The power of minimalist graphics in games continues to surprise me. If I could go back in time and ask myself last week what I thought about platformers with Atari-level graphics, I would've said it was an overdone genre. They're easy to slap together, and it seems to be the look people start with when they want to seem edgy or indie. So I would've said thanks, but no thanks. I would've sat there smugly, content to write off an entire genre. Then my future self would've proven my past self wrong by showing me Time Fcuk.
If you thought that intro was confusing, wait till you play the game.
The game puts you into a box. Literally: A character shoves you into a box to begin the game. But it's not just any character, it's you from the future—who insists that you need to enter the box right now. Your very existence depends on it. However once you enter the box, you're not sure how to get back out. You'll also find plenty of ways to die from the various traps and puzzles. You'll have some help though, as your future selves will be sending you text messages throughout the various levels. Until the text messages stop being helpful and start becoming threatening, suicidal or insane.
It seems time hasn't been kind to your future selves. Possibly, anyway: It's all kind of fuzzy. The future has a habit of being unpredictable. The story only becomes more bizarre as time goes on. Or is time even going forward?
The gameplay itself is wonderful and addicting, adding several twists onto the standard platform jumping-puzzler. The music is off-kilter and unsettling—it gives the game a vague sense of unease and hostility. The graphics are indeed something you'd find straight from the Atari era; however they're wonderfully animated and imaginatively used. It's hard to find such a minimalist shooter that manages to evoke so much emotion in its tiny, jumping avatar. The atmosphere of the game is just different, and the game itself is a lot of fun.
Why You Should Check This Out: Vague, unsettling weirdness permeates a world where you talk to yourself, quite literally, while trapped in an endless box of puzzles and traps. The gameplay is great while the story manages to be both engrossing and bizarre. If you want a different kind of game, Time Fcuk is definitely something to check out.