Super Time Force Ultra is an insane platformer filled with robots and dinosaurs and fun and time travel... sometimes all at the same time!
User reviews: Very Positive (365 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 25, 2014

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"A single player co-op sidescroller in which you manipulate time to create an army of yourself. A shooter and yet also a dynamic puzzle."
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“Probably the dumbest smart shooter I've ever played.”
85 – Polygon

“Not only is Super Time Force an incredibly deep, challenging game, but it has arguably the greatest “fun-factor” of any 2014 title. This quirky, spastic shooter has rightfully earned its seat at the Indie Game Round Table.”
100 – Hardcore Gamer

“Super Time Force is a satisfying run-and-gun game made even better with a fun (and funny!) take on time travel.”
90 – Destructoid

About This Game

Super Time Force Ultra is an action-packed platformer with a time-travelling twist! You’re in control of time itself, bending and stretching it to your advantage on the battlefield. Rewind time and choose when to jump back into the action, teaming-up with your past selves in a unique single-player co-op experience! Take control of up to 19 unique characters, and battle across 6 different time periods, from the long-ago past to the far-away future.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP or later
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo or better
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 or later
    • Processor: Core i3 or better
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
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47 of 49 people (96%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2014
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Graphics:
+ varied level optics
+ animated and detailed backgrounds
+ colorful retro charm
- the wears out slowly
- occasionally overloaded

Atmosphere:
+ vivid and atmospheric epochs
+ crazy action
+ bizarre humor
- sometimes it shoots over the goal

Sound:
+ coherent chiptune music
+ flashy weapon sounds
- no musical setting

Balance:
+ extensive tutorial
+ rewind feature against frustration
+ challenging, but not overwhelming
+ crisp boss fights require brains
- difficulty varies arg between levels

Story:
+ crazy story
+ each epoch with its own story
- story completely designed around gags
- game characters remain pale

Level Design:
+ varied areas and mission objectives
+ complex boss fights
+ many enemy types
- very linear

Weapons & Extras:
+ each hero with its own special ability
+ time manipulation as a complex game element
+ additional characters from left 4 dead and team fortress 2
+ headquarters filled with clear heroes and items
- a few upgrades would not hurt

Boss Enemys:
+ each boss calls for new strategy
+ funny boss design
+ every fight calls for head and skill

Game Size:
+ six epochs
+ replay value thanks to different characters
+ 50 new Challenge maps in ultra version
- solo playtime around 7 hours

The surprise hit on the consoles there are now even as Ultra version for the PC to download.
Each member of the Super Time Force here has a weak standard attack and a special charging attack up his sleeve. Initially you have only a trio to choose from: Said French-Rambo can be a practical, widespread spread shot from the stack, colleague Blockerson skin in melee fights, reflected projectiles and can place a protective energy shield and sniper Aimy McKillin fires again through walls and does most enemies with one shot.
Throughout the game, but we recruit still clearly skurrilere journeymen, such as a skateboard moving dinosaur that spits acid.

The trick exciting time manipulation is something else: If we put ourselves to an earlier point in the level to get into the skin of a new character, then our previous progress is not undone. Instead, our old trial from running parallel to our new. So if, for example, in a passage focuses on secret items and loses precious time, simply rewinds when it is running, and has with his new character through hordes of enemies. Meanwhile collects our old self a good secrets. So soon play dozens of different "time lines" in the same level, enemies popping off, collect items and support each other. A terrific hullabaloo - but works surprisingly intuitive and on the spot murderously a lot of fun.

Super Time Force Ultra has thus become entitled pursuant really great. You can blame the shooter just that he has fallen quite short with about five hours, despite hidden bonus characters or optional Awards notorious for collectors. But one switches off after the first run free hardcore mode, die permanently in the team members, if we do not save by time rewind.

Exclusive to the PC version, there are also 50 challenge levels that require more similar to Portal 2 as a test chambers head as shooting skill. The time travel mechanics is intuitive and fun and fits seamlessly into the breathless shoot-. One also want to commend your authors, who have been able to pack so many really funny gags into play.

Score: 83 / 100
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75 of 96 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
451.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 21, 2014
You guys, I have been caught in infinite time loop and I can't stop playing this game.PLEASE SEND HELP, ITS BEEN 3 MONTHS.
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38 of 49 people (78%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2014
You want this game.
You dont know you want it yet but you do.
Before this game i could never get into any contra style sidescrolling shooters, Hell, i couldnt even get into megaman.
At first glance the whole time traveling gimmick could look dumb, since such mechanics are usualy only touched upon in sub-par free online flash games. But the way time travel is used here is great, it puts me in that "speedruning" mindset, but it barely ever feels stressfull to have a strict time limit AND limited lives for a level. The challenge mode can be mindmelting sometimes, but the story mode is a big goofy romp the whole way through. It has just enough difficulty to make you think you arent going to beat it, but you are given allot of leeway, and it is immensly satasfying once you reach the end and the level and the replay shows everything falling into place perfectly.
My only complaints are about the shortness of the story campaign, and the way the characters are done.
Basicly the only things that separate the characters are what their weapon and their hitbox, i wound have liked to see more passive differences, and better balence between the characters (i found myself returning over and over to a few favorites.) I also think that a replay saving system would be nice, and perhaps a highscore board similar to dustforce.
Get this game. Right now. Go on. Why are you still reading? Go.
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20 of 24 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 6, 2014
+ Splendid pixelart
+ Terrific and ambitious idea
+ Fantastic cast of characters, each with their own abilities
+ Unlockable characters
+ Lots of (silly) humor, fun story
+ Tactical boss fights
+ Replay value (badges and more unlockables)
+ Amazing soundtrack

- Rather short
- Sometimes a bit too difficult to see the character you're currently playing with

[Rating: 87/100]
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16 of 20 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
24.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 13, 2014
Do you like arcade-style shoot-em-up platformers where you fill the screen with bullets?
Do you ever wish you could rewind the game a few seconds to before you made that one mistake?
Do you like taking the measured, methodical route to collect all the shiny things in the stage?
Do you enjoy performing the perfect speed run?

Do you want to do all of these at the SAME FREAKING TIME?!
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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 12, 2014
This game is so much fun. It's a beautiful blend of Contra, Austin Powers, and hundreds of internet jokes. The addition of Saxton Hale, Zoey, and Pyro only added to the fun of this. Great action, great comedy, and all around great game. Also, you can tell it's a good time-based game when you have over 5 hours in it and still don't completely understand how the time mechanic works. 6/6 great horses.
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18 of 29 people (62%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2014
A mechanically sound game that just happens to have mechanics I don’t enjoy. The whole premise of the game revolves around rewinding time to perfect your character placements and attacks. My problem with this is that instead of fighting your enemies you end up fighting the limited time limit, rewinding time to shave off a few extra seconds so that you can progress more efficiently into the level.

It’s a perfectionists dream but I just found it tedious and annoying.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2014
This is an incredibly fun, challenging, and creative game that also happens to be quite hilarious. Like Dark Souls, it is a game that will punish you in the beginning, forcing you to learn its mechanics, and eventually master them. Once you do, you will feel very powerful, and the game becomes quite rewarding as you burn through the stages with a mini-army of your past selves. It's a great concept that borrows from its predecessors, yet still creates something very new and fresh. The game's sense of humor is wonderful, and the ending is the best I've seen in any game in 2014. An original, enjoyable work by a very talented developer.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 23, 2014
This is one of the most over-the-top, punny and enjoyable games I've seen. The rewind-and-clone mechanic works great, making for some of the most unique scenes in a run-n-gun platformer, ever.
The visual presentation is 100% to my own liking, with saucy, blocky, lovingly animated pixelart and expertly matching color palette.
Shame there's no multiplayer, but there's just no way it would work using the game's time manipulating mechanics.
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24 of 43 people (56%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2014
At the time of writing this I have played just over an hour of Super Time Force Ultra (STFU). I may update this review at a later date.

I feel the need to give my first impressions of STFU.
This game looked kinda cool, and seemed to have some really sweet ideas. But something just isn't quite there for me. I bought this game at 66% off. I thought that even if I didn't totally enjoy the gameplay I could still appreciate the visuals and game mechanics. I can't say I'd recommend STFU, even with a 66% discount.

Before I get into why I'm not a fan, lets quickly list some things I do like.
  • The visuals are pretty cool and unique
  • Dialogue is kind of humorous
  • The time travel effects are pretty damn cool

The game looks good, and the art is well made. But I have a fair amount of issues with the core gameplay.
  • The PC port feels lazy - The tutorial kept asking me to press controller buttons. Many parts of the UI still reference controller buttons. I honestly feel like there should have been a little more effort put into the port. It plays laright once you find all the buttons and perhaps change a few.
  • You have to look where you're shooting - At least in the PC port you can only shoot as you move, this makes hitting a stationary target very difficult. I have no idea if this is by design. But I often find myself struggling to hit things.
  • The time travel mechanics break the flow of gameplay - As soon as I'm even slightly getting into the platforming, I must go back and repeat the last 10 seconds.
  • Time travel is kinda repetitive - You're probably thinking "Yeah, of course you're repeating it. That's the whole idea!" My issue is that the repetition isn't made fun. It can often get quite frustrating. It feels like a mini grind. "Repeat the last 10 seconds 3 times to get through this wall."
  • Defeating enemies is a finicky task - The previously mentioned aiming/moving issues make killing enemies a somewhat troublesome task. You might be thinking "get good scrub, you obviously aren't good enough." I'm not saying the game is hard or too difficult. I just feel like killing stuff requires some luck/flailing around for 3 deaths. If that makes sense?
  • I'm told the game is kinda short - Aparently STFU only sports 3-4 hours of gameplay. I'm sure that's for a reason. The enviroments look lovely, and I'm sure they took a lot of time. You could also compare the price of a movie ticket to 3-4 hours of fun. But, for the price I would rather recomend otehr games.
  • Simply touching an enemy kills you - This may seem like nit picking, or trivial. Whatever. There doesn't seem to be a smart way to kill enemies. Progressing through the levels often feels like bludgeoning my head against a wall in the hopes I knock it down. Just move forward, flair around with some attacks, die a bunch, maybe succede.


Some of those things may give you the impression I hate the game. I don't. But I feel little motivation to play past the first stage.

Please, please, please remember that these are only my first impressions. I'm planning on playing some more, but I felt the need to comment on some core issues I'm having.

Some people seem to really be enjoying the game, but I can't say I'd reccomend it after my first impressions. Gameplay feels iritating at times, and I often don't feel in control.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 31
STFU is a rollicking good time. The core mechanic is well implemented and doesn't get tired--unfortunately the humor does wear thin.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 17
At first glance, Super Time Force looks like a Metal Slug/Contra type of game: a 2D side-scroller in the run'n'gun vein.
While the aspect is similar, the gameplay is in fact very different, for better or worse.

The special feature of Super Time Force is to rewind time in the level while the previous occurrence of the player will do the same exact action. The player spawns with a new/same character, at an earlier point of time in the level, and exists alongside his past selves.
It is then possible to prevent the death of previous characters to pick them up for bonus combo attacks, or to be multiple characters shooting at the same target to gain time in destroying something, as there is a time limit to finish the level (which is very generous with all the bonus pick-ups to increase the time on the clock).
At the end of a mission, a replay allows to see an army of the player storming through the level and wreaking complete chaos.
This time feature is particularly well done and makes the game really really fun, as the players create their own challenges and time puzzles.
There is quite some variety in the level design and the atmosphere of the different levels (dinosaurs, post-apo, medieval, futuristic, etc), so it keeps feeling fresh and interesting.

The problem is that the gameplay itself is not exactly the best. Unlike for instance Broforce, most characters can shoot in diagonals and up or down. This sounds like a good idea of course, but it is badly implemented. Games where you move and shoot independently do the twin-stick formula. On PC, it would mean moving and jumping on WASD and using the mouse to aim and shoot. But no, they went with the same stick/WASD both for aiming and moving, which removes a lot on the precise possibilities of navigating through opponents while disposing of the enemies that are on a different plane than the player, and a LOT of enemies are on a different plane instead of just facing the player. The placement of the enemies is good, don't get me wrong. It just feels imprecise and approximate. Thankfully the game is reactive and not clunky, but really I wish the moving and aiming was better implemented to reflect the complexity of the game. The developers came up with buttons to lock the player from moving or to keep aiming in a specific direction, which seems like a weird patch-up instead of just using the mouse/another stick to aim. Especially on PC!

There are tons of characters to unlock, even if the main first ones are often the most suited. They different abilities are great and complement each other, it is really fun to use them and to think about which is best for which situation.

The story is simple, fun and silly, and the graphics are.... Well, it's a matter of taste, but from the developers of Sword and Sworcery I expected better. Everything in Super Time Force is very minimalistic and cubical, even a lot of effects. I did not really like the art style despite liking the variety in the environments and missions.

As a conclusion, this is a game with a great novel game mechanic that is fully mastered, and just in addition to the fun of shooting with interesting and different characters, it is worth playing it. The downside are the controls, having movement and aiming on the same keys does not suit a game with so many actions and it makes it feel imprecise and approximate. Movements/jump on WASD and aiming on the mouse would have felt so much better!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 6, 2014
This game made me rage more than Dota, CS:GO, and Battleblock Theater combined, and I loved every second of it.
10/10

But in all seriousness, this game is crazy fun, with a unique approach to puzzle solving and boss slaying, and a really light-hearted approach to the whole thing. It's got simple controls, good mechanics, unique characters, and the ability to go back in time is very well done and the uses for it are plentiful. I suggest getting this game if you're looking for a unique game to shake up the classics, or maybe if you're masochistic, in a good way. Overall, it's a great game, and at the time of the review, I intend on putting many more hours into it. Actually I have thousands, but I keep going back in time to stop messing up. Man I called my teacher "mom" a lot.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 8
Super Time Force Ultra is a side-scrolling action/shooter game by Capybara (Critter Crunch/Sword & Sorcery).
You start each level with a 60 seconds counter. You need to finish it before the counter hits 0. The levels are based on various points in history like the middle ages, dynosaurs and also the future.

You can go back in time to do things differently (you must do it each time you get killed) about 30 times each level.
The fun part is that you can actually "save" YOURSELF from dying if you kill the enemy before he kills YOU FROM THE PAST (woah). You need to make several time travels per level to finish it in time.

Each time that you make a time travel you can pick another character, there is a great variety of them (Aimy McKillin is my favorite, the sniper one). Plus, there is a well known character from a famous valve title in this game that needs to be unlocked ^~^

The game has no local co-op or online mode, which it's not a letdown in my pov, cause the game's concept doesn't fit well in a co-op mode. It would be really chaotic to make it, since both players would need to work together and make every time travel to be useful and to not mess up with the other's player timeline.

STFU (yeah) it's a excellent game with a creative proposal, well crafted retro graphics, funny history and addictive gameplay. I recommend it to anyone looking for a great 2D platformer experience.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 11, 2014
Damn fine game, with top notch pixel art/ animation. Show this game to people who think pixel art is inherently lazy.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 26, 2014
The people that made this are brilliant, and this game is awesome. Do yourself a favor and purchase it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
30.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 3, 2014
Played trough the game twice, and finished hard mode, have every character and all those collectibles(basically i have 100 precented it)
Very good game that combines Time travel elements with an action platformer and 2d sidescrolling shooter.
Gamepad recommended but works well without it althou i could never get used to aiming with the keyboard.
Story is silly but funny at times but nothing special.
Very addicting game, has loads of unlockable characters(i have got all of them) and you will get hooked on trying to get all of them because they all play differently which makes the game easy to replay and very fun to play.
One of my favourite indi games of all time, recommended on the highest level.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
60.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 22, 2014
Super Time Force Ultra is one of those games that does everything right.

It's a platformer with really nice pixel art graphics and a time rewinding mechanic that is brillantly exploited throughout its level design. The boss fights are particularly original and fun to both play and watch.

If finishing a level isn't particularly hard, unlocking everything is another piece of cake. The "looker" unlocks which will require you to speed run the levels are the most challenging.

Controls are tight, dialogues are fun and rewinding time is not just there to make the game easier or forgivable but to add a sort of puzzle aspect to levels. Add to that a lot of characters with different habilities (although some are more useful than others) and a good longevity and you've got a very solid game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2014
The mechanics of Super Time Force Ultra are a lot of fun. A sidescrolling shooter, you can reverse time to 'double up' (and more) on yourself to help kill enemies and beat the level within the time limit. If you die, rewind and try to save yourself from dying by killing the thing that killed you before it has the chance!

The levels are varied in terms of art, each world has a level that mixes up the objectives and style, and each boss is really fun and zany. There's a lot of unlockable characters, each has their own style and abilities, giving you an ever-increasing pallette of tools to deal with the challenges you face.

The game isn't incredibly hard, but it is really fun, and the challenge level felt just about right for me. For the ultra-hardcore player, a hardcore mode unlocks on completion, that locks out a character completely if they die, unless you can travel back in time and prevent their death. Sounds like a lot of fun, but I'm certain it will make the game REALLY hard, so if you're after a challenge, there it is!

I enjoyed the game's art style, which reminded me of Bravest Warriors / Adventure Time, and the humour is really good. There are a few overlong cutscenes (namely at the start and the end of the game), but they're so well written and amusing you don't really mind.

There's a lot of unlockables and collectables too, so there's a significant amount to do after completing the game's stages. There's a lot to do and a lot of excuses to spend time with the game after completing it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
24.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2014
This is the best game I have ever played, but also once you do everything you're all like "HUH I WANT MORE TO PLAY" and of course there isn't more to play so you get bored and delete it. So let's hope they put together some ridiculous add on content, or some kind of level generator that makes there be infinity things to do.
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