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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: 9 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Nintendo Force Magazine
    Apr 28, 2020
    90
    An effortlessly fun game to play and come back to. [Issue #41 – September 2019, p. 21]
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 15
  2. Negative: 3 out of 15
  1. Feb 28, 2020
    10
    It's the perfect metroidvania. I liked everything of this game, the soundtrack, the pixelart, the history, the gameplay... I need more like this!
  2. Jul 12, 2021
    9
    A terrific Metroidvania, but terrifically short.

    Clearly a lot of love went into the look and feel. Lunais controls exactly like a
    A terrific Metroidvania, but terrifically short.

    Clearly a lot of love went into the look and feel. Lunais controls exactly like a Castlevania character, especially Soma from Aria/Dawn of Sorrow once you have all the movement abilities. The graphics, while done in a colorful 16-bit style, still capture the ambience of a war-torn world (unlike Iconoclasts, where the bright aesthetics and the grimdark story are jarring). You get upgrades in the form of "orbs," each of which can be equipped to a melee, a spell, or a passive slot for different effects. The variety of combinations you can get makes switching things up a lot of fun. It's a joy to look at and to play.

    On the other hand, the game is quite short and easy. If you've played Hollow Knight or even Guacamelee, I recommend starting at the hardest difficulty even on your first playthrough. You can easily beat the game in about four hours, and 100% it in six. Also all those orbs are not very well balanced, with the Iron Orb and its Colossal Hammer spell being notably overpowered for how early you get them. And since you gain experience points with each orb, you're rewarded for sticking to the "best" one.

    The "time" mechanic isn't much of a mechanic. You have a limited ability to stop time and use enemies as platforms, but it's not that useful outside of puzzles. In practice it's more like Samus's Ice Beam. And changing the past to affect the present is really only used to remove one specific obstacle.

    As for the "progressive agenda" other users complained about: most of the characters are gay or bi, and the protagonist's people are polyamorous. Nothing more is said about it--there's no value statements or contrast. The villains are all male, with one sympathetic exception, and one is a caricature of toxic masculinity. I didn't even notice at the time, though; that kind of character is a villain in all kinds of works.

    So the game isn't perfect, but it is a lot of fun, and easily worth a purchase. I'll be looking forward to a sequel with a little more depth and balance.
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  3. Feb 27, 2020
    9
    Timespinner is pretty much a mix of Castlevania Symphony of the Night, and Chrono Trigger in all the right ways!
    It has the combat,
    Timespinner is pretty much a mix of Castlevania Symphony of the Night, and Chrono Trigger in all the right ways!
    It has the combat, exploration, and RPG elements of SOTN. Then it has the art style, multiple endings, and time travel elements of Chrono Trigger!

    The music was fantastic, but not quite as memorable as either of the games obvious sources of inspiration!

    The only real complaint I have for the game is it was short as most Metroidvania titles are, and it just left me wanting more!
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  4. Jan 12, 2021
    7
    Timespinner is a charming Metroidvania with a dash of classic JRPG storytelling that will keep you glued to the edge of your seat with itsTimespinner is a charming Metroidvania with a dash of classic JRPG storytelling that will keep you glued to the edge of your seat with its twists and turns as you travel through time in your effort to change the very outcome of your world.

    You take on the role of Lanais, a time traveling messenger with a vendetta against the intergalactic empire that killed her family. The mainline story sets a quick pace, which affords you a small but compelling glimpse into a beautifully imagined world filled with morally grey characters and factions. However, the character writing is bland and filled with clumsy attempts at inclusivity that fail to complement the more compelling conflict at hand.

    The game has a much heavier emphasis on the Castlevania side of its heritage, as you pick up new weapons and abilities that can be combined and empowered in different combinatory ways throughout your journey. Sadly, this system only really comes into its own near the end of the journey, when you have the least incentive to experiment with it. While the weapons themselves are fun, the more complex combat systems (combining weapons, damage types) are relics of past games that Timespinner could do without.

    The subdued color palette used throughout never quite grew on me as I traveled back and forth the time, and the environmental art could have done more to remind me where (and when) I was - a lesson that some of Timespinner's cotemporaneous Metroidvania cousins have learned well.

    All in all however, Timespinner still manages to be more than the sum of its parts. Alternative endings and a unique endgame kept me enjoying the game at a peak for a few hours beyond the credits rolling. Ultimately, Timespinner is a solid entry into the revitalized modern Metroidvania genre.
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  5. Jan 13, 2021
    7
    Fun metroidvania game with some false, The music is nice even if some of the tracks sound a bit too much like Symphony of the Night , CombatFun metroidvania game with some false, The music is nice even if some of the tracks sound a bit too much like Symphony of the Night , Combat is very fun and And you can get some crazy combinations that is totally fun , Downsize it takes a bit too long for you to get your movement Abilities So you're going to walk like a normal person for half the game, And the story is good for what I se I didn't read all of it because I couldn't be asked but good story, I would recommend it is always nice to get in the Metroidvania So you can just explore and listen to podcast and it's all good Expand
  6. 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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  7. Sep 22, 2020
    3
    Feminist propaganda in every step ruins the story and gameplay..., not recommended unless you wanna be reminded feminism in every dialogue inFeminist propaganda in every step ruins the story and gameplay..., not recommended unless you wanna be reminded feminism in every dialogue in the game... Expand

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