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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Release Date: Dec 11, 2014

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June 24

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May 18

The Talos Principle merchandise store is LIVE!!!

Dear philosophers, you asked for it, we listened!

Now hear the words of wisdom from Elohim himself:

"My Child, The Talos Principle merchandise store in open NOW!!!"

Go, reward yourself, human. If you can prove you are the one!



And if Talos merch looks too serious for you, grab some Serious goods and show everybody you are the man!

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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    • Additional Notes: Windows XP 32-bit (with service pack 3) can run the legacy version of the game, but it is no longer being updated.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
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Nightsky
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
I'm not far into the game yet but I already love it. The atmosphere, the bits and pieces of information, the philosophical questions thrown at you - I enjoy it very much and don't regret buying it one bit.

And I can't wait to climb that tower, haha.
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ralph
( 17.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
The puzzles in this game were right up my alley in terms of difficulty; the content made me feel challenged while providing few moments where I felt obvlious and unbeknownst to most of the problems I had encountered while playing. And although the game felt rather repetitive at times the developers diverted from this issue by suppling more tools for the player to harverst in new puzzles. This game also has a tremendous abundance of gameplay time so one wouldn't exactly concern themselves with a short title when it comes to this beauty. The storyline is also extremely intriguing with many mysteries to uncover which encourages the player to proceed through the game.

Even though I recommend this game to most who are reading (even for full price), I still don't think that any game should get away with it's flaws as none are perfect. One of the few aspects that I found particularly disappointing about this title is one of the NPC's you speak to on terminals which are spread out amongst the game. I felt as if the game was setting me up for failure as I was speaking to this NPC as most of the dialogue options provided to the player were extremely limited which resulted in some witty and rather humiliating remarks from the character on the terminal while the player was provided with vague dialogue options such as: "yes", "no", "you're probably right". Now, I know it's impossible to satify every player in this respect (because it's not like the developers can read your mind and insert dailogue options which suit you personally), but I just felt that there could have been more potential in making these conversations more engaging for the player, rather than just reading philosophical rants aimed at manipulating you. Since communication with this character relates strongely to the storyline line and how you perceive other characters it is vital that these conversations remain extremely engaging for the player and I don't think the developers succeeded in this regard.
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null
( 17.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
soooo goood xD
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H4x0rUsG4M3R
( 13.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30


"Talos the mighty! Talos the unerring! Talos the unassailable! To you we give praise!

We are but casuals, writhing in the filth of our own CoDs! While you have ascended from the dung of casual games, and now walk among the 75%!

But you were once Serious Sam! Aye! And as Serious Sam, you said, "Let me show you the power of Talos Principle, born of the Serious Engine, where my breath is great puzzles! I breathe now, in royalty, and reshape this land which is mine. I do this for you, refractors, for I love you."

Aye, love. Love! Even as a trailer, great Talos cherished us. For he saw in us, in each of us, the future of Croteam! The future of Devolver Digital!

And there it is, gamers! The ugly truth! We are the children of casuals! Talos is the true god of gamers! Ascended from 0%, to rule the realm of pro gamers!

The very idea is inconceivable to our EA overlords! Sharing the PC gaming with us? With gamers? Ha! They can barely tolerate our presence on consoles!

Today, they take away your Command and Conquer. But what of tomorrow? What then? Do the EA take your Westwood? Your Maxis? Your BullFrog.... VALVE!?!????

And what does the Gaben do? Nothing! Nay, worse than nothing! The Valve machine enforces the will of EA! Against its own people! Never to release Half Life 3!!!!!

So rise up! Rise up, children of the Gaben! Rise up, PCMasterRace! Embrace the word of mighty Talos, he who is both Video and Game!

For we are the children of gamers! And we shall inherit both the PC and consoles! And we, not the EA or their toadies, will rule gaming! Forever!

Terrible and powerful Talos! We, your unworthy players, give praise! For only through your puzzles and philosophy questions may we truly reach enlightenment!

And deserve our praise you do, for we are one! Ere you ascended in discount, and the zero became 75% off, you walked among us, great Talos, not as a trailer, but as a game!

Trust in me, SteamCommunity! Trust in the words of me! For I am the chosen of Talos! I alone have been anointed by the 75% to spread his holy discount!"
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R4g3
( 13.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Get it.
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LaCat
( 3.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
I'll be honest, I bought this game because it had a cat on the cover photo. After playing the game for a few hours now, I'm finding that it actually has an amazing storyline, whilst still challenging you to solve complicated puzzles. With the Portal series as my favorite games, this is a huge attraction. The graphics and music are just as fantastic as the gameplay itself, and I would definitely recommend it to everyone I know.
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metabot
( 51.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
There's only a handful of games I have completed to 100% because the environment has so much to see, so much story to tell, so many different ways to enjoy it. There's also only a handful of games in which i genuinely cared about long dialogues with a NPC. The Talos Principle is the only game so far for me that falls in both of these groups.

The puzzles, which make up most of the gameplay, are getting harder to solve throughout the game end the last ones are really hard nuts - some of the DLC puzzles (which I highly recommend) took me more time to solve than I'd like to admit. Some of the puzzles have neat twists, but overall there's nothing revolutionary to find in these. I didn't expext them to do so and don't think that that's a minus.

The story, on the the other hand, is probably one of the best and most outstanding I have ever experienced in a game. You mainly communicate with a NPC via a computer terminal and talk about a lot of fundamental philosophical proplems: What is consciousness? What makes a human human? When does something "live"? Only to name a few. The AI you talk (or better, write) with compels you to make clear statements in regard to those topics and confronts you with your answers. You realize pretty soon that what you thought to be fundamental pieces of your thinking are flawed. You also get to listen to some audiologs from a woman (Probably the best voice acting I've ever heard in game) that gives some more insight in the story.

Overall, I can highly recommend this game to everyone that is atleast a little bit interested in philosophy in the context of Artificial Intelligence or wants to experience a beautiful atmosphere with an incredibly well told story.
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Hezb0
( 13.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
A masterpiece. 10/10
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Delfosia
( 73.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Majestic

Will you discover where you are, who you are, what you are... and even why you are ?
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128 of 134 people (96%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
35.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
Overview
The Talos Principle is a game I knew very little about going in, so I had no idea it was going to become one of my favorite games of all time. In order to inform you, without spoiling you, (thus maximizing your enjoyment of this game), I now solemnly vow to write this review in a fashion that both entices you and leaves all of Talos' wonders to be explored by you. In order to do this, let me give you the rundown on all you need to know about TTP's graphics, gameplay, and story, as well as some of my personal final thoughts.

Graphics
While superfluous to the real reason you need to play this game, the graphics of TTP are drop dead gorgeous. You will explore Talos' environments accompanied by beautiful bursting sunrays, alluring crystal blue skies, fluid animation, and a multitude of other visual effects. You will also not be let down by the base features of graphical excellence; as the textures, lighting, and modeling are also all realized to the highest level of fidelity. While I did state at the beginning of this paragraph that the visuals were not important to the reason that you have to play this game, I could see no rationale not to praise it as one of the best looking games I've ever had the pleasure to look at. The best part is, this beauty comes at a very small price; it's perfectly optimized and anyone with a modern gaming PC should be able to run Talos very smoothly, which just adds to its graphical aptitude. Now that you know all that you need to about the visuals, let's take a look at TTP's more important aspects.

Gameplay
The Talos Principle is a puzzle game, as I'm sure you already know. As someone who has never had much of an affinity for having to deal with puzzles in games, I have to admit that I am quite impressed by Talos' puzzle design. TTP does a great job of introducing an ever increasing number of puzzle mechanics, and then slowly ramping up the difficulty in order to keep you constantly thinking. Almost all puzzles can be solved with logic and a bit of time having to slow down and think, with only a small minority that are a little illogical and may call for you to pull up a guide after you are stumped for too long. If I had to guess, I used a walkthrough for less than 15 of the couple hundred puzzles, which I'd say is a good average. But the gameplay of Talos is not all puzzling, there's also exploration, reading, and philosophical debate. In the exploration corner you have easter eggs, extra activities, and even more reading to find, as well as some nice scenery to simply observe. As far as the philosophical debate goes... it's one of the most compelling parts of the game. All you need to know is that it's thoughtful, challenges your personal beliefs very well, and that the reading you do is what prepares you for these debates, as well as giving context to the plot. That's all I'm going to tell you, because anything else would give away things that I think are better discovered by the player. All in all, the gameplay of TTP is near flawlessly crafted, and even has an ulterior purpose; supporting the narrative.

Narrative
This is hard for me, because it's what I could spend the most time talking about, which subsequently means it requires the utmost restraint as I explain it to you; so that I do not ruin your journey through TTP. To make a long and engrossing story short, Talos begins with you waking up as an unknown intelligence, in an unknown setting. You are quickly spoken to by an alleged god, who tells you that you are in his garden, and that he is your maker. It becomes apparent that you are a machine modeled in the shape of a man, and then the narrative begins. It deals with concepts that may or may not be new to you, as well as your personal beliefs; but don't worry, it makes no claims that those beliefs are wrong, it only seeks to make you question them yourself. As a quick side note I'd like to say that you should not search up what the Talos Principle actually is in human philosophy should you not already know it, as I think it's better you explore it in game. Continuing on, you will experience this narrative in close relation to the gameplay, picking up bits and pieces as you go, trying to put together the enigmatic narrative that TTP offers. It takes a great deal of thinking and checking that your understanding is not flawed, but you can decipher the majority of the story on your own as you progress. Don't be afraid that The Talos Principle offers an incoherent narrative dealing with topics incomprehensible by the common man, because it doesn't. It puts forth one that wonderfully captures both your intellect and imagination at the same time, which is why I love it. I'm going to have to cut it there, because that's all you need to know.

Final Thoughts
I like to keep a list of my top favorite games, and The Talos Principle found a snug spot as my new 3rd favorite game of all time, just behind two other cult classics. Talos provides 15-25 hours of top notch art-like gaming, length depending on the choices you make and how much of a completionist you are. I'll never forget this game, and I hope, should you play it (YOU SHOULD), that you won't either. It's definitely something I could see myself returning to every year or so, because there is some variation depending on your choices, and simply because it's so good. I hope I have inspired a... generation to follow in my footsteps; that I was your... shepherd. (Play the game and you'll see what I did there).

Personal Rating: 10/10

Note: The Talos Principle has a full on game DLC titled Road to Gehenna, which, as with its parent game, I know very little about going in. I will be playing and reviewing it shortly if you're interested in experiencing it as well.
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39 of 43 people (91%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
53.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 14
If Portal had a cool, older sibling, it would be The Talos Principle.

"Philosophical science fiction" just about sums it up. This game makes you think in more ways than one with its crazy puzzles and smart commentary on humanity, morality, and consciousness, and the visuals are great as well. Even playing through it for the third or fouth time hunting for achievements, the game still amazes me.

My recommendation: Do not use a wiki guide on your first playthrough and spoil the fun. Be amazed. THEN go back and realized you missed 85 percent of the game.
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18 of 23 people (78%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 9
I picked this up hoping for a fun puzzle game to kill some time since I enjoyed the Portal games so much (and I do recommend this to anyone who likes Portal). I was not expecting it to become one of my favorite games of all time.

The puzzle gameplay is at least on par with Portal, perhaps even better on account of the variety of elements and the ways in which you need to combine them to solve puzzles. Gameplay is polished, the visuals are beautiful, and the puzzles are delightfully challenging without ever feeling unfair.

And the story... oh man, the story is incredible. Revealed gradually through exploration of the world, it is deep, rich, and full of a sense of wonder and curiosity. It's as much about self-discovery and questioning your own preconceptions about reality and humanity as it is about the journey you will undertake in the game.

One of the best games I have ever played. 10/10 would recommend to anyone.
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
Recommended
31.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
Highly recommend this fun 1st person puzzle game. Nice graphics, cool game mechanics and hard enough riddles will bring you hours of fun.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
This game is a mixed bag, but overall I have enjoyed it quite a bit so far. There are some interesting puzzle mechanics that feel fresh to me (e.g. "jammers" that disable various equipment, time-travel self-recorders that allow you to cooperate with your past self). Some other items were a bit stale (the cube especially). Also, once you get to the final 25% of the game you are left with only very hard puzzles to complete, which I personally found frustrating.

The QR code notes left by past "programs" and by friends who also play the game is by far my favorite game element. They really give me the feeling of ships passing in the night--people talking across time, figuring out secrets about the world, making crappy jokes. I search for them painstakingly because they're a really compelling mode of storytelling for me. I like that they introduce a third viewpoint into the classical God-Satan dichotomy; the QR codes give us the voices of Adam and Eve, too.

The Milton Library Assistant character is also interesting. I found some of the dialogue with it frustrating--the philosophical conundrums were interesting, but the dialogue options were too limited.

Overall, this game is worth the money. I haven't finished it yet, due to the aforementioned difficulty cliff in the final chapters of the game, but there are a variety of really great elements that make it worth your time.
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
31.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
One of my favorite games of the past couple years, and possibly ever. The visuals are amazing (but can stress your system, as you might expect). The story is presented in an interesting way and has some thought-provoking stuff along the way. And then of course the puzzles are what make it. They're challenging and require you to think out the solutions, but at the same time, none of them feel cheap, or have solutions that are outside of the framework that the game sets up (at least not the main line puzzles. The way the "side-mission" puzzles are handled is a very cool complement). Amazing experience all the way around, and can't wait for the sequel.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
42.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
The first person puzzle solving of Portal meets the isolation and lore of the Myst serious in a game that will provide quite a great playthrough at face value. But, I really advise you to take a moment, slow down and take in the world and the lore; collect all the the stars and read the terminals and logs...then try out the DLC.
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
Best Intellectual Game Ever Made

The Talos Principle mixes puzzles with elements of Philosophy and Greek History ,like never before.

Easily one of the best Games on Steam and a Must-Buy if you are a Geek.

Rating: 9/10

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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
49.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
I feel as though this game speaks to me in ways almost no other games has, or maybe I just listened to it the right way.

I feel like each voice in this game is a part of the human psyche. This is a story of Man himself and his evolution upward/outward into a brave, new world.

Tough puzzles, interesting mechanics, gorgeous views and deep meaning are all found in this game.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
98.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
The Talos Principle... Fascinating game, really. The story keeps you going to the end along with the secrets and reference easter eggs which can make you smile or even surprise with: "oh my, this specific reference is so genius!". Game mechanic is also great, every game item can be combined to create stunning puzzles. On the other side is... DLC. Yea. Honestly, it sucked. I mean, its story didn't go far away from original game (maybe for someone that's a good thing), puzzles are extra hard (again, maybe this DLC is for someone for whom original game isn't enough), but my opinion on this one is that it's a sh.it. Yes, there - I said it.
Now, enough hate. Overall this game is awesome, it runs on Serious Engine (the same engine used in Serious Sam) which gives you very good graphics, realistically good. I'd recommend this game to all Serious Sam fans that got kinda boring shooting in every godda.mn level (this game has a minigun, tho you'll not be able to use it, heheh!) and want to just chill and relax with a beautiful music that was composed by the same guy who composed music for Serious Sam (Damjan Mravunac)! Now go and buy this game, you won't regret it.
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