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Theme: Time Manipulation

Group Description

Games which use time travel (or similar time continuum effect) as a plot device, a key element of the gameplay. The player should have an active influence on altering the time-line. The player's actions in one example of time, should have a cause-and-effect relationship with other areas of time. A time manipulation plot may only exist if the game explicitly identifies a basic time line which may in someway be influenced or changed into an alternate time-line (or knowledge of at least two time-lines). In some cases, this may actually include manipulation of the flow of time itself, such as the ability to slow time, rewind time, or stop it altogether.

Some plot examples:
  • Planting a seed in the past to produce a tree in the future;
  • Altering the landscape in the past so that the flow of a river will be diverted over time, to a new destination in the future;
  • Becoming one's own father;
  • Assassination of a VIP to change the resulting time-line from their actions.
Limitations
  • This is not a game group that features manipulation of time game mechanics. Game mechanics that allow manipulation of time features (e.g. Bullet Timeā„¢) may not necessarily qualify as a Time Manipulation game. The time manipulation element must explicitly be identified in a supporting plot or story. Thus, games such as Max Payne should be excluded from this game group, as the manipulation of time exists only as a gameplay feature with no supporting plot. Those games are listed in the Gameplay feature: Time Manipulation game group;
  • Games where the player is transported into the past/future and stay there the entire game are not included;
  • Games that feature time travel through multiple eras, however actions are not limited beyond the scope of the level are not included;
  • Games taking place in a new era to gather some special item or ability carried by the player without any other effect on the world are not included.

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Game Titlesorted in descending orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
The Silent Age: Episode One2013Android, iPad, iPhoneHouse on Fire ApS4.00
Reperfection: Volume 12012WindowsTinnitus Games Holzapfel & Specht GbR...
Sonic CD2011Android, iPad, iPhone, Ouya, PlayStation 3, Windows, Windows Phone, Xbox 360SEGA of America, Inc.4.12
Lost Horizon2010WindowsDeep Silver4.44
Snakes of Avalon2010Windows3.44
Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective2010iPad, iPhone, Nintendo DSCapcom Entertainment, Inc.4.17
Singularity2010PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Activision Publishing, Inc.3.72
Dave: Accelerate2010Windows3.00
Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time2009PlayStation 3Sony Computer Entertainment America, Inc.4.45
Sam & Max Episode 204: Chariots of the Dogs2008iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, WindowsGameTap LLC3.63
TimeShift2007PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Activision Publishing, Inc.3.68
El Matador2006WindowsCenega Publishing, s.r.o.3.14
Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones2005GameCube, Macintosh, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PSP, Wii, Windows, XboxUbisoft Entertainment SA3.84
TimeSplitters: Future Perfect2005GameCube, PlayStation 2, XboxElectronic Arts, Inc.3.65
Prince of Persia: Revelations2005PSPUbisoft, Inc.2.93
Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones2005BlackBerry, J2MEGameloft S.A.3.50
Viewtiful Joe 22004GameCube, PlayStation 2Capcom Entertainment, Inc.3.69
Blinx 2: Masters of Time & Space2004XboxMicrosoft Game Studios3.73
Prince of Persia: Warrior Within2004GameCube, iPad, iPhone, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Windows, XboxUbisoft Entertainment SA3.55
Legacy of Kain: Defiance (Special Edition)2004WindowsEidos GmbH5.00
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time2003Game Boy AdvanceUbisoft Entertainment SA3.50
Viewtiful Joe2003GameCube, PlayStation 2Capcom Entertainment, Inc.3.87
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time2003GameCube, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Windows, XboxUbisoft Entertainment SA3.91
Legacy of Kain: Defiance2003PlayStation 2, Windows, XboxEidos, Inc.3.84
Blinx the Time Sweeper2002XboxMicrosoft Game Studios2.88
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