Parents' Guide to

Quantum Conundrum

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Fun first-person puzzler combines physics with brainteasers.

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What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 4+

Great First Person Puzzler!

This is a FPS game without the S. This game centers around the nephew of a brilliant inventor whom is trapped inside a mansion and YOU must save him by going through is mansion. Sounds simple enough YOU ARE WRONG this is a portal kind of game. So it will of course be very hard. There is no language or any violence or blood AT ALL! When you "die", the screen fades to black. The game it self is great and will keep your child busy for a LONG time. Violence 1, Language 0, overall Okay for the whole family! (:
age 8+

Hours of entertainment... with great educational qualities, too!

This game is nothing short of spectacular. My daughter & I started playing through it together when she was 7. She LOVES science and was perhaps slightly more interested than would be typical for that age... nevertheless, we had a blast with this. It definitely opens up some fun conversations about physics and requires you to use some complex problem-solving in order to advance all the way through. She definitely would've gotten stuck and needed some help had she played it on her own at that age, but together we had a great experience. STORY: the storyline is intriguing and complex. You play as a 10-year-old boy who's visiting a crazy "absent-minded professor-type" uncle. And oh yeah, he can't be seen because he accidentally transported himself to another dimension... but he can see you and provides some much-needed info and some entertaining monologues along the way. QUALITY: the graphics are spectacular, music is top-notch... all in all, this game has the quality of much more expensive titles. I am so glad that I happened upon this game utterly by chance one day. It led to us finding Portal and Portal 2 (which share core members of their creative teams with the people behind Quantum Conundrum). We regularly go back together and replay elements of all 3 games. I couldn't recommend this highly enough!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

It's almost impossible not to compare Quantum Conundrum to Valve's beloved Portal games, but this new contender can hold its own in that comparison. Its puzzles are wonderfully designed -- ingenious, fun, and fair. Figuring out that you must quickly switch between the fluffy and heavy dimensions to change the weight of a box on a rotating handle in order to spin a crank can result in a kind of satisfaction not easily dismissed. This is a game that makes you feel smart and clever, and that’s a powerful motivation to keep playing.

That said, it comes up a hair short of Portal in the personality department. John de Lancie (better known as Q from Star Trek: The Next Generation) does a fine job portraying the game’s uncle character, but hasn’t been given a script as quirky or as sharp as Portal's. However, this may end up working in the game's favor, since its dialogue remains broad enough for a wide audience. Long story short, it's a top-notch physics puzzler with next to no violence that just about anyone can enjoy. Buy with confidence.

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