The Talos Principle

Rating Summary

Based on 58 critic reviews
Mighty Man

OpenCritic Rating

87

Top Critic Average

89%

Critics Recommend

Based on 58 critic reviews
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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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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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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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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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Feb 12, 2015

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

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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

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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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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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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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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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