"I Am You From The Future! No Time To Explain, Follow m-OH CHRIST!" Chase your future self through time and alternate realities while fighting giant monsters, collecting hats, and eating cake! No Time To Explain is a game about Time Paradoxes, Jetpack Guns and Ribs In People's Eyes.
User reviews: Mixed (962 reviews)
Release Date: Jan 25, 2013

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"Showed at PAX Prime 2013 - A comedy platformer that opens with you meeting your future self. No time to explain, follow me!"

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November 25, 2014

Local co-op confirmed for No Time remake

Hi everyone,

I wanted to share some great news. We've been going back and forth on it, but eventually agreed - local co-op is super fun, and No Time To Explain's remake is getting it!

Local co-op

We were able to beat the game start to finish last friday during the livestream (we livestream every friday at 4pm CET at http://twitch.tv/tinybuild )

You spawn with up to 4 players, and play the levels together. Whoever gets to the portal first - scores a point. It is fun insanity with beams going everywhere.

In levels where you have insta-respawn disabled (mostly levels with breakable blocks), multiplayer works in the same way - everyone gets one chance, and if the last person dies, the level resets.

Bosses will now have lives

The remake will have lives for boss fights. You can respawn up to 3 times before the levels restart.

This adds actual challenge to the bosses, and makes the game more interesting. Now you actually have to master the beam and dodge incoming attacks.

New music

MrFuby did a fantastic job at reimagining the soundtrack, and the main game will get some new tracks. The full OST will also get updated.

ETA

Right now the game's 90% done - we are missing the flier and runner levels, which are coming in shortly.

What remains after that is integration with Steam, specifically - the level editor. That hasn't been redone yet, and I believe it's a crucial part of the game.

Expect a Steam release early next year

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About This Game

"I Am You From The Future! No Time To Explain, Follow m-OH CHRIST!"

Chase your future self through time and alternate realities while fighting giant monsters, collecting hats, and eating cake!

No Time To Explain is a game about Time Paradoxes, Jetpack Guns and Ribs In People's Eyes. It's a comedy platformer featuring great music, voice acting and gameplay that becomes more ridiculous as you go.

Key Features

  • USE THE POWERFUL FUTURE CANNON as a gun AND a jetpack!
  • PLAY AS NEW CHARACTERS to blast, beam, slingshot and catapult yourself through fire, acid and fairy-cakes!
  • TEST YOUR GUN-GLIDING MASTERY: There are 60 wearable hats hidden around these levels, but where are they?
  • FACE OFF against giant monsters from alternate timelines, including the most horrific of all: your evil alternate self!
  • Kill giant alien crabs!
  • Eat cake!
  • Fight sharks!
  • Jump on stuff!
  • Play fullscreen!
  • Perform awesome dance moves while wearing collected hats!
  • Play different versions of yourself from the future!
  • Fully original Soundtrack!
  • Create and share your own levels in the built-in Level Editor!

About tinyBuild


We're an indie game development and publishing company. No Time To Explain is our first game. It came out of a successful Kickstarter and Greenlight adventure. Since No Time To Explain, we started helping other developers with their games. Here's what we're working on:

  • Co-developing SpeedRunners -- currently in Early Access on Steam
  • Working with 3rd party devs on games like Not the Robots (live on Steam)
  • Preparing to release Fearless Fantasy and other unannounced titles
  • Unannounced super-secret in-house game

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System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows XP and up
    • Processor:1Ghz
    • Memory:512 MB RAM
    • Graphics:128mb
    • Hard Drive:100 MB HD space

    IMPORTANT! On Windows 8 please disable your custom mouse cursor, and if it still lags, switch to the Windows Basic Theme. We are working on a re-release that will address these issues.
    Recommended:
    • OS:Windows 7
    • Processor:1.2Ghz
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:512mb
    • Hard Drive:100 MB HD space
    Minimum:
    • OS:OSX 10.8 and up
    • Processor:1Ghz
    • Memory:2GB RAM
    • Graphics:128mb
    • Hard Drive:100 MB HD space

    Warning! Runs poorly on hi-res screens.
    Do not attempt to run on Retinas, or iMacs
    Runs fine on MacBook Airs, non-Retina PROs
    Recommended:
    • OS:OSX 10.8 and up
    • Processor:1Ghz
    • Memory:2GB RAM
    • Graphics:128mb
    • Hard Drive:100 MB HD space

    Warning! Runs poorly on hi-res screens.
    Do not attempt to run on Retinas, or iMacs
    Runs fine on MacBook Airs, non-Retina PROs
Helpful customer reviews
50 of 74 people (68%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 7, 2014
The gameplay is fun and varied, weapons sfx make them feel powerful, the setting is hilarious, the software itself is trash, the work overall shows extreme lack of polish.

If you dont mind you may get it and try to play it despite its bugs and issues. I dont recommend it at full price despite how cheap it is.

This game deserved better programming. Issues include very low-low fps, hiccups (garbage collector i guess), freezes (not at critical points though), some gameplay issues that can be forgiven but include checkpoints that respawn you at impossible positions, collision issues (hitbox and navigation), bad audio options (some sounds are not affected by volume controls for instance), some menu options dont save between sessions, they even get reset during execution, some cutscenes can't be skipped. Regarding obvious lack of polish, for example, one achievement requires beating a time limit displayed on screen, the time limit is wrong, wrong total count of level secrets (i.e. it says 2, it's actually 3), etc, There are even images that dont belong being displayed on top of the game scene and cutscenes, taking space and looking ugly in general (are the devs blind?).

Game difficulty is mixed, but easy overall. Plenty of hits just stun you, but the rest kill you in one hit, yet you have infinite continues and the game keeps checkpoints dynamically so you never have to replay more than a couple of seconds. This means most of the game is easy... yet in a few areas of the game you will have to complete the entire level in one go, just because (diabetes world, mole boss, aura of fire evil clone are some areas you will have to step up your game).
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54 of 82 people (66%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2014
Plays with speakers on full volume. *Door opens, mother walks in. Clone loudly exclaims "MY RIBS ARE IN MY EYES!" *pauses game and swings chair around.

Mother:
"What is this?"

Me:
"There’s no time to explain!" *jumps out of chair and dances out onto the street, proudly spamming the mic. button.
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46 of 70 people (66%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
I decided to buy this Newgrounds flash port and give it a try when it was showcased at PAX Prime and when it got the recommendation of Markiplier.

After slightly above 10 minutes of gameplay, it became pretty obvious that this game is a complete piece of trash and I've got no interest in subjecting myself to anymore of this half-baked and unpolished game. Here are some pros and cons...

Pros:
•There is a tinge of humour which actually made me chuckle once or twice.

•The cartoonish art style is pretty good.

•Weapons seem powerful with the FX that the game inplements.

•The soundtrack is decent.

Cons:
•The game lacks polishing with bugs and crashes popping up ever so often.

•Extremely low FPS despite my build having more than enough VRAM and processing power which is stated in the -requirements.

•Freezes ever so often and "graphic intensive" parts, especially boss fights.

•The only penalty for dying is a 2 second respawn delay which in some cases will respawn you in a solid object, forcing you to restart the level.

•Horrible hitbox detection on enemies, destroyable blocks and such.

•A +/- resolution changer which DOES NOT have any effect on the horrible FPS... Wait seriously?

•Some achievement do not have the correct requirements stated on them.

•All the levels are trial and error.

•Most if not all of the artwork is reused, creating a very repeated atmosphere which is not at all enjoyable.

•Controls are mediocre at best. The "laser jetpack" at the first few levels completely killed it for me.

•Completely out of place images above the height limit etc. Devs, are you actually blind or simply decided not to give a s**t?

•The pointer is not locked in the game, so windowed mode players beware. You'll find yourself having to alt-tab back into the game more than you would when switching tabs of porn and schoolwork when your parents are home.

All in all, I do not recommend this game if it's price stays anything above 1 USD.That's around the amount of $ you make selling the card drops. It's a F2P game that somehow managed to get a $4 pricetag slapped on it. Do not buy unless you like fighting with the lag/controls instead of playing with the actual game.
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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
No Time to Explain

Awesome game, its has been updated with new levels and content.
Fun story with many worlds to play in.
it looks like Super Meat Boy, but it focus on mouse control rather than keyboard only.
BUT THIS GAME IS VERY BUGY AND RUNS IN CUTSCENES ON 8 FPS.
I hope this game will be patched.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 31
A simple version of super meat boy.

No Time To Explain is a 2D platformer. The aim of the game is reach the shiny portal at the end of the map. In order to do so, you need to use your gun to help propel you (as well as fight off bosses) to the given direction. During the game, you will be crossing many traps such as spikes and pitfalls. Sometimes at the end of the level there will be a boss fight. When you die, you will respawn immediately near the previoous platform you were on before death. The gun can also be used to destroy certain blocks as well.

The story is somewhat funny. Basically your future self crashes into the room saying that they're from the furture and "there's no time to explain", before being captured by a monster. You then have to proceed through the level chasing said monster, until you face them at the end and rescue your future self.

The sound effects are decent. The gun sounds powerful to when fired. The dialogue your future self spews at the start of each stage is a bit funny, but loses its touch after a while. The music is alright.

The controls need a bit of fine tuning. I found it somewhat dificult to reach certain heights with the the gun, as the controls felt a bit twitchy.

You can also where different types of hats while playing, You start off with nothing (I think) and then you have to search for more hats in each stage. Each level should only contain 1 hat. Hats are purely cosmetic and don't alter gameplay. There is also a level editor mode where you can download and creat your own levels as well as publish your work as well.


If your looking for a easier 'super meat boy' game this is the game for you.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 12
I would talk about why they should fire the programmers that worked on this game but there's no time to explain!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 28
Short and fun platformer with funny cutscenes. Gotta say the cutscenes are probably the best part of the game.

Most of the time, the mechanics are "aim your raygun away from the direction you want to be boosted." Even after beating the game, I still haven't gotten the hang of that. Some worlds are played as a different character with a different mechanic.

It took me about 3 hours to beat this game without getting all of the collectibles (hats.) Afterwards it let me choose "Disk 2" - though that took me to just the same level selection as before, so dunno what that means.

Some levels or boss fights were somewhat laggy on my system (Win7x64, i7-920, Radeon HD4850), but hardly unplayable. However, there are forum posts complaining about unplayable lag, so take that into consideration.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
Surprisingly fun, all things considered. I played the original No Time to Explain flash game when it was still fresh, and honestly found it to be pretty boring. And truth be told, I'm very critical of games on Steam that seem like they'd be better suited to Kongregate or my phone (Snuggle Truck, I'm looking at you). All that said, I really enjoyed this much more fleshed out version of No Time to Explain, and it gets a pass from me as a game that fits right in in my Steam library.

When No Time begins, you're minding your own business, dancing like a dork in your living room. When without warning, a version of you from the future appears, states the game's title, and is promptly grabbed by the giant, mutant crab that smashes through the side of your house. Future you drops his... rectangle thing. This gun (as it turns out) shoots a blue beam which delivers enough thrust to propel you when wielded properly, and just happens to be the core mechanic of the game. You run out across the hills, jumping through portals to different times and dimensions, defeat the crab, and rescue your future self. And the game is underway.

The thrust gun takes a little getting used to. I've heard complaints about the physics behind it, but honestly I never had much trouble controlling it. Just gotta point in the right direction, and remember to jump and thrust at the sameish time for maximum lift. You'll get the hang of it, soon enough.

The overall difficulty of the game jumps around. There are some parts which are rather frustrating, but luckily you can start over right where you just were most of the time. Respawning is weird in this game. Typically you reappear standing on the last safe surface you were on before you died. This can make some boss fights laughably easy as you stand in place dying repeatedly but instantly respawning in the same exact place as you fire your gun continuously at the weak point. At times, though, you can die in ways which will restart the level. This typically happens on the more puzzle-oriented stages, or when you stay on fire or sizzling with acid for too long. Stage-reset deaths are featured in certain boss fights, as well, so you'd better figure out the tricks to staying alive if you hope to make it through.

The thing I love most about No Time is that it's constantly trying to reinvent its gameplay. Sometimes this just involves a new mechanic, like catching yourself on fire to burn down barriers, or flying along blasting dinosaurs in a shoot 'em up segment. Sometimes it involves completely replacing that central thrust gun mechanic. In one memorable bit, your thrust gun is replaced with a powerful shotgun. In another, you have no gun and must use psychic powers to fling yourself along. My favorite part is the "video games are art" dimension, and I'll leave it to you to wonder what that's all about.

The humor is decent enough. The game is weird, the plot manic, and the characters lovably un-self-aware. There are a great number of hats to collect across probably most of the game's levels, ranging from basic, to silly, to bizarre, to completely nonsensical. These are usually more than just a simple hat, often transforming your head entirely. Hats offer no gameplay advantage, but the variety is such that I'm always excited to see what a new one turns out to be. Some are pretty well hidden, or tough to get to, too. So they offer decent replayability, if you decide you gotta catch 'em all.

I had fun. At the time of this writing, though, the game is actually really glitchy. I encountered numerous glitches on my way through. None game-breaking, but some strange visual errors and general choppiness cropped up now and then. As I hear it, this is because the devs are in the process of updating the game and transferring it to a new engine. This update will be free to anyone who already owns this version of the game, which is nice. So it's up to you whether you want to grab it cheap now and have the new version when it comes out, or just wait and get the update. But I do recommend one of the above.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 15
I find the KB&M config annoying for this game. I like the puzzels and challenges, but when my mouse gets too far from the guy, I almost always shoot in the wrong direction.

Using one stick for shooting and the other for movement would be way easier to manage, using a trigger for firing and the other shoulder buttons for jumping or dancing, IDK

It would make this game much nicer on my wrists.

IDK what people are saying about lag, I run it fine, little lag at the first scene, every time, but no issues once I am up n going. (other than cramped wrists after a bit...

This is a cut n paste of my opinion posted in the discussion forum for this game. I can say I would mention this title to Mega Man fans more than anyone, and my only real complaint is the lack of controller support, I enjoy the rest of the game and would likely play more of it, if I could be comfortable.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 14
Before I state the good and the bad i want to say that it has been a few years since a game actully made me laugh.

The good
~ graphics fit the setting
~ it is funny
~ cheap
~ good mechanic ideas
~ good variation in levels

The bad
~ laggy inputs
~ really lag in general even when standing still

From what you see above you can assume that the game is held back hardware wise not game play wise,and in assuming that you would be corect. The reason for the lag was because the game is built on the flash engine. So far for me the game has been fairly enjoyable there are a few rage inducing segments but that just makes it feel all the better when you beat them. The game as a whole is not that challenging. Apart from the ocasinal hold up the game should be pretty easy. As for game-play the way you get around is by shooting a laser or a shotgun. Ther is also a man who does a sudo flying type thing but that is for very little of the game. The shotgun is my preferred method. You begin with the laser witch functions like a jet-pack. You will use this to jump over and fly around obsticals. The shot gun will launch you into the air almost as if some one threw you. So you will use the arching launch to get around obsticals. There are a few boss fights that consist of you targeting a specific place on the boss with your laser while dodging its attacks. These boss fights are almost always played with the laser equiped. The graphics are fun and fast they look like they fit the personality of the game but i am sure that some will find them unatractive in motion they are a little wiggley so I would recomend checking out a gameplay vid if graphics are important to you. The comedy in this game is pretty strait forward but because of how it is presented it will be a real treat but it will get old within an hour and a half. over all I would say this is a must have game and they have been talking about fixing the lag issue after that is fixed in my opinion this game will be perfect. MY RIBS ARE IN MY EYES
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
No Time to Explain is a awesome, very creative and unique platformer experience. NTE will make you laugh til your sides hurt with its witty dialogue throughout. Dont let all the hilarious whacky stuff in the game throw you off, NTE is challenging and sometimes it makes you want to pull your hair out. Take my word for it, if you do not own this game give it a try, it is well worth the money. :) :)

^^ 9/10 ^^ My Overall Rating
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 8
This game is great! it may have some tricky controls but the way this game has been produced is just awesome!
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 14
Most buggy and crap game i've ever played, 9/10 would recommend
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
My friend sent this game to me as a birthday present today. I've just finished it in two hours. I must say that, this is a great game. Visuals are cool and scenario is funny. Some levels are very hard. The only bad thing is game is expensive for two hours gameplay. However you should try it!

8/10
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
HURRY AND PLAY THE GAME! THERE'S NO TIME TO EXPLAIN!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 20
Got it by trading. It was worth the few cards I payed for it.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
I just want to point out that the resolution setting is literally a plus button and a minus button. If that's not indicative of the problems this game has, I don't know what is. Fun, but impossible to play in anything but a tiny window.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2014
Alright lets get down to it becuase this game if funny. You from the future comes to you and gets attacked and then you JUMP around with lazer gun to help you jump in order to save yoursef. But one of the best parts is you from the future screaming about going into interior design and wearing freaking awesome hats.
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2014
NO TIME TO EXPLAIN, GET THIS GAME
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6 of 12 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2014
If you want that game makes you angry
just buy this awesome game <3
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