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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. Join timekeeper Lunais on her quest for revenge against the empire that killed her family, using time-bending powers to explore a vast, connected world.
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  1. Jun 20, 2019
    100
    Everything about Timespinner is excellent. There are only a few very minor things I personally didn’t care for, but they have no bearing on actually being negative. With an assortment of firepower, you’ll love trying out all of the orbs and jewlrey. The time to complete everything is perfect, being right around the 15-hour mark. You can keep doing new-game-plus if you can’t get enough action and become addicted to leveling up everything, which have a cap of level 999. I really would enjoy some DLC or even a sequel. It’s one of the few games of recent times that I can say that I adore.
  2. Jun 17, 2019
    90
    Even in the presence of so many great options for a Metroidvania experience, the quality of Timespinner is strong enough to warrant interest from not just genre fans, but anyone looking for a consistently engaging and polished 2D adventure epic. Timespinner is definitely worth your time.
  3. Jul 14, 2019
    80
    If you enjoy Metroidvania games then you'll love what Timespinner has to offer with its addictive exploration and combat.
  4. Jun 6, 2019
    75
    Whilst not quite on the same level as top-tier metroidvanias, fans of the concept will love Timespinner for all that it gets right. The game’s story remains interesting throughout, with gameplay that’s well paced, exciting, and consistently engaging, not to mention fairly open and deep. It’s a shame that its time manipulating mechanic isn’t put to better use, but that gripe, alongside a few niggling issues, does little to pull this adventure shy of being worthwhile.
  5. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    Aug 8, 2019
    50
    This leaves a loving homage to Castlevania which doesn’t really advance its ideas. It’s faithful to a fault, right down to the bars that run down either side of the screen, locking it into the aspect ratio of a boxy cathode-ray TV. Timespinner could easily be a long-lost classic of the 16-bit era, a cartridge exhumed from a dusty storeroom and ported to Xbox. If you’re in need of a blast from the past, that could be perfect – but don’t expect something that can compete with the best modern Metroidvanias. [Issue#180, p.90]
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  1. Jun 8, 2019
    8
    Timespinner's presentation is metroidvania based me which in turn means as a fan I enjoyed the retro design. Timespinner Immediately gives youTimespinner's presentation is metroidvania based me which in turn means as a fan I enjoyed the retro design. Timespinner Immediately gives you the Castlevania vibe and that is a good thing as it's a classic series to tilt your cap to. Despite the retro vibe, Timespinner is not a clone as it introduces its own unique mechanics as you progress and the mechanics do make the gameplay more interesting and give it depth. Timespinner's combat 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 creative bosses feel almost too easy. I would’ve also enjoyed being able to explore a more which it isn’t always possible due to the map size present in game. In terms of content though the game offers you a solid amount and provides a very interesting story that makes your journey enjoyable. Timespinner offers you a retro-fueled experience that is very enjoyable and it gets the most important aspects correct for a metroidvania title. Timespinner is a worthy addition to your Xbox One library if you're a fan of the metroidvania genre. Bravo Chucklefish, the work that went into Timespinner is definitely noted. Expand