The Talos Principle

Game review by David Wolinsky, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 10+

Tech-focused sci-fi puzzler challenges, makes players think.

Linux, Mac, Windows 2014

Parents say

age 5+

Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 3 reviews

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age 5+

A Philosophy game.

This game sets the player up as an extremely advanced humanoid AI. The AI starts up in this beautifully rendered world, and is instructed by a big voice from the sky to 'Follow the path to righteousness and eternal life' , by solving puzzles and collecting 'Keys' (To progress through the game). It's challenging, and addicting. I enjoyed playing it with my 5 year old son, who could solve some puzzles, but would mostly turn it over to me after trying a few times. He enjoyed watching me solve them and wanted to progress. Things parents should know: This game is poses the player a serious question: What is reality? Throughout the game the players motives are questioned, and some things glitch out. Their are many hints that the world is artificial, and there is another subtle character which makes you question if what your doing is actually the right thing to do. The entire thing is very similar to our version of God and the devil. God being the voice instructing to pursue 'The True Path' without straying, and the devil (the subtle other character) swaying you to go up the tower (a location in the game which 'the voice' forbids you to climb). The player can choose either to obey the voice, or disobey the voice and scale the tower. This was confusing for my son, because his natural instinct was to obey the voice. I had to be tactful, because he is learning obedience, even though I wanted to scale the tower- because I sensed the voice is lying.....or is it??? That's the best part of the game, it makes the player question their entire reasoning for completing the puzzles, or scaling the tower. All in all, the game is good wholesome fun and easy to play. It will make your child think of deeper things, and may be a good conversation starter about morality and ingenuity.

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