The Talos Principle is a first-person puzzle game in the tradition of philosophical science fiction. Made by Croteam, the creators of Serious Sam, and written by Tom Jubert (FTL, The Swapper) and Jonas Kyratzes (The Sea Will Claim Everything).
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (6,690 reviews) - 96% of the 6,690 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Dec 11, 2014

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“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

The Talos Principle: Road to Gehenna DLC
The Talos Principle: Road to Gehenna DLC follows the narrative of Uriel, Elohim's messenger, as he explores a strange, hidden part of the simulation on a mission of mercy and redemption in an attempt to free the souls of the damned at all costs.

This substantial expansion consists of four episodes that take experienced players through some of the most advanced and challenging puzzles yet. The Talos Principle writers Tom Jubert and Jonas Kyratzes have returned to pen the expansion and show players an entirely different side of Elohim's world through a journey to Gehenna filled with new characters and a new society with its own history and philosophy.

Serious Sam Voice Pack DLC
The new Serious Sam Voice Pack DLC replaces the godlike voice of Elohim with completely NEW, rewritten and humorous Serious Sam script.

Serious Sam voice has been recorded by longtime Serious Sam voice actor John J. Dick.

It also includes a new Serious Sam player model for use in The Talos Principle.

About This Game

The Talos Principle is a philosophical first-person puzzle game from Croteam, the creators of the legendary Serious Sam games, written by Tom Jubert (FTL, The Swapper) and Jonas Kyratzes (The Sea Will Claim Everything).

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?

  • 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.

Sigils of Elohim

Sigils of Elohim is a free mini-game prelude to Croteam’s first-person puzzler The Talos Principle that challenges players to solve dozens of challenging sigil puzzles under the watchful eye of Elohim.

Acquire items and relics in Sigils of Elohim on PC, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android mobile that transfer over to The Talos Principle on PlayStation 4, PC, Mac, Linux and Android K1.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP 32-bit (with service pack 3)
    • 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
    • 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
    • OS: OS X version Leopard 10.5.8, Snow Leopard 10.6.3
    • 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
    • OS: OS X version Snow Leopard 10.6.3 or later
    • 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
    • OS: Linux Ubuntu 12.04
    • 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
    • OS: Linux Ubuntu 12.04
    • 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
Helpful customer reviews
2,536 of 2,868 people (88%) found this review helpful
2,508 people found this review funny
33.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 7, 2015
If you like Portal, you will like this game!
If you study philosophy, you will like this game!
If you study math, you will like this game!
If you study religion, you will like this game!
If you study physics, you will like this game!
If you play CoD, you will die. Slowly.
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220 of 239 people (92%) found this review helpful
17 people found this review funny
19.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 24, 2015
Simply wonderful, one of the finest games I've ever played.

Puzzle mechanics are straightforward but brilliantly implemented and iterative, providing just enough challenge. An intruiging story is played out using text snippets and great narration.

If you enjoyed the Portal games even a little, there'll be something here for you to love.
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83 of 85 people (98%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
45.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
The Talos Principle is one of the most thought provoking, existential examinations on life I've ever experienced. It would be an accomplishment for it's puzzle solving aspect alone (the puzzles are sophisticated and intricately designed and require deep thought and extended planning from the player), but the philosophical exploration of it's story is really phenomenal.

The Talos Principle is the kind of creative media that I thought would never exist - one where every minute gameplay detail has true purpose. The Talos Principle doesn’t just respect my intelligence as a player, it expects it of me, putting it in a league that few others occupy. The game is a crash course on existentialism, consciousness, and morality that uses unique puzzles to progress its thought-provoking narrative.

Beautifully designed, an excruciating challenge might suddenly present you with the solution in a moment of revelation while you curse your blindnes. The toughest challenges are distributed evenly enough throughout the course of the game, allowing for moments of respite between the more difficult trials. What matters most, however, is that nothing is wasted – everything presented in Talos is there because it’s meant to be, without extraneous details that might otherwise unfairly confuse you. By always keeping that in mind, by figuring out the logical process behind the construction of each new environment, the solution can always be discovered. It might take some time, but it’s always there, staring at you, and each new moment of clarity is a truly invigorating and exciting moment. The excitement in seeing the path to a new sigil open, in knowing the case has been solved, is a special feeling indeed, a celebratory affair that few games ever successfully evoke in a player, much less with the kind of consistency found here.

The Talos Principle looks very impressive, offering a rich color palette, imaginative level designs, and pretty good textures all around.The only downside that I have noticed is that the serious engine can be visually inconsistent sometimes when rendering shadows and trees.

The soundtrack is also delightful, hauntingly beautiful and played a huge part in my enjoyment. The forbidden Tower and False God are among my favorite.

Whether you believe in the soul, we are still physical beings. This principle is the foundation of the game's backstory: humanity has become extinct after a massive global plague. Even when humanity succumb to unfortunate end, humanity does not dies as long as we pass on the torch. The end goal of the process is to create an intelligence that can solve problems, and is curious to the point of disobedience, and then be rewarded an actual body as it final step towards humanity. We have the magic of the digital age to do that, with the responsibility to leave what traces of life we can for the next generations. Creating the future and preserving the past. That is what The Talos Principle stood for.

In summery The Talos Principle is a highly accomplished puzzle game, it’s a genuinely fascinating collection of reflective notions. Those with little patience for such things may rush to state as pretentious, but there’s a reserve in Croteam’s efforts, a sense of nuance that speaks to the authenticity of its intentions and one of the most intellectually stimulating form of creative media you will ever experience.

False God

The Forbidden Tower

Your Wisdom Grows

Here's to all the philosophers out there.

☆☆☆☆☆ /5 stars
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48 of 49 people (98%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
61.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2015
JUST PLAY IT NOW!!! (or read below if you're in doubt, ofc)

I don't use the word lightly, but The Talos Principle is TRULY a masterpiece!

This game is definitely among the top 3 I've played in my life. Actually I can't remember any better game from the top of my head right now, so, yeah, that's a lot.

+ This game is DEEP, mainly in a philosophical way, and that's where this game really shines (don't get me wrong, the puzzles are awesome). Really, not the usual superficial philosophy you usually get on videogames--real philosophy! You'll spend quite some time reading files and listening to records, discussing theories with a computer terminal, proving your point, being contested etc.
+ The story is very rich, and obscure, and starts making sense little by little, not having to resort to plot twists, which tend to be a little too cliché.
+ At least 3 endings that I can think of.
+ Will keep you entertained for many,many hours (my first playthrough was like 30h, the second was about 5h).
+ Very nice puzzles (and a lot of them, over 120), and they usually escalate in difficulty very smoothly. But they're all solvable with enough effort. Also, they're probably where you'll spend most of your playtime if you're not checking guides.
+ Tons of side-quests -- easter eggs, secret stars, hidden levels, which will also keep you busy for a long time.
+ Music and graphics are pretty impressive, too.
+ Easily customizable settings and controls for the perfect experience.

WARNING: To fully enjoy the game, you'll have to read a lot. Of course, if you just want to go through the puzzles, you can do that, and ignore all the text files and recordings. But, seriously, don't. =)

I payed about 1/3 of full price, and I have to say it's well worth its full price.
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55 of 62 people (89%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
20.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 18
The Talos Principle is a puzzle game developed by Croeam and published by Devolver Digital. It was released on Steam in December 2014, before later being released on PS4 in October 2015.

The game play within Talos could be considered very similar to that of Portal. You can play in either first person or third person, as you are presented with tons of puzzles on every stage. Each stage you complete, you unlock a new tool that you will need to use in some form in the following stage. I really liked this way of introducing new mechanics to the game as it lets you get to grips with the previous set very easily before dumping a ton of new stuff on you again. The puzzles start off quite easily as you would expect in the game but they soon take a very high difficulty rise, meaning I was completely stumped for the most of my play through. There is an element of trial and error with a lot of the puzzles as there is a quick reset button to use that takes you right back to the start of the puzzle and you will end up having to do this a lot.

Graphically I was very impressed with The Talos Principle; it looks clean and fresh with extremely high production values. The lighting and weather effects in the game are stellar and really take it to a new level of quality. I was playing at 4k with the majority of the settings turned up to the max, apart from antialiasing. I did however get motion sickness whilst playing in first person view; I think it was a mixture of the speed that the character was traveling at and the motion blur. I had to eventually switch from first person to third person and this solved the problem. The game runs on Serious Engine 4 – this is the only game to use it so far, but it is almost identical to serious engine 3 and 3.5 which were used in the latest Serious Sam titles.

I found the plot to be very interesting, having really enjoyed Greek mythology from other games, my interested was peeked from the get go. There are a lot of extra bits of plot and lore to learn about through collectables and computer terminals for you to access as you explore the different levels. I took a lot of time to seek them all out to learn as much as possible. The game has various different endings as well depending on how you progress throughout your play through.

Like I said above, the difficulty really scales quite highly as you get past the first or second stage of levels. I had to use walkthroughs to even come close to finishing the game and even then I struggled and had to refer to videos as well! Whilst I found the game play to remind me a lot of Portal, the difficulty is certainly on a different scale compared. If you plan on playing this game without the aid of guides or wikis, then you are in for a real brain twister as some of the solutions to puzzles are so far out of the box that they were not even on my radar.

I finished the game in just over twenty hours, so there is a lot of content, even for someone who thought I was completing the puzzles quite quickly with the guides. Not to mention the game’s various different endings you can explore too. There are a lot of achievements you can unlock in each of the puzzles throughout the game, which may add some replay ability on as well. Personally I find myself not wanting to go through again purely because I am normally not a massive fan of puzzle games.

I didn’t have any technical problems apart from the motion sickness issue as noted above, the game runs very well on 4k resolution at 60+ fps. It looks to be a very well optimized engine that I will be eagerly anticipating what else comes out of it. The game can be played with a controller but given the movement and preciseness of some of the actions you have to take, I would strongly recommend using a keyboard and mouse.

My conclusion on The Talos Principle is quite simple. If you are a fan of mind bending puzzles with really obscure solutions to them, then you are going to absolutely love this game. If you are like me and are only going to manage the first two stages without a guide, you may want to err on the side of caution with your purchase. Whilst I am going to recommend this game, it definitely gets a lot of bonus points from the extremely high productions values on show from the start right until the final scenes. As someone who has the brain like a sieve and finds the puzzle side of the game to be difficult I didn’t enjoy it as much as other games.

Tom's Score Card
1) Stay away
2) Not Recommended
3) Only recommended when on sale
4) Recommended
5) Highly recommended
6) This is a must play

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