A journey begins... A treacherous tower... Unravel its mysteries! Discover the secrets kept in the long abandoned Tesla Tower! Magnetism and other electromagnetic powers will help you explore a non-linear world of beautiful hand-drawn environments, in a steampunk-inspired vision of old Europe.
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Release Date: Dec 13, 2013

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“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!

Discover the secrets kept in the long abandoned Tesla Tower!
Magnetism and other electromagnetic powers will help you explore a non-linear world of beautiful hand-drawn environments, in a steampunk-inspired vision of old Europe. A young boy suddenly finds himself embroiled in a long-forgotten conspiracy, involving a despotic king who rules the nation with an iron fist. 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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • Processor: Dual Core 2GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Hardware Accelerated Graphics with dedicated memory
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • Processor: Dual Core 2GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Hardware Accelerated Graphics with 1GB memory
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • Processor: Dual Core 2GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Hardware Accelerated Graphics with dedicated memory
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • Processor: Dual Core 2GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Hardware Accelerated Graphics with 1GB memory
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
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Ishvii
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
A great platformer based on magnets and polarity. The controls are responsive (play with a gamepad) and the art style and music are nice. For a decent platformer around 4 hours long you can't go wrong with this.
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fabiodt1
( 7.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 17
My two Teslagrads:
Funny little platform with beautiful graphic and inspired landscapes. It's not very difficult, just a little of try and error and it's done. The puzzles are not difficult either. Actually they are pretty obvious, because what you can do is limited to the use of red and blue teslasomething. Anyways it's pleasant to play, thumbs up!
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ctwmitch
( 16.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 15
Good side view platform game!!

Story presentation is very smooth, skill design also really good fit.

However, some stage is quite difficult and lack of MAP hints.....
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fleetinglimelight
( 5.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 14
Loving this game! I got it on sale, but I think it's worth the 10 bucks for sure! Very cool mechanics with magnetic fields and polarity. The puzzle aspect is more challenging than I expected, but that's a plus in my book. Very attractive graphics and style.
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jack_the_beast
( 8.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 14
great game! everything from the original gameplay to the art style is near to perfect. there are some flaws in contreller responsivness (especially in heavy timing-based levels) but nothing unforgivable.

totally recomended
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Stuntman Mike
( 6.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 7
Teslagrad is a metroidvania style game in which you have to overcome hard puzzles and neat mechanics which reflect how magnets or electrons and protons work with each other.

You have the ability to use a gauntlet that you get at the beginning and the cloak later on to manipulate your or environments state. You can change your or a props colour into blue or red, which affects how you or the latter acts. If for example you toggle red cloak, you either get attracted to blue props or pushed away from red ones. Just like magnets. This has other, more complicated uses and plays a major role in solving puzzles and traveling around the tower.
You also get boots that you can blink with, which adds more depth to the game, since you can blink into cages, through fences and it's even used on bosses as part of a puzzle.

The puzzles themselves are pretty hard. They have that feeling, where you solve them for hours and when you finally find out how to do it, you think for yourself that the answer was in front of you all along. There aren't too many of them in the game, although, a single puzzle can take to around half an hour to complete.

The game puts you in the body of a child, so, naturally, you don't have the ability to fight the beings of the game. You also die in a single hit, which translates into a pretty hard experiance, to a level of something like Dark Souls.
It isn't a problem though, since the checkpoints in this game work very well, after death, most of the time teleporting you either to the start of the room or after some major point of a room, like a big, difficult puzzle.
With enemies, comes bosses. And bosses in this game are very imaginative and interesting. As I said, the protagonist doesn't have the ability to fight, so the bosses are "puzzles" in and of themselves.

There are no cutscenes and the story is not huge, although it is interestingly provided by giving the player a chance to visit rooms with a cardboard theater and watching a small performance. It is also somewhat vague, which means that most of what is seen can be interpreted differently and everyone can have a different take into the whole idea behind the game.

The game isn't long, packing only 5 hours of gameplay, which is not bad, because you wouldn't suffer from fatigue or boredom after completing the game, Also, the game being short also makes it worthwhile to speedrun.

The way the game looks has a touch of a clockwork artstyle. The game is atmospheric, well drawn.The music is nice, but nothing too impressive. That's also a good thing, because you won't get too distracted while going around doing puzzles.

Teslagrad is a hidden gem that everyone should experiance and I feel bad that it was out of my radar for so long. Although, as I follow the rule of 1 dollar=1 hour, I would just wait for it to go down to at least 5 euros, other than that, the game is totally worth getting.
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Underpants Gnome
( 8.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 4
The gameplay is reminiscent of Metroid and Castlevania. Which were my favorite nes/psx games.
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.Loopy.
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 4
Wonderfully hand drawn animation in a world that begs to be explored.

8/10

Worth the price?:You can tell a lot of effort went into his game, $10.99 is a great thanks to the developers.

PROS:
-Wonderful hand-drawn animation
-Unique world and abilities
-Story is interesting to follow
-Tight controls
-Backgrounds are masterpieces
-Secrets to find
-Well designed boss fights

CON:
-Hitbox sometimes feels off

Teslagrad is a gem of a game, I am glad I stumbled upon it. No voice acting needed to tell such a great story, the superb visuals tell it all. All the "equips" you get in the game are fun to use and work well with the games mechanics and theme. There are lots of secrets that help explain the story making you want to search for them all. Overall this game was a joy to explore and the puzzles had a good range of difficulty ranging from easy - completely stumped. If you like physic puzzle games, or adventure platform in general then for sure check this beautiful game out!
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Tuff
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 3
Lots of fun puzzles, but the boss levels can be infuriating as they are all one-shot killers. Expect to die many times in a row.
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jokeserver
( 5.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
This was a pleasant puzzle-platformer with a decent amount of hidden collectibles and a good mechanic progression such that nothing ever felt repetitive or stale. I finished it in a day because it was always "oh, I'll just do one more puzzle".
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
Teslagrad is a beautiful puzzle platformer, with a very interesting story told solely by images (there's not a single spoken nor written word in the game.) The gameplay is solid, the art is wonderful, and the game itself can get challenging yet never impossible.

The start might be a little confusing, as it does not tell you anything. You start off just running from your home in the town Teslagrad towards the tower, because you're being chased for some reason. Once at the tower you will get your "weapon" and the game actually starts there. Using the power of electricity you will go through the tower to unravel the history of it and Teslagrad, solving electricity based puzzles to progress, finding upgrades to help you further on. Every so often you will come across a theater that will show you more of the story, explaining what is going on and why you're there.

The game is metroidvania style, where you sometimes have to backtrack once you get a new powerup, so you can get objects you couldn't get before. This only is needed a few times though, and most of the game is straightforward. There are hardly any enemies in the overworld, most of it is puzzlebased, but the few bosses you will encounter make up for the lack of enemies and are probably the biggest challenge of the game, besides some of the hidden scrolls you could find.

The achievements are linked to each hidden scroll you can collect, and the 36 scrolls complete the story in a tarot deck style. If you want the full story, you have to find all 36 scrolls, and that will also open up the true ending. Some of these can be very hard to find, or really tricky to obtain.

My main complaint is that the game is too short for me. I would have loved it to be twice as big. I 100% the game in less than 10 hours, so I don't feel like I got the worth out of the full price. But at any discount it becomes worth it to get it, and at 75% off (summer 2016 sale) it's a steal!
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 7
Teslagrad is a metroidvania style game in which you have to overcome hard puzzles and neat mechanics which reflect how magnets or electrons and protons work with each other.

You have the ability to use a gauntlet that you get at the beginning and the cloak later on to manipulate your or environments state. You can change your or a props colour into blue or red, which affects how you or the latter acts. If for example you toggle red cloak, you either get attracted to blue props or pushed away from red ones. Just like magnets. This has other, more complicated uses and plays a major role in solving puzzles and traveling around the tower.
You also get boots that you can blink with, which adds more depth to the game, since you can blink into cages, through fences and it's even used on bosses as part of a puzzle.

The puzzles themselves are pretty hard. They have that feeling, where you solve them for hours and when you finally find out how to do it, you think for yourself that the answer was in front of you all along. There aren't too many of them in the game, although, a single puzzle can take to around half an hour to complete.

The game puts you in the body of a child, so, naturally, you don't have the ability to fight the beings of the game. You also die in a single hit, which translates into a pretty hard experiance, to a level of something like Dark Souls.
It isn't a problem though, since the checkpoints in this game work very well, after death, most of the time teleporting you either to the start of the room or after some major point of a room, like a big, difficult puzzle.
With enemies, comes bosses. And bosses in this game are very imaginative and interesting. As I said, the protagonist doesn't have the ability to fight, so the bosses are "puzzles" in and of themselves.

There are no cutscenes and the story is not huge, although it is interestingly provided by giving the player a chance to visit rooms with a cardboard theater and watching a small performance. It is also somewhat vague, which means that most of what is seen can be interpreted differently and everyone can have a different take into the whole idea behind the game.

The game isn't long, packing only 5 hours of gameplay, which is not bad, because you wouldn't suffer from fatigue or boredom after completing the game, Also, the game being short also makes it worthwhile to speedrun.

The way the game looks has a touch of a clockwork artstyle. The game is atmospheric, well drawn.The music is nice, but nothing too impressive. That's also a good thing, because you won't get too distracted while going around doing puzzles.

Teslagrad is a hidden gem that everyone should experiance and I feel bad that it was out of my radar for so long. Although, as I follow the rule of 1 dollar=1 hour, I would just wait for it to go down to at least 5 euros, other than that, the game is totally worth getting.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
I played through this several times on the Wii U and was amazed by it. I simply had to get it on Steam, too, such is my recommendation for Teslagrad!

Rain Games has created a classic Metroidvania title. It's brutally difficult and unforgiving, but it's also imaginative, evocative, unique, and tinged with a Soviet era sadness. The music features elements of Vangelis of Blade Runner fame and, when complemented by the beautiful graphics, it's quite the experience.

Teslagrad is a shining example of why Indie games are so magical and that video games can be considered as art. 100% recommended - it's wonderful.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
First, Nikola Tesla was the man. I just wanted to point out that fact, considering the game's name and subject.

Teslagrad's art is all hand drawn (or looks it at least), so the whole experience feels organic. The physics are great too, as are the puzzles you have to solve. I loved it; so much in fact, that I'd recommend waiting to buy it until after the sale is over so the studio can get some love and hopefully make more cool stuff.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
Wonderfully hand drawn animation in a world that begs to be explored.

8/10

Worth the price?:You can tell a lot of effort went into his game, $10.99 is a great thanks to the developers.

PROS:
-Wonderful hand-drawn animation
-Unique world and abilities
-Story is interesting to follow
-Tight controls
-Backgrounds are masterpieces
-Secrets to find
-Well designed boss fights

CON:
-Hitbox sometimes feels off

Teslagrad is a gem of a game, I am glad I stumbled upon it. No voice acting needed to tell such a great story, the superb visuals tell it all. All the "equips" you get in the game are fun to use and work well with the games mechanics and theme. There are lots of secrets that help explain the story making you want to search for them all. Overall this game was a joy to explore and the puzzles had a good range of difficulty ranging from easy - completely stumped. If you like physic puzzle games, or adventure platform in general then for sure check this beautiful game out!
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 14
great game! everything from the original gameplay to the art style is near to perfect. there are some flaws in contreller responsivness (especially in heavy timing-based levels) but nothing unforgivable.

totally recomended
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 14
Loving this game! I got it on sale, but I think it's worth the 10 bucks for sure! Very cool mechanics with magnetic fields and polarity. The puzzle aspect is more challenging than I expected, but that's a plus in my book. Very attractive graphics and style.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
Good side view platform game!!

Story presentation is very smooth, skill design also really good fit.

However, some stage is quite difficult and lack of MAP hints.....
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 17
My two Teslagrads:
Funny little platform with beautiful graphic and inspired landscapes. It's not very difficult, just a little of try and error and it's done. The puzzles are not difficult either. Actually they are pretty obvious, because what you can do is limited to the use of red and blue teslasomething. Anyways it's pleasant to play, thumbs up!
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
490 of 508 people (96%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2013
Right off the bat, Teslagrad impresses with a wonderful art style and animations that immerses the player in its steampunk world. Rain falls in torrents, molten steel glows ominously in the depths of the tower in which you explore, and electricity crackles and hums. It's a world of mechanical beasts that can destroy you in a moment, of dangerous traps and puzzles, of strange gadgets and weird machinery, and at the heart of this world is you and the Tower

Fleeing into this mysterious Tower, you'll work your way through its many rooms and floors, each offering new and inventive puzzles and obstacles to surmount. The game doesn't waste any time in throwing complex platforming puzzles at you; within the first 30 minutes or so, you'll already be equipped with a gauntlet able to reverse an object's polarity and blink boots that allow you to teleport a short distance. The puzzles and platforming all revolve around utilizing and switching between magnetic fields, causing objects to attract or repel. In this way, you turn platforms into barriers or elevators, move along ceilings or float over gaps, and more. Surviving the challenges require both puzzle solving and tight platforming as you time teleports between moving hazards or switch your own polarity to navigate around electric barriers. Hard to reach batteries offer replay value, as there's usually an optional extra challenge between you and the collectibles.

I'm only about two and half hours in at the moment. If there was one minor flaw, it would be the lack of checkpoints in boss fights. While these fights simply revolve around pattern recognizaton and aren't that lengthy, it can be annoying to die and have to start fighting a boss from the beginning. But the boss fights themselves are fun and varied and use the mechanics in cool ways. Controls are responsive and simple, WASD to move, Space to jump, arrow keys to use your abilities. But from those simple controls, Rain Games has crafted a fun and challenging puzzle platfformer that not only offers exciting gameplay but a fantastic art style as well

I'll update this review as I progress
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