From the Forums: Is ‘The Talos Principle’ on iOS the Best Version of the Game Yet?



It certainly has been an exciting few weeks for iOS gaming. While 2017 has, on the whole, being an incredibly strong year for the platform, the onset of iOS 11 has resulted in a couple of huge surprise releases that have eclipsed everything else in their wake. The Witness [$9.99] brought Jonathan Blow’s vibrant and challenging puzzler to the smaller screen in what can only be described as a phenomenal technical achievement, and this week The Talos Principle [$4.99] marked the latest – and hopefully not the last – major indie port for mobile devices. While there are hundreds of other reviews for the game that you can easily find online, as well as the official TouchArcade review hitting your screens soon, it’s no secret that The Talos Principle is an excellent puzzle title that is more than worth the $4.99 from a gameplay perspective. However, the most pressing question for mobile gamers, and especially those who may already own the game on other consoles, is whether this iOS iteration is a fitting tribute to its incredible source material. To help, I’ve enlisted the assistance of the TouchArcade forums to share their thoughts on The Talos Principle on iPhone and iPad.

The overwhelming positive feedback for The Talos Principle amongst our mobile community emphasises the fact that Croteam and Devolver Digital have done a mightily impressive job, however there were understandably many concerns over two elements of this port – performance and controls. Thankfully, the game has received almost universal praise in the former category, despite some evident compromises present. Leokon96 and JRJulius both reported that The Talos Principle ran well on the iPad Mini 2 and iPad Mini 4 respectively, while kowalos highlighted that, unlike The Witness, the game was ‘very smooth’ on a first generation iPad Pro 12.9″. However, this slick performance and resulting conservative battery usage comes at the expense of graphical fidelity, with the same users citing…

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