The Talos Principle is a philosophical first-person puzzle game from Croteam, the creators of the legendary Serious Sam games, written by Tom Jubert (FTL, The Swapper) and Jonas Kyratzes (The Sea Will Claim Everything).Read full description
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The Talos Principle is a puzzle game that is not afraid to admit how much inspiration it draws from Portal. Other than the familiar looking cubes being a central part in solving puzzles, the references the game makes to it are subtle enough though. Despite all that, it's definitely a standalone game with its own distinct strengths. The puzzles lead to various, beautifully designed areas such as a cathedral, classical buildings with an amphitheatre in the middle or a half-ruined, monastery-like building. You also pass computer terminals that will give you an impression of the world in which you are roaming, split into fragments that are sometimes disconnected. This desolate world is led by an (inner?) voice, which calls itself Elohim - as God. The puzzles themselves do not start out too difficult. It is apparent however, from the very beginning that you have to be quick to solve a lot of them, which may seem inappropriate for a philosophically themed puzzle game. This doesn't detract from the experience though, and works out in the end. For me personally , it was a good sign that I could think about a riddle in the evening before falling asleep and come back to solve the puzzle the next day. This 'Eureka effect' is where the beauty of puzzle games truly lies. Considering that the game is also technically and graphically perfect, practically (something to be expected from the developers, Croteam, by now), I think The Talos Principle is unquestionably worth its full price, at least to fans of this genre, like myself.
I came into this expecting a Portal clone. Boy was I wrong. While Portal's influences can definitely be seen here, The Talos Principle introduces a philosophical dimension into the first person puzzler formula. And it does it wonderfully. The game asks important questions about what it means to be human while still keeping the dialogue lighthearted. The game also excels on the puzzling side. The puzzles range from fairly easy to extremely hard but always stay satisfying to solve and never go into frustrating territory. Add to that beautiful settings and a great soundtrack and you've got yourself a 10/10 game
In spite of being a sucker for FPS shooters somehow I never cared about the Serious Sam franchise, so I didn't follow Croteam's projects. When I learned about this game I was quite surprised to see that they made such a big change from fast-paced adrenaline-pumping shooters to a bit more chilled and thought-provoking theme and genre. The puzzles are well designed, satisfying to solve, I often had this "aha!" moment finally finding the solution; the lore is interesting, you can have philosophical discussons about life and creation on the terminals; the soundtrack creates a wonderful atmosphere to immerse in. If you like puzzle games I absolutely recommend this one, because for me this is game of the year material. Congratulations Croteam!
When the Portal was simply a series of interconnected rooms with logical puzzles, it always felt the producers were guiding you without asking the player to think too much. The Talos Principle looks like boxes in boxes packed in an even bigger box. The whole experience is dressed in a great graphics and music, although the game can be a bit boring after a while. Besides puzzles, we get a philosophical sphere, which raises difficult questions and gives us doubts about our beliefs about existence, death and humanity. Overall, very interesting title.
Buy this game. This is one of the most interesting and entertaining puzzle/adventure games I've ever played. It got everything: interesting mechanics and puzzles, engaging story with multiple (and meaningful) endings, tons of secrets and easter eggs. I just couldn't play other games until I fully beat it. You can even indirectly interact with your Steam friends in singleplayer! This game has a lot to say to you, it's surprisingly full of philosophical themes that forced me to question my own reality. I got seriously scared when the game managed to . The only real downside is the lack of replay value (except for achievement hunters). I recommend The Talos Principle game to all fans of Puzzles and even Adventures. You won't regret it, the game is well worth its money.
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