I was given the chance to review The Talos Principle and right away I asked if this had anything to do with Bethesda’s franchise, The Elder Scrolls. Alas, it didn’t and this set the course for a rather nifty experience with The Talos Principle. I was way off course with my guess by the way!
This game labels itself as a philosophical puzzler and right away, I do notice this. There is so much more to this game than meets the eye.
Croteam is back after Serious Sam 3 with something far different from Serious Sam. You start off in a garden and you hear the voice of Elohim – the God who has created you. Elohim goes on about what you must do. Your purpose is to solve each puzzle and get the corresponding sigils to unlock tools and new areas within.
Taking influence from the excellent series, Portal, the puzzles in The Talos Principle are smart and worthy. The puzzles begin simple enough and slowly become more intricate as you progress through the 15-20 hour campaign.
Each and every thing you accomplish in this game comes with a feeling of satisfaction. There were times when I was truly stuck and couldn’t for the life of me figure out how to progress to pick up the next sigil and would have to proceed to something else and let it simmer in the meantime. You are encouraged to come back to puzzles when you’ve cooled off and thought the process through. After solving these puzzles, I noticed visual cues that made things blatantly obvious in how to solve them after the fact.
One thing I loved, is how Croteam doesn’t reward you for solving each puzzle. I don’t need to feel rewarded for accomplishing something I’m already doing and that takes away from the task at hand which is trying to solve these puzzles because I want to, not because I want a sense of reward.
The Talos Principle tells a tale with some very Biblical undertones and you will learn much if you pay attention to the terminals in place throughout the world. Each terminal reveals something else that will put the bigger picture in place and make sense of what you’re doing in this world. Through emails, MSDOS prompts and questionnaires the story is given to you to digest in just the right amount.
After spending time with The Talos Principle, I hope developers take note and borrow influence from this game. I haven’t enjoyed a good puzzle game in a long time and something this fresh and smart I hope will be a benchmark for future titles.
The Talos Principle is a lovely surprise coming at the end of 2014. This game world will pull you in and keep you there until the end. I felt completely satisfied finishing this game and putting it to rest at the end of 2014. The Talos Principle is one of my favourite games of 2014 and I recommend it to everyone, for it is a gem to play.