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  • Summary: Travel back in time to change fate itself, in this beautifully crafted story-driven adventure, inspired by classic 90s action-platformers. With her family murdered in front of her and the ancient Timespinner device destroyed, Lunais is suddenly transported into an unknown world, strandedTravel back in time to change fate itself, in this beautifully crafted story-driven adventure, inspired by classic 90s action-platformers. With her family murdered in front of her and the ancient Timespinner device destroyed, Lunais is suddenly transported into an unknown world, stranded with seemingly no hope of return. Using her power to control time, Lunais vows to take her revenge on the evil Lachiem Empire, but sometimes the course of history isn’t quite as black and white as it seems... Expand
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Aug 5, 2019
    90
    Timespinner is an absolute joy to play. There’s so much to love, with a compelling and mysterious story involving exploration. The interesting time mechanics, coupled with an amazing soundtrack and pixel art style, make this game a welcome addition to any Nintendo Switch library.
  2. 90
    Timespinner kept me wide awake in the late hours of the night. I simply couldn’t put it down until I defeated the final boss. Luckily, tons of collectibles and a new game plus mode give me a reason to jump back in. If you’re a fan of Metroidvania games, Timespinner is a must play on Nintendo Switch.
  3. Jul 1, 2019
    90
    I cannot recommend Timespinner enough. The Switch port is fantastic and the game itself is special. My biggest disappointment is not being able to back the Kickstarter project because I had no idea about it then. I know most people who enjoyed Castlevania: Symphony of the Night will likely be enjoying Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night right now but Timespinner is something you absolutely need to play.
  4. Jun 24, 2019
    80
    Lunar Ray Games have carefully constructed a game that doesn’t demand your attention, but rather invites you to take a closer look and rewards you with refined gameplay, a thought-provoking story and countless secrets to uncover.
  5. Oct 4, 2019
    80
    Timespinner is a Metroidvania-style game that displays some obvious 16-bit inspirations along with a marvelous visual environment. Fans of the style will be delighted and while it is not the most content-packed or longest game ever made, Timespinner knows when to draw the line and offers a good amount of exploration that doesn't force itself for too long, the result is an interesting game that is more than worthy of attention.
  6. Jun 28, 2019
    80
    Timespinner is a wonderfully accessible and inclusive Metroidvania that does justice to the genre despite some missed opportunities and brief run time.
  7. Jun 21, 2019
    70
    Timespinner is an enjoyable game that stands alongside other good Metroidvanias, but not above them. It has an interesting story that somehow feels both epic and somewhat contained at the same time, but is full of background lore that is challenging to make sense of in its own right. Its visual style looks great, and in some moments really stands out, and features a wide cast of enemies to fight along the way, including some challenging boss battles. In the end, Lunar Ray Games delivers a solid experience - but not an exceptional one.

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  1. Aug 29, 2019
    5
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This is a decent, if ultimately simple and a tad repetitive, metroidvania type game - of which I'm a big fan.

    It simply doesn't compare with the likes of Hollow Knight, Steamworld Dig 2, or the afformentioned namesakes of the genre.

    I knocked 1 point for the story, which begins tentatively but with potential. It quickly devolves into a one note orthodoxy of our current day politics - essentially, the Mary Sue main character saves the day with her 'letter friends' (ref. Dave Chappelle) against mean white straight dudes.
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  2. Sep 11, 2019
    5
    Timespinner was a game I thought I would enjoy but didn't end up finishing.

    Game(s) like: The Messenger, Hollow Knight Pros: - The
    Timespinner was a game I thought I would enjoy but didn't end up finishing.

    Game(s) like: The Messenger, Hollow Knight

    Pros:
    - The general gameplay was fairly fun as it was a metrovania type game
    - Any game with a timestop mechanic (or timetravel story) I enjoy

    Cons:
    - I put this down for a couple days and had a hard time figuring out where to go next. Not necessarily Timespinner's fault but enabling waypoints would be nice.
    - The drab environments didn't really bring me into the world.
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  3. Jan 6, 2020
    4
    It seemed like it would be a good game (if you enjoy the Castlevania/platformer genre) but unfortunately the story quickly devolves intoIt seemed like it would be a good game (if you enjoy the Castlevania/platformer genre) but unfortunately the story quickly devolves into feminist agenda and progressism jammed into your face every 5 minutes (effectively ruining the decent gamelay). If they had just correctly labelled it as propaganda, unsuspecting gamers like me wouldn't have had to waste our time and money on it.

    If you have any self respect or any respect for the gaming industry at all, you'll have to pass on this social and political statement disguised as a game,
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