A platform-adventure game about time travelling, puzzle solving and a friendship between an Old Inventor and a Snail.
User reviews: Very Positive (173 reviews)
Release Date: May 12, 2014

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"In terms of aesthetics, the game looks gorgeous, with artwork inspired by the works of Hayao Miyazaki and Shaun Tan."
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Reviews

“Chronology is a beautiful and entertaining puzzle platformer.”
93/100 – Shoost

“The final product is a thoroughly charming experience that should be a staple of everyone's Steam library.”
90/100 – GamesXtreme

“Braid and LIMBO are two outstanding indie games that have demonstrated fantastic art styles combined with new and complex gameplay in the puzzle genre. But what happens when you put those two games together? You get Chronology.”
80/100 – Bago Games

About This Game

Chronology is a mind-bending mix of puzzle, adventure and platform game where you defy time by manipulating the past and the future, in order to fix the present. Play as the Old Inventor and his sidekick The Snail, and take advantage of their special abilities - travel back and forth in time, stop time, manipulate objects and solve puzzles.

Key Features


• Time changes everything - Solve puzzle by travelling back and forth in - or freezing - time
• Characters with heart and soul - Switch between two lovable characters with different abilities and combine their strengths
• A mind-bending story line. As the story unfolds, learn how the main character has already played a central role in shaping the future of his world
• A magical, colorful, vibrant and living universe that mixes elements from different times and cultures
• Amazingly animated characters, machines and creatures, inspired by Hayao Miyazaki(Howls Moving Castle, My Neighbor Totoro)

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7 or 8
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 4/5th Generation Intel HD Graphics (4000/5000) or AMD HD Graphics 7th series
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 900 MB available space
    • Sound Card: OpenAL compatible
    • Additional Notes: Controller Support: Microsoft Xbox 360 Controller for Windows
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 or 8
    • Processor: 2 GHz or faster
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Dedicated GPU (NVidia or ATI) with at least 1 GB of VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 900 MB available space
    • Sound Card: OpenAL compatible
    • Additional Notes: Controller Support: Microsoft Xbox 360 Controller for Windows
Helpful customer reviews
8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 26
Chronology is a game that I recommend because:
- is a method to banish boredom
- is a adventure game
- have trading cards
- is indie

Enjoy!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 18
Nice puzzle platformer! Short, but still worth getting on a sale.
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32 of 35 people (91%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 8, 2014
Pre-Release Review
Chronology is a game I've been following ever since I saw it on Greenlight, and I'm very glad it got its chance to be released. The game is very imaginative, and the way you progress and use the mechanics make for a really fun experience. I also really like the voice acting, the design of the world is very pretty, and the music and sound is absolutely phenomenal. The game has a pretty good sense of humor, and I really enjoyed the exchanges between characters. The game's length isn't the longest you can find, but it feels right for the kind of game it is, and more than makes up for it with content. You will not regret picking this game up.

Overall, I give this game 88/100, and would definitely recommend it to anyone who likes puzzle games, or likes the use of time manipulation in a game.
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23 of 25 people (92%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 8, 2014
Pre-Release Review
Colorful, cute, fun and pretty. Enjoyable no matter what your age is.

You control 2 characters one with the power to rewind / fast forward time and the other a snail that can freeze it. Obstacles broken in the future are fixable in the past, anything ranging from ruined machinery to dead plants from the future that you can go back in time to save or fix. It was a good feeling to see the dead plant grow massively after just a little help!

The snail is useful as in you can hop on the snail's shell then switch control to the snail and go for a ride and jump off the shell to a higher platform, and it can slide along the games surfaces to reach area's the inventor cannot reach. The game has full controller support but is playable with keyboard but I always suggest playing platformers with a controller.

I highly recommend the game, as it's one of those games that is obviously a labor of love made to bring enjoyment into peoples lives instead of the usual cash grabs that copy and paste what is popular for the day.
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21 of 23 people (91%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 8, 2014
Pre-Release Review
*could have minor spoilers, use some caution when reading*

I know what you're thinking. Another platformer, another day, right? Same old, same old? With the copious amounts of platforming games available on Steam, what makes Chronology worth a purchase?

Chronology, thankfully, gives you a lot of reasons.

As described in the trailer, you play as an older gentleman and his friend, a snail. The present time in the game is set after an apocalyptic event, and using a special device he invented, the old man can travel back and forth through time at will. The snail (who has some sort of robotic shell) can stop time. Together they use these abilities to progress further, to tackle challenges, and to save the world from destruction.

The very first thing you see here is the art of the game; no lame, overused, big pixel graphics here. The world is beautifully exhibited in the past time and hauntingly dark in the present time. The overall look can be described as having been painted on a canvas; Osao Games, developer of Chronology, seems to be inspired by Studio Ghibli in terms of artistry here, and it shows: attention to detail, such as curtains blowing in the wind as you pass them add a definite touch. The transitions going from past to present give a stark contrast: former architecture in the past has broken down in the future, vegetation takes over parts of a city; it's little things like these that add so much to the visuals.

The music here fits in well and is very, very awesome, ranging from happy, to urgent, to bleak, to pensive, and it seems that every scene you are in is complemented perfectly by a fitting musical score; whoever made the music to this, you get my props for that one, man. The audio for the rest of the world is vibrant and gets the job done. Voice acting in this is great, which surprised me. I didn't expect this level of quality in the audio!

The gameplay here is simple. You can utilize a gamepad or the computer keyboard's arrow keys + spacebar. Controls here are tight, and work really well and are very simple. The platforming aspect of the game is transformed through the use of the time machine in your possession; landscapes change from the past to the present. This leads to very cool and unique platforming (for example, jumping whilst in the present, using the time machine, then landing on a ledge in the past). Other puzzles include planting a tree in the past in order to climb up it in the present. The potential uses of time here are great, and it adds much needed fun to the dry platformer genre.

The developers made an excellent choice by telling you the controls, and then they let you play. That's it. You are in control, and you learn how to tackle the game's puzzles on your own. Once you meet your snail friend, they'll give you a small clue on where to use her time-stopping powers, but other than that, it's all on you, and I love it for that. It's rewarding when you figure out a puzzle through your own assumption; that being said, more experienced people will sort of breeze through some puzzles, but even I got stuck at a cleverly designed puzzle at times.

The only negatives I could see to this game include minor audio bugs, which most likely will be sorted out, and some players may find it a bit easy to get through as it is relatively short, and the final climax at the end is slightly underwhelming. However, this game is solid at almost every level.

Overall, I'd recommend Chronology for anyone, at any age. It's an awesome game that rekindled my love of platforming games in a time where I didn't seem to like them anymore. It's unique, fun, simple, and just generally great. It's worth $9.99, definitely, if this kind of game interests you, although I wouldn't shy away from a discounted price.

If I had to give this game a numeric rating, it'd be a 9/10.
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