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  • Summary: In The Talos Principle, players assume the role of a sentient artificial intelligence placed within a simulation of humanity?s greatest ruins and linked together through an arcane cathedral. Players are tasked with solving a series of increasingly complex puzzles woven into a metaphysicalIn The Talos Principle, players assume the role of a sentient artificial intelligence placed within a simulation of humanity?s greatest ruins and linked together through an arcane cathedral. Players are tasked with solving a series of increasingly complex puzzles woven into a metaphysical parable about intelligence and meaning in an inevitably doomed world. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 54 out of 57
  2. Negative: 0 out of 57
  1. Digital Spy
    Dec 12, 2014
    100
    The Talos Principle ties its seemingly disparate parts together beautifully, making for a game that is every bit as smart as it purports to be.
  2. Pelit (Finland)
    Mar 18, 2015
    91
    Satisfying puzzles, philosophically engaging storyline and exquisite presentation combine to make The Talos Principle one of the best of its genre. [Feb 2015]
  3. Dec 9, 2014
    90
    The Talos Principle is a game of challenges and conundrums and philosophical wonderings, filled with logic puzzles and cerebral mysteries.
  4. Jan 14, 2015
    90
    The Talos Principle will make you feel confounded but in that wonderful way that precludes an epiphany. You’ll leave each session feeling genuinely smarter – and perhaps a little rebellious to boot.
  5. Feb 10, 2015
    85
    Don't let the Portal similarities fool you. This is a cleverly designed puzzle game with its own identity, that will keep you hooked for hours upon hours.
  6. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Feb 17, 2015
    82
    Despite the sharp turn toward pacifism one can easily recognize Croteam style: unusual for puzzles large open locations, majestic architectural forms of ancient civilizations... It seems that you are about to hear the cries of a headless kamikazes. So when a screaming figure dashes nearby you start spinning the mouse wheel in search of shotgun on pure reflex. [Issue #195, p.68]
  7. Feb 26, 2015
    50
    The Talos Principle’s worst transgression is that it is absolutely predictable. The levels are all too similar, and by the end of the game you do pretty much the same routine as you do in the beginning.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 91 out of 107
  2. Negative: 3 out of 107
  1. Dec 13, 2014
    10
    A surprisingly fun puzzler with great graphics and great sound coming from the studio that made Serious Sam? That is a sentence i neverA surprisingly fun puzzler with great graphics and great sound coming from the studio that made Serious Sam? That is a sentence i never thought i would write! It is without a doubt the first FPS puzzler that comes near the perfection of Portal and in some, albeit subjective ways, it surpasses it. The "ways" i am talking about are the technical aspects(graphics and sound) which were always a forte of Croteam and the atmosphere. This game just grabs you from the first second with its amazing puzzle design and great writing. You just have to see what comes next. Overall a breath of fresh air in an otherwise stale year filled with over hyped triple A boredom. I wholeheartedly recommend buying it. Expand
  2. Dec 21, 2014
    10
    Wow!! Very good and quality puzzle game. I haven't played a puzzle game as good as this in a long a time. I didn't expect much of this gameWow!! Very good and quality puzzle game. I haven't played a puzzle game as good as this in a long a time. I didn't expect much of this game but if there will be a second part I will expect very much and I will buy it as soon as it gets out. I'm very glad that i bought this game! Expand
  3. Sep 23, 2018
    10
    Perfect game.
    Just buy and go through it. Just don't miss messages and terminals. This game is a real masterpiece!
  4. Apr 10, 2015
    10
    It has been a very long time since a game has captivated me like the Talos Principle did, the puzzles can be extremely challenging at times,It has been a very long time since a game has captivated me like the Talos Principle did, the puzzles can be extremely challenging at times, but you can just abandon that particular puzzle and come back to it later, while you go solve another one.
    What I found great about the game was that it didn't force you to be a part of the story, if you just wanted to solve puzzles, then it left you to it, but if you wanted to delve more into the story line then it rewarded your curiousity. Considering there wasn't alot of narrative in the game in terms of videos and other cutscenes I still found myself engaging in the the philosophical questions posed by the terminals. Despite not getting many answers it only drove me to play the game even more just to see what was on the next terminal. I can honestly say that I can't wait for a sequel to this game I'd love to see where the development team might take this IP. In short if you just want to solve puzzles then play this game. If you want an engaging story then play this game. If you want both... Yup you guessed it! Play this game.
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  5. Jan 10, 2015
    9
    Oh man I love this game! It's kind of a mix of portal meets, dunno what. But you can feel portal in it. It's basically a fps game where youOh man I love this game! It's kind of a mix of portal meets, dunno what. But you can feel portal in it. It's basically a fps game where you solve puzzles, For those who love a bit mind games this game is great. We should support indy devs. Expand
  6. Jan 11, 2015
    8
    The Talos Principle is a first-person[3][4] puzzle video game created by Croatian developer Croteam[5][6] and published by Devolver Digital.The Talos Principle is a first-person[3][4] puzzle video game created by Croatian developer Croteam[5][6] and published by Devolver Digital. The game features a philosophical storyline.[5][7][8] It was simultaneously released on Linux, OS X and Windows on 11 December 2014,[5][9] and is slated for release on PlayStation 4 and Android platforms in Q1 of 2015. Expand
  7. May 1, 2016
    2
    This was just shockingly terrible. Vacuous, uninspiring, and full of psuedo-philosophical nonsense, there's almost nothing to do here exceptThis was just shockingly terrible. Vacuous, uninspiring, and full of psuedo-philosophical nonsense, there's almost nothing to do here except look at the graphics and solve -extremely- simple puzzles.

    As a mobile game... ehhh, maybe. It sucks and is simple enough, but the graphics are too nice for mobile.

    As a Portal clone... ehhh, also maybe. It feels like a Portal clone, looks like a nicer outdoor version of Portal, and the game seems generally trying to copy the Portal FPS-puzzle-physics-placement formula in order to print money.

    As a benchmark... doubtful. The engine looks nice but doesn't seem to push my rig like other benchmarks already widely available.

    As a good game? Not a chance. Maybe I didn't play it long enough to see something worthwhile, but every single second that I played absolutely sucked. It felt like I was playing a Myst-Portal hybrid made by an untalented, copycat developer. It also crashed my entire rig when I tried to switch resolutions to Surround.

    I regarded Serious Sam as cynically designed, generic, and generally tedious company, and I dislike this for similar reasons. It was on my wishlist based on hype, genre, and screenshots, but it sure isn't now.

    Goodbye trash.
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