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The Talos Principle Review


Posted: 8 months ago, last updated 7 weeks ago.

Author: Ben Kendall, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


The Talos Principle is a narrative driven puzzle game, praised for its cerebral and philosophical nature, where you play an android with a human conscience. You explore environments to complete complex brain-teasing puzzles to collect "sigils".

You navigating the terrain, which is a blend of the ancient and the far-future, and evade deadly traps. Collecting the sigils allows you to assemble jigsaw-like puzzles which allows you to progress to the next area. In addition, you can find computer terminals and other information sources which can give you clues and add to the lore of the world.

Initially, a mysterious voice called Elohim tasks you to explore the world, but warns you not to climb the central tower. You discover that you are in a simulation and that humanity was wiped out by a deadly virus unleashed onto the world when global warming melted the permafrost. Your world is a testing ground for AI that will make a new species to carry on humanity's legacy. In this way the game explores the concept of human responsibility and free will, allowing you to choose the way the game ends.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 11/12/2014, updated in 2019

Price: 85% off

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: @Croteam


Duration: This game will take between 12 hours and 24 hours to complete. Some of the game's puzzles can be quite challenging and require a great deal of thought to beat. Some taking more than an hour. Players sometimes turn to the internet for help, to progress if they have less experience with this type of game.
Players: This is a single player game.


The Talos Principle usually costs £26.99 to £39.99. 

The Talos Principle

XBox Store Xbox One £39.99

The Talos Principle: Deluxe Edition

Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. There are several extra pieces of downloadable content for the PC and Mac versions, which can all be bought separately, or in a bundle called the Deluxe Edition, which costs £55. The full list is as follows:
  • The Talos Principle Soundtrack (£4).
  • The Talos Principle Bonus Content (£4), which includes behind the scenes footage and a list of writing found in the game.
  • The Talos Principle- Prototype (£4), which includes prototype levels.
  • The Talos Principle: Road To Gehenna (£11), Which is a continuation of the main story.
  • The Talos Principle- Serious (£2), which replaces the dialogue with humorous dialogue voiced by John J. Dick, as well as a new character model for use in the game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for Mild Violence
In the US, ESRB state: Robotic drones can be destroyed, resulting in mild explosions; realistic gunfire is heard as turrets fire at players. The text occasionally references suggestive material (e.g., "you make love like a rocket launcher”; "'...our porn too I guess"; “Autoeroticism”; “Prisons are built with stones of law, brothels with bricks of religion.”). The word “a*s” also appears in text.


We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our The Talos Principle Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@Croteam) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

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