The Talos Principle is a first-person puzzle game in the tradition of philosophical science fiction. Made by Croteam and written by Tom Jubert (FTL, The Swapper) and Jonas Kyratzes (The Sea Will Claim Everything).
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Very Positive (208 reviews) - 94% of the 208 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (9,088 reviews) - 96% of the 9,088 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Dec 11, 2014

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July 26

The cat is (not) a lie!



We're giving away five keys for The Talos Principle AND 20 EUR vouchers for Croteam Merch Store!

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June 24

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Reviews

“The Talos Principle is going to be something very, very special for you.”
9.5/10 – Jim Sterling (Jimquisition)

“The Talos Principle is an absolute joy to play.”
9/10 – Gamespot

“One of the best games of the year.”
4.5/5 – PCWorld

About This Game



As if awakening from a deep sleep, you find yourself in a strange, contradictory world of ancient ruins and advanced technology. Tasked by your creator with solving a series of increasingly complex puzzles, you must decide whether to have faith or to ask the difficult questions: Who are you? What is your purpose? And what are you going to do about it?

Features:

  • Overcome more than 120 immersive puzzles in a stunning world.
  • Divert drones, manipulate laser beams and even replicate time to prove your worth - or to find a way out.
  • Explore a story about humanity, technology and civilization. Uncover clues, devise theories, and make up your own mind.
  • Choose your own path through the game's non-linear world, solving puzzles your way.
  • But remember: choices have consequences and somebody's always watching you.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista 32-bit
    • Processor: Dual-core 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 10 class GPU with 512MB VRAM (nVidia GeForce 8600 series, AMD Radeon HD 3600 series, Intel HD 4000 series)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX9.0c Compatible Sound Card
    • Additional Notes: Windows XP 32-bit (with service pack 3) can run the legacy version of the game, but it is no longer being updated.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
    • Processor: Quad-core 3.0 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 11 class GPU with 1GB VRAM (nVidia GeForce 480 GTX, AMD Radeon HD 5870)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 8 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX9.0c Compatible Sound Card
    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX version Lion 10.7
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.2 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia GeForce GT 9600M/320M 512MB VRAM, AMD Radeon HD 4670 512MB VRAM (Intel integrated GPUs are not supported!)
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: OSX 10.5.8 and 10.6.3 can run the legacy version of the game, but it is no longer being updated.
    Recommended:
    • OS: OSX version Lion 10.7
    • Processor: Intel Quad Code 3.2 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia GeForce 480 GTX 1GB VRAM, AMD Radeon HD 5870 1GB VRAM (Intel integrated GPUs are not supported!)
    • Storage: 8 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04
    • Processor: Dual-core 2.2 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia GeForce 8600/9600GT 512MB VRAM, ATI/AMD Radeon HD2600/3600 512MB VRAM
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • Sound Card: OpenAL Compatible Sound Card
    • Additional Notes: OpenGL: 2.1 or higher; Ubuntu 12.04 can run the legacy version of the game, but it is no longer being updated.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04
    • Processor: Quad-core 3.2 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia GeForce 480 GTX 1GB VRAM, ATI/AMD Radeon HD 5870 1GB VRAM
    • Storage: 8 GB available space
    • Sound Card: OpenAL Compatible Sound Card
    • Additional Notes: OpenGL: 2.1 or higher
Customer reviews
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scottdharris85
6.0 hrs
Posted: August 27
Smart, interesting, well designed, and I didn't finish it because I got ♥♥♥♥ing bored.
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Goosie
6.5 hrs
Posted: August 27
Too many puzzles. 10/10.
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Jesticles
3.8 hrs
Posted: August 27
Thumbing through the list of games. Written review will come later.
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aaronshivers
18.3 hrs
Posted: August 27
yes
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[LAN] Eyce
15.7 hrs
Posted: August 27
A true mind bender. Beautiful beyond imagination. A game which makes you question the nature of human existance and the purpose of life, whilst being really fun!
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Esani
42.2 hrs
Posted: August 27
Amazing game
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Taus
22.3 hrs
Posted: August 26
The best puzzle game. Must have.
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CGM
21.3 hrs
Posted: August 26
super interesting puzzle game with amazing graphics and scenery, up there with other puzzle games like portal
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Caligu1a
19.1 hrs
Posted: August 26
Damn. I didnt want to believe the torrent of positive reviews.

Is this portal ? - no.

Amazing puzzles ? - yes, think "the swapper".

Great story and philosophy straight out of sci fi (arthur c clarke would be proud)



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T.R.O.S. Emissary
37.9 hrs
Posted: August 25
This game made me, a devout athiest, have a religious experience. I would sell my soul to be able to play this again without remembering any of the incredible puzzles or frustrating bonus stars or awe-inspiring story. Please, play this game.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
30.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
The Talos Principle is one of my favorite games of all time. Never has a game's story been this intriguing.

Pros
-Fun puzzles
-Lots of puzzles
-Intriguing story
-Very long
-Good soundtrack/ambience
-Optional in-game hints for when you're stuck
-Extremely immersive
-Phenominal narrator

Cons
-Main puzzles were a bit too easy for my taste
-Optional puzzles could be flatout ridiculous (not very often though)

Before I get more in depth I want to say one thing. Many people compare this game to Portal, but it's very different. The only thing that's the same is that it's a first person puzzler. The way you solve puzzles is completely different. I don't understand the comparison to Portal.

There are three hubs full of puzzles in this game. Each hub has 7 areas that you can enter that contain anywhere from 3 to 6 puzzles in them. I figured out how to play the game pretty quick so I went pretty quickly through the first hub. The second hub gave more of a challenge to me but it wasn't too hard. When I got to the third hub I was expecting it to get a lot harder. That didn't really happen. The difficulty did increase, but not by a ton. Maybe it's because I was abnormally good at the game. I've seen that many people found the last hub to be very hard. I very rarely spent 15 minutes on a puzzle, I probably averaged 7-10 minutes. The difficulty not increasing a ton might be because the hidden stars were meant to be the biggest challenge.

The difficulty I had finding the hidden stars went from pretty easy to how am I supposed to figure this out. There is one star in particular that was pretty much impossible. When you entered one of the levels there was a QR code. Normally the game tells you what they say, but it didn't for this one. You had to manually figure it out. Then I believe there was another process you had to do. This let you figure out what numbers you had to press on the pillars surrounding the QR code. I'm not sure how I was supposed to figure out to do that. Another issue I had with the stars was it was very hard to figure out where the stars were when I came back to a level to find them. It tells you how many stars are in each level, but once you're in the level there's no hints. I ended up using a guide to find them since I didn't want to spend hours of my life looking for them.

I've been pretty negative so far in this review, but I really love this game. The story hooked me from the beginning, which rarely happens to me. Every puzzle was a lot of fun. There was never a dull moment. The final sequence of one of the endings is one of the most intense moments I've experienced in a game. I was constantly immersed in the game. I was so immersed that I usually played the game for over 4 hours straight.

Do yourself a favor and buy this game right now. It's definitely worth it.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
84.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
The Talos Principle borrows heavily from Portal for it's puzzles, despite not having a central innovative game mechanic. Story-wise, it goes into hardcore philosophy concepts in a surprisingly legit way for the developers of Serious Sam. So if you ever wanted to stop shooting things in a Serious Sam game and instead wander around admiring the architecture and the pretty skybox while listening to a deep voiced God actor reading lines written by a pretentious philosophy major, then The Talos Principle is definitely for you. Are there people in that category? The game would claim that you are asking the wrong question. The right question would be: are there such things as people at all?
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
67.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
Never before have I fell in love with a game like this one. This review is quite late, considering my 100% completion about a year ago, but I felt like this deserved some praise. When I first purchased the game, I had no idea what I was getting into. After a realization that I was spending a significant amount of hours traversing these amazingly difficult puzzles, I knew that this game was the one. From the extremely philosophical storyline to the well-done soundtrack, I cannot recommend this game enough to anyone.

TL;DR: This game is an utter masterpiece. 10/10
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
34.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
I honestly don't want to write a long review about this game, because in all honesty, the more blindly you play it, the more you'll enjoy it.

The important things to know are that it is indeed a game with puzzles, philosophy, and choice. And that it tells a story, but in a way that could only be told by a video game. Croteam managed to use the medium to great effect.

I don't really want to give much more detail than that. Just play the game, experience it for yourself. I can honestly say this is a game that will be sticking with me for a very, very long time. It made me think, and it made me feel. Few games can really do both.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
30.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
This game is like the Hardcore Version of Portal. Where Portal is Funny, this game is Deep and Serious. Instead of Glados you have a God that is constantly telling you things and speaking with the authority of a really strict God. Instead of Weatley you have these Terminals that try to decypher, just like yourself what is going on, and sometimes you feel like you are talking to a real AI. There are Philosophic Exams that this game make to yourself, and you really discover a few things that you might not know about the Real You. The Plot is awesome. The texts, the recordings, the atmosphere, everything is on place. If you take too long on making a Puzzle, God will tell you that don't take things to seriously, that come back later, and then you feel like doing the exact opposite. You will end up reading and listening carefully to everything you find.

If you like Puzzle games, this game is for you. And if you want a different experience of a game, this game might end up being really special for you.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
27.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
Great game that blends enjoyable and challenging puzzles with an amazing story, which is in itself a masterfully delivered puzzle.
While at first nothing will make sense, as you advance and get more context information, you will put together the pieces and be eventually blown away when you understand what's going on.

Pros:
- Story
- Puzzles
- Music and atmosphere

Cons:
- Secondary puzzles (tetrominos boards) are not very fun and they get complicated, to the point of requiring just endless trial and error.
This is funny from a stroy point of view, since solving repetitive and well defined tasks should be a no brainer for the protagonist. *wink* To be fair, the really difficult tetromino boards are not guarding the main story path, but rather optional areas required only for 100% completion.
- Perhaps too long. Towards the end (C building) I grew a bit tired of puzzle solving, but I pushed myslef through, just to see the how the story wraps up.

9/10.




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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
This game is just amazing, I wasnt expecting to like it as much as I did.
Its often compared to the Portal series, and I would say, I prefer this to Portal.

Pros:
-Great puzzle game
-Interesting story
-Great game mechanics
-There is a cat on the banner

Cons:
-Price

The game inst cheap like Portal but, when on sale, this game is worth getting.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
21.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
I went in expecting a neat little puzzle game similar to Portal, came out questioning my very own existence and the meaning of life...

This game is amazing: Looks beautiful, plays great, soundtrack is so peaceful and relaxing you can listen to it for hours, masterfully designed puzzles that strike almost perfect balance between challenging and frustrating and the philosophical story that mentally challenges you in ways you didn't think was possible for a game.

In short just do me a favor and buy the damn game already or at least on a sale but just do it !
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
37.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 25
This game made me, a devout athiest, have a religious experience. I would sell my soul to be able to play this again without remembering any of the incredible puzzles or frustrating bonus stars or awe-inspiring story. Please, play this game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
I thoroughly enjoy this game and would absolutely recommend it. It gets pretty tough but that's definitely a good thing. Decent graphics, controls, music, fx, and just all-around fun to play which is more than I can say for a lot of games out there.

Quite happy to hear of a second one coming out even though I have yet to finish this one.
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