If you consider yourself a fan of puzzle games and are no stranger to lasers, beams ‘n shit, The Talos Principle might be one of the best game titles you’ll find in months.
TTP is essentially a “philosophical first-person puzzle game” from Croteam, the creators of the legendary Serious Sam games, 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?
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What’s really impressive about this particular title is the approach its creators present when it comes to testing the game’s flaws. Them developers wrote a special bot program that “replicates the gameplay played by human and uses game mechanics to solve puzzles, just like a human player would.” Moreover, that bot also works as an artificial functional QA tester, automatically reporting bugs it found, using a custom-made in-game bug reporting system. Impressive, huh? What’s even more impressive is that fact that the bot can use cheat codes to circumvent the issues and continue testing further.
You can see for yourself if jobs of thousands of functional QA testers around the world are at risk, by downloading a Public Test release of the game being now open to everyone at Steam.