Time Surfer Review
- Time reversal mechanic perfectly paired with a slew of challenging obstacles.
- Over-the-top, fun and colorful presentation.
- While death is often avoidable, the sheer randomness of hazards can cheapen a run when you're left with no alternative routes.
A solid endless auto-'runner' and a great update to the Tiny Wings formula - Time Surfer is a great time waster.
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Amongst the auto-running genre's many niggling faults, there's always the sneaking thought that you could have completed a run much better if only you hadn't screwed up by a fraction of a second. Time Surfer by Kumobius hangs on to that idea and says, 'Fine, go back and fix your mistake, but it's only going to get harder.'
The game takes its cues from the Tiny Wings playbook, granting players control of a character that must 'surf' the hills by using a simple single-touch control of adding weight and falling faster. Time your descent just right and you'll be boosted on the other side, flying higher and faster depending on your exit angle.
However, where Tiny Wings ends with its selection of mini-missions and oddly-angled later islands, Time Surfer goes the extra mile by adding oodles of hazards in the form of enemies, pits, spiked blocks, asteroids and so on. The end result is a game that actively tries to kill you, starting early on past the first areas.
What's a gamer to do then? Time travel, that's what. If you tap the left side of the screen you'll start depleting a 'time' meter, smoothly reversing your actions until you let go or the bar runs out. If used in tiny bursts you'll be able to keep the flow smooth and fast - even on 'death' you're afforded the option to rewind, making it a generous mechanic to exploit.
The usual aesthetic purchases are also available, though progression does reward the player with levels that can then be used to unlock 'pets'. These represent temporary power-ups that consume coins, but used in the right combination they can seriously change the success of a run.
Time Surfer manages to pack everything in, from its garish, yet strangely appealing overuse of color, to its catchy soundtrack. For those who have been hoping for a strong update to the Tiny Wings concept, this is where it's at.
DescriptionSurf for your life across the galaxy! The end of the universe is after you. Your only hope? Cheating death by rewinding time! Get ready for an adrenaline-pumping surf!
4.5/5 - Touch Arcade
4/5 - 148 Apps
4.5/5 - App Smile
4/5 - App Spy
8/10 - PocketGamer
IGN App of the Day
* Previously App Store Editors’ Choice *
"…one of the best endless runner games we've seen in a long time." -- TouchArcade
"Time Surfer is blazing fast." -- Indie Games
"…leaving you with a wide, faraway grin on your space battered face." -- PocketGamer
"The Time Surfer soundtrack is more than just a single piece of music—it's a journey." -- Kotaku
"The most promising runner I’ve seen in a long while." -- IGN
"From the old school visuals to the thrilling gameplay, you need this title in your life." -- GameTrailers.com
"A great example of how a fun idea can be iterated upon." -- 148 Apps
SIMPLE CONTROLS, NO COMPROMISE
Two touch gameplay keeps everything easy to reach and easy to play. Touch with your right thumb to dive. Touch with your left thumb to rewind time. It couldn’t be simpler.
EVERYTHING ENDS, AGAIN AND AGAIN
Dodge spikes, pits and the end of the universe - it’s a typical, never-ending day in the life of a trans-dimensional cosmic time god! Pick up speed, magnet and time bonuses! Miss one? Rewind and grab it!
RANK UP, PET OUT
Complete missions to unlock new pets and earn Space Cakes to feed them. Little dudes like Axolotl, Squid Scholar or Robo-Duck will join your surf and give you crazy new abilities!
Transition through beautiful Retina landscapes. Immerse yourself in a starry night as you surf, bounce and fly through various zones with different hazards and scenery!
BACK IN THE GOOD OLD 80’S
Psychedelic visuals backed up by numerous references to 80’s icons, including a police box, a time-travelling car and the monkey king on a cloud.
UP THE ANTE
Surf through “Hell Zone” and turn the difficulty up to 11 with a spike-infested gauntlet or try the Kepler Run, a surreal flight through a galaxy swamped with black holes. For those who really love a challenge.
A HAUNTING SOUNDTRACK
A spacey, hand-crafted chip-tune soundtrack from composer Derris-Kharlan. Each track sets the mood and reflects on Time Surfer’s inevitable doom yet eternal existence. Living forever is both a blessing and a curse.
== Universal and iCloud Support ==
- Full iCloud support - all pets, costumes and purchases sync across your devices!
- Universal App - play on your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and iPad mini!
- Compete with Game Center across four varying game modes: arcade, holiday hills, the kepler run and hell zone!
== About Us ==
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