2 people found this review helpful
0.0 hrs last two weeks / 6.8 hrs on record
Posted: Nov 30, 2015 @ 8:38am

An awesome concept turned into a fun puzzle game. Project Temporality puts the player on a futuristic space station and has you go through 14 chapters, each with its own set of puzzles that require you to use time clones to be solved. It might seem like a confusing mechanic at first, but don't let your first impressions deceive you. You perform a route that you'd want a clone to take, then you rewind back and create an alternate timeline. At this point, the action you've done already will be performed by a clone, whilst you can go on to perform another action.

The game lets you create up to 10 clones per chapter, and hence 11 timelines in total. Many of the puzzles require you to use more than 1 clone, creating a very smart and dynamic gameplay, which encourages you to think several moves in advance. It really reminded me of The Swapper (another good puzzle game), except in 3D rather than 2D and with more control over your clones. The puzzles themselves involve security doors, timers, keys, buttons, lasers, and moving platforms - things you'd expect in many puzzle games except executed with a lot of originality.

Some of the latter puzzles start involving more complex mechanics such as temporality fields, which cause a door or a platform to remain where it was even if you reversed time. Regardless of complexity, solving each and every puzzle felt very rewarding. There was not a single puzzle in the game that frustrated me or made me turn to a walkthrough.

The game also gives you a star rating out of 3 for how well you did the chapter. Creating each timeline causes you to use up some energy, so the less energy you use overall, the higher your rating will be. This is pretty good for perfectionist type players, though from what I noticed, it is pretty hard to earn the perfect 3 stars on a level, or even 2 stars for that matter.

The visuals are very colourful and shiny, and do a good job showing a futuristic setting. The music is also really great and relaxing, perfect for when you need to concentrate on solving a puzzle. The game's story is mostly told by reading various data pads around each level as well as two characters communicating with you from time to time. The story is on the background mostly, so don't expect something akin to Portal 2 here. I think a lot of reviews, both critic and user alike, are very unfair for judging a puzzle game based on its story, when the main focus is on solving puzzles via time manipulation.

There were a few minor problems I came across, but they did not detract much from the overall experience. Like at times you could get stuck, mostly if a door closes the moment you walk through it, but all you need to do is to rewind time back a couple of seconds and you become unstuck. I did notice some big frame drops in some areas (with a lot of sunbeams), but this might not be the case for people with more powerful computers. I also found myself unable to complete chapter 13 the first time round, since I used up all the clones by the time I got to the very final puzzle in it and it was too late to rewind it. So the only way was to restart the chapter from the beginning. Gladly, once you know the solutions, you can blitz through the puzzles much faster. The devs were also kind enough to provide chapter selection, so you can play any chapter at any time, even if you haven't reached it yet.

Overall, I greatly enjoyed this game and would highly recommend it to anyone who likes puzzle games or the concept of time manipulation. I've had a very fun and rewarding experience playing this game. No doubt it's now one of my favourite puzzle games.
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