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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: 97 out of 115
  2. Negative: 3 out of 115
  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 18, 2014
    10
    This is favourite game this year.
    As soon as I played the demo I felt like "This is for me". The moment you solve a puzzle is a real
    This is favourite game this year.
    As soon as I played the demo I felt like "This is for me". The moment you solve a puzzle is a real satisfaction, and you really want to see the next one. Also the whole action is embedded in a broader philosophical framework which is deep and interesting. I completed the whole game with all the optional stuff and was still eager to try the prototype puzzles. If you like mental challenges you won't be disappointed.
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  3. Mar 2, 2020
    10
    Gorgeous graphics, beautiful story, mind-blowing voice acting (Elohim's voice is so GREAT!). Puzzles hit the spot in all sections; they'reGorgeous graphics, beautiful story, mind-blowing voice acting (Elohim's voice is so GREAT!). Puzzles hit the spot in all sections; they're difficult enough to be rewarding when you overcome them but not difficult enough to be frustrating, there are enough puzzles to keep you entertained for a good amount of hours, etc... As well, new elements get integrated to puzzles often enough to keep it very interesting.
    On top of all that, the philosophical aspect of the game is the most interesting part of all.
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  4. Dec 21, 2014
    10
    The Talos principle is a very good game. I like playing it. The story and puzzles are having a nice synergy. I also like playing it becauseThe Talos principle is a very good game. I like playing it. The story and puzzles are having a nice synergy. I also like playing it because you are like a robot and there are some nice metafors. The graficke is very good and the sound and the world are very well designed. The game remides me of portal 2 and G-mode. Also very good games. The level design is very good. It really makes you think logicaly. I like playing it and i hope that more games will come like this. !0/10 would recommend it. Expand
  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. Dec 15, 2014
    8
    The game is nice . But I couldnt expect a game like this from croteam developers . I would rate it less than 6. But its from my favouriteThe game is nice . But I couldnt expect a game like this from croteam developers . I would rate it less than 6. But its from my favourite serious sam developers. So i rated it 8 . 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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