|The Talos Principle|
(PS4, Android Q1 2015)
|Release date(s)||Dec 11, 2014|
The Talos Principle is a philosophical first-person puzzle game from Croteam, the creators of the legendary Serious Sam series, written by Tom Jubert (FTL, The Swapper) and Jonas Kyratzes (The Sea Will Claim Everything). .
As if awakening from a deep sleep, you find yourself in a strange, contradictory world of ancient ruins and advanced technology. Tasked by your creator with solving a series of increasingly complex puzzles, you must decide whether to have faith, or to ask the difficult questions: Who are you? What is your purpose And what are you going to do about it?
- Overcome more than 120 immersive puzzles in a stunning world.
- Divert drones, disable turrets, and even replicate time to prove your worth – or to find a way out.
- Explore a story about humanity, technology, and civilization. Uncover clues, devise theories, and make up your own mind.
- Choose your own path through the game’s non-linear world, solving puzzles your way.
But remember: choices have consequences, and somebody’s always watching you.
The game begins when the character (soon to discover is a robotic android) awakens to find themselves in a new world. It is the player's job to figure out why there are there, what the world around them is about and who or what they have become. The player is introduced to Elohim, who calls himself "The Maker" and the player will learn more about who he is through this puzzle adventure. Elohim encourages the player to explore this new world, but forbids them to climb the tower in front of them and states that it contains knowledge from the world beyond. Think of it as the forbidden apple tree in the garden of Eden because there is also another influence in the game. There is the Milton Library Assistant that the player will encounter inside scattered terminals throughout the game. The Assistant encourages the player to ascend the tower anyway and asks the player a series of questions to prove that he or she is in fact a conscious being. KInd of a reverse Turing test. The game attempts to keep you deep in phlosophical thought, while offering you brain teasers and logic puzzles. The more puzzles you solve, the more complex they become.
The Maker's name is Elohim, which is also the first name given to God in the Hebrew Bible. (In game the Maker is clearly not a deity, but still an interesting point).
The Talos Principle was influenced by "2001: A Space Odyssey", "Blade Runner" and the writings of Philip K. Dick 
In Greek Mythology, Talos was a bronze giant. Sigils of Elohim was a free mini game released on Steam as a preclude to the release of The Talos Principle to give players a taste of things to come.