Super Time Force

Common Sense Media says

Clever cartoonish arcade shooter with time travel and dinos.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

This game doesn't exude positive messages. There's a lot of very frenetic action with intense weapons, and the scant story line does nothing to ease the impact of the constant combat. There's also some bathroom humor.

Positive role models

Super Time Force doesn't provide positive role models, especially because the characters only see the solution to their problems as blasting anything that moves with a gun.

Ease of play

Super Time Force has a "pick up and play" appeal, but gamers will quickly realize that there are lots of controls and strategies to nail down. For example, there's a feature that lets players reverse time, which offers opportunities such as getting a do-over on areas where they failed. This also adds a real strategic aspect, such as sending one character to find treasure and rewinding the action to take control of a different character to fight through fast-paced combat areas. Because of these unprecedented gameplay mechanics, both newcomers and veteran gamers will be challenged in figuring out how best to maneuver through each level.

Violence

Given the cartoonish graphics and the fantastical plot, the frenetic, fast-paced combat is fairly detached from reality. But it specifically includes weapons such as machine guns and military turrets. There also are some depictions of blood (for example, a rock with bloodied letters etched into it). This content is accompanied by magic spells, colorful laser attacks, and sparkly explosions. It's up to the player to determine which character and weapon to use, so the experience will differ based on how players choose to interact with the game.

Sex

Amid the game's frenetic and nonstop action are various off-the-wall effects that can happen based on the characters used and the enemies they're attacking. One of these comedic flourishes is a police officer whose clothes fall off when attacked. The game's unrealistic cartoon-style graphics prevent anything obscene or overtly sexual in this scenario -- it's just meant to add to the game's humorous, lighthearted nature.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety

No privacy or safety concerns.

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?

QUALITY
 

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?

Game details

Platforms:Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One
Price:$14.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Capybara Games
Release date:May 14, 2014
Genre:Arcade
ESRB rating:T for Violence, Blood, Partial Nudity, Mild Language, Crude Humor (Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

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