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 (1,645 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
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
The voice acting is spot on. Really accurate wind impressions.
Posted: October 8
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 5
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Teratron: NO DOUBLE JUMP 3/10
aerozol: to be fair, double jump is always awesome
aerozol: CLOCK THE GAME YET?
Teratron: nah i'm in autumn though so close
Teratron: can't wait to 100%
aerozol: read a walkthrough huh
Teratron: i saw screenshots of autumn
Teratron: might take some grinding
aerozol: /spoiler winter's next
Teratron: GASP
Teratron: FRIEND RUINED THE END 3/10

Conclusion: Doesn't have double jump so possibly not a real game?
I really liked it, 3/10.
Posted: September 24
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
I walked around and saw some bunnies.

11/10 would walk again
Posted: October 7
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
(7/10) Interesting little interactive design. Its not exactly a game on its own but it is an interesting place to explore for a while and expirament with. Not particularly deep or long but it doesn't really need to be to share its mood and tone with you.
Posted: September 30
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Beautiful pixellated musically awesome walking sim.

But more than that, kinda. Good in a bundle
Posted: October 9
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Pressed the F12 button and that was it, it was a photography trip.
Posted: October 17
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
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'
Posted: October 23
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Pointless exploration game with lo-fi environments. Don't expect Thatgamecompany high standards at all.
Posted: September 30
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Im sorry but this is NOT a game. You just walk around and nothing happens ... NOTHING.

Going for a walk outside is more rewarding than this. Avoid.
Posted: September 29
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
8.5 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 4
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Walking Around Simulator 2013
Posted: September 25
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Really bad Minecraft clone. 0/10. Do not buy.
Posted: October 16
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0.2 hrs on record
This is a pretty basic walking simulator with bright pastel colours, which I found jarring.
Posted: October 10
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2.0 hrs on record
My wife's review:

"Proteus was really awesome. Granted, there is no real point to the game, which made it much less of a game for me and more of an experience. Can we call it an experience instead of a video game? That would be nice. Otherwise, one might refer to it as a beautiful waste of time. I could have spent hours wandering around and squealing over the super cute noises and flashy shiny colorful things that pop up all over the place. It was very relaxing and enjoyable with zero stress. YAY :)"

Read more: http://www.substance-tv.com/jess-plays-proteus/
Posted: September 24
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0.3 hrs on record
It's okay.
Posted: October 3
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0.7 hrs on record
Best ambient experience with great BGM and well composed visual stuff, I though 'art game' is a silly word but this experience deserves it
Posted: September 30
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0.9 hrs on record
It is a nice little game. It is made so you can lose yourself in the relaxing music and beautiful pixel art. Not for those that are impatience or trigger happy.
Posted: September 27
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0.2 hrs on record
Sorry I just don't find pixels that interesting
Posted: September 27
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0.4 hrs on record
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Posted: September 27
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