A surreal puzzle platformer that's as beautiful as it is challenging – discover two beings entwined by fate, a girl and her soulmate, left to travel through a hauntingly elegant world...
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Release Date: Jan 29, 2015

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February 6

Tulpa Revised Roadmap

The development roadmap thread for Tulpa Revised is up in the Steam forum/discussions. You are all invited to report bugs, request features and discuss about this new version.

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January 29

Tulpa 1 Year Anniversary


Today is a special day for us. Exactly one year ago we released Tulpa to the public, backed by our experienced comrades over at Rising Star Games. It’s been a very good year for us, we got lots of opinions/suggestions/feedback about the game, yet we remained quite silent.

During these 365 days, we had time to realize where Tulpa stands as a game, in what new (and great) heights we can take it gameplay and story-wise and whether we are able and willing to do it. It is very hard to decide to begin the creation of a new game with our current development team status, especially with the intricate gameplay and narrative concepts we have in mind.

Does that mean we abandon Tulpa until the tides of time bring it back on our lines of fate? Of course not! We plan developing fixes and features for Tulpa in a slow pace until we (hopefully) reach that point where a new game is possible.

If you played and finished Tulpa these revisions will make you want to go back, if you are new you will enjoy a more solid game. But either way we still need your support, feedback and suggestions to guide us into making Tulpa an even more interesting game.

Until next time,
Encryptique

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About This Game

Two beings entwined by fate; a girl and her soulmate, left to travel through a hauntingly elegant world where things can change in the blink of an eye. Explore the surreal landscape with them, solving riddles and negotiating fantastical obstacles in Tulpa, a unique puzzle platform adventure that's as beautiful as it is challenging.

Taking control of Ophelia and her ‘tulpa’ Oliver, players must journey through lands full of mysterious, bizarre and often deadly encounters. Much is left to the imagination and it’s up to you to work out how to proceed, negotiating your way past traps and unravelling abstract puzzles to discover what lies at the end of your adventure.

  • A world of wonder – Tulpa’s ever-changing landscape is full of surprises, meaning that you’ll never know what lies ahead…
  • The trials ahead – Each challenge in Tulpa leaves the player to work out how to progress, but the answer is always right in front of you. The question is, can you decipher it?
  • Two lost souls – Ophelia and Oliver each have unique skills, and you’ll need to use both of them to clear the many challenges that await you.
  • A memorable world – Both hauntingly beautiful and cunningly deadly, the world of Tulpa is one that stays in the mind long after you’ve left it…

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: WindowsXP SP3, Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8
    • Processor: Intel Core2Duo at 2.0Ghz or AMD Athlon64 X2 at 2.3Ghz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD 4000, nVidia GeForce GT420 or AMD Radeon HD4650 with 512MB VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 600 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Any compatible soundcard
    • Additional Notes: Use Alt+Enter to access Windowed Mode in-game
    Recommended:
    • OS: WindowsXP SP3, Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8
    • Processor: Intel Core2Duo at 2.5Ghz or AMD Athlon64 X2 at 2.6Ghz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia GeForce GTS 450 or AMD Radeon HD5750
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 600 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Any compatible soundcard
    • Additional Notes: Use Alt+Enter to access Windowed Mode in-game
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.8.5 (Mountain Lion)
    • Processor: Intel Core2Duo 2.0Ghz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia 9000 Series or AMD HD4000 Series
    • Storage: 600 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Integrated soundcard
    • Additional Notes: Specs for Mac models from 2009
    Recommended:
    • OS: 10.9.1 (Mavericks)
    • Processor: Intel i3 3.0Ghz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia GeForce 600 Series or AMD Radeon 5000 Series
    • Storage: 600 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Integrated soundcard
    • Additional Notes: Specs for Mac models from 2010 or later
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04
    • Processor: Intel Core2Duo at 2.0Ghz or AMD Athlon64 X2 at 2.3Ghz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD 4000, nVidia GeForce GT420 or AMD Radeon HD4650 with 512MB VRAM
    • Storage: 600 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Any compatible soundcard
    • Additional Notes: Use proprietary GPU drivers if available
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04
    • Processor: Intel Core2Duo at 2.0Ghz or AMD Athlon64 X2 at 2.3Ghz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia GeForce GTS 450 or AMD Radeon HD5750
    • Storage: 600 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Any compatible soundcard
    • Additional Notes: Use proprietary GPU drivers if available
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Mixed (147 reviews)
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Nemesis_Bloodmaker
( 57.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
This game is definitely not worth it even during a massive sale. The story is very boring and the gameplay mechanics are lacking in all departments. I wonder if the developers even played this game before releasing it.

I rate it 1/10. Stay away from this game!
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adam1224
( 5.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 15
My reviews are usually longer as I like to write more than dry facts about games, but this time I'll make an exception, as Tulpa is so lacking in many ways that it's just not possible to write about it as a game, without dwelving into buddhism and about tulpas.
The game technically a very simple puzzle-platformer - as you go on, you need to use the ghost-like Tulpa's (Oliver) ability to move items to solve puzzles, and rarely to pull/push something with the main character, Ophelia. Besides the ocassional hop on the two platforms to cross the chasm parts platforming only means that game is 2D sidescroller - emphasis is on the puzzles. Which are a little too obscure, and the contols are not helping either - rotating parts are not accurate enough, a puzzle about totem parts the parts are movable sideways, while the upper downs fall down - so physics exist(falling) and don't (just picking out a middle-bottom part) at the same time. It's just unintuitive at many times which makes the game annoying.
And that doesn't help that each of the levels ends with just walking up to the tree and next level / ending happens. The game has really nice looking graphics, but it's just an unintresting stroll through weird, unrewarding puzzles, a few instantly killing traps into an ending that's just as unrewarding
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Dr. Adam
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 4
Absolutely not worth full price. It's a maybe on sale.

My Steam playtime for the game was a complete playthrough of the game.

Pros
  • Art style - Many will have already mentioned this, but the art in this game is pretty much eye candy in places.
  • Unique mechanics - At least, somewhat unique. The ability to take control of two characters with different abilities is no new concept, however it is isn't implemented badly here.


Cons
  • Controls - One word: frustrating. There is one jumping section in the game which took me far more attempts than it should have due to the clunky nature of the controls.
  • Length - It's a short experience, and I'm not implying that's always a bad thing. It just is here. Unfortunately, Tulpa ends up feeling more like a glorified flash game.
  • Puzzles - They're cryptic as hell in some places.

I can't recommend this game, at least not at its retailing pricepoint. You'd possibly get more or less the same experience watching gameplay of it on YouTube. Only buy if heavily discounted.
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ilka
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 15
Do NOT buy this game.

First of all, the price. It is $10 for a game that is about two hours long. While sometimes paying $10 for a short but very good game is ok, this game is NOT good. The controls are clunky, the story is nonexistent, and the puzzles are infuriating. In one puzzle near the end of the game, literally the only solution is to play it over and over again, and to just get lucky. Seriously.
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Corwid
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: February 4
Hard for me to critic such games so I will not. I realize it's just a platformer at it's core but style and visuals here are so unique! Most of the deaths are unavoidable because it's pretty random. "Puzzles" are not actualy puzzles - it's trial and error. You are not given any rules or hints most of the time, it's just trying this or that. Chances are you couldn't beat the game without the walkthrough. Game is very short if you know what to do, 1-2 hours. Maybe price is too high for such playtime but give it a try on some sale. I guess it even has some replayability not because of the gameplay but because of such unique visuals which makes you want to see it again.
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Venkèy
( 4.8 hrs on record )
Posted: February 2
Enjoyed playing.
Hard to solve puzzle.
Spend 3 hour's on google finding "how to unlock all achivements".

Superb game.......
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aceclementine
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: January 31
If you haven't got LIMBO, play that instead.
If you have got LIMBO, this will pale in comparison.
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stranger1982
( 2.4 hrs on record )
Posted: January 27
You control Ophelia and her tulpa Oliver as they travel through several weird worlds and solve puzzles using the tulpa's ability to manipulate objects from a distance.
Tulpa is a short puzzle game with a pretty great art style and atmosphere that sadly falters when it comes to actual gameplay and content: while the care that went into the game is plain to see its simple nature and extreme shortness make the asking price hard to justify.

PROS:

-great art style

-the soundtrack is subtle but pretty effective

-the worlds you cross are all fascinating due to how weird and eerie they feel

-some puzzles are interesting

CONS:

-very little in the way of story, what can be gleamed from visual cues is extremely vague

-controls can feel a bit unresponsive at times

-some puzzles and sections rely too much on blind trial error, also a few puzzle elements can be hard to make out from the background

-very short, expect around 90 minutes

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=609624428

I really like Tulpa's art style, it's simple yet very effective in representing strange and somewhat disturbing worlds from another reality: sadly that's pretty much all there is to the game though. The gameplay is very light fare as you simply walk around- or face basic jumping sections- and face a few puzzles for each level.

The aforementioned puzzles go from ok to annoying as some are quick, logical affairs while others rely on clues or visual cues that can be a bit hard to get and either leave you stumped or require several deaths to pass successfully. It's a quite forgettable experience most of the time and the extreme shortness'd doesn't help either.

All things considered Tulpa is worth a playthrough for the art style and atmosphere alone if, like me, you got it from a bundle: but its price tag and bland gameplay aren't enough to recommend as it is.
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ShaquilleOatmeal
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: January 21
I got this game as part of a bundle and was pleasantly surprised. I hear what the negative reviews are saying, and agree to a point, but the artwork, music and style of the game hit all the right spots for me. It's creepy in a non gory way, the puzzles are fine, not great. The mechanics feel a little clunky, as well, but all of that was overshadowed for me and I really enjoyed my playthrough. Definitely worth grabbing on sale, or in a bundle like I did.
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 15
My reviews are usually longer as I like to write more than dry facts about games, but this time I'll make an exception, as Tulpa is so lacking in many ways that it's just not possible to write about it as a game, without dwelving into buddhism and about tulpas.
The game technically a very simple puzzle-platformer - as you go on, you need to use the ghost-like Tulpa's (Oliver) ability to move items to solve puzzles, and rarely to pull/push something with the main character, Ophelia. Besides the ocassional hop on the two platforms to cross the chasm parts platforming only means that game is 2D sidescroller - emphasis is on the puzzles. Which are a little too obscure, and the contols are not helping either - rotating parts are not accurate enough, a puzzle about totem parts the parts are movable sideways, while the upper downs fall down - so physics exist(falling) and don't (just picking out a middle-bottom part) at the same time. It's just unintuitive at many times which makes the game annoying.
And that doesn't help that each of the levels ends with just walking up to the tree and next level / ending happens. The game has really nice looking graphics, but it's just an unintresting stroll through weird, unrewarding puzzles, a few instantly killing traps into an ending that's just as unrewarding
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
Absolutely not worth full price. It's a maybe on sale.

My Steam playtime for the game was a complete playthrough of the game.

Pros
  • Art style - Many will have already mentioned this, but the art in this game is pretty much eye candy in places.
  • Unique mechanics - At least, somewhat unique. The ability to take control of two characters with different abilities is no new concept, however it is isn't implemented badly here.


Cons
  • Controls - One word: frustrating. There is one jumping section in the game which took me far more attempts than it should have due to the clunky nature of the controls.
  • Length - It's a short experience, and I'm not implying that's always a bad thing. It just is here. Unfortunately, Tulpa ends up feeling more like a glorified flash game.
  • Puzzles - They're cryptic as hell in some places.

I can't recommend this game, at least not at its retailing pricepoint. You'd possibly get more or less the same experience watching gameplay of it on YouTube. Only buy if heavily discounted.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
39 of 45 people (87%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 15, 2015
Tulpa is a 2D puzzle platformer where you control two characters with different abilities. The girl can push/pull things and jump and the floating boy can interact with onscreen objects with the mouse cursor. If you've played Limbo you'll have an inkling of what you're in for, if not, that means that you will learn what to do by being killed, repeatedly. Some deaths are unavoidable the first time around. This aspect makes the game frustrating, especially coupled with the obtuse puzzles you'll have to solve. The puzzle-solving boils down to clicking any suspicious object on-screen to determine its utility. The unresponsive controls confound the puzzle-solving further, as there are instances where I knew what should be done, but the controls failed me. Despite the colorful presentation and surreal imagery, there is no story in this game. It is one of those games that throws as much weirdness at you and hope that your mind would probe for meaning, when there isn't any. If there was an underlying thread of meaning that ties up this adventure, it went way beyond me. Game duration is about 1-2hrs.
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33 of 43 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 22, 2015
I'd totally remove the "puzzle" tag for this very, very short game.

Basically, this is a sidescroller with some obstacles, where you use one ghost-like character to reach and manipulate objects that the regular character cannot. The game sacrifices the logic in the name of the surreal flavour. Yes, this means "trial and error" most of the time. Like Hapland.

The controls are not horrible, as other people claim. Granted that using X and Z together with WASD movement is very awkward, but you can use Shift and Ctrl instead.

The atmosphere is great at some points, and just off in others. The "Ophelia is Distressed" thing in the first part was great, why did that stop? I was expecting more of that. Actually, I was expecting more of everything, the game is ridiculously short.

Only get this during a sale.
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19 of 23 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 13, 2015
Tulpa is a 2D colorful puzzle platformer with a little bit of adventure in there. It's surreal, beautiful, charming, and you get a great half experience from it, the other half is frustration, which is surprising for me since barely any game does that to me.

The game is a damn beautiful art piece, which as vibrant colors, great art work that looks like it was inspired by a mix of Indian, Arabian, and English art. The puzzles are really simple and hidden so plainly that you'd just miss it somehow, and that's kind of what I think is makes (one version of) a good puzzle game.

The beginning section is annoying, along side with most of the game. I get what they're trying to do, adding a creepy/scary factor to it, but it's more annoying than being effectively creepy.

The controls/gameplay are less than solid work, sometimes frustrating, where there actions are delayed, moving objects around are noticeably laggy, and half of the time the character won't hold on to a ledge.

Tulpa is absolutely astonishing in the way that it looks, it's art is just fantastic, it's creepy factor is amazing, and the pacing of it is good too, the characters are also great with how one is working with the other to continue their adventure, but it's a shame that it has such low quality control in the gameplay side of things, which includes the platforming design, the controls, the interactions with items and the environment, the movement and jumping system, that and the guides/tutorials are bad or not even there to help sort out what you can do in the game, which I think they aren't there because of the shortness of the game? not sure.

I'm actually more disappointed that angry with the game, looking forward to it before release, and then finally playing the game, it did an amazing job in its looks, in the characters, in the puzzles, but not in the gameplay sadly, which is why I recommend this game only at a price cut, around 6 dollars is a good point, but if it didn't have those problems that ruined half of my experiences, then I would wholeheartedly recommend at full price, even if it is short 2-3 hour game, I'm more into a great experience rather than length, to an extent, and this Tulpa delivered half a good one.

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19 of 24 people (79%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 29, 2015
This game is really fun. The puzzles are good, even in the beginning of the game they challenge you. The music is amazing and definitely sets the mood for the rest of the game. The minimalist style is awesome. The game itself runs smoothly and beautifully. This is an all around good game so far. Anyone who likes games like "Limbo" will really enjoy this game.
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 11, 2015
First of all - you will die a lot. It's not because puzzles are difficult. Its because in most cases you will realise you have encountered one when it will kill you.
Accept that before you start playing or you will find this game frustrating.

Puzzles are weakest part of this game - you will solve them without using brain - they are too easy or need to be solved by bruteforcing (with trial and error method).

Pros:
- visual side of the game - for me this is "eye candy" (tastes may differ so be sure to check screenshots :),
? achievements (for a-hunters - this game is easy to 100% during one playthrough),

Cons:
- short! During playthrough i received only 1 traiding card. I left it running in the background to get the rest of them so my total playtime might be confusing - real game lenght is something between 2 and 3 hours,
- puzzles quality.

In my opinion game is not worth full price but i can recommend to get it in discount or as a part of a bundle.
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 29, 2015
Interesting but rather short game. Game aesthetics are distinct and gorgeous but gameplay and controls have some rough edges. Nevertheless game is well worth playing (even if you have no idea what "tulpa" is).
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 1, 2015
This game is beautiful and haunting and amazing! I knew as soon as I saw it on kickstarter that it would be incredible and it surpassed my expectations. The puzzles are perfect difficulty, and you dont have to have uber micro to be able to play. Also its nice and short, so actually possible to be able to get through it when you are a busy person :) The music is absolutely made for this game (or the other way around!) story line is awesome and I hope they do an interview about it, but I'm sure they'd prefer to leave it up to everyone else to decide ;) Hope that was spoiler free enough! hehe :D

This is the first game thats made me want to instantly replay it the moment I'd finished it!

Great game. Ammy gives it a million stars out of 10.
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 5, 2015
Tulpa is a surreal and somewhat creepy puzzle game. It's layout is pretty bizarre and has a slightly hellish feel about it, with basic colour schemes for each level (white, black and one other colour). It's worth playing if you can get it on a discount, but the length detracts from the value and so I wouldn't recommend buying it at full price. I'd like to have seen more to the game, the shortness of the game leaves me feeling unfulfilled. More story development would have been good, too.
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