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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Release Date: May 19, 2016

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August 12

Weekly Facts: The Ophthalmosaurus

The Ophthalmosaurus had eyes that were bigger than footballs (28-30cm long)!

"The young were born alive and were probably immediately brought to the surface by the mother or instinctively sought the surface as other pelagic birthing marine mammals do today. These air breathing predators evolved from terrestrial ancestors, who themselves had evolved from fish." Read more about this amazing creature here!

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August 3

Weekly Facts: The Elasmosaurus

"At close to 50 feet long and up to three tons, Elasmosaurus was one of the biggest plesiosaurs of the Mesozoic Era, though still not a match for the largest representatives of other marine reptile families (the ichthyosaurs, pliosaurus and mosasaurs), some genera of which could weigh up to 50 tons."

Also, apparently, Elasmosaurus was part of something called the "Bone Wars" which was instigated by a bitter feud between two paleontologists!

Read some more facts about the Elasmosaurus here .

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“A virtual reality Jurassic Park.”

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

“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.”

About This Game

A time-traveling cadet uses incredible technology to scan, track, and bait prehistoric creatures in the hope of understanding them and prevent a deadly virus from taking lives in the future.

About the game
Time Machine VR now runs on Oculus Rift (CV1) and HTC Vive headsets. Xbox 360 and Xbox One controllers supported.
We are also implementing bug fixes, including a French version, and more, so stay tuned! For bug reporting, please email


You’re a time-travelling cadet tasked with exploring the Jurassic era and the ancient creatures that once ruled its prehistoric oceans. Your tools for tracking and up-close and personal examination of the creatures around you reveals something new. But in the present, the ice-caps melting has unleashed a deadly virus. The key to the cure lies in the extraordinary creatures of prehistory.


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.


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.


  • 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.


  • 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.

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System Requirements

    • 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.
    • 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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
This game is a colossal cheek. 30€ for about 3 hours of gameplay - 2 if you rush through and don't let your wife try the first level :D ... I know demos that have more content. 2 hours is like... well it is like a game-selling platform would choose this amount of time to allow you to refund, right?

Obviously, some game developers have gotten into sort of a gold rush when they can label "vr" on their early design studies. In the long term, this will ruin the VR experience for many gamers and put studios which behave like this on the gamers' personal blacklists. By that it will harm those studios more than they can profit in the long run.

Now to the game: It is "ooohkaay", and I was totally fine if it was priced like 10€. Basically, you float around in a spherical whatever and tag ancient fish. It is one of those "go there, do that" games, where a voice tells you exactly which button to push and you are not allowed to go any other way. It is so flat, that it even continues the game if you fail to do a job without any penalty. (e.g. [spoiler ahead] it does simply continue if you do not scan the mark on the stone circle or if you do not distract the "shark"-o-saurus (forgot the name) while your pod is recharging in those between-the-levels sequences).

When it comes to education, this game is awesomely shallow as well. The voice gives you some basic information about the faunae that you are scanning. Neither do you actually explore any interesting behavior (except tasks like "scan while eating") nor do you have enough species and interactions to call it anything else than shallow. Even "farland" (free title on the Oculus Rift) is more interesting, although completely based in fiction.

The immersion is ok, but not grand. The gfx and model details do not look very up-to-date to me. I felt much more awe in titles like Subnautica (and even on my flat screen), although Subnautica is pretty much at the beginning of its vr implementation and sometimes feels a bit shaky.

Although I do not suffer from gaming sickness and tho' cannot fully judge this, I think this game does this one job pretty well here. You move slow paced, stay aligned to the horizon, and there is always some "grid" of your pod visible in your peripheral view.

Stability: The game forced me to take off the Oculus Rift at every single launch to push an OK button when windows requests permission to run a network shell script, for whatever reason. It crashed two times during gameplay. Virtually I spent more time restarting than playing. And by now I spent nearly as much time in this review as it took me to complete the game.
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67 of 85 people (79%) found this review helpful
4 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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48 of 61 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.3 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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62 of 93 people (67%) found this review helpful
23 people found this review funny
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.
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21 of 23 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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32 of 44 people (73%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
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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22 of 29 people (76%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
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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16 of 20 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
17.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: April 20
This game has been a fantastic introction for me to VR and i am becoming quite a proficiant mini sub pilot. The VR graphics are amazing, a real sense of actually being there with all the vulnerability that would accompany that.
It can also be a great tool for people who suffer from a fear of heights and want a program that de sensitises them.I have discovered that the Time Machine VR game is great for getting the old acrophobia going. When you are at the base station which is sometime in the future there is a building made from steel girders etc with towers supporting satelite dishes. Land the pod at the front or back of the building then get out of the pod by simply standing up ( for this game you are seated) then take a step forward. From then on it feels like you are standing outside. Then using the controls on the X Box controller move straight up slowly to the roof of the building, it feels like you are on an elevator platform and totally exposed. If you have a fear of heights i guarantee this will get your palms sweating. When you are on the roof do a simulated walk around the perimeter of the building and if you dare have a look down. I could hardly do it to start with and the feeling i get is exactly the same as if i was really on top of a building. Iv just tried it today and i am just starting to get used to the feeling. I am going to do this for around one hour per day then when i can eventually do it without fear i will put the de sensitisation theory to the test by walking around somewher high in the real world.
I would imagine that this part of the game was not intended for what i am using it for but it certainly generates the same fear as i get in the real world. Imagine what the develoers could could put together if they intended it to be a therapeutic tool, maybe a one for the futer eh?
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
Its a good game, not great due to a few factors (Vive related). I would recommend it though.

Pro: Pretty good looking game, although no AA. I understand they are worried about frame level droppage.
Re-allignment is easy since its not a room scale game

I don't like that when you load it drops back to the HTC Vive main room. You should keep the user in the game
at all times even when loading. Just show a picture of one of the creatures or something.

The controls for the HTC (touchpad right side mainly) are not accurate enough. You should give the user an option to calibrate. Driving the pod takes some getting use to. I want to move my hands to far in each direction

You don't let the user explore, or if I'm lost trying to find the pad you say "Out of area" and throw us back at the start. We are capable of going out far and we are sure capable of back tracking :) don't take the freedom away from the user.

Its still fun to explore and I'm sure any dino loving kid will just have a blast!
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18 of 27 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 30, 2015
This is one of those games / demos that you'll use to showcase your Oculus Rift. It's extremely pollished which great visuals and audio. I did a quick gameplay video (linked below), but to summarise that :

Extremely immersive - a showcase Oculus demo for 2015
Attention to detail
Graphics are atmospheric and claustrophobic
Audio production - great narration

Requires a game controller
The scanning menus are ugly
Not too much to do yet - more a demo than a game
Too short - will get longer (early access)
Felt a little nauseous with the DK2

Oculus gameplay footage :
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0.4 hrs
Posted: September 19
The experience I have with this game is awesome. Good graphic and the controls works very well.

But it´s to short I would like some DLC on this one or something else.
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0.5 hrs
Posted: August 24
Bad game is bad. It tries to be educational but its just slow and boring and wrong...
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1.1 hrs
Posted: August 23
Time Machine VR! A game about looking closer into dinosaurs. I have seen reviews of people saying "It is more for someone who is scientific or is intersted about the way these animals lived rather than those who want to get eaten by a dinosaur" this is not true. I purchased this game because despite all the bad reviewed I thought "Its a dinosaur VR game, how could this possibly be bad?" and I was right.

This game does have a scientfic side to it but for me, this does not change the experience. Going into the mouth of a whale type dinosaur was terrifying and one of the most unique experiences on VR. If you have no interest with the facts of dinosaurs but just want to get face to face with them, this game is still for you! Absolutely terrifying and fun.

There are a few bad things though, the controls suck. It uses the VIVE controller but trying to control the pod I find super hard, especially when you have to scan the eye of a moving dinosaur. There is not that clear of a tutorial, I only found out about an hour after playing that if you press the right side button on the VIVE controller it highlights all dinosaurs around you... this would have been helpful. And the final bad thing is how you have to scan etc.. it is hard enough to get in line with a moving dinosaur but you have to be literally right next to the eye if that is what you want to scan and I find it more than a struggle to keep a good distance to continue a scan.

RATE: 9/10
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2.8 hrs
Posted: August 22
The VR graphics are amazing, very intriguing
and has pretty good concept
however it may cause discomfort for people who has motion sickness.

VR 그래픽 은 정말 놀라웠고 흥미로왔습니다 컨셉트도 좋았구요 하지만
모션 멀미를 느끼는 사람들에게는 좀 불편함을 줄수 있을것 같네요.
게임 플레이 영상입니다~
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0.9 hrs
Posted: August 18
Once the user is in the low resolution environment of VR the sci-fi buzz of this game becomes very underwhelming. I am also always nauseated after a short session of this game.
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0.9 hrs
Posted: August 18
Fun timetravel experience. Nice underwater enviroments. Creature models are good, but not great. A bit repetative gameplay, but still fun.
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2.2 hrs
Posted: August 14
overpriced non-sense,
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3.5 hrs
Posted: August 7
This is one of my favorites on here. I recommend everyone to play this.
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0.7 hrs
Posted: July 19
Product received for free
Not worth 30$.....this is a demo....wrapped up in a shiny box. That aside, it is a ncie demo, works well and runs fairly well too.
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