What I liked:
- The presentation side of the game ticked a number of boxes for me which in turn meant I thoroughly enjoyed the retro offerings of both the visuals and sound design.
- I found the combat in the game to be simple yet very effective and the different weapons available meant it stayed fresh and fun for the most part.
- There’s a decent story present in the game that features a host of unique characters and thanks to this it stayed interesting from start to finish.
- Each different mechanic in the game has been done really well and they fit in with the core gameplay extremely well giving it an extra layer of depth at times.
- In terms of content the game has a decent amount for you to be getting on with and it will no doubt keep you satisfied throughout it.
What I didn’t like:
- The map is a little on the small side which means that exploration in the game is a little more limited than I would’ve liked.
- Whilst I really enjoyed tackling the game’s bosses I found them to be a little too easy to defeat which meant that the rewarding feeling wasn’t very high.
Does Timespinner do enough to get a recommendation from me?
All in all when I first started playing Timespinner I immediately got a Castlevania vibe and that isn’t a bad thing at all because after all the Castlevania games are classics to say the least. Despite the Castlevania vibe though Timespinner is not a carbon copy and instead it introduces its own unique mechanics as you progress and I’m pleased to say that these mechanics do make the gameplay more interesting and give it more depth. Something else that stayed interesting throughout was its combat elements which might I add always felt fresh no matter how many times you ended up in combat. I would however have liked to have been challenged a little more because the variety of weapons you can use made defeating the very creative bosses pretty easy to do and this did impact a little on the rewarding feeling I got. It would’ve also been nice to have been able to explore a little more because it isn’t always possible due to the small map that’s present in the game. In terms of content though the game offers you a decent amount for you to get to grips with and with the added bonus of a very interesting story that accompanies you during your journey then you very rarely find yourself getting bored when tackling the content. At the end of the day then Timespinner offers you a retro-infused experience that is very enjoyable and whilst it doesn’t always get everything right you’ll find that it gets the most important aspects spot on. This in turn means Timespinner definitely gets a recommendation from me because at every turn you can see that a lot of love and effort has gone into this game.
I rate Timespinner 8/10.
Written by: gerrardnum8 (Dean Martin)
Developer: Lunar Ray Games
Genre: Action & Adventure/Platformer
Release Date (Xbox One): June 4, 2019