You are a time-travelling cadet tasked with exploring the Jurassic era and the ancient creatures that once ruled the prehistoric oceans. Things take a turn when melting ice caps in the present unleash an ancient deadly virus that lays waste to humanity... and the key to the cure lies in the extraordinary creatures of prehistory.
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Mixed (68 reviews) - 69% of the 68 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: May 19, 2016

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June 17

Weekly Facts: The Neoparadoxia

Neoparadoxia is part of an extinct family of ocean-going mammals approximately from approximately 14 million years ago (think hippo & manatee)!

Want to learn more about this awesome creature? Check out this article by Dr. Barnes "A new Genus and Species of Late Miocene Paleoparadoiid" and swim up close and personal in Time Machine VR:

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June 10

Weekly Facts: The Mosasaurus

Hey Time Travelers,

We’ll be releasing facts about the creatures in Time Machine VR, the development of the game, and discoveries you can make on a weekly basis. Stay tuned by following us here, on Twitter , on Facebook , and on our Website .

Our first factoid is about the mosasaurus. Mosasauruses had double-hinged jaws and flexible skulls (like snakes), and could eat their prey almost whole.

You can check out TheGamingBeaver having a close encounter with a mosasaur on YouTube !

Got any cool facts of your own that you’d like to share? Hit us up and share your knowledge in TMVR!

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Reviews

“A virtual reality Jurassic Park.”
POLYGON

“VR communicates scale in a way traditional games can’t, and Time Machine captures this perfectly.”
GAMESPOT

“I now know which piece of software will be the first loaded up when I finally get one [Oculus Rift] in my home: Minority’s Time Machine VR.”
HARDCORE GAMER

About This Game

NOTE: Time Machine VR now runs on Oculus Rift (CV1) and HTC Vive headsets. Xbox 360 and Xbox One controllers supported.

SYNOPSIS

You are a time-travelling cadet tasked with exploring the Jurassic era and the ancient creatures that once ruled the prehistoric oceans. Things take a turn when melting ice caps in the present unleash an ancient deadly virus that lays waste to humanity... and the key to the cure lies in the extraordinary creatures of prehistory. You will need your wits and cunning to survive the past and save the future.

STORY MODE

Svalbard & the DinoDex

You begin your journey inside your mission hub, in Svalbard, Norway. It shelters your time machine and comes equipped with the DinoDex, a depository of the information you will collect from the prehistoric creatures you encounter. Every time you return to Svalbard with new discoveries, upload them to the DinoDex to unlock crucial data and creatures.

The Jurassic Oceans

Pilot your time machine through the treacherous oceans of prehistory, where mosasaurus, livyatan, and megalodon, among others, roam the deep. Use your high-tech equipment to track, probe, and scan these beasts, extracting the information you need. Bait creatures to turn risky situations to your advantage. Freeze time and perform dangerous close-up echography and take unique live snapshots of creatures in action with Behavior Scan as you strive to fulfill your mission.

EXPLORATION MODE

Revisit completed levels and unlock crucial intelligence about the Jurassic-era creatures you have faced. Then, follow these clues to uncover the key to human kind’s survival.

FEATURES

  • A game about time travel, prehistoric creatures, and human extinction;
  • Story Mode;
  • Exploration Mode;
  • Explore an immersive Jurassic underwater world;
  • Navigate a living and dangerous ecosystem populated by mysterious creatures: mosasaurus, livyatan, megalodon, and more;
  • An expansive on-land VR mission hub located in Svalbard, Norway;
  • The DinoDex: upload collected data, and unlock creatures;
  • Over 10 hours of gameplay.

A FULL RANGE OF TECH-BASED MECHANICS

  • Time Freeze: Briefly slow down time around you, then use that moment to engage with creatures at close range;
  • Tracker: Visibility is limited in the treacherous Jurassic oceans. Use the Tracker to locate creatures in the dark or behind rock formations;
  • Probe: Shoot it at creatures to instantly collect genetic data about their species;
  • Scan: Approach prehistoric creatures and use Scan to gather intelligence on specific anatomical features;
  • Bait: The Jurassic oceans of Time Machine VR are living ecosystems, where your understanding of the dynamic food chain plays a decisive role on your ability to complete your mission. Use Bait to create situations that move the odds in your favor;
  • Echography (Echo): Use Echo’s ultrasound technology to understand the inner workings of the beasts of the deep;
  • Behavior Scan: Take unique live snapshots of creatures in action;
  • Exo Scan: Take precision scans of a creature's surface to uncover hidden details that may have gone unnoticed at first glance.

Please refer to our Health & Safety Page :
http://www.weareminority.com/about-minority/health-safety-warning/

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 4670 (or equivalent)
    • Graphics: GeForce GTX 970 GPU (or equivalent)
    • Additional Notes: Time Machine VR now runs on Oculus Rift (CV1) and HTC Vive headsets. Xbox 360 and Xbox One controllers supported.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 8
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 4670 (or equivalent)
    • Graphics: GeForce GTX 980 GPU (or equivalent)
    • Additional Notes: Time Machine VR now runs on Oculus Rift (CV1) and HTC Vive headsets. Xbox 360 and Xbox One controllers supported.
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Overall:
Mixed (68 reviews)
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mothman
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 20
I actually had previously purchased Time Machine VR to demostrate the power of the HTC Vive with my family.

I was watching my son play Time Machine VR and based on the media provided on the store page I thought he was going to jump or get scared but instead both of us were very bored.

This game has very little action besides taking snapshots which again to me was a big let down.

For kids younger than 10 then this would be a nice game, but otherwise I do not recommend.
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ℕƸѴƸℝ ℳƸ ℜAT
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Pre-Release Review
Posted: June 19
7/10
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b_buettner
( 8.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 14
I enjoyed this game quite a bit. I definitely recomend it, but the price is a little steep. I enjoyed the aesthetics of the environments the most next to the scale of the creatures. It was a beautiful game for sure. However, the actual game mechanics are a little dull and extremely repetitive. Controls with the vive controller were a bit irritating but not enough for me to switch to a game pad. There was a lot of build up for a cool ending that ended up being underwhelming. I wish there was more variety in the gameplay but the lenght was very satisfying.
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HowdyMoto
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 5
This is the first game I've felt compelled to review. It was annoying to control, and the challenges weren't really fun, and the writing was uninteresting. After an hour or so, I have no desire to play any more. This was the first game I was excited to try with my Vive, but I was bored and frustrated.
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justforyouenjoi
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 3
So far the only game that made me motion sick with the vive. It's really fun for an hour but then it's just repetitive and naseau. I'm not sure what causes it because I can play windlands all day with no trouble. I hope the devs can make a better experience next time because there is a lot of potential here.
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Crystalman_X
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 1
Controls felt very clunky with the vive and as such I had a lot of issues just trying to get through the first mission of the game. In game videos made me feel like I was on a bad amusement park ride instead of jumping through time to see dinos. Also this game was a seated experiance only which threw me off since it does support motion controls. All in all I returned the game, it was not what I'm looking for in a VR dinosaur game.
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psudonym
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Pre-Release Review
Posted: May 28
Not a big fan of this game, didn't really like the control system. I felt like it lacked the senstivity of movement. And didn't find it much fun. Also was the first game to give me motion sicknes, but perhaps I don't have a fast enough PC for it.
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OpenTangent
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
Great idea, fun and educational and a well designed seated experience. A few suggestions though; the Vive controls for strafing and turning should be swapped, the left trigger should move the pod (including strafing) and the left touchpad should rotate the pod. In addition to being more intuitive this would add the possibility to rotate vertically (maybe an option for advanced players).

Secondly, when loading new areas the player is often briefly sent back to Steam's VR lobby. If possible try keep the player inside the pulsating pod while loading. Lastly, I realise that VR is very resource intensive but adding more graphical effects like particles, god rays and more flora would be great for those who can run it.

Otherwise, the pod concept with it's subtle hexagonal grid is a very immersive experience. I hope to see more games from this developer in future.
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Alt.
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
This made me super motion sick. Did not like the controls
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Kranitoko
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
It looks pretty and worth your time (for the moment), but it feels rather repetitive. Plus once you go through all of the portals, the story is "technically" done, and then in order to reach 100%, it becomes a grind where you literally have to scan everything to get there... It's cool to begin with, but the "10 hours" of gameplay will literally be "two hours of interesting content" then probably "8 hours of grind" at least that's what it appears to look like... If that is also the case, the price is rather high.

Plus, don't expect to see any land creatures. It's all annoyingly underwater...
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
I actually had previously purchased Time Machine VR to demostrate the power of the HTC Vive with my family.

I was watching my son play Time Machine VR and based on the media provided on the store page I thought he was going to jump or get scared but instead both of us were very bored.

This game has very little action besides taking snapshots which again to me was a big let down.

For kids younger than 10 then this would be a nice game, but otherwise I do not recommend.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 14
I enjoyed this game quite a bit. I definitely recomend it, but the price is a little steep. I enjoyed the aesthetics of the environments the most next to the scale of the creatures. It was a beautiful game for sure. However, the actual game mechanics are a little dull and extremely repetitive. Controls with the vive controller were a bit irritating but not enough for me to switch to a game pad. There was a lot of build up for a cool ending that ended up being underwhelming. I wish there was more variety in the gameplay but the lenght was very satisfying.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
So far the only game that made me motion sick with the vive. It's really fun for an hour but then it's just repetitive and naseau. I'm not sure what causes it because I can play windlands all day with no trouble. I hope the devs can make a better experience next time because there is a lot of potential here.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
This is the first game I've felt compelled to review. It was annoying to control, and the challenges weren't really fun, and the writing was uninteresting. After an hour or so, I have no desire to play any more. This was the first game I was excited to try with my Vive, but I was bored and frustrated.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
61 of 77 people (79%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: February 6
While the game gives you a good start experience, it quickly gets boring and repetitive.
The game is too short and have less than two hours of gameplay. I think, for the lack of content, its quite expensive on its actual state and seeing how slow progress, it seems that this game wont ever be anything great.

Of those two hours of gameplay we must take into account that its really a lot less. The game itself contains only two very small levels which you cant even explore freely because you get magically teleported back. Those two hours of gameplay its only due the slow pace at which the game tells you what to do on every step. There is nothing chagenging at all, no way to do something wrong. You just simply obey and push the button that you are told.

The game gest boring easily when you notice that no matter which tool you will use to "get" data, it still the same on every case and all of them just make you go near the dinosaur and click a button. Its also pretty sad that lacks any kind of exploration. All you do is move in a little "pool" with only two species of dinosaurs which arent even interesting to start. Their behavior is also pretty bad done. They often go inside rocks or even out of water. It doesnt matter how agressive they are, they will hardly eat you due their limited IA that makes them swim in circles around you before even being able to reach you with their mouth. Which isnt even a problem as you never die, just get teleported few meters back.

To be a game where you mostly watch like if it were a documentary, the lack of content as well as the environment makes you dont want to play for long. There is absolutely nothing to explore, it lacks something impressive to watch. I wish it had some cool under the sea structures like caves, coral rifts, dark deep areas, etc.. but no. Something pretty annoying is the blue effect. Im not sure why everything inside water is blue, water isnt blue after all. It should be pretty dark on the deepest areas.

Also, take into account, that half of the game duration is based on the first level which is the free demo that you can download anytime. I recommend you to download that and play, you wont get "more" from playing the actual game anyway. I have spent more time and felt more realistic just playing the demo Neptune Flux which gives you a way more inmersion than this "3D museum simulator".

Despite of being an early access game, if we take into account its price, we are just looking to a very poor game. I got very impressed by the demo because it looked like a nice start for a cool game. Then you realize that all the game have to offer is just that simply start.
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77 of 106 people (73%) found this review helpful
23 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 28, 2015
Wow this little game was simply STUNNING !!! I felt so immersed when playing this with Oculus Rift Dk 2
headtracking was buttery smooth, the graphics looks very nice, sunrays shining true the ocean. A very very
plesant experience.

http://youtu.be/Jr9eo0gFBoM
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44 of 55 people (80%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 9
Would you like to marvel at the massive marine beasts of the past? I know I would. Ok I know VR visuals look more like an N64 than we would want but come on and suspend your disbelief and have some fun. I jumped at the chance at trying this interactive learning experience. Instead After a few hours exploring Im dissapointed at how terriblely badly the scanning system, which is the core "game play" mechanic in Time Machine VR has been implimented. Points deducted for a very hit and miss programming which ends up turning an experience that should be magical into a frustrating one.

After the 10th time trying to capture the feeding behaviour of a massive beast that I was clearly seeing but for some (unexplained) reason Time Machine VR was telling me I wasnt capturing had me exiting in frustration. Couple this with every gamers dread, the unskippable exposition scene! and I was wondering if A, had these guys played a game before never mind developing one and B why these eye rollingly rudimentary problems are following us into the brave new world of VR and stinking it up like 200 tons for rotting dino-fish.

Not polished enough to recommend but nice models and animations are worth seeing, just not at this price so just try the demo instead.

*Update* Now tested on Vive and has horrible graphical latency, conclusion: AVOID
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21 of 22 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
It's a really great concept, educational and fun, however if you suffer from motion sickness this may be one to avoid.
I've played most of the top titles available on the Vive and haven't suffered motion sickness on any until now. After 20 mins of playing and thoroughly enjoying the game the motion sickness started. I believe it's due to the game being seated and the gliding motion of the pod.
I'm still very keen to play the game and will probably stick to one mission at a time.
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33 of 44 people (75%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 28, 2015
This is by far the most impressive VR experience I've had with the DK2 yet. It feels very immersive, and it runs very well. I experienced very little nausea. At one point the game has you enter a giant fish's mouth for science. It kinda freaked me out a bit. I recommend this! Played with Windows 10 and .7 runtime.
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23 of 30 people (77%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 29, 2015
Having spent the past 15 years of my life sculpting life-size dinosaurs for theme parks it's fair to say I'm quite the fan of prehistoric monsters so buying this game was a no brainer. Time Machine VR is pretty much everything I want from a VR experience being both educational and thrilling (seriously the Pilosaurus scares the crap outta me). The headtracking is very smooth and I haven't experienced any nausea. As it's early access there are a few bugs here and there but doesn't detract from the experience, also runs great on my modest GTX680. Overall it's been one of my favourite experiences so far on the DK2 and well worth the asking price. Eagerly looking forward to what future updates bring.
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