Everyone has those pesky moments in their game where they make a fatal error—missing a jump, running straight into spikes, or failing to dodge that last monster, to name a few. In other words, those foolish little flaws of timing that wreck our game and occasionally bring on a torrent of words that shall not be repeated in this article. These are the moments where gamers stares at the death screen that is politely asking them whether or not they would like to try again and wish with all their heart that they could undo those last few seconds. It sure would be nice if your game had a rewind button, wouldn’t it? The people down at Kumobius Games couldn’t agree more.
Enter: Time Surfer. This new game by Kumobius plays very much like Tiny Wings, but has more than enough additions to the basic play style to distinguish it from its predecessor. As I mentioned earlier, this game gives you the ability to rewind time and re-try those facepalm moments where your otherwise perfect game is soiled. The following video should give you a good feel for how the game works:
As the video displayed, there is actually quite a bit of content to Time Surfer. You can unlock costumes, effects, and pets (which serve to provide you with useful abilities during future games), many of which pay homage to famous movies and internet memes. My personal favorite is the Xeno Tuxedo costume, which like most other items can be purchased with the space cakes you catch or earn in-game by completing missions. All of this unlockable or achievable content adds to Time Surfer‘s replayability, as many of them are just too amusing to pass up unlocking.
The time-rewind mechanic is an interesting one, allowing you to go back and retry a spot where you recently made a mistake or died. This alleviates the frustration of playing without making the game significantly easier than others of its genre. Combine this with the crisp, stylized graphics and music that remains stuck in my head even now, and you have a game that makes you wish you could rewind real time to let you play for just a little bit longer.
For those players who like a challenge, Time Surfer is willing to oblige. Part of the challenge, however, is actually finding the “Hell Zone” mode. Here’s a hint—it’s a tiny little unmarked button on the bottom center of the home screen. Time Surfer will never tell you about the button itself, just as it will never tell you that you can actually skim off the rims of Saturn-like planets, so consider this a little tip from your friendly neighborhood reviewer.
Time Surfer has a lot going for it that makes the game an all-around enjoyable experience. It’s simply fun to play—nothing more and nothing less. The mechanics are intriguing, the atmosphere is lovable, and the controls are simple to pick up and play. If you are looking for a game that will tell a riveting story, challenge you intellectually, or or allow you to play it for hours on end without getting repetitive, I suggest you search elsewhere.
[review score="93" pros="Fun new rewind mechanic, simple controls, large amounts of unlockable content" cons="Simple game, can get repetitive if played for too long, Hell Zone is unmarked"]