Teacher Review For Quantum Conundrum

A well designed and fun puzzle game

Jon O.
Media specialist/librarian
Manitou Springs Elementary School
Manitou Springs, CO
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
My Subjects Arts
My Rating 3
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 3
Support 3
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Homework
Knowledge gain
Small group
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
I have used the game with individual fifth graders coaching them to find alternate solutions to the games puzzles. The game is greta for giving that aha or eureka moment when everything becomes clear and the answer is revealed. I think in the hands of a physics teacher who could speak to the game's math, Quantum Conundrum could be a powerful and engaging teaching tool.
My Take
Quantum Conundrum, designed by Portal lead Kim Swift, is a light hearted quirky game of altering physics through its different gloves (heavy, light, etc) in order to puzzle solve. Like Portal, the game challenges linear thinking in order to problem solve the games multi-faceted puzzles. The graphics are beautiful, the sound design great, and Quantum is humorous as well. The only drawback seems to be the somewhat finicky controls which can lead to frustrating moments and restarts.