Time Bandit – Part 1: Appendages of the Machine
A whọ̴̱͊͆̓̅leso̶̬̙̫̻̍me life sim with a dark secret. At your new job, things move at a slower pace. Everything you do takes time. But what is the company using the time crystals for? Uncover the conspiracy in a story that unfolds in real time through retro lowpoly cutscenes and radio conversations.
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"Time Bandit reimagines Metal Gear Solid as a darkly comic work sim" - PC Gamer

"Here are eleven 2022 indie games to look forward to" - Destructoid

About This Game

A Game that Takes Time


A real-time adventure game that offers the unique opportunity to escá̸̬̲̿̚ͅpe and enjoy a more tranquil life. Welcome to Time Bandit, where things move at a slower pace. You have a new job that involves pushing boxes and starting other tasks that take time to complete.



You can go and do other stuff while you wait, or just save the game and come back later. Time continues to pass while you're not playing.

Everything is affected by the passage of time:
  • Move boxes, grow trees, build bridges, and compact trash--and wait for them to finish.
  • A story that unfolds slowly through conversations that work like real-life phone calls. Characters will only call you periodically to advance the story over the course of days and weeks of playtime.
  • Your energy meter goes down while you play, and it takes some good sleep in real time to fill it back up.
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  • Music that changes dynamically with the time of day.
  • A real-time day-and-night cycle and weather tied to your actual location.
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The company has hired you to collect the time crystals for them while carefully managing your money, resources, and energy. At first, the work is easy. It feels like a relaxing retreat from the busy world that you came from. But soon you start to suspect that something isn't quite right with this place.

A Story with a Dark Secret


You slowly learn that the company's extremely wealthy CEO and shareholders plan to use the time crystals to ẗ̵̤̪̻͙̭́͌͘͠ą̸͇͇̱̙͕͙̮͌͒̀̆̌͐̉k̷͔̗͚̰̣̠̜̀͛̓̎͛̇͜͝͠è̶̹̞̳̱͌̚ ̷̙͕̲͕͐̇̓c̶͖̭̳̘͉̿̋͘̚ő̸̲͙̫̀̆̈͛n̶͎̓̇ţ̴̦̯̙̻̙͕̮̇̿͌̇ŗ̷̦͗̇ȍ̶̝̘̲̤͎͉̦̈́̆͒̅l̴̦̹̍̅̑ ̴̦̫̣̘͚̼͑̑̈̄̑̋̏o̴̰͇̺̹̥͔̽̎͝f̵̗̳̟͕̜͍̖̤͝ ████ in order to m̴͉̬̠̅̐̔̆̃͝á̷̧̭̣̳̥͐̆͊͋̆͗̕k̴̹͍̫̹̮̝̃̆͋̄è̷̼͕̯̻̍ ̶̤̦̮̐̌̆̅͘ỹ̶͇̥͈̄̋̿͗͜͝o̸̖̫͍̅͑̋͝ͅṷ̸͂̃ ̸̳̳̠̯͆███ ̴̛͔͐̈́̕̚͝f̴̨͉̬̯́͂̒̀̏͒͘ổ̶̥̖͑̄r̷̡̖̖̖͓̤͒́̉̄͐̆̽̓ ̵̞̼̾̿͜ͅt̵̢͕̠̫̹̯͕̰̐́̀h̷͍̺̹͈̺̭̞̺̏̆̑ę̷̪̞͐͘m̸͍͕̊̑̆̆́̕͘ ̴̲͓͓̩̼͙̫̈̑͋́̔̎██████.

Uncover a conspiracy in lowpoly cutscenes and radio conversations inspired by retro cinematic games.



Use the realistic radio to call characters anytime for dialogue about whatever situation you're in. You'll find hints on what to do next, details that expand on the story and world, fourth wall–breaking humor, and more.



Fixed camera angles in gameplay, just like in the old days. With a real-time day-and-night cycle and real-time weather tied to your location, to make the game integrate more with your life.



Please note: This is just the first part of the story. It should take at least a couple of weeks of checking back in on the game periodically and making choices on what actions to take to reach the ending, but it's really up to you how you decide to spend your time with the game. Time Bandit is designed to create interesting temporal experiences: make progress quickly or slowly, make playing it a habit or meaningful ritual, or just load up the game to watch the real-time sunsets. You'll be able to use your save file to continue where you left off when the next part comes out.

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System Requirements

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macOS
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 1.1 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 10 compatible graphics card
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 115 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Sierra 10.12
    • Processor: 1.1 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 10 compatible graphics card
    • Storage: 115 MB available space
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