Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
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  1. Dec 17, 2013
    Teslagrad is an exceptional example of non-verbal storytelling, relying on delightfully smooth animation and clever puzzles to see the player through to the end.
  2. Jan 7, 2014
    Clever design, brilliant gameplay, well-balanced difficulty and unique visual style: Teslagrad is an excellent action-platformer that fans of the genre shouldn't miss.
  3. Dec 21, 2013
    Teslagrad has a clever level design, great visual style and uses gameplay mechanics in a way that keeps the player both alert and eager to learn new things.
  4. Dec 20, 2013
    Teslagrad, the debut title from Rain Games, is emerging as an interesting and challenging adventure, able to keep you busy in engaging and challenging puzzles.
  5. Dec 27, 2013
    Rain Games' delivers a beautiful experience: Teslagrad is a clever Metroidvania, with a wonderful storyline and a precious game design. Sometimes it can be hard to master, but if you don't surrender, you'll be plenty rewarded. If you love this kind of games, you can't go wrong with it.
  6. Dec 11, 2014
    Teslagrad is all about electricity, magnetism, and mind bending puzzles. The hand-drawn graphics and atmospheric music will take you to the top of the Tesla tower with a broad grin on your face.
  7. Dec 28, 2013
    Teslagrad is an unorthodox platformer proving that the indie production is still able to deliver the original product. A pity, there is not a better written narrative that would shine upon the game's atmosphere and awesome sceneries.
  8. Dec 18, 2013
    The incredible artwork and wordless storytelling style invite those who want to experience a unique narrative, but the difficult action gameplay and tedious exploration for capsules actively work to keep players from that experience.
  9. Dec 16, 2013
    Teslagrad is a game with a good mix of platforming, puzzles, and old school playability.
  10. Dec 13, 2013
    Rain Games have done a stellar job with Teslagrad. They have created an atmospheric world that drags you in and implores you to explore it. The graphics and art style are wonderful, the puzzles are logical and satisfying to solve, and the game is a proper challenge even for weathered gamers.
  11. Dec 11, 2013
    This is a game where every aspect shows that there's a lot of effort put into it. Harder than the average title, its mix of platforming and puzzles sets a solid foundation for a beautiful experience.
  12. Dec 11, 2013
    However, I still wholeheartedly believe that Teslagrad is worth playing: Rain Games has made a fun twitch-puzzle platformer that both hits the right nostalgic notes while also carving out its own unique identity. There aren't enough games like this these days and despite its moments of extreme frustration, the game's beauty and charm were always enough to keep me playing.
  13. PC PowerPlay
    Mar 28, 2014
    Despite pacing issues, Teslagrad's strange blend of science and fantasy prove that opposites do indeed attract. [Apr 2014, p.58]
  14. Jan 20, 2014
    Despite its unevenness and occasional cruelty, Teslagrad is a bold and captivating proposition. The unusual and elegant aesthetic is persistently attractive, and the lightness of touch with the storytelling brings the world-building to the fore.
  15. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Jan 23, 2014
    Beautifully drawn, beautifully animated, yet frustrating puzzle platformer, capable of enchanting you in one minute and pissing you off in another. [Issue#238]

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Generally favorable reviews- based on 115 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 81 out of 115
  2. Negative: 11 out of 115
  1. Jul 30, 2014
    A lovingly constructed animated world. The exposition of narrative throughout the game via puppet shows does a good job of dispensing plot.A lovingly constructed animated world. The exposition of narrative throughout the game via puppet shows does a good job of dispensing plot. However this game suffers from several faults that could be easily addressed. Boss fights need some fine tuning. Checkpoints are designed in such a way that you usually have to redo a significantly long easy portion to get back to the difficult part that defeated you previously, this doesn't make for fun gameplay. At times I felt the visual cues of what was dangerous didn't line up with the actual areas that would harm you. Difficulty did not follow a smooth curve. My biggest disappointment by far was the lack of an ending (both endings in my opinion are worthless) after being shown that the designer DID know how to tell a story (via the earlier puppet shows). Good foundation, needs significant refinement. Full Review »
  2. Jan 11, 2014
    The graphics are amazing, and the controls are pretty tight, but poor level design prevents this from being a great game. Far too often, smallThe graphics are amazing, and the controls are pretty tight, but poor level design prevents this from being a great game. Far too often, small mistakes force you to repeat long, boring stretches of platforming, making for a tedious experience. The boss fights are also fairly uninspired, and since you die in one hit, you'll be playing them over and over again. I don't mind difficult platforming (I've put far too many hours into Super Meat Boy), but this game just feels like a chore. I tried to force myself to keep playing, just to see the beautiful environments, but I soon gave up. Full Review »
  3. Dec 20, 2013
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. Teslagrad by the norwegian develper Rain Games can be described in one Word. Brutal difficulty.
    Teslagrad has a beautiful handdrawn art style With atmospheric Music and challenging Puzzles. There is a Catch With it though. It is hard to know where Your Next Puzzle or boss battle is, but still this is one hell of a game. If you want a hard and unique platformer With Puzzles ,you will absolutely love this game just as much as I did.The story is about that you are the son of Nikola Tesla, when you're city is attacked by an army you're mother says to you that you need to find Your after he dissapeared into the massive Tower in the city. Inside the Tower you get awesome gadgets like the magnet glove and boots that gives you a little dash and some theaters which tells you why the army is attacking Your city.
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