Thinking With Not-Portals: Introducing Quantum Conundrum

on August 26, 2011 9:00 PM

Earlier today, Airtight Games and Square-Enix announced a new game called Quantum Conundrum for the PSN, XBLA, and PC, and it’s been getting quite a bit of attention. Why? Kim Swift seems to have a big hand in the development of this; Valve fanboys will know her as the co-creator of Portal, along with her work on the Left 4 Dead series.

The influence is most certainly there, if the announcement trailer is to be believed. Just like Portal, this one’s a first-person puzzle platformer with heavy narrative elements, albeit with more a cartoony aesthetic and non-serious atmosphere. Check the trailer after the jump to see for yourself.

Yep, throwing that safe around to land on buttons most certainly looks like Portal, at times a bit too much, in fact. Part of me is now wondering if this will be a Portal-inspired, solid quality game, or just a game that tries to mimic the modern gaming classic, and eventually ends up falling well short of expectations.

Either way, we’ll have more for you when it gets closer to launch, projected to be in early 2012.

 /  Staff Writer (Weekends)
Allen is an utter whore of a gamer; he's completely open-minded to all games, be they AAA blockbusters or $5 casual children's games. His focus is on indie games specifically, valuing gameplay and ingenuity over sparkly visuals and ridiculous gimmicks. When he's not geeking out over the newest art game, he's out toning his sexy, sculpted shoulders while surfing epic 1.5ft waves, or having a good time with local, high-gravity microbrews.