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: Mostly Positive (1,659 reviews)
Release Date: Jan 30, 2013

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May 16

Proteus in the Humble Indie Re-Bundle 8, 1.2.1 patch

Hi!
From now until just under 21 hours time (until 11am PST 17 May 2014) Proteus is available as part of the 24-hour re-issue of Humble Indie Bundle 8. Go here to grab it: https://www.humblebundle.com/

We've also just uploaded patch 1.2.1 which is mostly a stability fix for OSX (but required a deceptively large amount of work, porting to SDL2)

Any problems, let me know at ed@visitproteus.com or @edclef on twitter.

cheers
Ed

(Never tried posting an announcement before - hope it shows up!)

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Reviews

“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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Linux
    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
Helpful customer reviews
5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
Proteus is a first-person exploration simulator. In it, you play as an individual who comes across an island, free of any other people but with plenty of wildlife. You explore it through both day and night of each of the seasons, enjoying the ambient music, changing weather, and various randomly generated locations on the island. As you explore, some of the wildlife will react to you, and the music/surroundings will change depending on the season, weather, time of day, and what's near.

This is a recommendation only based on whether or not that sounds interesting to the player. It's well done, and entertaining for what it is. It is, however, a style of game which likely has limited appeal.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
The voice acting is spot on. Really accurate wind impressions.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
I walked around and saw some bunnies.

11/10 would walk again
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
Even as a toy or experiment it's terribly boring.

I bought the game while investigating open world, exploration titles and was quite disappointed in its lack of interesting landscapes, opportunities to interact and, despite its pitch, the music.

Pointless and a waste of money.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
Pressed the F12 button and that was it, it was a photography trip.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
Proteus isn't a game for everyone- or most people honestly. It's one of those things you'll either love or hate, perhaps similar to how people view Animal Crossing. Simply put, you walk around, see the sights and witness how things change through the seasons on a randomly generated island. Really it's about how you see it. There's no "plot" or objectives except what you make of it, there are little events and landmarks that you can find however. I'd recommend this game to people who just want to relax or do something calming. Honestly, whenever I play it invokes this sense of wanderlust and strange homesickness I'm not sure how to describe, but I personally keep coming back to now and again.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
Proteus is a one of a kind experience. It can be summed up as a game that I love to play when I want to relax and not worry about beating a game, and for the price it is worth every penny.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 21
Not so much a game, but an experience. If you're wondering why many of us argue games are as valid a form of art as any other, then this is one of the game's you'll want to try. A wandering simulator.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
I don't get it.
It's not fun.
It IS a game, but it's not fun.

Don't let some yuppie hipster tell you there is something deeper to this interactive screensaver "game."
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
This is a pretty basic walking simulator with bright pastel colours, which I found jarring.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
excellent piece of art and game soundtrack is awesome, like Shelter, Flowers on Playstation, but I feel like this game has some dark elements to the game added by the devs, lots of 'symbolism'.....especially that dark mod or whatever, it furthers this notion......that why I only played it for 13 minutes because of those 'symbolism'
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
Beautiful pixellated musically awesome walking sim.

But more than that, kinda. Good in a bundle
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
Its... A simulator
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
i've never played music this way.
listen/walk your way through 4 seasons of soft electronic music.
but beware, always take some rocks with you, otherwise you may accidentally float away into aether.

ingame cloudy summer days recommended, especially at dawn.

10/10
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
Boo to those people who didn't recommend.

This game is a beautiful, peaceful game about exploration that can suck you in for an hour or two. There is no interaction, just walking around the gorgeous landscapes and listening to the music and herding frogs.

A wonderfully relaxing game for any stress needing to be relieved.
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0 of 9 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
Really bad Minecraft clone. 0/10. Do not buy.
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0.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
sort of an existential experiences... I really liked it... beautiful game and sounds
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0.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
This is a really fun game with no instructions. It's pretty hard to get wrong. Just follow your instincts and you'll be fine. I'd wait for a really solid sale on it, though. It's a very short experience, probably ~40 minutes. If you can get it for around $2.50 or less, jump on it and enjoy.
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2.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
There's barely any "gameplay" it's a bit low on content for a $10 game, but if you're looking for more relaxing videogame worlds to ease your troubles then you are looking at a great one. Each playthrough consists of exploring a randomly generated island.

Great audio, great visuals.
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0.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
I feel like I had a lucid dream..
I was very tired and almost fell asleep as I wandered my Island.
I've seen and heard Frogs, Insects, many Trees and many Bushes, Rainy and Windy days.
One day I fell asleep.
Suddenly my Body was no more and my thoughts went up the Sky.
As I touched the Stars, I woke up.
It was transcendental.
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