Ever since iOS 11 served as the first major shake-up to the App Store – and subsequently the mobile gaming ecosystem – since its inception in 2008, it seems some powerful force at Apple has been trying to capitalise on the latent potential of the platform by pushing through some ambitious acclaimed classics from consoles and PC. We first had The Witness ($9.99) – a true technical showcase for the power of the latest iPhones and iPads, let alone a brilliantly innovative experience – and it looks like The Talos Principle ($4.99) is the next App Store release set to push not only the boundaries of the hardware, but also the boundaries of what people expect of mobile gaming. From Croatian developer Croteam, and published by the prolific Devolver Digital, The Talos Principle is a stunning puzzle game set in a crossover of ancient and futuristic architecture, and is now available on the App Store for the phenomenal price of only $4.99.
The iOS release of The Talos Principle marks the latest iteration of the title – the game has already launched on PC, PS4 and even as a limited Nvidia Android edition on the Google Play store – but this version is certainly the most technically impressive. In a similar fashion to The Witness, The Talos Principle lets you explore an incredibly detailed world with over 120 puzzles to solve. While the similarities are clear, The Talos Principle features a more narrative-driven story similar to the Portal games, and in my humble opinion is far more satisfying as a result. While the iOS version of The Talos Principle does lack the Road to Gehenna DLC, it does feature MFi controller support, which is a huge plus for a game of this nature. The Talos Principle is another game that I would have never believed could ever be a possibility on iOS back when I first picked up my iPod Touch, and hopefully will not be the last such ambitious mobile release. Download The Talos Principle on the App Store for $4.99 today, and let us know your thoughts on our forum thread.