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  • Summary: Timespinner is a story-driven adventure, inspired by classic 90s action-platformers. Timekeeper Lunais is on a quest to avenge her slain family, using time-bending powers to explore an interconnected world.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Sep 27, 2018
    90
    Timespinner looks great, plays great, and feels like what a modern take on Metrovania should be, spiced up with some time manipulation mechanics that feel a bit underutilized in the grand scheme of things.
  2. Sep 28, 2018
    90
    Beautifully trim, transcendently polished, and unexpectedly inclusive, Timespinner is among the most capable endeavours to spring from Castlevania’s picked-over carcass.
  3. Oct 31, 2018
    90
    It's plain to see I adored my time with Timespinner. Its little niggles couldn't prevent me from going back to New Game Plus, or even experimenting with the level cap mode or higher difficulties. I stopped everything for Timespinner and in return I was rewarded with tight gameplay, a rich, beautiful world and all the queer representation I've ever wanted.
  4. Games Master UK
    Nov 1, 2018
    81
    With quality platforming, you should definitely give this time-twisting adventure a spin. [Issue#336, p.71]
  5. Sep 24, 2018
    80
    Aside from a few mishaps in dialogue, Timespinner distinguishes itself with an absorbing story with interesting underlying themes. It stands out with a refreshing time travelling spin on combat that reflects the diversity of the level designs. Exploration, sans the tiny map, is enjoyable, with the past and present boasting unique music and mechanics to keep things fresh. Overall, this solid adventure is a great use of your time.
  6. Sep 28, 2018
    78
    I can’t deny the allure of the formula Timespinner is aging, and if its pixelated font and damage numbers give you nostalgic shivers, don’t hesitate to give it a shot. It doesn’t escape its genre trappings, but its combat, late-game exploration, and interesting plot make for a strong foundation that hooked me long enough for it to all come together.
  7. Oct 14, 2018
    70
    Timespinner is good callback to the 90s and games that inspired it. It has some solid combat, decent exploration, and a great soundtrack. The story and side quests are a bit dull, and the time mechanic never delivers on its potential, but it’s still an enjoyable adventure overall.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Dec 19, 2018
    10
    A sweet metroidvania game and it hasn't a very cool upgrade system and has pets and a good story
  2. Jun 24, 2020
    9
    Really fun game, one of my favorite Metroidvanias and indie games of this gen. The game is not afraid to admit that it is heavily influence byReally fun game, one of my favorite Metroidvanias and indie games of this gen. The game is not afraid to admit that it is heavily influence by Castlevania Symphony of the Night, which is one of my favorite games. Similar to SotN, the game has fun and fast boss fights and a large hub with plenty of unlockables and secrets to find. This game also features a cool combat system, with weapons that do different types of elemental damage and effects. The story is relatively interesting, nothing too compelling but I don't mind this with Metroidvanias.

    The game features a time stopping ability, which is criticized by reviewers and others for not being used enough. It isn't used for many encounters or puzzles, but I personally do not mind this. The game is also a bit short, only took me a few hours.

    Overall, I would highly recommend to any metroidvania fan, and essential for any SotN fans.
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  3. Apr 1, 2019
    9
    A nostalgic side scrolling rpg. Beautiful, simply beautiful artwork that will leave you wanting more. It had length, a nice storyline,A nostalgic side scrolling rpg. Beautiful, simply beautiful artwork that will leave you wanting more. It had length, a nice storyline, inspiring characters, unique bosses, and an excellent trove of abilities and passive abilities. I am a sucker for level up rpgs myself. One minor downfall was that, in my opinion, it was not as challenging as I had hoped. Wonderful job Lunar Ray Games! A real treat! Expand
  4. Feb 18, 2020
    8
    Pros:
    Beautiful pixel art.
    Good story. Fun combat. Great OST. New Game + adds replayability Fun boss fights Extremely accessible to all
    Pros:
    Beautiful pixel art.
    Good story.
    Fun combat.
    Great OST.
    New Game + adds replayability
    Fun boss fights
    Extremely accessible to all players of all skill levels.

    Cons:
    Can beat it in 4-6 hours.
    Exploration is basic.
    You can't play it at 16:9 for some reason.

    This is an example of a great indie game that didn’t get as much love as it should’ve. On one hand, the story is interesting, keeps you engaged and while it is a good time travel story, it’s no Chrono Trigger or Back to the Future but it does remain interesting, without being too over the top and convoluted. It has reasonable goals. The characters are interesting and while not entirely fleshed out, the side quests do help. The antagonists are pretty one dimensional but then again, they do the job.

    The combat is fast paced and fun. If you’re not good at games and just want to play it for the story it has an easy mode which makes it impossible to die. It also has harder difficulties for those that want that. Combine that with a great OST and a New Game + you get a nice indie game for only 20 USD.

    The only real negative is that you could easily beat this in one sitting if you have 4-6 hours to spare. It’s not long at all and that’s if you do everything. It does have New Game + so I personally feel it’s worthy of at least two play throughs. All and all, it’s not perfect but it is a fun experience and I fully recommend it if you like time travel and metroidvania’s.
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  5. Jul 27, 2021
    8
    Solid old school 2-D game akin to Castlevania Symphony of the Night. Timespinner is still somewhat unique from anything I’ve playedSolid old school 2-D game akin to Castlevania Symphony of the Night. Timespinner is still somewhat unique from anything I’ve played previously. Your character is a female protagonist sent through time as a messenger to warn against the empire’s impending attack. You have the ability to freeze time for short intervals helping you to navigate through the game by jumping off of enemies or freezing moving obstacles in place. I actually really like the orbs you equip as your weapons & there’s a time traveling aspect as well. You can even take a little pet of your choosing along with you for the ride. The protagonist gets stronger and stronger as you progress and you’ll be able to revisit previously unreachable areas. I was surprised by how much fun I was having with this simple game inspired by old 16-bit classics. The musical score is pretty good and I have no complaints regarding the controls at all. Expand