Ever wanted to play a multi-player game where you control all of your teammates? Now you can!
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Release Date: Oct 21, 2014
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October 21

Time Rifters Now Available on Steam!



We're now officially released on Steam!

Leave a review letting us know what you think of the game.

~ Jackie

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October 17

New Let's Replay Features



Time Rifters is filling up with awesome Let's Replays, so we've just updated the Let's Replay menu to easily see which ones you've already played and your highscore.



The Steam avatars used for the Let's Replays looked so cool we wanted to show them off more. The avatars & custom Steam Workshop item descriptions are now showcased in the clone room before each arena.

~ Jackie

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About This Game



Ever wanted to play a multi-player game where you control all of your teammates? Now you can!

Time Rifters is a single player co-op shooter where 'time rifts' allow you to be your own teammates. In each arena you will have 4 chances to defeat as many enemies as possible, but you won't be alone because with each new life you'll be joined by replays of your previous lives. Strategically plan your attack with yourself in the past and future.

Developed for standard monitors as well as the Oculus Rift Virtual Reality headset.



Want to play the game with other people? Let's Replay is an asynchronus multi-player game mode that allows you to play alongside a recording of friends, YouTubers, podcasters, etc.




  • Single Player Co-op
  • Let's Replay system (asynchronous multi-player mode)
  • Developed for standard monitors & the Oculus Rift Virtual Reality headset
  • 6 Upgradable Weapons
  • 3 Episodes, with 5 arenas each
  • High Score Boards
  • Custom-made soundtrack



System Requirements

PC
Mac
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP / Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz or higher
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9 or OpenGL 3 compatible video card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX 10.6 +
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz or better
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3 compatible video card
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
10.1 hrs on record
This game is awesome to say the least. Who would have ever thought that playing with ones self could be so fun and entertaining! Time Rifters makes it possible. If you like FPS games but want a break from 13 yr olds telling you they slept with your mom. This game is one to definitely check out! It's challenging and the music is amazing. Lots of secrets to find and plenty of replayability with the Leaderboards. I don't know about you guys but when a level has a % to finish, I always go for atleast 100% and this game actually allows you to go beyond that. You can also in-game record and save it, upload to the Steam Workshop and allow others to play along side your replay. I highly recommend picking this game up. Its addictively fun!

No crashes, No bugs, Art Style and Graphics are beautiful(Especially the Tree)
10/10 Will continue playing until the whole game is atleast 100% done

Gameplay - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAW5UMRUF9U
Posted: October 21
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Time Rifters Review

I've included a link to my video review, below you'll find some quick bullet points and following that is a short but more in depth review of Time Rifters.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ab6Grfswh3w

PROS:

  • Unique take on puzzle shooters where you play each round 4 times, each time adding a new recording of yourself to play alongside you
  • Diverse and fun levels to play and master
  • Good variety of weapons that each have strengths and weaknesses
  • Interesting upgrade system that allows you to further specialize weapons
  • Killer soundtrack that accents the futuristic vibe nicely
  • Clean graphics that are great to look at but don't distract from the objective
  • Creative menu system and a healthy amount of options to tweak and change
  • Let's Re-play is an interesting idea where you can upload your recordings for your friends to download and play along with
CONS:

  • Levels aren't overly challenging and perfecting and memorizing the patterns doesn't take much effort
  • Leader board system feels unnecessary in a game with a ceiling on how well you can do
  • Small graphical nitpicks like being able to look straight down at your headless torso
  • Let's Re-play is unique but novel, depends on the willingness of people to upload their recordings
  • Game is relatively short to see and do everything, would benefit from more levels especially highly challenging ones
  • The acid upgrade is overpowered and once I realized how strong it was I was never without it
  • Episode 1 is too easy even for a beginner player and has little incentive to go back and repeat it

Review:

Time Rifters is a beautiful game that has a unique spin on the “playing along with recordings of yourself” style of shooter. While ham-stringed slightly by a lack of overly challenging levels Time Rifters packs a fun and exciting punch, ramped up but a great soundtrack. Your mission is simple, shoot every block and let none escape. Each arena you play in will have blocks that either move about the level or remain static, and you have a certain amount of time to destroy as many as possible. You will play a challenge four times, each time adding the previous recordings of yourself to your current play through, giving the game a faux-multiplayer feel by the fourth attempt.

If you're a fan of puzzle based shooters, or the types of mechanics popularized by raiding in MMORPGs (or Destiny) you'll find a lot to enjoy here. Each member of your team will need to have a specific role and execute that role flawlessly in order to reach perfection.

The levels are beautiful, crisp, and accompanied wonderfully by the electronic soundtrack. Diverse weapons, each with a particular use, will force players to make smart decisions about when and how to use them. Upgrades deepen the diversity by introducing enhancements like more damage, more accuracy and acid, which causes damage over time on blocks. These interesting upgrades can change the weapon significantly, but not always for the better depending on how that weapon is used. Players won't be able to afford every upgrade for every weapon, so they must make smart decisions and maximize the potential of each weapon . Acid tends to feel overpowered, it causes damage over time but doesn't appear to wear off, hitting a block with it means you can immediately move on as that block with quickly be destroyed. Once you discover the potential for acid you'll to never be without it.

Blocks spawn in beautifully synchronized patterns that make each level feel like a work of art. Blocks take the shape of butterflies, bats or snakes, and sometimes form geometry and architecture. Each level has a unique feel and requires a tailored approach to succeed in destroying every block. Perfecting a level is satisfying as it requires you to work together with your previous recordings and be smart in what each character is doing on each playthrough. If you overlap shooting the same blocks as a previous version of you that block will be destroyed faster, but while your current character will move on, the previous version will continue shooting at empty space.

Though thoughtful and surreal, Time Rifters could do with more challenging content. It will only take a few hours to perfect all but a few levels. With that said, this is partially a compliment as well as a complaint, Time Rifters is so enjoyable you will likely be left wishing there was more.

The leader board system feels unnecessary since levels are finite challenges with a cap on how well you can do, so setting a high score isn't really possible. Furthermore, the levels tend to be on the easier side so achieving 100% on most isn't much of a challenge. The Let's Re-play mode is creative and interesting, it allows you to create a recording and upload it to the Steam Workshop for your friends/fans to download and play with, but ultimately relies on people being interested enough to participate with it.

Overall, Time Rifters is great fun and worthy of the price. It's a unique game that you'll go back to just to experience the zen feel of shooting colored blocks and sinking into the vibrant soundtrack.
Posted: October 21
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
It's hard to describe Time Rifters, its some kind of cube mudering simulator crossed with a temporal paradox that lets you play with yourself. It's unexpectedly fun and deceptively addictive with a thumpingly good soundtrack.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qk_FTMd0_JI
Posted: October 21
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Very fun game indeed! The idea of "singleplayer coop" is also just great.
Every level is filled with cubes, destruction of cubes, explosions, crazy cube monsters, and epic music. There's a really good combo of voxel based things and non-voxel things that just works really well. Also the integration of VR is amazing for this game!

I also did a gameplay thing:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3wzI0KO1PY
Posted: October 21
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Time Rifters is a fantastic game, and while the core gameplay is pretty much old school shooting crossed with a wave defense game, it takes the idea of a linchpin gimmick to a whole new level. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes FPS's/Wave Defense Games/Puzzle-ish Games/Really Clever Indie Games. Plus it's only $10, that's a steal for the quality this game has.

The game plays kind of like a cross between Project Temporality and Sanctum. Movement is fairly quick, jumps are floaty, and gunplay is pretty arcade-y. The goal of each level is to destroy all of the blocks before they disappear either through a time limit, or out a specified exit.

The gimmick is: you play cooperatively with yourself. You get 4 chances to destroy all the blocks, and each chance runs concurrently with the previous ones. So, by the third iteration you're working with two versions of yourself in the past to destroy the blocks. This means you have to remember what your strategy was previous rounds, and also have to adjust your current tactics to make up for prior runs failings, weaknesses, and strengths. The six available guns each have different specialties as well, and sometimes it takes a lot of planning to get the order and upgrades up enough to clear a level at 100%.

Time Rifters takes it a step further, and lets you record your own gameplay to share with other people. This way you can work with your friends to clear puzzles even if they aren't there. This feature is also set up for Youtubers to record themselves with commentary, so you can play along and have them talk to you as you play. It's a really clever feature.

The game itself is very pretty (kinda like Mirror's Edge), and has pretty great music (EDM/Dubstep- but they're not overwhelming at all.)

If you wanna see gameplay/my thoughts live, I did an impressions video as well:
http://youtu.be/aZisQjQ7WGY
Posted: October 21
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