What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Super Time Force is a downloadable arcade-style side-scrolling shooter in which players travel through time to prevent the extinction of dinosaurs. Players will enter several colorful areas, each based in the past, present, or future, with the sole purpose of killing all enemies. Although the game is set in a cartoon universe, players can equip weapons such as machine guns and must dodge military turrets and other realistic hazards. The game is filled with humorous elements meant to keep the overall tone very lighthearted and zany, and it takes that to the extreme with some characters. For example, there's Squirt, a living piece of fecal matter who uses flatulence to attack, as well as a police officer whose clothes fall off when attacked. In short, there are bits and pieces of edgy content -- some more extreme than others -- spread throughout the game.
What's it about?
SUPER TIME FORCE tells the story of a group of time-traveling renegades who attempt to go back in time and prevent the extinction of dinosaurs. Players rampage through several levels based on different times of the past, present, and future. At each destination, they must rid the environments of enemies, using weapons that range from magic spells to machine guns.
Is it any good?
Super Time Force achieves something too few games strive for: It takes a very well-defined video game archetype and adds compelling components to make it fresh and interesting. Namely, the game's unique ability to pause or rewind time (as well as swapping among more than 15 playable characters) is a very welcome addition to what has become a stale genre of arcade shooters.
The game has a bit of an edge to it and a purposefully dated '80s look, but both of these features actually end up playing in its favor. Some of the more over-the-top content may be pushing the envelope a bit, but overall this game exudes a very distinctive and hearty personality that becomes intoxicating as soon as it begins. It's worth checking out for anyone who wants an arcade-style game that packs a real punch.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the mix of cartoon violence and realistic weapons in Super Time Force. Do you find any of the violent content gratuitous? How does that impact the experience?
If you could travel through time, where's the first place you would go, and why?