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Proteus is a meditative game based around exploration.

It is played from a first-person perspective and the environment is drawn in a minimalist style. The player starts in the water near an island that is largely randomly generated with each game session. There is no direct goal, instead the player can freely explore and choose a custom path. There are creatures that can be chased around or observed, sights to be discovered and more. Interaction is only provided through movement, but certain animals or elements can be interacted with by getting close.

The game has a day-and-night cycle and the weather also changes often. Through a certain mechanic, a cycle can be initiated to go through the seasons. This changes the entire environment and also introduces new events and animals. Sound and music also play an important role in the experience. The ambient sounds are altered by visiting certain locations, witnessing events or interacting with animals, changing the soundscape every time.


Proteus Windows Staring into the sunset.
Proteus Windows More and more leaves covering the ground.
Proteus Windows A misty and rainy view of the forest
Proteus Windows A group of crabs on the beach

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Proteus Screenshot
Proteus Screenshot
Proteus Screenshot
Proteus Screenshot


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The Guardian Windows Feb 04, 2013 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Gamestyle PS Vita Oct 29, 2013 9 out of 10 90
IGN Windows Feb 08, 2013 8.5 out of 10 85
PlayStation Universe PlayStation 3 Nov 03, 2013 8 out of 10 80
XGN PlayStation 3 Jan 03, 2014 7.5 out of 10 75
InsideGamer PS Vita Nov 14, 2013 7.5 out of 10 75
GameTrailers Windows Feb 12, 2013 7.4 out of 10 74
Eurogamer.pt PS Vita Nov 27, 2013 6 out of 10 60
Rock, Paper, Shotgun Windows Jan 30, 2013 Unscored Unscored
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Nov 28, 2012 Unscored Unscored


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