Colorful, bright, and lively game with some creative features.
$.99 with in app purchases
Every once in a while a small, pick up and play game comes along and gains a great deal of recognition. This results in a mad scramble for developers to create their own crappy version of that game, in order to make a few quick dollars. This has proven to be a reoccurring theme in the play store, even though some developers actually take advantage of the popular “genre” and create a quality game different enough from the original to be taken seriously. This is how I would describe Time surfer. It has obviously taken inspiration from Tiny Wings, but I can’t help but classify it as a completely different game. This crazy, fast-paced, and vibrant adventure is something to cherish.
The only thing identical between Time Surfer and Tiny Wings is the controls. Other than that, the developers of this game took it upon themselves to create a completely different experience when it comes to this “hill jumping” genre. Your surfer is controlled by tapping on the screen when you want to go down, and releasing when you want to “fly away”. You must make sure land on the hill in a way to gain momentum, so that when you go up you will fly farther. In other words, if your timing isn’t perfect then your jump is going to be substandard, forcing you to try to gain some momentum again. Most people that have played Tiny Wings are already familiar with this system, so let’s talk about what makes Time Surfer special.
The whole reason behind this “time” theme is the rewind feature that Time Surfer brings to the table. The various landscapes that you can play are scattered with obstacles that can potentially end your run when touched. The rewind feature allows you to backtrack a few seconds to before you were killed, and try to change your path in order to avoid the obstacle. Every game you are provided with a full bar that goes away the more you rewind. My only problem with this is that it can kill your momentum and vibe very easily when playing. Almost every time you run into an obstacle it is impossible to see it coming before you actually collide with it. I understand throwing a few undetectable obstacles in every once in a while, but during later gameplay and on harder landscapes you are almost always rewinding, until your bar is empty.
If you want to succeed in this game, you are going to have to buy some new characters with better stats. There are three different categories of things to buy in Time Surfer. These are costumes, pets, and flair. Costumes include the actual character himself, as well as the vehicle that he/she rides. Pets are companions that ride with you during your run, and give you certain boosts to improve your game. New pets can be unlocked by completing missions provided by the game, although if you want to use a pet, you are going to have to pay a small amount before every game. Simply put, most pets are not a one-time purchase. Instead, they are a power up that can be purchased prior to every game. Finally, flair is just the trail that follows your character, and is mainly for aesthetic purposes. Not only do I love being able to customize my character, but it also adds a huge amount of personality to a game already full of great ideas.
I love the charming look provided by Time Surfer. The pixel graphics look amazing and suit the game perfectly. You can tell that some serious work was put into the construction of these graphics. Details and exciting particles flood the screen while enjoying this game. The uplifting, chirpy music can only add to the atmosphere of the game. I find myself tapping along to the ebullient tune in the middle of my gameplay. The graphics and music just mesh so perfectly, it was like they were made for each other.
Despite a few problems, Time Surfer is a beautiful game with tons of awesome features. The rewind peculiarity really spices up the challenging and intense gameplay. In my opinion, Time Surfer and Tiny Wings are so different that it is like they were never alike, even though they share the same principle. I recommend checking out this quirky recreation of a classic game.
Gorgeous pixel graphics
Jaunty music that suits the game well
Fun gameplay with unique features
Great character customization
Challenging obstacles may interfere with the game's "flow"
Not a 100% original idea