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  • Summary: Zeit 2 brings real innovation to the genre of shoot-'em-ups. Its time-travel feature has yet to be seen in this genre after decades of brilliant games. Get the side-scrolling arcade action and discover how you can assist yourself in many exciting ways by traveling back in time! Blast away the enemies like you never could before! Expand
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Feb 8, 2011
    88
    Zeit2 is a shooter that's well worth your time.
  2. Jan 18, 2011
    80
    Hardcore shmup fans need to give this a look, if only to try something familiar yet fresh, while if you ever enjoyed a game of Galaga, this is your chance to see where the genre's promise remains.
  3. Mar 4, 2011
    80
    ZeitĀ² manages to give a breath of fresh air to the side-scrolling shooter genre by cleverly utilizing various techniques of the time manipulation mechanism it introduces. Beware of the leaderboards addiction!
  4. 70
    The game starts to lose its novel sheen after just a few hours, even as it offers a tantalizing glimpse of the genre's future.
  5. Jan 28, 2011
    70
    A refreshing concept and quite challenging, but the presentation needs a bit of work.
  6. Jan 26, 2011
    70
    The premise of a shoot 'em up which encourages players to be more selective about what they shoot may sound counterintuitive, but Zeit Squared's risk/reward health system, coupled with some fine-tuned, innovative game mechanics, are engaging throughout.
  7. Jan 13, 2011
    60
    It's rare to see any new ideas in a 2D shooter, let alone as many as this game boasts, but they're all suffocated by some hopelessly dull presentation.

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  1. Mar 29, 2011
    9
    If you like skill based action games, innovative game play and high score hunting, Zeit² is almost a must have title. The longer you play the game the more you are sucked in by its briliant mechanics. It really brings new live to the shoot 'em up genre. Zeit² is at its best with an addictive and eternal fight for a good leaderboard position ;)

    The demo does not give you the slightest idea of what action and long time motivation can be found in Zeit². You need to give the game time. I was sceptic at first but got the game and don't regret it. You just realized how deep the possibilities are after playing for a while. It adds a new dimension and tactical element to a shooting game.

    The time traveling doesn't just undo what you played to make it easier like in Forza 2. You can actually interact with your own playing by "duplicating" your ship through the time warp. This allows for awesome moves that special shots.

    + clever time travel that are essential to the gameplay
    + AWESOME variety of game modes
    + great challenges that work like ingame-achievements on top of the 200 gamerscore
    - graphics are a little repetitive
    - multiplayer only through (the very well executed) leaderboards

    This game wasn't advertised a lot and that's why you could easily overlook it, but it was a very nice addition to my game library. I got it over a month ago and still fire it up when I have a couple of minutes to play. Zeit² deserves some more attention!
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  2. Apr 28, 2013
    8
    it's a classic shoot'em up with an interesting time rewinding mechanic that adds alot of strategy. the game is fun and also quite hard. the arcade mode is short but the game has alot of other game modes and you can always try again to get a better score. the game controls great and is very fluid. the soundtrack is amongst the best in gaming and the boss music is my 2nd favorite boss theme ever, only topped by okamis final boss. Expand