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  • Summary: Teslagrad is a 2D puzzle-platformer in which you play as a young lad who suddenly finds himself embroiled in an ancient conflict that will shake the foundations of his entire existence, and bring a gruesome truth to light. The game revolves around the use of electricity and magnetism, andTeslagrad is a 2D puzzle-platformer in which you play as a young lad who suddenly finds himself embroiled in an ancient conflict that will shake the foundations of his entire existence, and bring a gruesome truth to light. The game revolves around the use of electricity and magnetism, and your ingenuity will be put to the test as you employ the amazing technology of the Teslamancers to traverse the abandoned Tesla Tower. The game is completely devoid of both text and dialogue, and prefers to tell the story purely through visual means. Expand
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Jan 8, 2015
    90
    Not only Teslagrad is one of the best independent games available for PlayStation 4, but also the perfect start for the neo-Norwegian studio Rain Games. A must have for any puzzle/adventure lover.
  2. Feb 2, 2015
    85
    Teslagrad is a great puzzle platformer. The magnets really add something different to the puzzles and the game is well thought-out. Unfortunately it's a bit short, but the replay value of Teslagrad is amazing and you'll keep playing it just to discover more.
  3. Jul 1, 2015
    85
    You’ll need to refresh your 8-bit platformer skills to survive the tower in Teslagrad, but doing so is well-worth the effort.
  4. Dec 11, 2014
    80
    An original metroidvania tupe game filled with interesting puzzles.
  5. Dec 29, 2014
    80
    Teslagrad is solid, clever and fun. If you like platforming and puzzles, you shouldn't miss this one.
  6. Play UK
    Mar 1, 2015
    75
    If it had flawless platforming, reactive bosses, and a tighter difficulty curve, then we'd be head-over-heels for Teslagrad, but as it is, it's just a good little puzzle platformer that often frustrates. [Issue#253, p.66]
  7. Dec 9, 2014
    70
    With stunning presentation, and a clever core mechanic, Teslagrad does a lot to impress. Unfortunately, its occasionally unwieldy controls, inconsistent difficulty, and needlessly challenging boss fights mar the experience. However, if you can look past these infidelities, you’ll find an incredibly unique and often satisfying puzzle platformer.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 15
  2. Negative: 3 out of 15
  1. Aug 8, 2016
    9
    It is a beautiful indie with some challenge. Of course it's a good game! In an ordinary way, indies with challenges must be ugly as hell.It is a beautiful indie with some challenge. Of course it's a good game! In an ordinary way, indies with challenges must be ugly as hell. Bosses, trophies - everithing is interesting to conquer and even a bit hard too. There is a pleasure to explore this very nice and cute game. Expand
  2. Nov 17, 2015
    8
    Enjoyed this game very much.
    Interesting way of story telling: you'll see pieces of the story played by puppets in a "theater chambers" while
    Enjoyed this game very much.
    Interesting way of story telling: you'll see pieces of the story played by puppets in a "theater chambers" while moving to the top of the tower. Do not expect something breathtaking though - just a typical platformer plot.
    Teslagrad offers unusual game mechanics in its puzzle part. To move objects or even yourself you should choose one of two energy types (blue or red) which will charge the objects creating a magnetic field or a repellent effect - depends on how platforms in a chamber are charged.
    Some puzzles are really challenging and so are every boss especially the final one.
    About difficulty: it's not that easy. If compare Teslagrad with Steamworld Dig, the first one is much more difficult. So if you don't like dying a lot then stay away.
    Art work is nothing special but looks good.
    All in all this is a good platformer. It does not pretend to be unique, just wants to entertain you for some hours.
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  3. Dec 8, 2015
    8
    The creator of this game has a beautiful mind, and some serious sadistic tendencies. Ruthlessly hard, and mockingly unforgiving, but clever,The creator of this game has a beautiful mind, and some serious sadistic tendencies. Ruthlessly hard, and mockingly unforgiving, but clever, fun and worthwhile.

    Loses a point from me for the boss battle music grating as you die over and over again.
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  4. Sep 7, 2015
    7
    PS+ freebie for September 15

    From the months pickings this stood out as the only worthwhile game amongst. Teslagrad is a plat-former
    PS+ freebie for September 15

    From the months pickings this stood out as the only worthwhile game amongst.

    Teslagrad is a plat-former while not unique, it's a beautifully drawn and memorable experience. On the PS4 its fluent controls and ease of playing lures you in to the game until you hit the first boss, which is a nightmare, as is the 2nd. They are very very challenging, but there was enough going on beside the boss to make me pursue after 30 odd attempts and carry on the normal game mode.

    If it wasn't on PS+ would I buy it? Probably not, but had I, I'd have been pleasantly surprised by a well thought out plat-form based game that has lovingly been drawn and crafted for this gen. Sure, it's going to make you scream come bosses, but that's followed by satisfaction when you finally do it!
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  5. Nel
    Apr 2, 2017
    6
    great way to spend your time it is not a very long game, but the game is pretty neat and it has several fun elements to it, not anythinggreat way to spend your time it is not a very long game, but the game is pretty neat and it has several fun elements to it, not anything revolutionary, but not bad either Expand
  6. May 23, 2016
    6
    Beautiful little game that is probably too frustrating for me to finish. Teslagrad has a nice look. The animation looks perfect, straight ofBeautiful little game that is probably too frustrating for me to finish. Teslagrad has a nice look. The animation looks perfect, straight of out the old hand drawn cartoon films of my youth. Unfortunately, the game does not feel as good as it looks. The controls are squirmy and sometimes non-responsive. Back in the days of my youth, poor controls could be considered a hardware issue. In modern times, poor controls are a choice. The teleport in Teslagrad, for instance, barely responds to my button press. Many deaths resulted from dud teleports.

    The poor response to controls are a shame because so many puzzles in the game require perfect button presses. The game is also poor at placing checkpoints. There are no lives, so each death resets you to the checkpoint. All seems fine until you reach the second boss and groan as you die on the third wave, knowing you will have to repeat the first two waves, again, and probably die during the second, again. Every special moment in this game is more than offset by every groan inducing death. My biggest gripe with this game is that it does not respect my time. There is nothing wrong with a nice tight, beautiful 1 or 2 hour experience. If Teslagrad was that kind of game, I would give it a 10/10.

    The truth is, I'm on the 2nd to last boss battle. It's a gauntlet of lasers, lasers, and more lasers. You have to hope teleport works, ledge climbing works, and jumping and choosing the right polarity works. And it needs to work for about 15 minutes straight. I remember spending an hour on the last boss battle in Guacamelee. That battle seemed like a cake walk compared to Teslagrad. It's quite possible I will never finish Teslagrad and all I will know of the ending is the YouTube video I just saw.

    I urge the developers to patch this game with a "playable by normal humans" mode. If they had made the game more playable at the outset, they wouldn't have had to resort to offering up Teslagrad as a Playstation Plus freebie. Even if my friends and family downloaded it for free, I hesitate to recommend this experience.
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  7. May 27, 2016
    2
    Game is utter trash. No story or dialogue to speak of. No direction or explanation of mechanics. I just wandered around these rooms not sureGame is utter trash. No story or dialogue to speak of. No direction or explanation of mechanics. I just wandered around these rooms not sure if I was going the right way, doing random puzzles solved through trial and error. All of a sudden I fight this boss. You have to go through multiple stages and guess what, its 1 hit kill and repeat entire fight. Oh and he takes up 90% of screen with a fire breath move, but you cant stay too far to right because theres a fire pit. So this means you must stay in this tiny sliver of area while moving on a conveyor belt with blocks coming down to push you. Oh and did i mention it ask all this but has floaty unresponsive movement and control of your character? So to give you a stupidly unfair fight with 1 hit kill and bad controls to do so....ultimate fail on all levels. Skip Expand

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