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...
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (513 reviews)
Release Date: Dec 5, 2012

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November 26

Primordia has been updated to v2.0!

Hello everyone. We are proud to make two announcements.

First: trading cards are now available!

Second: we have created a massive update for Primordia, bringing it up to version 2.0. We have tested it carefully and the update does not break savegames. The list of changes are as follows:

  • Proceeded to fix the issues concerning the following achievements: The Three Musketeers, We're All In It Together and the Kiosk related one (the one where you have to find all the entries)
  • Added warning message when the game starts with the downgrade 32 bit to 16 bit option, letting players know that the graphics will appear distorted.
  • Fixed an issue with the behavior of the Elevator keypad UI inside Goliath whereas you were allowed to type letters.
  • Added ESC as a key to trigger the OPTIONS UI.
  • Added 3 extra options to the OPTIONS UI.
  • Now if after a certain amount of time (15 minutes) you still haven't right clicked, the game displays a warning message, letting you know.
  • Fixed an issue with Metromind-Crispin scene, whereas a sound of a screen breaking was entirely missing.
  • Added sound effects in the Scraper Vs Clarity shooting scene.
  • Enlarged certain hotspots to facilitate player's experience
  • Smoothed out scrolling in rooms: Engineering and Underworks Main, to ensure that the player realizes the rooms are scrolling/able.
  • Fixed an issue whereas after a cutscene the smooth scrolling would be turned off.
  • Fixed a primer dialog related issue with the code breaking
  • Re-designed the way the primer dialog works with the walking into position necessity. Now if close enough the party members will walk, otherwise if any of the members is off the screen, it will fade in and out. Also if all the party members are in place, no moving or fade-in outs will occur.
  • Fixed an issue with F1 being able to be triggered in the main menu.
  • Fixed an issue whereas you could ask Primer to crack the code when the council tower door was already open.
  • Fixed an issue with the diagnostic module being used on primer even after the council tower door was open.
  • Fixed an issue with hint 281 about oubliette never being active.
  • Adjusted the hint system by:
  • Reducing the timer between brush offs from 60 seconds to 15.
  • Now, clicking on Crispin, after a brush off a hint will be given instead of another brush off.
  • Now, only putting the proper code once is required and will bring up the ui unless the right code has been placed, to summon Factotum.
  • Fixed an issue concerning the Peeping Tom achievement, that had to have all the conditions be true and could only be triggered if you visited room 5 (Telescope deck).
  • Fixed a WIRING ISSUE crash.
  • Fixed a Clarity clipping issue with the crane.
  • Fixed Clarity baseline issue on ending with Gimbal.
  • Fixed an issue with iconbar and data UI.
  • Fixed an issue whereas the telescope button sounds would trigger for letters.
  • Fixed a wild array of issues regarding insufferable amounts of lag/delay when the music slider was zero.
  • Fixed an issue with the "defaults" button not restoring the music.
  • Fixed an issue with Scraper moving around when entering Courthouse Ext Zoomed in.
  • Fixed exiting path of horatio in courthouse interior (zoomed out) during the Scraper entry scene.
  • Fixed an issue with a flipped sprite on Scraper's shooting lazer view.
  • Fixed an issue with the quit/restart UI.
  • Added Alt + F4 as a quit hotkey, updated the how to play element.
  • Now the transmitter digits are doing an animation, whenever you enter a succesful code.
  • Added description for the transmitter controls for consistency with the other UIs.
  • Fixed an issue where exiting the Transmitter UI via Esc, if the cursor was changed from the default one, it would appear incorrect till you clicked somewhere.
  • Adjusted the welding of the fingertip in Goliath. Now it looks more fancy.
  • Fixed an issue with Alpha or Beta whoever it is now, playing the diagnostic lines twice.
  • Horatio now actually does a weld animation, when welding the monitors in Gamma Section.
  • Fixed the introductory scene of the metropol subway, now horatio and crispin walk off the train like badasses
  • Added hotkeys for Transmitter UI. (Arrow Keys)
  • Fixed the hash for the sliders not being properly centered.
  • Fixed some Crispin facing properly instances.
  • Now also left-clicking on the burned sensor will do the trick.
  • Added a new entry for Dunes (it doesn't affect the achievement in any way)
  • Printout changes to Laws when you've examined it.
  • Crispin now faces properly when he hints
  • Adjusted and fixed some issues with Horatio's appearance concerning the Gimbal dialogue.
  • Clarity now animates when giving the keycard to Horatio.
  • Added Clarity shadow as she drops to the ground during the Shells sequence.
  • Crispin is now so Casanova!
  • Adjusted some interactions concerning the transmitter in the courthouse interior rooms.
  • Fixed horatio stuttering when talking to Gimbal.
  • Added condition for option "judge Oswald and Cornelius's case" to appear if you've also asked her "you said you were a law clerk".
  • Fixed a rare occasion with the Z axis of Scraper messing up graphical placement.
  • Added sound effect for when you connect two wire nodes succesfully.
  • Added hotkey functionality to Save Game and Restore Game
  • Fixed exit to endings to a more cinematic and less jarred version.
  • Adjusted Scraper facing Horatio.
  • Added ping elevator sound effect when the door opens inside the elevator car.

CONCERNING THE SCRAPER BLOWUP SCENE, the following were fixed.
  • Fixed an issue where scraper would appear in front of horatio as him and crispin run away whilst Scraper was focusing the transmitter
  • Fixed an issue with the bomblet graphic positioning poorly, now it positions exactly on Scraper
  • Fixed an issue where Scraper would appear in front of the explosion
  • Also readjusted positions of 187, Scraper and the Explosion
  • Fixed an issue regarding the Charity-Clarity flashback as music would not queue in.
  • Adjusted music regarding the entire blowup scene (both ways)
  • Added sound effects for Scraper shooting 187th and 187th shooting Scraper
  • Now on the Courthouse Exterior zoomed out room, bots either of the three roaming bots of metropol are turned invisible and visible when the cutscene ends (both ways)
  • Horatio on the courthouse exterior zoomed in room, always faces up-left after each interaction, if Scraper is in the room.

Any issues, comments or concerns, please let us know!

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"Terrific and incredibly polished. Something you can't afford to miss."
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"The first graphic adventure game of recent memory to be truly worthy of being compared to the triumphs of the glory days."
Hardcore Gaming 101

"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
Helpful customer reviews
28 of 30 people (93%) found this review helpful
54.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
Primordia, a point and click adventure game that has quite good story with challenging puzzles. More or less like The Cat Lady... the good and the bad. To sum it up:

Pros:
- Great/Mature story
- Multiple endings
- Challenging puzzles... to the point I required help from walkthrough *ahem*
- Funny dialogues
- Great voice actors
- Decent price point

Bad:
- Weak graphic engine, seriously. I even had a Developer helped me to get the game up and running.
- Art isn't up to my standard.
- A bit short game (approx 5 hours), but for 2.5 USD when discounted/on sale (or bundled), well... I guess can't be helped.

The gameplay is just another point and click adventure. You pick up one object, deliver it to one character, get another item to unlock another area... rinse and repeat. You also are required to pay attention to hints collected. Not so much new invention in this aspect.

Story, well, I can't say much without spoiling anything, but the story is interesting enough. In fact, I wouldn't have completed the game had the story been bad. It's like, again, The Cat Lady - light story in the beginning and developing slowly until the finale.

Soundtrack is so-so, not that good but not that bad. Voice actors, however, are top notch. They really portray the characters well. Oh yes, don't forget about hilarious exchanges between Horatio and Chrispin throughout the game. More often than not I laughed on many occasions thanks to that funny Chrispin.

Overall, Wormwood Studios, I think, have a success creating a good game for us all. Moreover, they are willing to interact and listen to their playerbase as well: see here. I wish them luck with their future projects, too bad it won't be Primordia 2 (as has been said by the Developer himself).

Recommended game.
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 13
Love the story. Love the Heavy Metal mag feel. Hate the graphics quality. Game play is a tad too crude, but tolerable for a point and click.

Next time devs spend more money on art!
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
I really liked this game. It had great atmosphere, nice voice acting, and the story really *worked*. The world was well-developed, the characters were interesting, the sidekick adds a bit of humour. The multiple different endings is also a nice touch that you don't always see in adventure games.

I think this is one of the best adventure games I've played lately. Really nice work.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
Primordia is quite good overall. Among its best assets are its strong sense of style and its audio. Both the music and the voice acting are excellent. The graphics are on the pixelated side, but totally serviceable. In fact, they, along with the overall feel of the game, harken back strongly to the old classic Beneath a Steel Sky. The puzzles are pretty well done, with most in the mid-range of difficulty. There's really not much to complain about, and this game is an easy buy for any adventure gamer.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
A strong visual identity, excellent voice acting, and a modernized interface designed for immediacy make PRIMORDIA an excellent addition to any games library. Really outstanding are the multiple endings, some of which are only possible if you discovered alternate solutions to other puzzles, earlier. Veterans of the point-and-click style will find lots to enjoy, here. Newcomers will find this game to be a tour-de-force of what this style has to offer. Highly recommended.
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14 of 20 people (70%) found this review helpful
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
The long awaited sequel to the award winning Disney film, The Brave Little Toaster. It was worth the wait.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
What an amazing game!

If you are a point & click adventure lover, like myself, you'll feel good with this game. :D
If you are not into adventure games, but appreciates good stories and atmospheres, you'll like it also.

It reminds me of Beneath A Steel Sky, another amazing cyberpunk adventure, but Primordia is darker.

Worth mentioning:
- Awesome atmosphere (what can I say? Mysterious cyberpunk raining scenarios are awesome... Hey Gemini Rue!)
- Very good story
- Challenging puzzles (but resisted walkthroughs, I have a trauma regarding The Dig... :( The last and only I "cheated")
- Nice background arts
- Good voice acting (like all Wadjet Eye games, I must say)
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
An amazing cyberpunk point & click adventure filled with humour, the voice acting is simply fenomenal, and all the characters are so unique.
The atmosphere is absolutely fabulous, it reminds me alot of "Beneath a Steel Sky" which is also an amazing point & click that i absolutely loved.
The companion robot´s voice could sound a little more robot´ish, but once you get used to it, you´ll find yourself completely immerged into the games storyline as horatio and is companion struggle to get their stolen item back.
I seriously recommend this game to anyone that loves a good story and/or Cyberpunks.
This is without a doubt, a must have.
- 8/10
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 15
Although Primordia is a game small in scope in several ways, it manages to insinuate a world so much bigger and personalitites so much deeper than it can actually describe.
Our main character Horatio is pragmatic and taciturn, in contrast to his cheerful companion, the little floating robot Crispin; But these are only the main characters; throughout the game you meet numerous different robots with distinct personalities and little by little you learn more about the city of Metropol, and how it became what it is.

The game mechanics are your old-school adventure game point-and-click, as well as the retro-style graphics.
If you find the pixely look of the game distasteful, rest assured, it has all the pixels it needs to convey the worn-down world you explore. The puzzles vary in difficulty, but if you find yourself stuck, you can ask Crispin for hints. Throughout most of the game I found the difficulty quite suitable.
Also, certain dialogue outcomes will affect the game- there are multiple endings to this story!

What makes Primordia worth playing, and what makes it stand out from other games that are also worth playing, is its extraordinary world-building and story-telling. Through simple means it manages to be engaging and touching and pokes at my curiosity for story- one that I choose the ending for.
A playthrough is about 6 hours.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 18
Interesting point-and-click game with great OST, graphics and post-apocalyptic setting.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 27
Nice graphics, interesting story with a sci-fi decadent tone.
Puzzles are quite logical (not everyone, but most of them anyway). Some difficult "find the keycode" to open door.
Enjoyable game overall.
I recommend it
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
If you like point and clicks this game is for you. I'm not really a fan of point and click games except maybe a little Myst. The game has great art, great voice acting and a wonderful story with multiple endings. I wish for a sequel.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 1
A true gem among adventure games.

The puzzles is most of the time very manageable without becoming menial or to hard.

One of those rare games that you think about 2 weeks after you have finished it and even now months later I still think about this game's world from time to time.

It doesn't tell you everything, but will let you figure out things about the world yourself. I've read other reviews stating that the story in never told which is nothing but nonsense. This game will tell you a story about a series of well defined characters but will leave large parts of the world unexplained but with enough hints to give you a good ground to figure the rest out your self. This is not a weakness but a strength. Leaving mysteries makes a world grow and leaves place for the players imagination.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 25
In all honesty, if you don't like point and click games you should still pick up this one. This was my first point and click game, and I absolutely fell in love with it. The story is very intriguing, the voice acting is top notch, and the setting and atmosphere are very immersive.

The only warning I'd give is the challenging puzzles to solve. Some are straight forward and easy, others can make you pull your hair out. Don't let that dissuade you from the game though, the story and the world are very much worth the effort.

Give Primordia a shot, you won't regret it. If you are still uncertain about shelling out the full cost, wish list it and nab it when it hits a sale. A must have point and click adventure!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
I very well told story. A great point and click adventure game.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 29
A marvelous point'n'click adventure! Unique world design, great atmosphere and story, accompanied with nice music and a perfect voice acting. Its puzzles can be hard sometimes, but I think they're still easier to figure out than in older point'n'click games (e.g. Broken Sword or Flight of the Amazon Queen). I recommend it with whole heart!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
Best point-and-click game I've ever played. The puzzles are challenging and require patience but aren't as frustrating as point-and-click games made in the 90's - some can be solved in multiple ways and may effect the ending of the game. The storyline is extremely captivating and offers a pretty different look at religion despite being a sci-fi game through and through.

I highly suggest not reading any spoilers is sci-fi and/or religion (especially Christianity) are concepts that interest you regardless of whether you're a believer, agnostic, or atheist.

You don't want any spoilers.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 1
Cool environment, interesting characters, good sci-fi/post-apocalypse story. Thoroughly enjoyed this point and click adventure. Some puzzles were quite confusing or non-sensical, but most are decent. I wish I could increase the resolution, but that seems to be a common thing with Wadjet Eye games. Overall it didn't detract too much from the experience. Occasionally the sidekick got annoying. Occasional crashes, once was catastrophic (had to restart from the beginning, thankfully I remembered everything), but usually stable. I'd recommend it if you like this sort of game and you can get it in a bundle or discounted.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
A lot of things make this game brilliant. Besides being REALLY challenging and seemingly have multiple ways to solve a puzzle, it's story makes it an adventure, that is a joy to follow. The best part about it is the voice-acting and dialouge. The game is so well-written and so well told that when I started playing it, the only interuptiong that I allowed myself was sleep.

The game is such an exciting tale about a two robots and their power core, and I would recommend it to everyone who likes point-n-click games (and even if you don't, this game might be a refreshing change of pace). It took me 10 hours to complete it, and I do not regret it.

EDIT: After having played other PnC games, I returned to this a second time. It is now my definite favorite adventure game. The atmosphere, the simplicity, the characters, and the story just makes for a grand experience, and I would recommend this for everyone who wants a good introduction for the genre.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
I remember growing up with old point and click games, some of them being the most memorable gaming experiences I've had to date.

This is effectively a homage to them all, even down to the pixelated artwork and imigary. However, far beyond simple nostalgia, the story is what gripped me about this game.

Without giving too much away, everything is cybernetic. It doesn't outwardly state this, but it implies that humans died a long time ago and are often regarded as "The first maker." in a reverential context, such as deity forms to us.

The world is decaying and power is scarce, which is effectively warmth and food to androids in comparrison. You see these synthetic beings facing many of the social, political and existential problems we face today, so it has as much to say about the human condition than it does about robots inheriting our broken earth.

I absolutley loved this! I can't overstate this enough, the voice acting, the exposition of story were fantastic. Irrespective of it being a nod to adventure games of old, this is something you should look at just to experience something not only unique, but expertly crafted.

More please!
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