MIND: Path to Thalamus is a First Person Puzzler that throws you into a fantastic and surreal environment. You will bend the natural elements to your will in order to progress in this emotive, mindbending tale.
User reviews: Very Positive (577 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 5, 2014

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"Very beautiful narrative focussed experience with some light puzzle elements. Recommended if you like games like Dear Esther."

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August 15

50% discount for two weeks

As part of the celebration of the first year on Steam of MIND: Path to Thalamus we are halving the price of the game for two weeks.

Now you have Steam trading cards and a new motivation to gift the game to a friend, or to buy as a 2x1 offer, same price, two copies.

We want to thank again all the people who walked alongside us on this Path to the Thalamus and we hope we will be a bigger family with this offer.

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August 12

Steam cards added to the game

As we mentioned on social networks, one year ago Mind: Path to Thalamus was released on Steam. To celebrate, we want to give you some more content for the game while we continue working in the Unreal Engine 4 version.

Today we are launching a little update to the game to add 10 Steam Cards, 5 profile background and emoticons. We hope you'll find it as a great pretext to play again the game or encourage your friends to do so.

Finally, we are preparing other surprises we hope we will be able to announce soon, stay tuned.

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Reviews

“As visual, explorable art, it’s masterful. As a puzzle game, it’s rewarding and taxing.”
Rock Paper Shotgun

“Stunning, intelligent, fun, Mind is a game that deserves to be remembered for a long time to come.”
5/5 – The Telegraph

“This game is fantastic. It’s a legit puzzle game. It is beautiful. Go out and buy it”
Jesse Cox

About This Game

MIND: Path to Thalamus is a First Person Puzzler that throws you into a fantastic and surreal environment. You will bend the natural elements to your will in order to progress in this emotive, mind-bending tale.

Change the entire environment!

Wrapped in a mind-bending tale, the gameplay of “MIND” focuses on changing the very weather in order to solve puzzles: the player will cycle between day and night, modify the levels of fog and rain and even travel in time between seasons, changing the environment to advance the gameplay-driven story —indeed, the mechanics are directly related to who the protagonist is, what has happened to him and everything he is doing: a man trapped in his own mind, he must use all the tools at his disposition to escape to reality. Accompanied by the snarky yet heartfelt narration of this comatose patient, the player will guide him through fantastical forests, dark caverns and deceptive worlds of water and ice that directly relate to his emotional state at each point in his journey.

Features

  • More than 30 different, creative puzzles seamlessly integrated into the environment.
  • 6 ways to affect the environment in order to solve the puzzles
  • More than 20 distinct landscapes into with which you will be able to interact.
  • Turn day to night, make it so everything is covered by a blinding fog, summon incredible storms, travel to the past and make use of even more as of yet unknown mechanics.
  • More than an hour of voice acting that, while integrated into the gameplay itself, will tell you a whole story that is not about saving the world but about living through the pain of a father broken by his mistakes.
  • Face down imposing climactic enemies by using your creativity and everything you have learnt along the way.
  • 22 achievements full of Easter eggs and references

Who are we?


Developed by Carlos Coronado Carlos Coronado, Dani Navarro y Luka Nieto. Aditional code by Jose Ladislao. Voice by Greg Nugent.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo E4300 1.8GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 7600 GS
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4Ghz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GTX 660
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
35 of 41 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 17
Mind: Path to Thalamus is the emotional aftermath of a careless father, one who dragged his children on trips to chase storms and other extreme weather. It’s a personal crusade that ultimately enacts cascading consequences: a fatal tsunami which swept away the narrator’s sister as he watched from the safety of a tree, his father nowhere to be found. A descent into drunken madness as a result of a broken family and an inability to believe in the truth of a sibling’s death. The narrator blames his father, but also himself, as he too chases extreme weather: the opening scene of the game is a massive tornado in which you must find your own daughter, named prophetically after your sibling.And thus begins a decade-long coma through which Mind: Path to Thalamus is a journey. As you make your way to the heady metaphor that is a giant tree called Thalamus, the road is paved with obstacles in the form of weather/environment changing abilities. Special areas—marked by gnarled trees, lilies, cairns, or slowly rotating gears—affect fog, night/day, rain, and time, respectively. Stand in their areas—or leave a spindly ball of glowing neurons in them—and the fog will expand, the sun will set, rain will fall, or ruins destroyed by time will grow whole again. Mastering these will be the nuts and bolts of your journey, the tools that let you pass into new areas and build up, more like Portal than Myst.Each map is nothing short of breathtaking in its complete disregard for spatial logic: chairs sit with their legs against walls, neat rows ordered to the ceiling. Railroad tracks truncate into blinding tunnels. Decaying ruins grow from an endless, ankle-high sea which reflects invisible, walkable segments floating above you. As the hollow avatar of the game’s narrator, you hold down W to move across these mindscapes, explore inner turmoil, solve puzzles, and listen to a voiceover that elucidates regret, dead sisters, drunken fathers, and shame.It’s incredibly ambitious subject matter from a young creator, but at times, it falls somewhat flat. All of this information is delivered in voiceover that pops up at the beginning of levels, whenever you solve a part of a puzzle, and so on, often in ornamental language or via out-of-place references. Awkward, overly poetic phrases make the game feel like a high school, compounded by a young voice actor who has a hard time passing for a father, let alone one who has been ravaged by life and death.Saying the game is about exploration may be a little reductive but it’s also true. It wasn’t the allure of puzzle solving that drew me in Mind. It wasn’t the developing powers over night and day, fog, clarity, or even time that are used to solve them. These elements deepened the gameplay in a necessary enjoyable way, but my ‘path to thalamus’ was characterized by soaking in each of the game’s environments. Puzzle solving, as tricky and inventive as the puzzles often were, was a means to an end: they were the reason to slow down and notice all that was around me. And that is why I will remember Mind.Mind: Path to Thalamus would never have existed ten years ago. Its abstract, high-minded premise isn’t one we would have seen from a big publisher. Instead, a single man and his small band of compatriots deliver on one of the most creative ideas of recent years.Mind is beautiful and its surreal environments will linger on with me longer after the story has faded. Exploration is its defining quality, even as the puzzle solving elevates above other exploratory games. For this reason, Mind: Path to Thalamus is an easy recommendation, even if its story falls a little short. This is a game that should be experienced.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
- Nice graphics: check.
- Not so bad puzzles: check.
- In the end, interesting story: check.
- Terrible voice acting: check.
- A short game that should be bought for around 5 euros/dollars: check.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
14.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
This game has a quality of somberness and reflection thoughput the whole game. I've played for hours but this reflection is about a girl: this man's daughter. Thge whole game is a 'Puzzler', and a Great one too! I was taken by the total beauty of the game. It looks , sometimes, Photo-realistic. A very cool game for a good system. If you don't it's still very cool, and you'll be blown away by how beautiful it is. The puzzles are quite fequently merely being smart with what you know. Like "Vanishing of Ethan Carter", there's not a help menu. Exploring and checking your 'hunches' about what to do are the key because you build on what you've learned. All puzzles get harder. This game has very sophisticated puzzles, and they are Quite daunting,.. Like I said Remember what youve learned, maybe write it down..., like I did, because I intend to beat this sucker.
Don't get your hopes too high. I see this game as a real time tested 'Work-of-Art", because it gets to you and the puzzles only make you want to find out more!!
I was So 'tested' by the puzzles. They are completable, merely with what you've seen and done. It gets better It really does, but after the first few puzzles your learning curve, isn't so hard. I got a few of the harder ones pretty easily nearly by muscle memory. Spopeaking of memory. This game has 'Time' as a part of it's Puzzles! If you like to take your time exploring like a good 'Myst' Game: Mind: Path to the Thalmus is a REAL gem. Hard games like Chess made my head ache. After finishing these puzzles, in Mind: Path to the Thalmus..., I feel, almost Not, an Ignoraneous!
You, will too, if you can take your eyes from the scenery!This game Rocks, very quietly.
9/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
Mind: Path to Thalamus has an intense story line with odd puzzles. The game is very visually appealing and looks like a work of art; however, I wanted a game where i could wander aimlessly unhindered through beautiful landscapes and not have to do these.... puzzles. I'm glad i bought it though, for the price it's a fun game to go back to whenever i want a challenge in the form of a puzzle. The game should be tagged as a PUZZLE game before adventure, even though some are really simple, i just find them annoying when I want to explore. I still recommend this game, there is really no other game like it.
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
I was looking forward to this game. I like puzzle games and I like laid-back "walking simulators", so this seemed perfect. At first it was, beautiful visuals, soothing music, a very relaxing experience. The puzzles kept increasing in difficulty and it was a lot of fun to solve and progress the story.

Then I came to the ice level where I had to escape being stomped by a titan? Are you kidding me?!

I tried about 10 times and gave up. This stupid, stressful and dexterity-based challenge does NOT belong in an otherwise relaxing game. It ruined the entire experience.

If you're looking for a relaxing and fulfilling game, this is not it.
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