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."
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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."
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"A gorgeous, clever, and melancholy science-fiction parable."
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"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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IRxI Stormbrooke
9.4 hrs
Posted: August 30
If story is more important for you in a game than mechanics or visuals than you will enjoy Primordia as it is a decently written story.

> Great game lore / interesting setting
> Great plot and semi twist if you don't see it coming, I enjoyed the little seeds throughout the game like the ship being named "UNIIC" (VGER anyone?).
If the writer reads this not that I minded the ending but I think the twist would have had even more punch if Horus had followed through with his mission instead of Metromind carrying it out, big bad being the big bad is not as fun of a twist as the good guy was the bad guy. Would have made the final choice more interesting and a more interesting realization for the player "I'm a humanist trying to save humanity but I killed them?", my two cents as a wannabe writer, was still good though

> Main character deals with interesting themes, and can choose different paths, "Progress needs transformation needs art needs freedom" reminded me of 'what can change the nature of a man' from Planescape: Torment... was interesting to think about it, as were the logical arguments of the robots
> Sidekick character is more funny and likeable than most comedic relief companion characters, reminded me a lot of Morte from Planescape:Torment while still being unique and memorable as his own character I felt a great deal of loss after he died, almost found myself getting angry like the main character and strongly felt his absense in the scenes following his death, great immersion!

Mild Cons:
> Puzzles were okay, not overly hard or easy. I enjoyed the logic puzzles more so than go search a map for random item (I could see others minding those quests less), the wingman quest though had me chuckle
> Game is short, 9 hrs for me with frequent pauses leaving the game running while I took breaks
> Graphics are reto pixels but not bad if you zoom out, took my eyes a bit to adjust in the beginning

For me money well spent, memorable story.
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Wyrwiczerep
9.0 hrs
Posted: August 30
"Until we realize that things might not be we cannot realize that things are" a great poet once said.

I have to admit that I didn't fully enjoy Primordia on my recently finished first playthrough (there will be more) - it started excellent so the further into the story I got, the more I was waiting for it to disappoint me. But it didn't.

It's somewhat ironic, that game so "retro" - from it's visual form, through mechanics, to themes - feels so fresh. After playing so many contemporary adventure and semi-adventure games it's nice to see that there are people who don't see stories just as shiny boxes filled with emotions. Instead of killing some characters who got a lot of screen time to make viewer shed a tear and considering job well done, Primordia focuses on building an atmosphere, allowing emotions to occur naturally, and, what is recently rare in storytelling, tells a story. Rather than having a bunch of characters hoping from place to place pushed by expendable plot, the game has a topic which it wills to explore.

I might say, that Primordia is philosophical, that it's meditating upon metaphysical themes, but we may not quite understand each other, since the meaning of word "philosophical" has devalued. The game isn't trying to make some "social commentary" or present a political concept, but it asks fundamental questions, questions that, one may say, are ancient. But, as a (great) poet once said, only weighty ideals live long enough to be called ancient.

Every element of Primoridia harmonizes with each other. Unique and rich world isn't original only for originality's sake - a wasteland world where robot's seek their raison d'être, a city ideologically based on vague and hollow Progress, a court where the judge has two advisers - justice and mercy, the Gospel of Man which was given to robots by their creators... Primordia becomes more like a biblical parable than a typical belletristic story.

The meaning of life, the wonder of existence, presence of evil in the world, relationship between creation and creator, between robots and man, between man and God - Primordia not only mentions these themes, but also discusses them. It reminds us why people used to tell each other stories. It was because they had something to say.
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Mikeu118
11.1 hrs
Posted: August 30
a really enjoyable game set in a cool and interesting world. The story is pretty good and the puzzles are logical rather than arbitrary like many other PaC adventure games.
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Ishvii
1.0 hrs
Posted: August 29
One of the best point and click games I've played. The first hour made me laugh, the puzzles were logical (didn't have to click on everything with everything else) and the voice acting is top notch. Just a shame about the resolution.
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Jarn Argence
6.2 hrs
Posted: August 27
This was an interesting game. Don't be fooled by the endings you think you see. Somehow, I managed to mess up the game so badly that I only got sad endings. These are the endings that no one talks about. The endings where the main character's friends are all dead, and he goes back to his ship, and reprograms himself to forget about what happened at the city. The ending when he has nothing left to live for.
Yet, I have seen other playthroughs where he manages to save his friends, and the ending is full of hope. It all depends on you. Will you save your friends? Will you join the AI who ruined your life? It is all your choice.
and in the end, what does it mean to be human?
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francesco.finucci
11.1 hrs
Posted: August 25
After a total 11 hours of playing, I've finished Primordia. As a point-and-click the gameplay is mainly based on puzzles and some basic crafting, but its steampunk atmosphere, its hughely charismatic characters and its deep and thought-provoking messages are the strongest part in the game.

In general, Primordia creates a powerful discourse about justice, law, charity, industry and energy, community and knowledge, energy and history. Most importantly, about logic and free will. As a player, you are brought to wander in an environment that is partially an echo of men's life, partially an odd representation of robotic life, where to the decay of humanity is counterposed the need for energy of the last city on earth. Every knowledge is lost in the dust, and Metropol, the city where the two protagonists will find themselves in, is a ghost city whose only side still provided with energy is a long road.

I will be haunted by its finale for a while, also because of its powerful credit OST. It leaves its scars, but worth, worth playing.
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Blade
6.3 hrs
Posted: August 24
What a great game! The story was easy to follow but gets lost at times. Puzzles are well placed but I found them easy enough not to get fustrated. All round a great story with hilarious dialogue. Worth the money. ^_^
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Bear
6.3 hrs
Posted: August 21
Compeling Story
Great Voice Acting
Fun and diverse Characters
Lots of possible endings

A great game
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Moonsugar
5.1 hrs
Posted: August 20
Started playing it this evening, and finished it in one go. It's rather short, but definitely encourages replaying it for different endings, and I fully intend to do that. The story is engaging, and there is a lot of backstory to uncover.

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Pros:
- Story
- World-building
- Multiple ways to solve a problem
- Encouragement to replay it.

Cons:
- Short :(
- Very little in terms of journal

Tips: write down EVERY number you see.
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sj
22.3 hrs
Posted: August 13
I love the writing, atmosphere, characters, and soundtrack of Primordia. It's a sort of post-apocalyptic dystopian future in which "Man" went extinct in the distant past and robots are all that is left on planet Earth. I liked that a lot of the story went unspoken and has to be pieced together as you play the game, and I find it funny that I have come up with my depiction of the "unspoken" backstory in my own mind. I also thought the voice actor for Horatio was excellent.

That being said, the movement is a bit clunky (even considering that it is a 2.5D retro game) and I wish there were more areas to explore. Also, the game being pixellated did not add much to the experience. I often wonder what the game would look like with hand-drawn sprites instead of pixel sprites (probably much cooler).

Overall, I would recommend Primordia if you have the patience for a point-and-click RPG.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
Primordia is a cyberpunk game about faith. Much like in the movie Tron, the main character is a robot with a mission he forgot. A mission given by his own creator, Man.

Primordia is a point-and-click adventure game by Wormwood Studios. The main character is a robot with amnesia, but made for a very significant purpose. It is still his choice to fulfill this purpose. He can be a faithful warrior that defeats the evil progressive mind and unites the robots, or he can run away from it. In the game, the robots live under a totalitarian secularist regime, where the belief that the machines were created by a mysterious being called Man is forbidden. His faith in Man keeps the protagonist alive. It is a very interesting twist for the cyberpunk genre.

The graphics are beautiful, as well as the soundtrack. The voice acting is complete and very well done. The voice of Crispin is the best. The dialogues are funny and the developers opted for a more dynamic gameplay, allowing the player to engage in the story without huge dialogues.

One of the advantages is a map that saves the player a good time that would be wasted wandering around. Another advantage is the "automatic notes", which saves you the trouble of writing down important information. There are several ways to solve the puzzles, and the developers sought to avoid puzzles that are incoherent with the setting. There is a great internal system for tips, preventing players from getting stuck.

If you like games like Beneath a Steel Sky, or games that allow you to immerse in an engaging and deep atmosphere with unique and intriguing stories, you should give a chance to Primordia.

Positive points
* Amazing setting.
* Good writing and voice-acting.

Negative points
* The engine is limited.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
Fantastic characters, setting and story. Meaningful choices with great endings. Beautiful artwork, great soundtrack, and really good voice acting.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
A great, if somewhat short game with quality writing and great music. The puzzles (mostly) make a lot of sense, and there are quite a few optional way of advancing in the game and alternate endings.
A must for the adventure genre fans.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
22.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
I love the writing, atmosphere, characters, and soundtrack of Primordia. It's a sort of post-apocalyptic dystopian future in which "Man" went extinct in the distant past and robots are all that is left on planet Earth. I liked that a lot of the story went unspoken and has to be pieced together as you play the game, and I find it funny that I have come up with my depiction of the "unspoken" backstory in my own mind. I also thought the voice actor for Horatio was excellent.

That being said, the movement is a bit clunky (even considering that it is a 2.5D retro game) and I wish there were more areas to explore. Also, the game being pixellated did not add much to the experience. I often wonder what the game would look like with hand-drawn sprites instead of pixel sprites (probably much cooler).

Overall, I would recommend Primordia if you have the patience for a point-and-click RPG.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
Compeling Story
Great Voice Acting
Fun and diverse Characters
Lots of possible endings

A great game
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 3
While I normally don't care for point and click adventure games too much, I highly recommend this one if you like a good story. The world and characters are expertly crafted and for once it seems the game doesn't treat you like an idiot. What I mean by that is holding your hand throughout the game and telling you what to do. You figure it out, however long that takes and I have to say that it makes the game much more rewarding. Many points allow you different ways of continuing on that have different impacts. You can even mess up at things and make certain little side quests uncompleteable. But trust me when I say it doesn't ruin the experience.

I actually felt invested in the characters and I lost a few friends during the game. When I care enough that I stop playing for a minute to just take it in when something big happens, I know the game has done what I wanted of it. The game is actually rather short though and left me with a question about something that doesn't add up, but perhaps I just missed it.

Overall I would suggest this game to anyone. Oh, and don't look up answers!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
Started playing it this evening, and finished it in one go. It's rather short, but definitely encourages replaying it for different endings, and I fully intend to do that. The story is engaging, and there is a lot of backstory to uncover.

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Pros:
- Story
- World-building
- Multiple ways to solve a problem
- Encouragement to replay it.

Cons:
- Short :(
- Very little in terms of journal

Tips: write down EVERY number you see.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 11
This is my first point-and-click game and.... im in love. This game got to me, the story, artwork, characters, all of it. This game is funny, the areas are interesting and actually make you want to look around, while not bieng soooo big that you just dont want to be bothered with trying to find all the things. Also, the logic in this game is solid. There are no moments where you use a rubber band and a rock to make a rocket ship or anything. It all made sense as i played through it, and when i was stuck, i was still invested enough to want to keep going.
Also multiple endings that are really awesome. I think that just about covers it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 24
What a great game! The story was easy to follow but gets lost at times. Puzzles are well placed but I found them easy enough not to get fustrated. All round a great story with hilarious dialogue. Worth the money. ^_^
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 27
This was an interesting game. Don't be fooled by the endings you think you see. Somehow, I managed to mess up the game so badly that I only got sad endings. These are the endings that no one talks about. The endings where the main character's friends are all dead, and he goes back to his ship, and reprograms himself to forget about what happened at the city. The ending when he has nothing left to live for.
Yet, I have seen other playthroughs where he manages to save his friends, and the ending is full of hope. It all depends on you. Will you save your friends? Will you join the AI who ruined your life? It is all your choice.
and in the end, what does it mean to be human?
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