A journey begins... A treacherous tower... Unravel its mysteries! Teslagrad is a 2D puzzle platformer with action elements, where magnetism and other electromagnetic powers are the key to go throughout the game, and thereby discover the secrets kept in the long abandoned Tesla Tower.
User reviews: Very Positive (641 reviews)
Release Date: Dec 13, 2013

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Recommended By Curators

"A wonderful art style, smooth animations, and a challenging mix of precision platforming and puzzles makes Teslagrad well worth your time."

Reviews

“Teslagrad is highly rewarding and an ultimately fantastic game.”
Destructoid

“[Teslagrad] understands the golden rule of spinning a good story: Show, Don't Tell.”
Eurogamer

“The colourful backgrounds, expressive movements, and focus on puzzles over combat recalls a mix of Braid and Limbo.”
3D Juegos

About This Game

A journey begins... A treacherous tower... Unravel its mysteries!

Teslagrad is a 2D puzzle platformer with action elements, where magnetism and other electromagnetic powers are the key to go throughout the game, and thereby discover the secrets kept in the long abandoned Tesla Tower. Gain new abilities to explore a non-linear world with more than 100 beautiful hand-drawn environments, in a steampunk-inspired vision of old Europe. You play as a young boy who suddenly finds himself embroiled in a long-forgotten conspiracy, involving the despotic king who has ruled the nation with an iron fist for several years. Jump into an outstanding adventure told through voiceless storytelling, writing your own part. Armed with ancient Teslamancer technology and your own ingenuity and creativity, your path lies through the decrepit Tesla Tower and beyond.

Features

  • Complex puzzles! Put your sense of logic to the test and cleverly manipulate the world around you using electricity and magnetism, the lifeblood of the game. Puzzles will range from “pff, that wasn't so bad” to keyboard-smashing, controller-chewing frustration.
  • Explore! Make your way through rich 2D hand-drawn surroundings as you journey into — and beyond— Tesla Tower, picking up use amazing new items as you go.
  • Visual storytelling! Tired of all those words in your video games? Have no fear, Teslagrad features not a single snippet of text or squeak of dialogue. Everything is purely visual, and the entire story is told through what you see (and sometimes what you don't see).
  • Steampunk powered! Discover a dystopic and mind-blowing rainy-and-brainy setting, presenting a steampunk vision of an old Europe-inspired new world.
  • Old-school boss fights! Use your skills and wits to overcome the 5 incredible final bosses eager to demagnetize you.
  • No disruptions! That means no loading screens, no GUI, no cutscenes. Just the game and you.
  • Mesmerizing soundtrack! Awesome mix of classical orchestra, with a touch of Russian inspiration and a myriad of metal bits and electrical stuff.

Teslagrad is available for Windows, Mac OSX and Linux.

"It's beautiful minimalist storytelling, and it fits really well with the gameplay proper, which is delightful in more ways than one." Jared Rosen, Indiestatik.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP (SP3)
    • Processor: Dual Core 2GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Hardware Accelerated Graphics with dedicated memory
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 or higher
    • Processor: Dual Core 4GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Hardware Accelerated Graphics with 1GB memory
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • Processor: Dual Core 2GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Hardware Accelerated Graphics with dedicated memory
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • Processor: Dual Core 2GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Hardware Accelerated Graphics with 1GB memory
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • Processor: Dual Core 2GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Hardware Accelerated Graphics with dedicated memory
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • Processor: Dual Core 2GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Hardware Accelerated Graphics with 1GB memory
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
19 of 21 people (90%) found this review helpful
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 7
I almost gave this game a thumbs-down at several points while playing. I had gone into the game expecting “Braid with magnets” and Metroidvania-style exploration. Instead, I got a Super Meat Boy clone with long, frustrating, unforgiving platforming segments and annoying trial-and-error bosses. The magnets are mainly used as a means to traverse death gauntlets, often with twitch-action polarity shifting. One wrong move and you’ll either die, or fall down a long way and be forced to climb back up. The magnet puzzles themselves are pretty bland and uninspired physics puzzles, and ultimately pointless. The level design is about as linear as a Super Mario Bros. level, and all four of the important powerups are placed directly in your path. Backtracking is only required for 100% completion (or if you happened to not find at least 15 of the 36 collectables to unlock the door to the final boss). Overall, it failed to meet just about all of the expectations I had for it.

What redeems this game is the atmosphere, art style, and storytelling. There are no words or dialogue at all; this game tells quite a fascinating and unexpected story through the environments, characters, and pictures alone. The hand-drawn art and backgrounds are all beautiful to look at, and there’s no shortage of good music, both of the catchy and atmospheric variety. Perhaps it's style over substance, but for me it really worked.

Once I attained 100% completion and reached the best ending, I looked back upon the game and realized I was glad to have played it. It was a real emotional journey. There’s nothing at all awful about the game, it’s just average in a lot of ways. The difficulty isn’t actually all that hard, it’s just frustratingly out-of-place, and skill eventually did take over and help make the experience more enjoyable. And despite the lackluster puzzle design, there were some instances of great ideas in there; the secret scrolls were highly satisfying to find and collect. With minimal hints and hundreds of mistakes, I got 100% completion in less than 10 hours.

So, after much deliberation, this gets a thumbs-up from me. If you can get it on sale for half price, and if you can put up with the stupid platforming sections and the death gauntlets, you might also find there’s a lot to enjoy here.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 4
Teslagrad is a beautiful example of non-verbal storytelling and gameplay that relies on clever puzzles complemented with neat skills and tricks. You might even call it mix between Braid and Limbo.
It's metroidvania scheme allows you to backtrack and collect all the scrolls, which you'll need to experience alternative ending, and trust me its worth it.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
41.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
Beautiful art, graphics and animations.
Cute music and effects.
Easy gameplay but it was hard for me to master it with the keyboard. Much more effective a game controller.
The game requires patience and skill, which I don't currently have any of them.
I'm curious though about the story, so I am willing to wait and watch a friend of mine playing this game. I think it will be worthy.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 1
A few days have gone by since I finished this game and I would wholeheartedly recommend this game to anyone who likes puzzle platformers or who wants to give one a try. The overall game design is amazing and the art is beautiful. Many stars given and gt a ton of patients for the boss fights.

Want to see my playthrough with some commentary before you buy? Check it out!

https://youtu.be/fd24sGim-UE
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 18
This is a puzzle/platformer like many. There are tons of "meh" games in this genre, but Teslagrad is not one of them. It's a bit like a one trick pony, at least at the beginning but it's a fine game. Still it's inferior to similar games such as Rochard, Braid and Infinifactory. If you've played those and liked the genre, Teslagrad will not disappoint you.
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