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
"Best described as Medieval Portal with a deeper narrative, The Talos Principle is able to provide a challenge for veteran and rookie puzzle-solvers alike." [- Hardcore Gamer ]
"The Talos Principle is a philosophical puzzle game that’s as smart as it is beautiful." [- Gamespot ]
"The Talos Principle feels inspired, a calm, thoughtful experience in the midst of the same sorts of video game madness we’ve always had." [- GameFront ]
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).
As if awakening from a deep sleep, you find yourself in a strange, contradictory world of ancient ruins and advanced technology. Tasked by your creator with solving a series of increasingly complex puzzles, you must decide whether to have faith, or to ask the difficult questions: Who are you? What is your purpose And what are you going to do about it?
Overcome more than 120 immersive puzzles in a stunning world.
Divert drones, disable turrets, and even replicate time to prove your worth - or to find a way out.
Explore a story about humanity, technology, and civilization. Uncover clues, devise theories, and make up your own mind.
Choose your own path through the game's non-linear world, solving puzzles your way.
But remember: choices have consequences, and somebody's always watching you.
© 2014 Croteam. All rights reserved.
This game is the best puzzle 3d game I have played. I mostly like puzzle platform games. This game is great. Makes you think about the challenging puzzles. I didn't really follow the story much. Just went through the levels solving the puzzles. Rewarding to finally have it click and realize what needs to be done to solve the problem in front of you. I managed to pick it up on sale so it was well worth it.
The puzzles start off very strong and slowly add new elements. Each puzzle is distinctly different from all others. The mechanics are obviously repeated, but I was amazed by the sheer variety of puzzle solutions. I don't think I've ever seen a puzzle game put this much effort into making each puzzle distinctly unique. This game has over 100 puzzles, so that is quite a lot of content! The hidden collectibles are very difficult to collect but it is always rewarding when you do find the secret entrance and pick up a golden star. Often you can see the stars but not how to get them and it can occasionally be frustrating when you simply can't find the solution to open a door. A very small number (maybe 2 or 3) are nearly impossible without a guide or at least a nudge in the right direction. The story is told primarily through large quantities of text on screen. You'd likely spend a third of your time or more just reading if you were to read every single aspect of the story. I find that rather boring so I didn't bother to keep up with the story in this game. I have no idea what I missed because of it, but that doesn't bother me. I did engage in philosophical dialogue with the Milton Library Assistant, and there are 3 different endings you can achieve based on your conversations with Milton. Despite attempting to answer important questions like "What does it mean to be human?" and "Do objective moral values exist?" the philosophical dialogue ultimate results in nothing of consequence. This is quite the letdown for a game that clearly tries (or at least pretends) to have an impactful storyline. The story was my least favorite aspect of this game, but the puzzle elements easily make up for the pitfalls of the story telling.
The Talos Principle is a remarkable puzzle game with an emphasis on philosophy. The plot is interestingly created in a way that puts some known philosophical questions to the player's attention. They are related mainly to the mysteries of the human nature and how it is (or it's not) related to the nature of a machine. The puzzles are really interesting and entertaining. The difficulty increases as you progress - while some puzzles at the beginning can be solved for seconds, it can get a lot more challenging near the end and can take you some hours to solve one. There are a lot of optional levels, which unlock some alternative paths in your progress, lots of collectible items, many hidden objects and easter eggs, referring to other games and movies. So, surprisingly for a game of this genre, there is really a lot to be done. If you're a fan of puzzle games and especially if you like philosophy this game is just perfect for you.If you're a fan of puzzle games and especially if you like philosophy this game is just perfect for you.
The Talos Principle is an awesome philosophical puzzle game. The atmosphere in the game is absolutely amazing with stunning visuals and great ambient soundtrack. The puzzles can get hard and challenging which makes solving them rewarding and satisfying. The puzzles are not frustrating or infuriating by any means and I always had the "I'm so smart now" or "How could I be so dumb and not solve this right away" feeling after solving them. The different gameplay mechanics used in the puzzles such as playing around with time and physics are unique and complex. What I loved about the game was the choice that I had to make - whether to believe the "natural" - Elohim's voice or to be filled with doubt by the "rational" Milton. I managed to complete the game with all 3 different endings and solve all the puzzles and stars. What's also very cool about the game are the Easter eggs. I saw tons of different references to other games and I even downloaded a QR Reader on my phone to read all the hidden text and hints. Despite having completed the game, I still have more questions than answers and now I'm debating whether or not I'm a very well developed AI that has started to think on its own! If you like solving challenging puzzles while using clever mechanics or like having philosophical debates with an AI, or simply enjoy a great story, this is the perfect game for you.
The story is amazing - it would make an excellent movie. The graphics are great. The limited voiced dialogue and music are great. The gameplay and puzzles are good - but they are too repetitive and the red ones are definitely too hard. The star ones (not needed to beat game) are just ridiculously hard. Half the red ones (which are needed to beat the game) will need a guide for the vast majority of gamers, plain and simple. I would have preferred much more of the dialogue with the Library Assistant AI and reading much more of the fragments left in the virtual library and half as many puzzles. The questions it makes you consider are on the level of the best sci-fi novels and games, with parts of The Matrix, Philip K. Dick, Soma, I Robot, and many more. What does it mean to be alive? To be conscious? What is good? Great stuff here. But many of the red puzzles were just too frustrating and I hated them.
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