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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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sorted in ascending orderGame TitleYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Back to the Future Part II & III1990NESLJN, Ltd.2.35
Blinx 2: Masters of Time & Space2004XboxMicrosoft Game Studios3.73
Blinx the Time Sweeper2002XboxMicrosoft Game Studios2.88
Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain1996PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, WindowsActivision Publishing, Inc.4.05
Chrono Quest1988Amiga, Atari ST, DOS16/32 (Infomedia Diffusion) - 003943.25
Chrono Quest II1989Amiga, Atari ST, DOSMicrovalue2.90
Chrono Trigger1995Android, iPhone, Nintendo DS, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SNES, WiiSony Computer Entertainment America, Inc.4.01
Dave: Accelerate2010Windows3.00
Discworld1995DOS, Macintosh, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnPsygnosis Limited3.90
Eksperyment Delfin1995AmigaMarkSoft3.40
El Matador2006WindowsCenega Publishing, s.r.o.3.14
Explora III: Sous Le Signe Du Serpent1990Amiga, Atari ST, DOSMicrovalue4.50
Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective2010iPad, iPhone, Nintendo DSCapcom Entertainment, Inc.4.17
Imagination1987Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, ZX SpectrumFirebird Software Ltd.1.00
The Journeyman Project 2: Buried in Time1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSanctuary Woods, Inc.3.76
The Journeyman Project 3: Legacy of Time1998Macintosh, WindowsRed Orb Entertainment3.81
The Journeyman Project: Pegasus Prime1997MacintoshBandai Digital Entertainment4.17
The Journeyman Project1992Macintosh, Windows 3.xQuadra Interactive, Inc.3.44
The Journeyman Project Trilogy1999WindowsMindscape, Inc.4.10
The Journeyman Project: Turbo!1994Macintosh, Windows 3.xSanctuary Woods, Inc.3.62
Legacy of Kain: Defiance2003PlayStation 2, Windows, XboxEidos, Inc.3.84
Legacy of Kain: Defiance (Special Edition)2004WindowsEidos GmbH5.00
Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 22001PlayStation 2, WindowsEidos Interactive, Inc.3.95
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask2000Nintendo 64, WiiNintendo of America Inc.3.98
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time / Master Quest 2002GameCubeNintendo of America Inc.3.75
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Selected Covers

El Matador Windows Front Cover
Front cover for El Matador

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Chrono Quest II
Main menu
Screenshot from El Matador