Percentile Rank

The Talos Principle is ranked in the 95th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 58 critic reviews
Mighty Man

OpenCritic Rating

87

Top Critic Average

89%

Critics Recommend

Based on 58 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Washington Post
Unscored
Unscored
Jan 13, 2015

The Talos Principle is rarely capable of answering the questions for which it makes you want answers. But in leaving enough space to wonder, it lets players name the questions in their own terms, a freedom that only leads back into a cell, dependent on language from long-forgotten generations, like computer code we're no longer conscious of running but can't seem to escape.

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The A.V. Club
Unscored
Unscored
Jan 7, 2015

The Talos Principle is what it is, though, and inflexible puzzles don't dim the inquisitive light shining inside this game. Croteam has made something rewarding and ultimately knowable but also something that inspires reflection on what isn't.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Dec 9, 2014

The philosophical side of the game won't be for everyone, and you can largely leave it alone or skim the texts if you really don't get on with it. I really enjoyed digging into the archives so I'd recommend giving it a good go, but ultimately it shouldn't get in the way of enjoying the excellent puzzle side of things.

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Scored Reviews

Twinfinite
5 / 5.0
5 / 5.0
Nov 18, 2014

The Talos Princple succeeds in many ways, with smooth controls, a gorgeous environment, and an engaging backdrop of thought-provoking story and theme. The puzzles begin simply, and slowly evolve with new elements to test your mettle; since you can tackle any open area in any order, there's a certain freedom that goes well with the thematic overtones.

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Impulsegamer
5 / 5.0
Impulsegamer
Shael Millheim

Top Critic

5 / 5.0
Oct 22, 2015

The Talos Principle Deluxe Edition is a must play title on the PlayStation 4

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We Got This Covered
Oct 12, 2015

The Talos Principle: Deluxe Edition is unlike anything else out there. The expertly crafted puzzles will give any gamer a mental workout, while the humanity-questioning storyline is the type of philosophical tale that has been sorely lacking in the current gaming landscape.

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The Jimquisition
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Dec 13, 2014

The Talos Principle may spend a bit too much time stroking its beard and showing off how deep it is, but the fact remains that it regularly deserves to posture. Not only is it a highly accomplished puzzle game, it's a genuinely fascinating collection of reflective notions.

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GamingTrend
95 / 100
95 / 100
Oct 8, 2015

While some graphical issues keep the PS4 version from matching its PC counterpart, The Talos Principle remains one of the most interesting, intelligent, and inspiring video games ever made. Absolutely essential gaming.

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Gameplanet
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Oct 6, 2015

The Talos Principle on PS4 lives up to the hype of its PC cousin. It's a genre masterpiece that anyone with the slightest interest in puzzles or philosophy should pick up as a matter of priority.

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Arcade Sushi
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Dec 17, 2014

The Talos Principles manages to be both a great game and a contemplative piece of art, and the world is a richer place for it.

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Nintendo Times
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Dec 19, 2019

EXCELLENT - Amazingly detailed Greek architecture world with intentional glitches, haunting music, and a brilliant story make up for one of the best puzzle games to ever grace the Switch or any system.

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GameTrailers
9.2 / 10.0
9.2 / 10.0
Dec 18, 2014

Games that are this thought provoking and enjoyable are rare. Rarer still are those that imbue this level of pride and honor upon completion.

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Eurogamer
9 / 10
9 / 10
Dec 8, 2014

The Talos Principle is a game of challenges and conundrums and philosophical wonderings, filled with logic puzzles and cerebral mysteries. Its chunky mechanical processes are underpinned by a compelling breadcrumb-trail narrative that tackles the intangible notion of humanity and consciousness. Consequently, despite playing a robot that interacts with computer terminals and takes instruction from a disembodied voice in the sky, it exudes personality and charm; its mechanical precision complementing its aesthetic qualities. For an experience bereft of human contact it boasts a very big heart indeed.

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Game Informer
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Dec 14, 2014

If you love brainteasers and philosophy, then The Talos Principle is better than a night at the movies

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GameSpot
9 / 10
9 / 10
Dec 15, 2014

Excellent puzzles are only the tip of the iceberg for The Talos Principle, an existential journey about what it is to be human.

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USgamer
Oct 7, 2015

If you love and miss the Portal series, it's time to celebrate: The Talos Principle has all the first-person puzzles you've been craving, wrapped in an extremely thoughtful package. Don't be surprised if you feel legitimately smarter after reaching the end of its 100-plus puzzles.

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Game Revolution
Oct 9, 2015

I didn't expect a video game to have deep philosophical questions that I pondered long after each session, and I appreciate how it adds the kind of depth seldom seen in games. It's also very cool to play a non-combat game that keeps me interested for hours at a time. The Talos Principle: Deluxe Edition doesn't offer any new content to entice people who played the PC version, but I highly recommend it to everyone who hasn't.

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GamesBeat
90 / 100
90 / 100
Dec 7, 2014

The Talos Principle builds a giant collection of 3D puzzles, puts you in the middle of it, and then gives you a philosophical puzzle to chew on that's even larger.

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ZTGD
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 7, 2015

There are a few performance issues here on console but that aside Talos Principal is an excellent puzzle based game that keeps players engaged and perplexed, a winning combination all around in my book.

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COGconnected
90 / 100
90 / 100
Oct 9, 2015

Action junkies will probably come away underwhelmed but if you are looking for a change of pace in your game playing regime this thoughtful, Carl Sagan Cosmos-like experience is a wonderful candidate to consider.

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Push Square
9 / 10
9 / 10
Nov 11, 2015

The Talos Principle: Deluxe Edition offers a huge amount of quality, intelligent gameplay for sci-fi fans and puzzle goers alike. Although it tries a little too hard at times, the title's narrative is generally rich and compelling – and there's enough side content available to keep even the most curious of androids busy for hours at a time. If you're in the market for a fulfilling, well-paced puzzler on the PS4, look no further than this one.

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PlayStation Universe
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 6, 2015

One of the most intellectually stimulating experiences on PS4, with imaginative puzzles, fantastic atmosphere and a brilliant expansion that builds tremendously on the core game.

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Gaming Nexus
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 7, 2015

The Talos Principle is a meaningful exercise. Sure, I worked out my brain with some good old fashioned puzzle solving. But the real workout began when I started sweating questions of why-am-I-here existence, of what constitutes consciousness—and whether the end is really the end, or if it's really the beginning, or if it's somewhere along the way.

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TrustedReviews
Dec 16, 2014

The fact that everything plays out so smoothly here suggests that the finished product is extremely close to the designers' original vision for the project, a compliment that certainly can't be levelled at all games. This clarity of creation brings us a game of expert pacing and reward, as well as one that possesses more depth than the vast majority of its genre peers.

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Nintendo Life
9 / 10
9 / 10
Dec 16, 2019

Croteam, the creators of The Talos Principle, were previously known primarily for their silly (but fun) Serious Sam titles. The Talos Principle shows a remarkable maturity and depth of scope that's perhaps surprising, but in a very good way. It poses interesting questions, allows the player to progress at their own pace - mostly in a non-linear fashion - and is a hugely satisfying piece of game design. Utterly entrancing and highly recommended.

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Paste Magazine
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Dec 23, 2014

While The Shivah also explores the reconciliation of faith and practicality, its corny climax can't match The Talos Principle's matter-of-fact ending, which argues that our chosen perspective will limit what we discover in one way or another. Thank God the puzzles are worth it.

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GameWatcher
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Dec 20, 2014

It's an experience that truly stretched different parts of my mind in more satisfying way than Portal. Though the puzzles frustrate at times, most are put together thoughtfully and in a simple enough way that you can go away and figure it out on paper if you need to (I needed to, frequently).

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CGMagazine
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 9, 2015

While the sweetest fruits will be saved for those with an appreciation of philosophy and history, the elation of solving a puzzle that you spent an evening trying to crack is a reward that anyone can enjoy.

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PCWorld
Dec 8, 2014

The Talos Principle's philosophical puzzling is the closest anyone's ever come to recapturing what made Portal special.

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The Digital Fix
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jan 13, 2015

The Talos Principle will make you feel confounded but in that wonderful way that precludes an epiphany. You'll leave each session feeling genuinely smarter - and perhaps a little rebellious to boot.

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Hardcore Gamer
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Oct 6, 2015

The Talos Principle: Deluxe Edition is a fantastic package of two great first-person puzzlers.  It's basically identical to the PC version, so if you've got those already there's not much need to double-dip, but otherwise it's a must-own.

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GameSkinny
Feb 12, 2015

The Talos Principle is a brilliant puzzle game with story and gameplay elements that blend remarkably well.

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Cubed3
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jul 6, 2015

This is a title for anyone who has ever looked at the ocean or the night sky and been stunned by the unfathomable vastness of the universe and the mystery of the human condition. Hopefully, that's everyone.

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Digitally Downloaded
Digitally Downloaded

Top Critic

Jul 27, 2015

Few games have everything working in such synchronised harmony as The Talos Principle. The world, puzzles, narrative and music are all served to the player in small helpings, never overwhelming and allowing you to soak in and become one with the world. By the end of the game, it has challenged your mind in multiple ways. As a game The Talos Principle forces the player to reason through the mechanics of its puzzles, all the while tickling the philosophical parts of our minds with deeper questions.

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Softpedia
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Dec 26, 2014

The Talos Principle is a delightful puzzle experience that spurs the curiosity of players both in terms of solutions to the challenges and to the philosophical nature of our existence. It's certainly worth it to go through the game as there are just a few downsides, from the freezes to the slightly repetitive solutions or the jump scares caused by unnoticed obstacles.

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Worth Playing
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jan 28, 2015

The Talos Principle can easily be called the next big puzzle game in the same vein as Portal. The story fosters some thoughtful discussion and sticks with you. The puzzles are clever and have a natural progression in difficulty, and the tools make them fun, even if none are completely new to the genre. The presentation is beautiful, and the game's overall length means you'll spend quite a bit of time on your initial playthrough. In a nutshell, you must pick up The Talos Principle.

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PushStartPlay
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Nov 18, 2015

The Talos Principle, is a game which may bore some to tears, but will serve others with the necessary dose of peace and tranquillity, as the combination of the eerily empty yet beautifully charming locations with the peaceful and calming soundtrack, will surely serve most with exactly what they need when taking a break from the big AAA action games of today.

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Polygon
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Dec 17, 2014

It's a smart game that doesn't punish you for it, a puzzle game that allows a sense of creativity. And while it isn't the most upbeat thing out there, there's a vein of hope that runs through it — and ties it all together neatly at the end.

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Game Debate
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jan 23, 2015

As puzzlers come, The Talos Principle is certainly the cream of the crop and easily deserves any praise that can be laid at its doorstep. The puzzles can be tricky but are always intuitive, asking questions of you and driving you through the environment.  Even the graphics, despite their seemingly conflicting styles, are good enough to draw you in. It's bizarre that the same team who brought us something like Serious Sam could deliver some so cerebral and philosophical, but the team has achieved here is the ultimate collection of logical conundrums.

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Gamers FTW
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 6, 2015

The Talos Principle is a great thought-provoking puzzler which deals with the existential questions of mankind while delivering an enjoyable and satisfying adventure. It may get cumbersome and tedious at times, but it's worth it just for being unlike anything else out there

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New Game Network
85 / 100
85 / 100
Dec 22, 2014

Not content with merely being a fairly impressive piece of writing and first-person puzzle design, The Talos Principle sets out to expand your horizons, and will most likely succeed. Croteam's foray into territory beyond absurd, large-scale first-person shooters is not without faults, but it proves without a doubt that they aren't the one-trick pony you thought they were.

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God is a Geek
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 6, 2015

The Talos Principle surprised me in almost every way, and it's one of the best puzzle games in recent years.

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PC Gamer
84 / 100
84 / 100
Dec 9, 2014

An adept and satisfying puzzle game with a narrative that requires a bit of player investment to yield its biggest rewards.

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IGN
8.3 / 10.0
Leif Johnson

Top Critic

8.3 / 10.0
Dec 9, 2014

Much like Portal, The Talos Principle makes you feel smart just by playing it, as the bulk of the puzzles hit that sweet spot between too easy and near-impossible.

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GameCrate
8.3 / 10.0
8.3 / 10.0
Nov 2, 2015

The Talos Principle has made an effective jump from PC to PlayStation 4, thanks to the addition of expansion levels and a presentation that really makes use of the hardware at hand. While it's not quite a perfect transition, it remains a very applicable one, as the level design and snowballing level design continue to keep their momentum. Even if you're not entirely a fan of first-person games, Talos is worth a look, if only for the story alone.

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Pixel Dynamo
8.3 / 10.0
8.3 / 10.0
Dec 8, 2014

A puzzle worth brooding over

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GamesRadar+
Oct 15, 2015

With its relaxing atmosphere, pretty environments and interesting theological dilemma, The Talos Principle is PS4's best puzzler to date.

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Destructoid
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Dec 8, 2014

The Talos Principle has some important things to say, but more thoughtfully, it wants the player to have important things to say as well. Even those who do not bother to think about the philosophical topics can find a smart, sometimes frustratingly difficult puzzler here. It really shines for those open to both.

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Game Rant
Oct 7, 2015

The Talos Principle plays like a marriage between Portal and a game from the 'walking simulator' genre, complete with an intriguing narrative and challenging puzzles.

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The Escapist
Dec 9, 2014

The feeling of accomplishment from solving The Talos Principle's puzzles is almost like a high, and the game does a mostly great job of guiding you in the beginning and then letting you figure things out for yourself. Some hiccups near the end drastically change the pace of problem solving for the worse, but it's a game that will seriously challenge you to think and to reason.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 8, 2015

The Talos Principle may be one of the best puzzle games of the year. Sure, it starts out pretty slowly, the first dozen or so of the game's 120+ puzzles are laughably easy, and the controls may be a little awkward, but these are minor flaws in the bigger scheme of things. There's an entertaining and thoughtful story about not just humanity, but what it means to be alive. If you want to flex your brain and start thinking about time in a Echoshift/Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time way, as well as wax philosophical with a computer terminal, The Talos Principle will keep you entertained for quite some time.

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8 / 10
Oct 6, 2015

At the core of The Talos Principle is the startling idea that man is not so different from machine, and that our truest purpose lies in the contributions we leave for our children, and our children's children. Though we die, our legacy remains through them, and through what our small actions help them accomplish, even in the face of total destruction.

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Pixelophobia
7.7 / 10.0
7.7 / 10.0
Dec 6, 2018

The Talos Principle is a great puzzle game but number of puzzles, hubs, sub-hubs and sub-sub-hubs will make the game tedious pretty quickly.

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Kill Screen
75 / 100
75 / 100
Jan 11, 2015

This narrative distance and the slow difficulty curve both point to the same thing: an over-reluctance to lose or alienate an audience unwilling to engage with philosophical thought or difficult puzzles. But that belies the ideal audience for a philosophical puzzle game: an audience willing to try.

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Generación Xbox
7.3 / 10.0
7.3 / 10.0
Sep 13, 2018

Varied and effective puzzle game, which ends up being victim of its own ambition. Too long and somewhat presumptuous, it will work for fans of the genre.

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games(TM)
7 / 10
7 / 10
Feb 12, 2015

Great puzzle design combined with an ambitious story

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Examiner
Oct 6, 2015

The core gameplay of Talos feels like a distant cousin to the Portal series. While the game is absolutely beautiful and challenging, it will feel like there is a lot to accomplish at first. But once you start progressing through the game, you will pick up on the aspect that it is not as open as you originally perceived. The emotion the game creates is fantastic, but you might not like or understand the story.

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PCGamesN
6 / 10
6 / 10
Dec 12, 2014

The real problem is that Talos suffers in comparisons. While Portal was just a series of connected puzzle chambers it always felt that a developer was leading you through it. The Talos Principle feels like boxes within boxes, left by the developer for you to play in.

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