Teslagrad on Steam (demo available)

MSRP: $9.99

Platforms: Win, Mac, Linux, PS3, PS4, Wii U, XBox One

Release: 12/13/13

In case you didn’t know, Steam is currently having it’s Autumn Sale through November 29th.  During pretty much every major Steam sale, I spend a lot of time looking at titles I have passed over a million times at full price for one reason or another.  Teslagrad is a puzzle-platformer, which pretty much is the entirety of why I hadn’t played it until now.  For the sale price of $1.99, it would have been a justifiable splurge, even knowing the chances of me playing it for very long are abysmal.  However, Teslagrad actually has a playable demo, so I decided to try before buying since, after all, that’s what demos are for.


There is no text. None. Even the tutorials are pictograms. You can, however, check the control scheme in the options menu, but unsurprisingly, Teslagrad uses WASD for movement and space for jumping, so pretty standard right off the bat. The actual platforming is not where the challenge comes in – it’s not about split second twitch precision, but rather about puzzling out how to manipulate the environment.


True confession time – I didn’t play long enough to have to deal with many enemies, but you should be aware that the boss fights are hard, and must be completed without taking any damage. I was doing enough blundering around just trying to adjust to the idea of the arrow keys being my action buttons, and I knew the chances of me surviving pretty much any encounter were really slim, so I decided not to pick up Teslagrad, although I do think it would feel more natural with a controller than it does with the keyboard.


Unsurprisingly, I am not the target audience for this game, but I can objectively appreciate the things that Teslagrad is doing, and doing well. If puzzle platformers with challenging boss fights are your preferred way to spend an evening or two, and you haven’t already played Teslagrad, you should absolutely pick it up while it’s on sale.


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