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Platform Win, PSN, XBLA Publisher Square Enix Developer Airtight Games Release Date 2012-06-21

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Quantum Conundrum review: weighted expectations

Quantum Conundrum is fruit of the same family tree that produced Valve's popular Portal. Airtight Games' Kim Swift was the lead designer on Portal before leaving Valve to work on this colorful new game. With that shared parentage, one might hope for Quantum Conundrum to capture some of Portal's quirky magic. Comparisons like that put Quantum Conundrum in danger of disappearing under Portal's shadow. The game can easily be written off as "Not Quite Portal" - Airtight's puzzles rely on sometimes wonky physics and the writing doesn't always work. But even with some problems,Quantum Conundrum offers a worthwhile goofy, mind-bending challenge. Quantum Conundrum begins with the mute main character's arrival at his eccentric uncle's mansion for a visit. In this case, that eccentricity...

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Airtight Games hit with layoffs as part of 'necessary restructuring'

Dark Void and Quantum Conundrum developer Airtight Games was hit with a small number of layoffs this week, the Redmond-based developer confirmed to Polygon, "as part of a necessary restructuring." The layoffs, first reported by IGN, affected 14 Airtight Games staff members, president Jim Deal said in an email. "Existing projects are on schedule, including Murdered: Soul Suspect, which is in fact winding down," Deal said. "Layoffs like this are regrettable but part of the natural ebb and flow of game production. Airtight Games is actively seeking partners for exciting upcoming projects." Square Enix said in a statement that Murdered: Soul Suspect's launch is expected to be unaffected by yesterday's layoffs at the studio. The supernatural murder mystery is coming to PlayStation 3,...

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Notch, Molyneux, Suda51 on Indie Speed Run judges panel

Indie Speed Run — in which competing developers create a game within a 48-hour period — has announced this year's panel of judges, including Peter Molyneux, Notch, Kim Swift and Suda51. Registration for the online September event is open today. The contest carries a $25 fee per team, but the charge doesn't apply until the 48-hour game clock begins, and two random elements for use in the games are sent out to competitors. The panel of 14 judges are as follows... Peter Molyneux (Fable, Godus, Curiosity, Black & White) Markus 'Notch' Persson (Minecraft) Suda51 (No More Heroes, Killer7) Ron Gilbert (Monkey Island, The Cave) Brian Fargo (Fallout, Wasteland) Kim Swift (Portal, Quantum Conundrum) Dan Pinchbeck (Dear Ester, Amnesia) Matthew Davis and Justin Ma (FTL) Trent...

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Tomb Raider and Quantum Conundrum bundled for $29.99 on PSN this weekend

A $29.99 downloadable bundle of Tomb Raider and Quantum Conundrum for PlayStation 3 is available this weekend through the PlayStation Network, according to a post on the PlayStation Blog by Megan Marie, community manager at Tomb Raider developer Crystal Dynamics. The 50 percent off sale is available in the U.S. PlayStation Store, as well as those in Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Chile and Argentina. The Tomb Raider Digital Edition bundle includes the full game, the Shantytown multiplayer map pack, three outfits in the Tomb Raider Outfit Pack and three weapons from Hitman: Absolution, which is also published by Square Enix. The PlayStation Store listing also reveals that the purchase includes Quantum Conundrum, Airtight Games' first-person puzzle game from Kim Swift, Portal's lead designer. ...

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Spec Ops: The Line, Joe Danger 2 and more free this month for PlayStation Plus members

PlayStation Plus is introducing five new games to its Instant Game Collection and discounting many more for the month of March, according to the PlayStation Blog. For this month, PlayStation Plus members will be able to download the following games for free: Spec Ops: The Line, Joe Danger 2, Disgaea 3: Absence of Detention, The Cave and Tekken 6. A number of PlayStation Vita games will also be discounted as part of week two of the Vita anniversary sale for all PSN users. Among the discounted titles are Army Corps of Hell, Blazblue: Continuum Shift Extend, Dokuro, Knytt Underground, Lego Lord of the Rings. Sine Mora, Retro City Rampage and more. The full list of games on sale this week on PSN can be viewed here. The following games are leaving PlayStation Plus this month: Guardians...

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Sleeping Dogs, Quantum Conundrum and Lumines: Electronic Symphony coming to PlayStation Plus Europe

European PlayStation Plus members can download for free Sleeping Dogs, Quantum Conundrum, F1 Race Stars, WipEout 2048 and Lumines: Electronic Symphony this February as part of the service's Instant Game Collection. The European PlayStation Blog announced today that from Feb. 6 for one month, subscribers will be able to download Sleeping Dogs, F1 Race Stars and Quantum Conundrum for PlayStation 3. On the Vita, subscribers can download WipEout 2048 and, from Feb. 20, Lumines: Electronic Symphony will be available. During February EU PlayStation Plus members will receive discounts on Just Cause 1 and 2, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, the Dust 514 Mercenary Pack and Alien Breed Trilogy. From Jan. 30, Plus members will also have access to an exclusive theme for Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White...

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Kim Swift's call to arms: 'We need to change the makeup of our industry'

Video game designer Kim Swift, best known for her work on Portal, Left 4 Dead and Quantum Conundrum, published a blog post today in which she encourages women who are in and entering the games industry to keep fighting for a diverse and fair industry. In the blog entry, Swift talks about her participation in the #1ReasonWhy hashtag — a recent Twitter movement where women (and men) in the games industry spoke out about sexism — and why she was afraid to speak up. "As a participator in the 1ReasonWhy hash tag, I am ashamed to admit that I am scared of sharing everything; I'm scared of sharing the worst of it," she writes. "I am fearful of delving below the surface. Talking about this subject in public is terrifying because frankly you never know when retribution is going to rear its...

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Xbox Live Marketplace Black Friday-only deals include Forza Horizon DLC, Quantum Conundrum

Microsoft is offering a few Black Friday deals on Xbox Live Marketplace, including Forza Horizon downloadable content and Airtight Games' Quantum Conundrum. The discounts listed below are only valid today; they're separate from the Marketplace deals running through Cyber Monday, Nov. 26, which include price cuts on Xbox Live Arcade games like Spelunky and on Forza Motorsport 4 DLC. 200 Microsoft Points ($2.50): Forza Horizon October Car Pack 400 Microsoft Points ($5): Mass Effect 3: Leviathan, Batman: Arkham City - Harley Quinn's Revenge, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier - Arctic Strike Map Pack 600 Microsoft Points ($7.50): Quantum Conundrum, Dungeon Defenders, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier - Raven Strike Map Pack All of the discounts are price cuts of 50...

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Quantum Conundrum added to PlayStation Plus Instant Game Collection

Airtight Games' physics-based puzzle-platformer Quantum Conundrum is the latest title added to the PlayStation Plus Instant Game Collection, the PlayStation Blog announced today. The game, originally released this summer on Steam, XBLA and PSN, will be free for PS Plus members after the PlayStation Store updates tomorrow, Nov. 13. PlayStation is also offering Amanita Design's adventure title Machinarium to PS Plus subscribers for $6.99, 30 percent off its original price. The point-and-click puzzle solving game was originally released in 2009 for PC, and has since been ported to PS3, iPad, Blackberry and Android, with a Vita port on its way. The storyline follows a group of robots as they try to stop an evil organization from blowing up their city's central tower. PS3 owners without...

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Amazon selling seven Square Enix games in $10 bundle

Amazon is currently selling the Absolutely Great Square Pack, a bundle including digital versions of seven games and one DLC pack for $10. Normally, purchasing package items separately on Amazon would cost more than $30. With the Absolutely Great pack, buyers will get Deus Ex: Human Revolution Augmented Edition, as well as The Missing Link DLC, Hitman: Blood Money, Just Cause, Just Cause 2, Quantum Conundrum, Supreme Commander 2, and The Last Remnant. Games are available as either a download or online game code. The sale comes to an end at 11:59 PST on October 20th, although purchasing the pack this week only also gives a $5 credit toward a Hitman: Absolution pre-order. Package games are available on PC or Steam.

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'Quantum Conundrum' digs deeper puzzles in second round of DLC

Quantum Conundrum, Airtight Games' first-person puzzler released earlier this summer, gets it second round of downloadable content today, publisher Square Enix announced. The "Ike-Aramba!" pack adds a new area to the mansion and another mission for players to complete. Eccentric Dr. Quadwrangle's pet, a foreign dimension-hopping creature named Ike, has gone missing, and players must quickly and carefully cross a seemingly endless string of yawning pits to rescue him. The pack is available on Xbox 360 for 240 Microsoft Points and on PlayStation 3 and PC for $2.99. Players who purchased the Quantum Conundrum Season Pass on Steam will receive "Ike-Aramba!" for free. Quantum Conundrum released in June for Steam and in July on PS3 and Xbox 360. The first downloadable content pack, "The...

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North America
  • Windows
    • Released 06/21/2012
    • Publisher Square Enix
    • Developer Airtight Games
  • PlayStation Network
    • Released 07/10/2012
    • Publisher Square Enix
    • Developer Airtight Games
  • Xbox Live Arcade
    • Released 07/11/2012
    • Publisher Square Enix
    • Developer Airtight Games
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