Life has ceased. Man is but a myth. And now, even the machines have begun to fail. Lead Horatio Nullbuilt and his sarcastic sidekick Crispin on a journey through the crumbling world of Primordia, facing malfunctioning robots, ancient secrets, and an implacable, power-hungry foe.
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Release Date: Dec 5, 2012

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"Terrific and incredibly polished. Something you can't afford to miss."
Indie Games

"The first graphic adventure game of recent memory to be truly worthy of being compared to the triumphs of the glory days."
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"A gorgeous, clever, and melancholy science-fiction parable."
Adventure Gamers

"A witty, fun, challenging adventure with a marvellous host of likeable characters."
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About This Game

What Happened to the Humans?

Set in a post-apocalyptic world strewn with cast-off machines, Primordia tells the story of Horatio Nullbuilt, a stoic robot who values his solitude and independence. Horatio spends his days studying the Book of Man, sparring with his droid companion Crispin, and tinkering with the airship they call home — a peaceful existence that becomes threatened when a rogue robot steals the energy source that the pair needs to survive.


When Horatio and Crispin’s search for energy brings them to the dazzling city of Metropol, the simple quest to recover their stolen power core leads to unexpected discoveries about Horatio’s origins and a new understanding of the legendary humans who walked the earth before him.

Key Features


  • An epic storyline about the extinction of the human race
  • Voiceover work starring fan favorite Logan Cunningham
  • Gorgeous post-apocalyptic setting
  • Optional puzzles - learn more about the world the more you play

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP2 or above
    • Processor: Pentium or higher processor
    • Memory: 64 MB
    • Hard disk space: 1.5 Gb
    • Video Card: DirectX 5 or above compatibility
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JAILORD KHAN
( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 30
One of the best point-and-click adventures ever. Story, characters, world, briliant.
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Motig
( 9.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
Ok I just finished this and first: this game was horribly crashing until I recently updated it, though unfortunately, I was already at the end of the game.

The story is kind of...sad. Beautiful. The puzzles interesting and fun. I liked Technobabylon more though. Those ♥♥♥♥ing crashes ruined it for me to an extent...

The end was just...hm. I miss the feeling of a final closure to the beautiful story. I revolted against MetroMind to the very end but the story ending was like....like the authors wished to finish the game early and stopped caring about the script.

I sensed considerable laziness from the developers in the game, here and there, mainly in the story development. Not in the puzzles though, some of them were sure tough to solve - the kiosk was the worst hurdle and figuring out some codes literally hurt my head.

Also, the puzzle where you need to answer two robots in answering three questions is broken...in the second question only though. You are asked which of selected statements MUST be true but all of the statements DO NOT NEED TO BE true so I had to find the answer online.

Also, I'm not a good puzzle solver.

All in all...this game DEFINITELY needs more story into it. And the story parts of "Humans destroyed themselves"? Cmon...that's lame. Human destroyed themselves / robots destroyed humans / wars between robots and humans....it's just not original. I mean: the Gospel of man, that is so beautifully written, I swear I read it many times. That is poetic. That was ART!! So was the philosophical laments of the MEMORIUS in the Kiosk. And Crispin! The Dunes! The Goliath!! All beautiful and very original, at least to me.

Honestly, reading the gospel of man at the start of the game hyped me incredibly. I expected that the game was going to be preseting very hard, unsettling, maybe existential questions in its story. Conflict of religious beliefs among postapocalyptic robots? With philosophical insights and two-sided arguments I can relate to?
I dig that.
After reading the gospel of man at the start of the game, I realized that not only the author means the story, he is actually capable of meaning it! But...the story does not really go fully in this direction and remains a "beautiful adventure game" with a great story plot. At the start, I thought "this is going to be a masterpiece" but it was not. To be a masterpiece, it needs even more human soul given to it.
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Avalla
( 11.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
Great little point and click with interesting setting, charachters, and story. The art style is fantastic, and the puzzles were just hard enough for me. Multiple endings and fun acheivements merit a seccond playthrough.
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TheLagbringer
( 11.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
I love point'n'click adventures, but Primordia is only slightly above average. I couldn't immerse myself into the atmosphere and the whole world design was "too human". I didn't believe at all they were robots. All the characters could be replaced by humans (except Metromind, I guess) and you woudn't feel a difference. This is definitelly not my idea of a post-apocalypse AI world. However, the story was nice with interesting characters and a great sense of humour (I am looking at you, Crispin), it is definitely worth a try. 6/10
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nein
( 5.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
i thought i had won...... but i was wrong.......
......ten, out of ten.
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デインヘリオ
( 8.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
Sometimes you need to nourish the little seed in your little mind to remember why you do what you do, even though it might lead to nothing meaningful, still costs a life-time of mastering the most complex of human endeavours. The biggest means to accomplish that so far were Choice of Robots, SOMA, The Talos Principle and, as of now, Primordia.

Funny, I never cared about Point&Click-Adventures before.
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The Jumping Ghost
( 11.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
I held of on buying this game for a very long time due to how minimal it seemed, but after playing it I wished I hadn't done so. This game is as close to flawless as an adventure game can ever be. It has the best writing and the best soundtrack of any video game I've played and has a surprisingly deep setting and lore to it, which is impressive considering the small size of the game world. With just a few locations, it creates a realistic world that had me immersed for hours.

The story and atmosphere of the game did a remarkable job of drawing me in and building tension, but where I believe the game stands out the most is in its setting. The game takes place in a future in which life has long been extinct and Man has become a mythical deity worshipped by the remaining robots that now wander the lifeless desert that covers the earth, or even dismissed altogether as nothing more than legend. Glass and light have become precious resources and what little remains of human invention is constantly scrapped to build new robots. This is the kind of creativity that is lacking in most adventure games, and the subtlety with which it was presented was refreshing.

It was surprising to see a post-apocalyptic setting in which humans take only a background role and the nature of the world before is long forgotten. Rather than barrage the player with the history of the world, Primordia puts the story and gameplay first while allowing players to discover the lore on their own, avoiding many (though not quite all) of the tropes that plague post-apocalyptic, dystopian, and robotic science fiction settings.

The game takes itself seriously and the comic relief exists for the amusement of the characters rather than that of the player, which is a skillful way of keeping the story believable, though Crispin's lines did make me cringe in more than a few points. The primary cause of the chaotic dystopia is the degradation and corruption of the robots' programming, which becomes increasingly apparent as more of them are encountered. All of the robots from the days of the humans are dead, insane, or rebuilt to the point of having no memories of the previous era, and the world inhabited by the rusting automotons that remain of civilization is chaotic, unpredictable, and bleak. The dramatic irony of many characters' situations as well as the limited color palette contribute a depressing and hopeless tone that makes this an especially memorable experience.

Primordia is an essential contribution to the adventure genre of computer games, and one that I will gladly recommend to anyone who has an interest in interactive stories. If you are considering getting Primordia, then please do yourself a favor and don't make the mistake I made of waiting for several years before buying it.
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Offline
( 8.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
The story told in Primordia is as deep as the story that is untold. This is a sign of very good quality writting and I cannot reccomend enough to give it a try. The voice acting coupled with a few sound effects, and a very good soundtrack helps the story telling a lot.

Gameplay wise, there isn't much to say as the point and click adventure game nature kinda limits its possibilities. However, I noticed that some puzzle have several solutions, you can sometime use you sidekick to do things for you or just left click on him for a hint.

Loved it !
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Cymek
( 8.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 19
Great art, engaging story. However, the game has a critical flaw that permeates the entire experience: discovering how to progress is less an exercise in logic and more an exercise in clicking and walking the world. Many of the components of each puzzle are only tangentially related, oftentimes only in the most esoteric ways. Progression is further hindered by the game's lack of robust programming. Sometimes you will try something that should work, only to find out that you were supposed to perform that action through slightly different mechanisms.

The game also does not handle choices well. Now, there aren't many story-altering choices to make in this game, but the creators should have given the player more indications of what the effects of their actions would be, as well as more indication that certain paths could have been taken. I felt cheated out of the ending I would have chosen because of the problem I mentioned above. I clicked on something, nothing happened, and I went on my way, not realizing that I could have performed the intended action. This changed the ultimate ending.

Still very much recommended, but don't be ashamed to open up a guidebook if you get stuck.

Edit: Also, the save system was bad. They could have easily done it better.
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Czarny
( 9.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 19
great story ! even better characters !
if you like dirty sf and funny dialoge its for you
i even dont like puzzels, for help you have your companion

the best point and click i ever play
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
This game is a masterpiece. At the time of this review, I just finished my first playthrough. I refused to use wiki, and this game made a fool out of me. All of my friends died and I ultimately was outsmarted. Going into my next playthrough, I know of several things I will do differently, hopefully to get a better outcome. I am possessed with the desire to outsmart metromind and beat the system. My advice to anyone who plays this game is to be patient and try to solve problems without looking up the walkthrough. The solutions do make sense, but sometimes it takes a while to figure it out. Don't be afraid to sleep on it and think about it. In conclusion, Primordia is a work of art that allows you to be completely lost in time. If this game had come out in the 90's, we would all be playing primordia 4 right now. If for some reason I lost my ownership of this game, I would buy it again, and pay full price for it.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
This game will make you think.
Not only is the story executed so well, it makes you think philosophically about ideas like
majority rules, utilitarinism (chosing to benefit the society over an individual who may deserve it) and moral absolutism (Abiding by the law is imperative no matter what)
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 24
Sometimes you need to nourish the little seed in your little mind to remember why you do what you do, even though it might lead to nothing meaningful, still costs a life-time of mastering the most complex of human endeavours. The biggest means to accomplish that so far were Choice of Robots, SOMA, The Talos Principle and, as of now, Primordia.

Funny, I never cared about Point&Click-Adventures before.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
Delirously delicious digital buffet for the inquisitive finger plonker. Also, mystical and hyper-lovely in a rusty dusty metallic toothy sort of fashion. Prepare to be enhanced. 'Strange robot, go away.' ♥♥♥♥! fine....
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
This game looks like something that came out of an old computer. But that retro look is kinda refreshing. As of July 2016, i had to manually turn my second screen off in windows for the game to start. Also, the windowed mode doesn't seem to be resizable. The story is compelling enough to play until the end. But, you can probably finish this game in a weekend. I would give it 3 star out of 5.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
If at least one of these is true:

- You like games with good writing and deep plot
- You think dystopic Machinarium would be awesome
- You loved the narrator's voice in Bastion

... then you should definitely play Primordia. It's a solid piece of point-and-click set in a post-nuclear world inhabited by sentient robots built by mythic Man, worshipped by some and hated by others. 10/10.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 11
Fun game if you enjoy the point and click genre.
Liked the story and the situations. Puzzles where for the most part clear, but with most of these games I get frustrated and cheat now and then. This isn't needed though, as the game has built in mechanics for you to subvert most puzzles if need be.
Really surprised by how the world draws on very similar issues we have today in creative ways. Problems we can recognise but wraped in the game lore. enjoyable and a bit thought provoking.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 27
I love point'n'click adventures, but Primordia is only slightly above average. I couldn't immerse myself into the atmosphere and the whole world design was "too human". I didn't believe at all they were robots. All the characters could be replaced by humans (except Metromind, I guess) and you woudn't feel a difference. This is definitelly not my idea of a post-apocalypse AI world. However, the story was nice with interesting characters and a great sense of humour (I am looking at you, Crispin), it is definitely worth a try. 6/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
One of the best point and click games out there. Amazing story/writing and atmosphere
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
A wonderfully addictive little game with enjoyable puzzles, voice acting and nostalgia-inducing graphics. My only complaint - and its a small one - the inability to pause 'cut scenes'.
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