Proteus is a game about exploration and immersion in a dream-like island world where the soundtrack to your play is created by your surroundings. Played in first-person, the primary means of interaction is simply your presence in the world and how you observe it.
User reviews:
Recent:
Mixed (16 reviews) - 56% of the 16 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Mostly Positive (2,220 reviews) - 73% of the 2,220 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jan 30, 2013

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“In a way, its lack of progression – the absence of skill trees, difficulty levels and save points – works in its favour; you won’t dive back in to mop up the last few achievements, or to climb leaderboards, but simply because you want to play Proteus. Because you want to open your eyes and be up to your waist in seawater, to walk to shore and wander through fields that sing. And that’s an itch only Proteus can scratch.”
8/10 – Edge

“I come away from it feeling elated. And that makes Proteus feel very special to me. It’s such a pleasure knowing it will be the same for so many others.”
Rock Paper Shotgun

“Its randomness and secrets make it worth playing through a few times, and beyond that, it's easy to imagine wanting to return to it just for respite from a stressful day or a noisy city.”
8/10 – The Guardian

“Proteus is beautiful, a beautiful thing. […]If it must be catgorised, Proteus perhaps is best filed alongside last year's similarly oblique but fascinating experimental games – Dear Esther and Journey.”
5/5 – Eurogamer

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About This Game

Proteus is a game about exploration and immersion in a dream-like island world where the soundtrack to your play is created by your surroundings. Played in first-person, the primary means of interaction is simply your presence in the world and how you observe it. The procedurally generated islands are home to creatures natural and imagined, tranquil valleys and ruins with magical properties.

Key Features:

  • Meditative play: the responsive world and lack of any text or hints distils an essence of curious, investigative play, and rewards patience and immersion.
  • Dynamic soundtrack composed by award-winning musician David Kanaga follows the mood of the world and will appeal to fans of Boards of Canada, Brian Eno.
  • A distinctive 2D-but-3D graphical style with wild shifting palettes that sits somewhere between 8-bit videogames and early 20th century modernist painting.
  • Islands are uniquely generated every time, and although it's theoretically possible to see everything in one playthrough, no-one ever does.
  • Built-in "postcard" function encodes world data into each screenshot, allowing islands and discoveries to be saved and shared.

System Requirements

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    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP3
    • Processor: 1.8GHz
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 3000
    • Hard Drive: 100 MB HD space
    Recommended:
    • Processor: 2.2GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB NVidia or ATI graphics card
    • Hard Drive: 100 MB HD space
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.6
    • Processor: 1.8GHz
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 3000
    • Hard Drive: 250 MB HD space
    Recommended:
    • Processor: 2.2 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB NVidia or ATI graphics card
    • Hard Drive: 250 MB HD space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, Mint 13 LTS, Fedora 16, fully updated
    • Processor: 1.8GHz
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 3000
    • Hard Drive: 250 MB HD space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, Mint 13 LTS, Fedora 16, fully updated
    • Processor: 2.2 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB NVidia or ATI graphics card
    • Hard Drive: 250 MB HD space
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Mixed (16 reviews)
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Vividnightmare
0.2 hrs
Posted: August 24
Interesting, not visually impressive at all though. Not much of a 'game', too bad there isn't an option to set the game to free roam by it's self, would make an excellent screen saver or background ambient sound program.
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The Panic Lime
1.1 hrs
Posted: August 23
An incredble experience, and one that should definitely be experienced at least once.
While the game has a desired goal for the player, Proteus is a great source of inspiration that the player can receive from seeing the different arrangements of scenery, animals, music, and lighting.
A single experience can be hard to put into words, and should be interpreted by each player differently.
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demotricus
0.2 hrs
Posted: August 22
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Ronzzon
0.3 hrs
Posted: August 20
Nice music and beautiful world, it's a great game to ease a person's mind. Sadly me and a few other people who bought and tried out the game have an issue when playing it. We can see through everything in this game, through the mountains, trees, hills, etc. Feels like this game went to transparent mode when some of the players started it up.

Note: It's been a over a month after I posted a help thread that involves evidents about this bug. Not a single developer has replied yet and I highly doubt they ever will.

Even so some people have experienced such issue, I still give this game a thumbs up as I see what it would be without the issue.
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Dishwasher Safe Puppy
0.5 hrs
Posted: August 12
If high octane shooters are a "breathe in" then Proteus is definitely a "breathe out."
Not terribly exciting, but very stress free and soothing experience.
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Mantis_Toboggan
14.1 hrs
Posted: August 12
This is more interactive artwork than a game. Seems simple at first but there's a ton of depth to discover, especially if you're interested in audio.
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Wise Hobbit
0.9 hrs
Posted: August 11
After playing for a half an hour you stop seeing anything new. Horrible.
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razzlet
0.7 hrs
Posted: August 7
40 minutes of gameplay. For all the talk about a visual experience and a "journey" it really boils down to 40 minutes of wandering in a colorful pixel world with no real substance. Do not recommend, not worth money. Watch a playthrough instead.
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Sammoo
1.4 hrs
Posted: August 6
Incredible, transcendental experience. To call it a game would be an insult. Not another binding of isaac ripoff.
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✖ Arctik
0.6 hrs
Posted: August 1
Found it pretty dull honestly..
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12 of 17 people (71%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 30
Nothing conceptually interesting or outstanding about this game aside from the sound design which is quite nice. The visuals are too simplistic and get old quickly. If you want a purgatory simulator this might be your best bet. The game only lasts 30 minutes so if you payed full price you are paying about $0.33 a minute to play a game that fails to render anything stimulating. Don't bother.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
Product received for free
Proteus is a procedurally generated walking simulator. There is only one aim to this game and that is to explore the pixelated environments. The soundtrack is also procedurally generated, meaning it changes as you move through your surroundings. Each playthrough is distinct as the terrain and topography is different. This is a very minimalistic game.

There is no story or any achievements. I played the game for about 1.5 hours and the following are the positives and negatives of what I experienced.

Positives:

- The game has a very relaxing melodic soundtrack which is also procedurally generated. Basically whatever you look at produces a distinct sound and together a tune is made.
- The graphics are pixelated and colorful. I personally thought they were pretty but they might not be for everyone.
- The weather and seasons change and have smooth transitions. The environment looks really good in the spring season.
- There are many small creatures in the game which appear depending on your location or time of day such as owls at night and frogs near water. You can also chase them :D
- I did not experience crashes or any bugs.
- The game is relaxing and very causal and something someone would like after a stressful day at work.
- There is no saving system which adds to it's casual "in and out" experience.

Negatives:

- The game is the most minimalistic game (genere defining almost) I have ever played and tbh there is not much to do. I was immersed in the game for the first 30 minutes, wandering here and there but it got repititive soon.
- Having some lore or interactions would make this game so much more interesting but unfortunately there is none.
- The pricetag is too high for what it offers.

Final thoughts:

This game is unique and pretty for it's art style but it provides almost no entertainment. Lack of content does not satisfy it`s pricetag and I feel like it should be at half it's current price, if not less. Watch the game's trailer first as it covers most of what you will experience playing this game. I did enjoy my short realxing period it promised. I am sure some people will find it even more interesting and suited to their taste. Therefore I would recommend buying this game when it's on sale or when the price is reduced.


6.5/10


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12 of 20 people (60%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
Found it pretty dull honestly..
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
Incredible, transcendental experience. To call it a game would be an insult. Not another binding of isaac ripoff.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
30.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 28
Beautiful game because of what seems like a fundamental understanding of place. The contrasting colors that shift from day to night and season to season, the music that is generated according to your proximity and orientation to other objects in the environment, and the secret, mirage-like creatures that somehow manage to peak the curiosity of a person playing video games in the 21st Century all make this a substantial game worth playing then, importantly, playing again. What drew me to it in the first place, though, was a suggestion that the procedurally generated environments themselves were better than Minecraft, a claim that speaks for itself.

I recommend you play until you get to the Summer season, at least.

Also, there's a physical boxed version of the game available as of 2016-07-28 at Twisted Tree Games though it's limited so that link may be gone before I remove this note.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
This is more interactive artwork than a game. Seems simple at first but there's a ton of depth to discover, especially if you're interested in audio.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
If high octane shooters are a "breathe in" then Proteus is definitely a "breathe out."
Not terribly exciting, but very stress free and soothing experience.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
Nice music and beautiful world, it's a great game to ease a person's mind. Sadly me and a few other people who bought and tried out the game have an issue when playing it. We can see through everything in this game, through the mountains, trees, hills, etc. Feels like this game went to transparent mode when some of the players started it up.

Note: It's been a over a month after I posted a help thread that involves evidents about this bug. Not a single developer has replied yet and I highly doubt they ever will.

Even so some people have experienced such issue, I still give this game a thumbs up as I see what it would be without the issue.
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7 of 13 people (54%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
40 minutes of gameplay. For all the talk about a visual experience and a "journey" it really boils down to 40 minutes of wandering in a colorful pixel world with no real substance. Do not recommend, not worth money. Watch a playthrough instead.
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 11
After playing for a half an hour you stop seeing anything new. Horrible.
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