Percentile Rank

Teslagrad is ranked in the 73rd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 42 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

79

Top Critic Average

69%

Critics Recommend

Based on 42 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Kritiqal
Unscored
Unscored
Jan 1, 2015

Teslagrad is a gorgeous, clearly guided journey in a genre that's become more and more uninspired and cluttered.

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Scored Reviews

GamingTrend
95 / 100
95 / 100
Dec 17, 2013

Teslagrad is an exceptional example of non-verbal storytelling, relying on delightfully smooth animation and clever puzzles to see the player through to the end.

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DualShockers
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Dec 12, 2013

Like one of the real Nikola Tesla's fantastic ideas, [Teslagrad] shines bright and strong, bringing its own unique spirit into an overly crowded industry. And making it through to the game's conclusion is well worth the wait.

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PS3Blog.net
95%
95%
Dec 5, 2017

Teslagrad is a fantastic game that will provide you with a good challenge that won't feel overwhelming. It's gorgeous hand-drawn graphics, very catchy music, and cleverly designed puzzles make this an excellent puzzle/platformer game and one that you have to play on Nintendo Switch.

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Nintendo Life
9 / 10
9 / 10
Sep 10, 2014

Teslagrad is everything we love about download gaming on Wii U. From the flawless opening scene to the nostalgic music to the luscious hand-drawn artwork to the brain-bending puzzles, Rain Games has a certified hit on its hands. The extreme difficulty will be hard for some to swallow, but it never feels unfair; anyone who appreciates an old-school challenge will find something to enjoy here. If you've finally torn yourself away from SteamWorld Dig, Teslagrad is the worthy heir to the Scandinavian throne.

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Nintendo Enthusiast
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 13, 2014

Teslagrad from Rain Games has at long last arrived on the Wii U. But was it worth the wait? Fortunately, the answer to that is a resounding yes. The game is positively brilliant and nails everything it sets out to do, from the unique visuals to the ambient music to the elegant gameplay.

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NintendoWorldReport
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Dec 4, 2017

If you're new to the indie scene and looking to get your feet wet this is the perfect game to get you started.

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COGconnected
90 / 100
90 / 100
Mar 10, 2016

The strong point of Teslagrad is the creative direction of their hand-crafted world. The art style is charmingly cartoonish and colours appear vibrant but dreary when it needs to be.

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Nindie Spotlight
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Dec 4, 2017

I attempted to keep everything roughly as vague as possible in the review because I think one of the greatest things for me about the game was coming into it having know very little. This allowed the game to feel a little more magical to me rather than as a chain of expected events and tools to be found. If you enjoy creative and sometimes challenging platforming with a bits of puzzles thrown in Teslagrad is a game to be savored, and stands out as something a bit special among its peers.

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PS4Blog.net
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jan 26, 2018

Teslagrad was a very fun game back when I played it on the Nintendo Wii U, and this Nintendo Switch version is just as fun, with the bonus of being able to play it both at home or on the go as you please. The game runs great on both portable and docked mode, and I didn't notice any bugs during my time with the game – probably thanks to all the work done by Rain Games to improve on previous versions of the game which in turn benefited this new port. If you're looking for a 2D puzzle/platformer on Nintendo Switch, I highly recommend that you get this one today!

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Gaming Nexus
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jul 1, 2015

You'll need to refresh your 8-bit platformer skills to survive the tower in Teslagrad, but doing so is well-worth the effort.

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Softpedia
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jan 9, 2014

All in all, Rain Games' little gem is quite the bundle of joy. It is a little bit on the short side, but that's to be expected from a 2D platformer.

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The Games Machine
8.2 / 10.0
8.2 / 10.0
Dec 5, 2017

Teslagrad is an excellent platform inspired by the classics of the metroidvania genre, with focus on exploration and puzzles. There are some minor shortcomings, such as some uninspired boss figths, but the title from Rain Games is still a worthy addition to the rich roster of indie games on Switch.

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Video Chums
8.1 / 10.0
8.1 / 10.0
Mar 10, 2016

Teslagrad is a gem of a Metroidvania game that any fan of the genre would be silly to pass up.

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Destructoid
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Dec 17, 2013

Adding to the old school woes is a small collect-a-thon element that could have been handled much more elegantly. Hidden throughout the tower are 36 capsules, each containing one of the aforementioned still images explaining Teslagrad's back story. Often, they are presented clearly in a room as a reward for completing an optional, more difficult puzzle than the standard one in that location. In that form, the optional capsules are great. Elsewhere they are hidden from plain sight and only attainable through tedious exploration of every room. Compounding on that is the largely unhelpful map screen, which gives no indication of even general areas in which any missed capsules reside. Toward the end, there are hints that something special happens if a player were to collect all 36 capsules, but only the most meticulous searchers would be able to find them all without outside help.Taking all of that together, it is not obvious for whom Teslagrad was created. It requires a very particular set of interests and skills to fully enjoy. The incredible artwork and wordless storytelling style invite those who want to experience a unique narrative, but the difficult action gameplay and tedious exploration for capsules actively work to keep players from that experience. For those who are interested in the history to be discovered and who are able to persevere through the products of old design philosophy, Teslagrad is highly rewarding and an ultimately fantastic game. However, I would not be surprised to hear of others unable or unwilling to see it through to the end.

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FNintendo
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 7, 2014

Teslagrad is one of the most original and welcome titles to enter the Wii U's catalog. An awe-inspiring game with a plot that is certain to grab the players' attention due to its throwback storytelling techniques and its clear inspiration in the Metroidvania style will not disappoint those eager for a fresh and original title on Nintendo's system

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Nintendo Life
8 / 10
8 / 10
Dec 4, 2017

If you've never played the game before but you like the sound of what it has to offer, we heartily recommend giving it a go and, to be completely truthful, we wouldn't be surprised to see players who already own the game wanting to 'double-dip' for a portable version, too.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Apr 21, 2015

If you're entirely new to this experience, I absolutely recommend Teslagrad as a great puzzle platformer. It arrived a bit before the genre became way too crowded, though the two years that have passed since then certainly haven't helped. What we have here is a well made 2D effort, and explorers who aren't tired of the genre will enjoy this one for its silent storytelling and magnetic puzzle mechanics.

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Pure Nintendo
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Dec 17, 2017

Teslagrad is a unique platforming adventure, with a hero who uses magnetic powers to solve some tricky puzzles. With beautiful graphics set in an eerie, industrial world, this is one game to consider over the holidays.

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Hardcore Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Sep 19, 2014

Teslagrad combines puzzles and platforming in a way that feels both familiar and new. The Wii U version is the first out of the gate on consoles, and thanks to off-TV play, will likely be the definitive version of it outside of the PC.

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Niche Gamer
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Mar 20, 2014

All in all, Teslagrad is a captivating game that showcases the journey of a boy who is seriously good at using magnetic and electrical weaponry. Even though it has a few minor hiccups here and there, I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone needing to scratch that puzzle platformer itch, or just someone in need of a new game that has Nicola Tesla references.

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Cubed3
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 29, 2014

While it starts slow and simple, Teslagrad grows into something worth mentioning and definitely worth playing. Its occasionally unpredictable or unreliable magnetism gimmick doesn't detract considerably from the satisfaction of succeeding in said gimmick, and using the power of magnets like a pro makes the little boy feel like a bona-fide superhero - a regular Samus Aran.

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GameGrin
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jan 21, 2014

Teslagrad suffers from a few frustrating moments, but it more than compensates for these issues with a beautiful visual style, impressive puzzles, and smart storytelling.

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Gamestyle
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jan 21, 2015

A very clever and well crafted game. The constant climb up the castle and gradual revelation of the mystery within it are engaging and will likely keep you striving until you reach the end.

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NintendoWorldReport
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 11, 2014

Even with its frustrating parts, I still enjoyed my time with Teslagrad immensely. If you're hungry for a moody, isolation-themed platformer on the Wii U, this is definitely the cream of the crop. Teslagrad may have been a long time coming on Wii U, but it was worth the wait.

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Pure Xbox
8 / 10
8 / 10
Mar 28, 2016

In conclusion, Teslagrad is a very polished puzzler, which ramps up the difficulty almost mercilessly until the very end. The way the powers you obtain enable to you to backtrack and open up new areas is very well done, and with the challenge of the collectibles the game has a good lifespan. Make no mistake, this is a tough proposition, but it's a fair one and the feeling of satisfaction as you finally work out what you need to do to pass an obstacle is enormous. Charming storytelling and a stiff challenge marry up with a reasonable price to form an almost perfect package.

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VGProfessional
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Dec 5, 2017

Teslagrad is a great entry in the metroidvania genre, and proves that this small Swedish studio that is Rain Games could potentially have a great future in game making. Filled with riddles and challenges, the core game's mechanics is quite interesting, and its artistic direction is a treat to the eye and ears. It would be a shame to miss this experience on the Nintendo Switch, unless you already played it on previously released platforms.

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Switch Player
Dec 4, 2017

Teslagrad is another great addition to the Switch's eShop library. It may be a difficult sell for folks who have already experienced it over the past few years, but with some truly clever puzzles and gorgeous visuals, newcomers are in for a treat.

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Nintendo Insider
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jan 30, 2018

Teslagrad is still as wonderful as the first time that I saw it through to conclusion, and the game’s release on Nintendo Switch is the perfect opportunity for those that have not had the chance to flee to the Tesla Tower to experience to see exactly how incredible it is.

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Gamers FTW
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
Apr 19, 2015

Teslagrad is a unique game, cleverly telling a thought-provoking story without any dialogue or verbal narrative, supported by beautiful aesthetics. If the game had been trusted to tell its tale, supported by the clever electromagnetic puzzles, then it would have been a truly excellent game. Unfortunately, the frustrating platforming sections and incongruously punishing boss battles slightly mar the experience and hold Teslagrad back from true greatness.

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PSX Extreme
7.6 / 10.0
7.6 / 10.0
Nov 30, 2015

In the end, though, Teslagrad is a solid platformer with great puzzle ideas and some really cool equipment that never gets tired. The adventure feels about the right length to me, and the pacing is another highlight. As a 2D puzzle-oriented title, it gives the player a unique presentation style and a difficult yet satisfying set of challenges, which older gamers might really appreciate.

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Worth Playing
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Feb 9, 2018

Teslagrad is a fun little adventure that works well on the Nintendo Switch. Its forgettable story is easily forgiven since smart puzzles, a well-designed map, and carefully hidden collectibles extend the life of the game. Frustrating bosses and the occasional poorly designed level bring down the experience, but not enough to quell Teslagrad's electromagnetic current. Fans of Metroidvanias looking to work their brain and reflexes should enjoy what Teslagrad has to offer.

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Pixelophobia
7.3 / 10.0
7.3 / 10.0
Jul 7, 2016

Teslagrad offers an interesting experience. A world discovered through the eyes of a young boy, accompanied by great soundtrack and plenty of interesting ideas. Simply put, it's a good platformer.

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Eurogamer
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jan 19, 2014

Nevertheless, despite its unevenness and occasional cruelty, Teslagrad is a bold and captivating proposition. The unusual and elegant aesthetic is persistently attractive, and the lightness of touch with the storytelling brings the world-building to the fore. Its Nordic development team are fledgling (this is only their second game) and there's fidgety keenness to the game's ideas and creative execution. Teslagrad would have benefited from a more experienced publisher to help round off the sharp edges and better balance the challenge. But in the meantime, this is a rough yet worthwhile jewel.

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God is a Geek
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Sep 22, 2014

Rain Games have created something beautiful in Teslagrad. Its opening scene alone should win some kind of award. Its mix of mind bending puzzles and unforgiving boss battles, not to mention some pretty hit and miss platforming, make it a game that will really split opinions. Fans of the genre will find a new hero in Teslagrad – but casual gamers should be wary.

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Push Square
7 / 10
7 / 10
Dec 8, 2014

With stunning presentation, and a clever core mechanic, Teslagrad does a lot to impress. Unfortunately, its occasionally unwieldy controls, inconsistent difficulty, and needlessly challenging boss fights mar the experience. However, if you can look past these infidelities, you'll find an incredibly unique and often satisfying puzzle platformer.

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DarkZero
7 / 10
7 / 10
Dec 20, 2015

This would have been a grand release alongside the launch PS4 when there was a dearth of releases and could have come out anytime in the last 18 months for the PS Vita which has needed titles of its own.

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Cubed3
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jan 30, 2018

Teslagrad is a fun puzzling experience from Rain Games and one that seems perfect for on-the-go play thanks to the numerous puzzles and the regular auto-saving checkpoints, meaning it's perfect for pick up and put down style play. The graphical style has transitioned fantastically to Switch, too, looking absolutely stunning in portable mode. This is definitely a pleasing addition to the Switch's extensive port library.

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Nerdburglars
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Aug 31, 2015

Teslagrad offers a visually appealing platformer that has solid performance and fun game mechanics. Unfortunately it falls very short in terms of story and logic making the game feel more like an awesome tech demo rather than a full on game.

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The Escapist
Mar 10, 2016

Telsagrad is a complex puzzle platformer that is enjoyable and fun despite its painstakingly difficult challenges. However, the lack of a conventional story and dialogue left you wondering if you had missed out on an untapped experience.

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Twinfinite
3 / 5.0
3 / 5.0
Jan 20, 2014

Teslagrad is a suitable platforming outing, but I'm much more excited for what the developers have next in store with this experience under their belt.

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Cubed3
6 / 10
6 / 10
May 29, 2016

Teslagrad has potential. For a fledgling independent studio's first game, it shows promise. The art is beautiful, and the story compelling and novel in its conveyance, but the level design severely limits enjoyment. One can hope that Rain Games takes what it learned from feedback on its freshman effort and apply it to future games.

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