Quantum was chosen by the editors of Games as one of their favorite games for the year 1985. Here's their write-up from the November 1985 "Games 100 List" in the abstract strategy games category:
QUANTUM (2 to 4 players)
Having fewer pieces isn't always bad in this very original blend of strategy and chance. The starting position is determined randomly, by shaking the board until all the pieces fall into its holes, "blank" side up. Blank pieces jump over other pieces, often making many captures in a turn, then are flipped over to become one of two new types of pieces. The scramble to win by occupying the four center squares is always lively, and special "disaster" and "transformation" moves offer resourceful players a good chance to come from behind.