THE TALOS PRINCIPLE: DELUXE EDITION
Croteam/ Devolver Digital
SKIN-NER! Oh yeah, wrong principa- erm, principle.
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.
you do seem to exude numerous humanist feely things. This
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
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.