Outer Wilds, Prince of Persia, life is strange … These games that play with time

Game news Outer Wilds, Prince of Persia, life is strange … These games that play with time Posted on 25/04/2021 at 17:10, updated on 25/04/2021 at 17:10 Time warp, return Go back to the past, gestures that control the course of things … Over the years, many developers have been inspired by time to develop new mechanics or as a central pillar of their development. Here is a small selection without mentioning the big bosses of the genre, like the first two Zelda 3D on Nintendo 64.

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Games where the concept of the time warp is an integral part of the game design.

Outer Wilds (PC, PS4, One / Summer 2021 on Switch)

Originally released in 2019, Outer Wilds had shaped the spirits thanks to its very free approach to space exploration as well as its planets with a thousand and one secrets. One of these main secrets is also the time warp in which the player is locked: every twenty-two minutes the budding cosmonauts have to leave their base because of the explosion of the sun. Fortunately, the information collected is stored in a logbook. Thanks to this mechanism, the Mobius Digital Studio creates an ever-changing world where the time of day can vary the places you can access. An indispensable one.

Minit (PC, PS4, One, Switch, iOS, Android)

Despite this “limitation” of the time loop, Minit significantly reduces the time you have before restarting. Only sixty seconds separate you from your death here. Fortunately, the world is not very big to travel and it will hardly be 1h30 to reach the end of the adventure. Exploring the title, sort of Zelda esque with a retro look, is therefore more like an exploration puzzle where you have to quickly find the solution to activate a new checkpoint to go further. either through a quest or by solving a puzzle. So the idea is to die a few screens early and use the knowledge gained along the way to your advantage.

The Sexy Brutals (PC, PS4, One, Switch)

In a completely different genre than Exploration (but still with a time warp), The Sexy Brutale offers the player to solve the murder of the seven residents of a mansion, all of whom were murdered in one afternoon. It will therefore be necessary to analyze the routine of the victim and the murderer in order to save all this little world. At the end of each day, you have the option to come back at noon to continue your survey. Since exploring the place is free, you need to plan the optimal route in order to collect the right objects and arrive on time. In addition, every solved murder will open a new part of the mansion for you. With a lifespan of six to seven hours and great art direction, The Sexy Brutale is a very solid title. The Sexy Brutale – Release Trailer More games of the upcoming genre: Deathloop (May 21, 2021 on PC, PS5): In Arcane’s new action game (Dishonored), the player must murder eight targets before the end of the day. If the enemies manage to stop it, everything must be taken back. There is no set order for success. You have to organize yourself to chain everything together and break the time loop. 12 Minutes (2021 on PC, One, Xbox Series): Published by Annapurna Interactive, 12 Minutes put you in the shoes of an ordinary man who is stuck in a loop timed when a mysterious individual enters his home to harm his family to add. Each time an error occurs, the system must be restarted until damage is prevented.


Games where time travel back in time is one of the main mechanics.

Life is Strange (PC, PS3, PS4, 360, One, iOS, Android)

In keeping with the great tradition of telltale-style storytelling, Life is Strange emerged as a real favorite when it was released in 2015 for its atmosphere and mechanics of traveling back in time to the time when Dontnod’s series marked the ghosts. Everything takes place in a school where young Max discovers her power to rewind events. With her friend Chloe, she will try to solve the disappearance of a student. Sometimes after a conversation you need to go back to find out more. And even if this mechanism is a little underused, the whole thing is still successful.

Braid (PC, PS3, PS4, 360, One / 2021 on PS5, Xbox series, Switch)

Developed by Jonathan Blow (The Witness), Braid is one of the big names in independent video games that landed on the Xbox Live Arcade in 2008. As a result, the title won’t stop playing over time: in this 2D puzzle platformer, the scene can be rewound at any time, and more subtleties are added as the adventure progresses. The course of things can be tailored, for example, to your movements (from left to right) or to the position of an object. In addition to his very attractive artistic direction, Braid sometimes knows how to be particularly impressive. A game to play with.

Prince of Persia (2003 to 2010)

Returning to full game time, we first associate it with Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, the first episode of the series that Ubisoft signed. In the latter, as well as in all sequels (with the exception of the soberly titled Prince of Persia from 2008), the player can go back in time a limited number of times to cheat death. The whole thing won’t be too frustrated if we miss a phase of the platform or action, but will serve as the main storyline, especially in the first and last episodes, The Forgotten Sands. In addition, the founding work will soon be the subject of a remake. Prince of Persia: The trailer for the announcement of the remake “The Sands of Time”


Games in which time progresses and retreats according to the player’s movements.

The Gardens Between (PC, PS4, One, Switch / included in Game Pass)

With his colorful and worked paw, The Gardens Between invites the player to explore the memories of two childhood friends. The title consists of twenty levels, each of which is a puzzle to be solved. In fact, it is possible to move the characters forward or backward by manipulating time and interacting with the objects in front of them. It is therefore necessary to provide evidence of observation in order to know which equipment must be operated to complete a level. Everything in a relaxed atmosphere.

Superhot (PC, PS4, One, Switch)

If Prince of Persia popularized the step back in time, we can say that Superhot did the same when it comes to unfolding events by gesture. In fact, absolutely nothing will change in the title as long as you don’t move a finger: the enemies’ bullets stay motionless in the air – so you can see them ahead of time and dodge them – and all of the logic of the game relies on position read the opponent. It is also possible to grab a gun and swing it. By Indee, journalist MP

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