ESRB rating: Teen
Review rating: 4.5 stars
Nikola Tesla was an early 20th-century genius whose numerous inventions are responsible for creating modern society. He was renowned in his time, but nowadays most people think of the cheesy 80s hair band when they hear the name Tesla. Fortunately, Rain Games has crafted a fun and enjoyable homage to the famous inventor that may help to restore his name.
"Teslagrad" is unusual from the very beginning because there is no dialogue. Players begin their dangerous journey as a young lad who is being chased by mysterious and rather large men. The boy ends up in a gigantic abandoned Tesla Tower that's full of cool scientific experiments, and players must solve each room's puzzle before advancing to the next.
Since this game doesn't hold the player's hand at every turn, a big part of the fun is exploring the tower and figuring out what to do next. At first, I became stuck until I discovered that hints to some puzzles are drawn on the wall while others are less obvious. Speaking of which, it's easy to get distracted by the gorgeous hand-drawn Steampunk visuals and constantly changing environment.
Soon after the game begins, the young boy realizes that he's the last of the Teslamancers, and as such he can gain new powers by finding inventions throughout in the tower. For example, one set of boots propels the lad forward in the blink of an eye, and a robe surrounds him with a magnetic charge. These unusual abilities let the young Teslamancer do the impossible, like "blinking" past damaging grating or walking on the ceiling.
Most of the puzzles and abilities found in "Teslagrad" rely on established properties of magnetism, so players who aren't careful may actually learn some basic physics during their electrifying adventure.