Chronovolt (PS Vita)

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Chronovolt is a 3D puzzle-platformer marble game in which the player has to guide his Chrono Sphere through the twists, turns and traps and hazards of Escher-like arenas. You must perfect your control of speed and dexterity to guide the Chrono Sphere to the exit on each of the many levels. The player is able to control time in various fashions, stopping it for selected objects, rewinding it and creating time warps. This increases the complexity of the puzzles. Time is controlled through the front and back touch panels.

During the 19th Century, a great experimental scientist Dr Horatio Chase discovered Chronovolts, a rare form of electricity generated from anti-matter. He found that machines powered by this energy could split the space-time continuum and make time jumps. Dr Harvey and his laboratory assistant Scabious Claw spent years building a Chrono Sphere, a free-rolling bathysphere that could travel over any surface and draw in Chronovolts to maintain power. Claw saw the power as a way to quick riches, stole the blueprints and disappeared back in time in the Chrono Sphere. Dr Harvey by this point too frail to take chase was left with just a small early prototype to pursue Claw in. Without the time to adapt the device, he called upon his young grand-daughter Jessica to hunt down Scabious, recover the blueprints and destroy his missing Chrono Sphere for fear of it falling into the wrong hands. Jessica Chase is an 18 year old bright and feisty girl who spent many years watching and learning from her Grandfather in his laboratory. It is she who will pilot the Chrono Sphere through time and guide the ball through each level. Claws aim is to travel from the past through into the future harnessing as much of the world’s Anti-matter as possible to become the master of Time and controlling his autonomous agents secure all sources of Chronovolts for his exclusive use.

Apart from the classic marble game mechanics (tilt the device to give the ball a direction) the player is also allowed to play with time. By collecting chronovolts he is able to power the time controls. Each of them will have a different cost in term of chronovolts.
  • Rewind time: this is the classic time modifier that allows the player to rewind the game if he fell from a ledge or did something wrong.

  • Stop time: the player will be able to touch the objects he wants to stop. For example to try and traverse a bridge made of rotating platforms he will be able to stop them for a certain amount of time each and synchronize them so that they align.

  • Time warp: time warp is more of a weapon that the player can use against Scabious’ chronospheres sending them to a different time dimension.
The player, controlling Jessica, follows Claw in his time travelling. Claw travels through time in search of mysterious powers linked to the supposed end of the world in 2012. First he travels to an ancient Mayan period, looking for the Tortuguero site. One inscription of the site, now defaced, is supposed to talk about b’ak’tun 13, the period in the Mayan calendar that corresponds to the end of 2012. Then the adventure moves on to China, 1000 BC. Here the nasty Claw is searching for the Book of Changes. Again to find out more about the end of the world predicted by the Chinese. The final chapter of Chronovolt takes place in the future, on Nibiru, the planet that is supposed to hit planet Earth.


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Luigi Fumero (10) added Chronovolt (PS Vita) on Feb 07, 2013