Ryan's Always Right: The Talos Principle
The Talos Principle is a puzzle game at heart, but it amounts to much more in soul. The game begins in the garden of a strange world, where mystery is plentiful and information absent. From the very beginning the Biblical allusions are evident. A booming voice in the sky, Elohim (which means God in Hebrew), explains that you are blessed, a chosen one, and tells you that everlasting life is within your grasp. A computer lies nearby with cryptic and corrupted files, suggesting that there is truth beyond what Elohim tells you. Will you heed Elohim’s word and follow his path or will you eat from the tree of knowledge in an attempt to usurp your God?
I won’t go too in depth into the gameplay itself; it's fundamentally a 3D puzzle game. You use your expanding arsenal of provided tools to solve spatial puzzles of varying difficulty. These puzzles might have you bend light, overcome gravity, or cleverly pass autonomous enemies in order to gather the key at the puzzle’s end. These keys can either be used to follow the guidance of Elohim, expand on the work of those before you, or to pave your own path. The puzzles are, by and large, very, very fun. Your mind will be tested and twisted, your limits will be pushed, and you will fail. You will undoubtedly encounter puzzles that you are convinced are impossible. Your first red keys will be a nightmare. It’s okay, it’s all part of the journey.
As I explored the world and tried to uncover its secrets, there was a certain point when The Talos Principle clicked with me. I can’t say exactly when that was, and it will differ for each player, but I can say with certainty that every player will experience that “aha” moment. When you realize the puzzles aren’t about the puzzles, when your mind begins to see the bigger picture, and when you realize the game isn’t a game; it’s life.
Yes, you’re a robot AI. Yes, you don’t know why you exist. And yes, you don’t know what’s real. In fact, you don’t truly know anything at all. Then you realize it’s not just your robot character in the game that feels this way; it’s the human experience in real life. There aren’t many games that make you think existentially, that push your philosophical comfort zones and force you to address the tough questions that are typically reserved for drunk nights and funerals. Most games are simply that: a game. The Talos Principle is something more.
I don’t want the game to seem depressing; it’s not. It’s inspiring, it’s motivational, and yes, it is a bit sad. What does it mean to be human? What does it mean to be human if there are no humans left? Is mankind an experiment worth continuing? We’ve constructed so many societies and philosophies and religions to address these questions. How could a video game make you think like Descarte, dazzle you like Einstein, and leave you in sorrow like Nietzsche? Especially a PUZZLE game! I’ve completed 3 playthroughs now, each with an alternate ending, and I’m still not sure how the developers managed to pull this off.
To put it quite bluntly, The Talos Principle is one of the greatest games of all time. It not only pushes the limits of your mind through its incredible puzzles and gameplay, but it also pushes the boundaries of your soul through its intimate existential exploration of the human condition. It’s not often that you play a game that can change your life. This is one of those games.
Ryan’s Rating: 5/5
Seriously, play this game.
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Looks like i jumped to victory
Just a specially decorated lbp3 pod
bazzerks is cool meme
Just finished The Last Guardian
Not gonna lie I cried at the ending 😂 they build up an emotional bond between the two characters and then mess with your feelings twice at the end!! It's a beautiful game though, probably my favourite game I've ever played.
My new prisoner in hardtime
Ill make a full posts soon on hardtime and should you play it
My old prisoner died because a warden hit him with a sword
❤︎My Favorite Game❤︎
Hiya Guys & Dolls,
Vera here and i just wanted to say that this is definitely one of my favorite games that i am currently playing and i find it so cute how the little chicks bounce around where there standing. Anyway i hope y’all are having a fantastic weekend and i shall catch y’all in my next post!
Tried and True: Baba Is You
Warning: Videos below contain solutions to 2 early puzzles in-game, to provide visual examples of game mechanics. If you do not want any solutions spoiled, don’t watch the videos!
Baba Is You is a game I discovered off a whim from a small discussion I found online, mainly praising the game’s overwhelmingly simple approach to what is an equally overwhelmingly simple concept: Break the rules.
The game, however, presents itself in a way that you’re not meant to just break rules - you’re meant to bend them, change them, push them around, rearrange and rewrite them. In fact, during your time playing Baba Is You, you’ll literally be pushing and rearranging rules.
Baba Is You is a charming and whimsical top-down ‘dungeon’-style adventure, akin to games of yore such as A Link To The Past, albeit stage-by-stage with an ‘overworld’ similar to Mario Brothers. Graphically it is as simple as they come while still being visually pleasing: a gentle, flat palette of colors with smooth animations all wrapped in an 8-bit package. The game also has great music, but overall the sound is of little mechanical importance, save for the little “womps” that let you know you’re moving.
Each stage is a puzzle that follows a theme: There are objects and obstacles on the map, with challenges established by rules that are also objects of their own, and there is you: Baba.
To offer a better perspective of just how it works, I’ve recorded the first level:
At first glance, you can see two rules already established: “Wall is Stop”, and “Baba is You”. Above, protected behind the walls, are pieces to another ruleset that has yet to be established: Is, Win and Flag. By now you can probably tell where this is going.
Considering I am Baba, I have to get outside of the walls to reach the undefined rules, but the only thing in my way is the wall. You could say it’s the only thing stopping me, but thank goodness the rules saying so are easily manipulated.
By moving the “Stop” from the “Wall is Stop” rule, we’re no longer oppressed by the wall, so we move straight past it. With a few extra key presses, we push the “Flag is Win” elements together to read just that. We touch the flag and we win.
Defining rules can inhibit thinking, and often times Baba is You tries to stuff your thoughts into a box. Yet, Baba Is You also does its absolute best to encourage you to always look from outside the box, in, not from inside that box, out. Solutions to previous stages you may have otherwise been stuck on will become clear as you complete other levels, some clarity may come to you when you’re not even playing and it just *clicks* somewhere in the back of your head.
As the game progresses, the rules presented increase in their complexity and restrictions, which in turn promotes unrestricted thinking. Adding extra variables to rules by adding “and”, for example “Baba is You and Sink”, all the while locking “Flag is Win” behind an impassable surface, proclaiming “this rule cannot be changed”. Our best bet is to manipulate the remaining logic in the world to our advantage.
One of my favorite aspects of Baba Is You is that there is no one definite, finite solution to any level. The first time I ever played Baba Is You, I shared the experience with a younger cousin of mine who also had never heard of the game. We each took turns attempting to solve what was a very simple puzzle in hindsight, but even with our heads cracked together we had wildly different approaches. Where he chose to remove a rule which a wall would stop Baba, I changed the rule and Baba became the wall instead.
While the game has plenty of challenges for you to sink your teeth into, the core of the game itself is so simplistic that I find it difficult to expand much upon it. I believe anyone who’s a fan of puzzle games needs to simply just go and try this game for themselves, and allow themselves to be whisked away into its dreamy realm of broken logic and misguided solutions. I cannot recommend this game enough, both as a time-killer as well as for casual play - the game is surprisingly relaxing considering what it throws at you. An extremely consuming and rewarding game, Baba Is You is hands-down one of the best puzzlers of our era, and a no-brainer inclusion to anyone’s game library.
Final Rating: 5 / 5
Best Games of the Decade!
Ever wondered what your Moot Admins think about gaming? Wonder no more! Behold, our Moot Admins Best Games of the Decade list!
We’ve each created a list of our 20 favorite games from the past decade. These lists are the games that we personally enjoyed the most, and thus are not intended to be even slightly objective. Which Admin do you think has the best taste in gaming?
The following games appeared on multiple of our lists. Did your favorites make the cut?
We will be posting a lot of content like this in the Indie Games lounge so be sure to PIN the lounge and FOLLOW me and Rue! We have plenty of great things to come, including weekly game reviews, upcoming free games, and more!
Dunkey Plays Tekken 7
The Iron Fist Tournament 4 has a new King!
ARE YOU ACTUALLY SERIOUS?!?!?!??!
I WAS RIGHT THEEEERRRRE
Just Die.....Seriously, Burn This Title.
Biggest waste of $0 .95 from the Nintendo Eshop award goes to......Just Glide. Now, hear me out, for your 4 year old this might be a blast, but even then there are waaaaay better games from this genre to play.
You're a paper plane, you fly by tapping A or on the screen to keep your plane in the air, you then avoid different obsticals to collect coins to buy different colored paper airplanes. That's it, that's this game, there you go, I just played it for you. Dont waste your money. That's about all there is to this game, that's it. Wow. I give this one 1 saber out of 10.
Below is a picture of the "shop" and yes that's really all there is.
Favorite mobile game?
Anyone heard of this game?
It is on all platforms except switch I believe.
It’s an adult version of Mario party and cost about $15. Online multiplayer and game customization with many maps. Up to 8 players at once with online match make for ransoms to join in as well.
It is a butt load of funzies matched with making frienemies.
Give it a go if you’re interested!!
Follow my stream channel and we can play together if you catch me on it!
Kentucky Route Zero: TV Edition • Launch Trailer
This game is gorgeous and unique. I love it, and I don’t even own it yet. (Soon, when I have internet.)
“Available now on Nintendo Switch, PS4, and Xbox One. http://kentuckyroutezero.tv/
KENTUCKY ROUTE ZERO: TV EDITION is a magical realist adventure game about a secret highway running through the caves beneath Kentucky, and the mysterious folks who travel it. Wander the highways of Kentucky, meet dozens of compelling characters, learn the secret language of bats, and make some friends before morning.
All five episodes and interludes are available and packaged together for consoles in the "TV Edition."
Developed by CARDBOARD COMPUTER. Published by Annapurna Interactive.”
Video Link: https://youtu.be/vQsdHcMuz38
A Psycho Kid, A Crazy Religion, and Happy Animals??
What is there to say about this? Agatha, dear little Agatha, you're one messed up kid and you live in one messed up community. A word of CAUTION, if you are very religious I say you stay away from this game, if not well I would say if it's on sale and you want a good laugh, you might want to check it out.
There may be a few spoilers in this one and would have loved to post some clips for you all, but without a capture card, my Switch can only share to FB and/or Twitter, but I cant save them. Sad day, anyways to give you a quick run down of what this is all about:
Agatha Knife, a small girl living in a small town and staying in the backroom of a Butcher shop. The Butcher Shop is struggling and Agatha wants her animals to be happy when she kills them. This seems a bit of a delima for Agatha, dont think too many people would be happy to be chopped up and eaten after being so loved. Step in Religion, this is where it became a spiral of humor for me.
The story is twisted, but its very funny if you're open minded. The controls were very confusing at first because there is no tutorial, but press that + button and there's your controls. Get past the beginning and get into the story and you'll have 4 to 5 hours of laughs, but some very tedious tasks and dull monologue that can be repetitive is also thrown in the mix.
Sure, if you want to get all the achievements in this one, get ready to play at least twice. There are achievements where you spend in game money and ones where you dont. You can catch that just by realizing you have at least two choices in some of the little puzzles.
In the end I enjoyed the game for laughs, it has its downfalls, it could use some better screen transitions, that part got very annoying. I'll be giving this one 5 out of 10 sabers.
GEOMETRICAL DOMINATED 😎😎😎😎😎
I FINNALLY BEAT IT LEEEEEEEEEEEETTTTTSSSSS GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
Badass mode next
The best mobile escape room game
The first season is free, it is very long so you won't have to worry about playing it fast. The story is also really good throughout the first season.
Why tf is the dark part in geometrical dominator hard
Like come on
Geomtry dash btw
Maybe not here but somewhere.......
I know many of you have no interest at all when it come to indie developers and their games. But I'm here to stay and I plan on writing and practicing many reviews on indie games here. I hope to grow my following and write awesome reviews for anyone wanting to read. I appreciate any all support anyone gives me. Thank you!
Ryan's Always Right: Slay the Spire
Welcome to the first edition of Ryan's Always Right! I will be posting a new game review every Friday so be sure to follow me for more! This week’s review features Slay the Spire, which just got a massive 2.0 update and a new character called The Watcher.
In a genre all its own, Slay the Spire is a roguelike deckbuilding game. While that may sound like a pretty strange combination, it somehow comes together like peanut butter and jelly. The game starts off by choosing one of four characters, each with their own special abilities and cards. Through turn-based combat and clever strategy, you’ll have to lead your character to ascension using your deck of cards and your arsenal of relics and potions.
Acquire special loot and new cards by advancing from room to room, progressively transforming your basic starting 12 card deck into a fine-tuned monster-killing machine. That’s the idea anyway, but the execution is not so simple. The monsters you face won’t be defeated easily, and just 1 death means it's game over. In order to reach the end you must choose your path wisely and carve your destiny, navigating and ascending over 50 floors, each with its own unique feature.
In the unfortunate (and likely) event of your early demise, you can take solace in knowing that your efforts were not in vain as you unlock new cards which you can encounter in future playthroughs. The more cards you unlock, the more you begin to recognize the potential strength and synergies between them, always making you eager to test out a new strategy and try one more time. Cards I initially thought were terrible ended up becoming some of my absolute favorites.
Slay the Spire is a unique game; you might win on your very first attempt, or you might lose 20 games in a row. There’s quite a bit of luck and a whole lot of decision making involved, and it’s easy to wind up in an insane situation (either good or bad) and have absolutely no clue how you got there. That said, even with the best of luck you’ll need to play skillfully if you want to reach the end; victory isn’t nearly as close as it appears and there’s more to the spire than meets the eye.
Overall, Slay the Spire is a fantastic game with limitless possibilities and wide cross-genre appeal, perfect for casual and hardcore gamers alike. Highly recommended.
Ryan’s Rating: 5/5
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Sunlight By Georamix
This is the next level i am trying to complete. It is cute, fun, and annoying.
Psycho Social. KAPPA
I'm playing another indie title to review and it's called Agatha Knife.
Please drop a like and comment below with other indie titles on the switch you would like to see me play and review.
I fell into a litter box
Kitten Squad, what can I say about this indie title by PETA. First off, welcome to a bad Binding of Issac skin cover. The graphics arent all bad, some of it is actually appealing, like the cut scenes. I'd say a good bit of time was spent on those cut scenes. But the rest of the game just feels like a thrown together cover for BoI. The script has no straight forward story, it's somewhat everywhere. A good bit of grammatical errors, let's talk to the editor!
There are customizable options you can use for your little cat that you buy with coins that you pick up from crates and destroyed robots. The prices on these items are a little out there, even some of there character skins you can buy get up into the $50,000 coin range. Sadly, I was not about to commit that kind of time to the game, as it bored me after about 2 hours. Look below at a small gif briefly showing the "shop".
Lastly, I have to give the game credit where credit is do, if you're bored or at work with nothing to do and you brought your Switch with you, then this is a good time killer. -Live life and Play On.
(Pictures are from Google)
Final Score: 4/10 Sabers ⚔⚔⚔⚔
Anyone else have Don't Starve Together?
I'm very new to it and I suck at it, but I guess you gotta learn through playing so if anyone would be willing to play with me at some point??
WHO HAD THE BEST LIST?!
The best four Admins on Moot recently made our top 20 games of the decade list - who do you think had the best list?!
Haven't seen this list yet? check it here:
LET ME KNOW I MUST SETTLE THIS! You have two days.
Outward is a blast.
This is just a clip that I had to save because my friend goofed himself so bad and it was the highlight of the night. Don’t mind the weird tangent I went on. I don’t even remember saying anything about Mr. Krabs. 😂
YAY FINALLY A PLACE FOR ANIMAL CROSSING
Even thought there no dedicated lounge for it, I'm glad I have an actual place to post animal crossing stuff 💖😊🥰
Ancestors the Humankind odyssey help???
Not sure if I should be posting this here butttttt I just settled into a new settlement (deep enclave oasis) and now half my apes are stuck swimming permanently in the water and won't respond to anything! Help!!
Is by far the best music ever made
Anyone playing YGOPRO , if yes name this card , and Awnser this question:
What Eugene played and beat Yu-Gi Jesus ?
Ok Anyway my true problem is that I need a counter deck ( against hand traps ,) any ideas ?
Untitled Goose Game :o
Geometry Dash: Can't Let Go
OMG!! I can't beat Can't Let Go! I got all of them so far, and base after base and jumper, but fucking can't let go ughh.
i suck at 78% >:(
This lounge has finally been made
A very tiny game only a few have heard of.
So there is an absolutely tiny game called "fortnite" Now you might not of heard about this game but it exists and it is a very good top down strategy game
We can post this now right?? Yay!!
What are some of your favorite genres of games?
Indie Games feature pretty much everything, from bullet hell shooters to platformers, metroidvanians, farming sims, and more! Personally I love metroidvanias like Hollow Knight and Ori and the Blind Forest.
What are some of your favorites? Are you the type to relax and chill with Stardew Valley or do you want to torture yourself with Nuclear Throne?
Was this lounge just created so Moot wouldn't have to add more games?
Top 20 games of the decade imo
1. Titanfall 2
2. Rainbow 6
3. Assassins Creed 4: Black Flag
4. Forza Horizon
5. Smash bros (wii)
7.Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown
9. Ghost Recon Wildlands
10. Dark Souls 2
11. Pokemon Black and White
14. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild
15. Horizon Zero Dawn
16. Black Ops 2
17. Mortal Combat X
18. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
19. For Honor
20. GTA 5
These are just games iconic to the last 10 years ive spent gaming, not an end all list, I was simply insipired by the mods. In their honor i didnt put skate 3 on the list.
Following are my favorites explained.
Titanfall 2: the fastest paced first person shooter of the decade, its not for everyone because of the skill required, it pushes new boundaries for movement in a game, which is accentuated by the maps, which cater to all styles of gameplay. The price right now is dirt cheap for the end all best game of the decade.
Rainbow 6: Ubisoft comes with problems more often than not but r6 is made well and going strong into year 4, another very high skill game but not without reward. If u havent played r6 you probably dont play shooters.
Ace Combat 7: I looked forwards to this game more than most especially after battlefront 2 with the spaceships and ace combat didnt dissapoint. The best fighter pilot game out there, just short of a simulator.
Pubg: saw an article that said fortnite came first. Pubg is the original fortnite and my favorite mobile game.
Favorite idle game
I can post geometry dash content without worry
Im still working my best trying to beat time machine