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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 TitleYearPlatformsorted in ascending orderPublisherMobyScore
El Matador2006WindowsCenega Publishing, s.r.o.3.14
Time Machine1990Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, ZX SpectrumActivision (UK) Limited2.80
Singularity2010PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Activision Publishing, Inc.3.72
Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain1996PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, WindowsActivision Publishing, Inc.4.05
Spellbreaker1985Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Amstrad PCW, Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Macintosh, TI-99/4AAsgard Software3.46
The Journeyman Project: Pegasus Prime1997MacintoshBandai Digital Entertainment4.17
Viewtiful Joe2003GameCube, PlayStation 2Capcom Entertainment, Inc.3.87
Viewtiful Joe 22004GameCube, PlayStation 2Capcom Entertainment, Inc.3.69
Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective2010iPad, iPhone, Nintendo DSCapcom Entertainment, Inc.4.20
The Mystery of the Druids2001WindowsCDV Software Entertainment AG3.43
Lost Horizon2010WindowsDeep Silver4.44
Legacy of Kain: Defiance (Special Edition)2004WindowsEidos GmbH5.00
Legacy of Kain: Defiance2003PlayStation 2, Windows, XboxEidos, Inc.3.84
Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 22001PlayStation 2, WindowsEidos Interactive, Inc.3.95
TimeSplitters: Future Perfect2005GameCube, PlayStation 2, XboxElectronic Arts, Inc.3.65
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time2003GameCube, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Windows, XboxUbisoft Entertainment SA3.91
Explora III: Sous Le Signe Du Serpent1990Amiga, Atari ST, DOSMicrovalue4.50
Chrono Quest II1989Amiga, Atari ST, DOSMicrovalue2.90
Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones2005BlackBerry, J2MEGameloft S.A.3.50
The Silent Age: Episode One2013Android, iPad, iPhoneHouse on Fire ApS4.00
Timequest1991DOSLegend Entertainment Company3.94
Back to the Future Part II & III1990NESLJN, Ltd.2.35
Maniac Mansion: Day of the Tentacle1993DOS, MacintoshLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC4.09
Eksperyment Delfin1995AmigaMarkSoft3.40
Blinx the Time Sweeper2002XboxMicrosoft Game Studios2.88
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Selected Covers

Viewtiful Joe GameCube Front Cover
Front cover for Viewtiful Joe
Time Machine Commodore 64 Front Cover
Front cover for Time Machine

Selected Screenshots

Joe has to kick the Capcom logo back into place
Screenshot from Viewtiful Joe
Intro
Screenshot from Time Machine