You’re trapped in a labyrinth, and you’re being pursued by a deadly Minotaur. You’ve got no weapons, only your own strength and a torch in your hand. What do you do?
That’s the situation that Tauronos puts you in. You can’t fight the Minotaur; at least not straight away. All you can do is survive the labyrinth, avoiding its deadly traps. And most of all, avoiding the Minotaur. It’s a straightforward premise, and one that’s presented in a simple manner. But it’s effective; knowing the Minotaur is right behind you is certainly enough to get your heart rate pumping.
Tauronos first released on Steam back in 2017, but from today it’s available on Xbox. Priced at £5.79/$6.99, it’s a budget release, but if you’re a fan of tense survival games, it’s well worth its asking price.
Based on the Greek myth of Theseus versus the Minotaur, you’ll make your way through a series of levels, each taking you deeper into the labyrinth. More traps appear each time; not only do you need to be aware of where the Minotaur is, but you’ll also need to watch your step. Spike traps, fall pits and more lie in wait, attempting to catch you off guard. Die, and it’s back to the start of the level.
You’ll want to take your time and be cautious – but you can’t take too long; let the Minotaur catch up with you, and it’s game over. That tension alone is enough to keep you playing. Tauronos’ visual presentation may be simple – with only a torch in your hand, you can only ever see a small portion of the screen at once – but it’s effective. The lack of vision further adds to the pressure; the Minostaur could be right behind you, but you just can’t see him.
For its asking price, Tauronos is worth a visit. It’s a simple but unique take on survival horror, and one that will leave you thoroughly unsettled.