sounds HAWT.

Guest said:

Sounds a suspicious amount like portal. Good work cashing without much originality.

avoidz avoidz said:

Why, because bewbs?

Guest said:

Looks ridiculously boringly easy.

LinkedKube LinkedKube, TechSpot Project Baby, said:

Easy=a lot of capital really fast in a short period. Anyone remember the wii?

LinkedKube LinkedKube, TechSpot Project Baby, said:

You know on another note, I like the premise of the game a little better than portal. Kind of TF2ish, really fun.

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