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POSTED 7/10/15


THE TALOS PRINCIPLE: DELUXE EDITION

Croteam/ Devolver Digital



SKIN-NER! Oh yeah, wrong principa- erm, principle.

The Talos Principle is a first-person puzzle ’em up. A devious one. It also quickly exudes more existential angst than a uni cafeteria on improv night after some dodgy tofu did the rounds. Still, when you’ve everything from sensor guns to killer robots ready to blow you to heaven, hell or just some endlessly expansive void, you’ve a right to be somewhat anxious – even if you are a robot.

But you do seem to exude numerous humanist feely things. This complicates matters.

You’ll also likely exude vomit if you’re prone to motion sickness. Kick it into third person mode – your tummy will thank us.

Anyway, with more than a few nods to the stupendous Portal games, you traipse around various historical ruins solving puzzles to score Tetris pieces (or tetrominoes if you wanna get all technical and stuff). Gather enough of the right ones and you unlock more abilities and, helpfully, more levels to conquer. You’ll also gather stars (go you!), and various snippets of audio and text.

While proceedings commence relatively simply by demanding strategic turret plopping to disarm various environmental nasties, you’ll soon be juggling these while looking for places to refract beams, having fun with fans, cajoling clones and even schlepping boxes. Which are likely made in a box factory.

Unlike your typical box factory, however, The Talos Principle may well prove fascinating to puzzleventurers. Beyond the simple (and, of course, not so simple) puzzling is your quest for input, the aim being self-discovery. All this while guided to apparent immortality by seemingly benevolent omnipresent voice GLa..., umm, Elohim (a Hebrew name for God).

Complete with a whole expansion to follow on with in Road the Gehenna (hence the ‘Deluxe Edition’ appendage), The Talos Principle is quite the stunning little philosophy-stuffed puzzler. You’ll never push your brain so much while listening to some jive-arse preacher talking to you about heaven and hell.

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