Control the speed of game with the speed of your fingers
Time Locker is based off the central idea in Superhot but the execution is different enough to warrantee a play from even fans of the PC game. For those who haven’t tried out Superhot, the basic premise is that time only moves when you move. While Superhot is a FPS, Time Locker is a runner, featuring bright animals.
You start playing as a shiny polygonal bear waddling across a stark white level. You are interrupted by a range of polygonal animals, including a t-rex as well as other dangerous objects like a huge tank which is bent on killing you. When you come across these animals, you can simply move faster in any direction to make them move while at the same time angling to get a shot at the animals. You shoot a bullet with every step you take. In this way, you are literally scrubbing through the timeline.
The game starts out slow, with only a few serene birds flying across the level but then quickly ramps up in subsequent waves. A definite high point is when the rampaging orange t-rex appears. Have fun killing that one! The animals are of different colours and have different power-ups or in-game currency that you can collect when you kill them. The green ones, for example, yield coins that can be exchanged for new protagonists whereas the blue one grant special abilities.
The game is interrupted by pop-up ads but the frequency is tolerable. There is no soundtrack except the noise your bullets make and the scrubbing sound when you make the character retreat. The game is a delight to play because you have time to strategize and hence exercise some clairvoyance in planning your moves. The game interface is clean and the graphics are extremely polished.
What could have been even better is a different camera angle which would allow you to see all of the other characters. While you do need a top-down view to keep track of animals currently in your field, it makes it difficult to see anything that might be approaching and thus some of your shots are simply in the dark. In conclusion, Time Locker is worthy of your time.
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Anusha "Trillian" Sinha
Anusha Sinha was a harmless little Clefairy before she read Crime and Punishment. Now she thinks she is some sort of extraterrestrial ninja. She is an expert in the arts of mosquito-racquet wielding, being a silent grammar Nazi and karate. She spends her time contemplating the greatness of Miniatur Wunderland and the transient nature of human life, in equal measure.