Teslagrad - Steam Review

Quick Glance:

  • Platform: PC
  • Players: 1
  • Achievements: Yes
  • Steam Trading Cards Yes:
  • Controller Support: Full

High Level Premise- A MetroidVania like title, Teslagrad takes you on a journey as a young boy into a tower filled with mystery.  Game mechanics such as basic platforming and puzzle solving are all included. Take Prince of Persia and mix it together with Super Metroid and Braid, and this yields Teslagrad.

Graphics/Style - The art work seems to be completely hand drawn.  It's beautiful to the point where the backgrounds still resonate in my brain after playing.

Music / Sound Effects - The music is both pleasant and engaging and does not distract the player from concentrating on the game. Sound effects work well with the style of the game.

Story - Young Boy is being chased by bad guys into a tower. He quickly discovers that the tower is not what it seems, and holds special powers and abilities. Guide him through the tower avoiding unique monsters and traps.

Replay-ability - There are many secrets to find in Teslagrad. Some backtracking is required to find them all, similar to Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.

Time Commitment - Once you exit the game, your progress is automatically saved. Perfect for when you need to drop what you are doing and come back right away. Can be played in short bursts, but this game grabbed my attention for several hours in a row.

Value - This is extremely worth the entry price of $9.99 and frequently goes on sale on Steam.  It is a well polished adventure that should not be missed by any fans of the Genre.

Multiplayer - None

Favorite Element - Although the abilities are what grabbed my attention initially, the art style is very well done. The theater scenes are beautiful, and I love how Teslagrad manages to tell a complex story without using hardly any dialogue.

We were fortunate enough to receive a PC copy of Teslagrad from Rain Games for review. This game has exceeded all expectations and is exactly the type of game a busy parent can squeeze in a little bit of gameplay at a time, or have a marathon adventuring session.  Immediately, one will notice that there isn't much dialogue in Teslagrad, and quite frankly I like it that way.  I don't have the time to read pages and pages of dialog, or sit through tons of cinematic scenes.  The art direction in Teslagrad is amazingly well done, and captures the overall feel of a unique tower setting that is full of mystery.

The game play is quite simple, utilizing basic platforming similar to Braid or Super Metroid with very tight controls. One can play with a controller and execute precise moves to advance throughout the tower.  Where Teslagrad excels is the magnetic powers that are gained early on in the game. Without spoiling too much, eventually you get to utilize magnetic pulls of blocks, floors, and platforms throughout the areas. This allows the player to traverse throughout the tower with ease.  Other abilities are gained as the game progresses, such as the ability to walk through gates.

Overall this game is worth a play, especially if you are a fan of the genre. The game obviously takes inspiration from such classics as Super Metroid, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, and Prince of Persia.  The price of entry is well worth the experience, and if you haven't done so already check it out on the Steam Summer sale at an amazing 66% off until June 22nd.

Have you played Teslagrad? Did you like it? Let us hear YOUR thoughts on the game by commenting below.

 

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