The lights are on
we first laid eyes on Super Time Force, we sung the praises of its
retro style, fun-loving sense of humor, and clever time altering
mechanic. With the game essentially content complete, developer
Capybara Games infiltrated PAX Prime with a brand new build to show
the wacky sensibilities of the '80s Saturday morning cartoons, Super
Time Force follows a band of characters who travel back in time (and
into the future) to right the wrongs of the world. Instead of
addressing big ticket issues like the Holocaust or Lincoln
assassination, this elite squad has more pressing concerns, like
preventing the extinction of dinosaurs and traveling into the future
to download Internet plug-ins so they don't have to sit through years
of tedious updates.
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, you visit the various
time periods you recruit new blood to your cause. Each new character
is a clever spin on an '80s icons, such as the skateboarding dinosaur
Zackasaurus (think Poochie from The Simpsons) and chain-gun
toting Jean Rambois (pretty self explanatory). All the characters
have unique attacks and special charged abilities. Each
time traveling ass-kicker also wields the capability to reverse time
if things go wrong. Since one bullet puts you down, things will
definitely go wrong, but losing a life is far from game over. Upon
dying, you can rewind to whatever point in the past you want and drop
back into the game with either the same person or another one of the
15 characters (a number that Capy president Nathan Vella says is
still subject to change).
you give it another go, the ghosts of your previous attempts tag
along for the fight, taking down the same enemies as before and
ultimately suffering the same fate unless you can kill their
assailants before they meet their doom. Doing so gives your current
character the ability to absorb their charge skills for one use. You
can stack several of these onto a character at once, which deliver
some explosive payloads. In a nod to the Contra code, players have 30
rewinds to use in each level. Some people may need all of these to
survive, but skilled players can earn badges for using them
If you're having trouble moving through a particular section, sometimes it's wise to rewind and redouble your
efforts with a hero better suited for the encounter. Need to break a
constant barrage of gunfire? Shieldy Blockerson is your man (er,
robot). Is an enemy camping behind a barrier? Use Lassie Sniperz's
ability to shoot through cover. Herein lies a surprising depth of
strategy; savvy players can string together a series of rewinds to
put on a formidable display of time-traveling badassery. Doing so in
a timely manner is paramount, because each level must be completed in
forces is also the best strategy for quickly dealing with bosses. The
PAX demo featured a large poo monster who isn't taken down easily.
Players won't often have enough time left on the clock to handle
situations like this with with one character, so the better play is
to stack your offensive capabilities with multiple characters as the
you first jump into the game, Super Time Force can be overwhelming.
The screen is action-packed, with bullets flying from multiple
directions and busy backdrops distracting the eye. I died foolishly
and repeatedly during my brief hands on time, but rather then
dropping the controller and walking away in frustration, I instead
wanted to spend more time with the time scrubbing mechanic to learn
its nuances. If Super Time Force can successfully urge players to
give the game another go after each failure instead of making them
pull their hair out, much like Dark Souls it could attract an eager
audience searching for a more challenging experience than most modern
for the game to hit Xbox Live later this year.
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This should come to vita too
Haha, that's sure to be an interesting title with its indie looks.
*Sigh* No PSN, no Super Time Force for me.
Curses!! Only on Xbox.
Did anyone else notice the Back to the Future reference? No? Just me? My Dad?
this one is really good