A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The unnamed protagonist solves puzzles while working alongside an orange cat, bringing forth the virtues of teamwork.
Positive Role Models
The unnamed protagonist builds a deep connection with her cat companion over the course of the game and protects the cat from robotic dangers.
The main character is a young Caucasian girl, and she and her cat companion are the only two non-robotic characters in the game.
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Ease of Play
The controls are incredibly responsive. Rather than moving your character directly, you direct them along an outlined, mapped-out path where you click on corresponding dots in each level to maneuver your character/s. The game eases you into its robust mechanics throughout, preventing players from becoming overwhelmed or confused.
Violence & Scariness
When either of your characters are discovered and caught by the robotic menaces that plague your journey, they raise their batons to strike you. But time comes to a halt before anyone is struck, giving you the chance to readjust your path.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Timelie is a downloadable single-player stealth puzzle adventure game for Windows PC, Mac, and the Nintendo Switch. Waking up in a futuristic facility with no idea what’s happening around her, the unnamed protagonist quickly discovers that she’s the target of a robotic legion intent on capturing her. As she outruns her pursuers, she comes across a series
of white orbs that grant her precognitive abilities allowing her to first manipulate time within a small, controlled radius, then rewind time to protect herself (and, a short while later, her orange cat companion) from the robots hot on her trail, and finally, harness her powers into a timeline in which she can use her powers to plan and plot out her means of escape. While you are tasked with avoiding robots armed with batons, even if you’re caught, the game freezes in place before you’re struck and allows you to control the timeline of the room you’re in to your liking—effectively allowing you to fix any mistakes you’ve made. Otherwise, there's no inappropriate content included in the game.
Is It Any Good?
While this indie puzzler hasn't received a lot of fanfare, it's a sharp and challenging game that doesn’t overstay its welcome thanks to its short, but engaging action. Just when the gamer believes they have a good, solid grasp on the mechanics of Timelie, it throws in another wrench to keep the gameplay fresh and appealing. While you may start at simply reversing time to rebuild bridges or gaps within the ground—or needing to reverse yourself out of a dicey situation to avoid being cornered by the robot horde—things change with the introduction of the orange cat. Suddenly, in addition to observing your enemies’ movements and using color-coded doors to avoid—or even trap—robots, the cat brings with it a mighty meow that can distract enemies, allowing the protagonist to sneak by and fulfill her objectives.
It’s important to note that Timelie is far from “easy,” despite its lighthearted visuals and serene atmospheric music. While the game never gets frustratingly hard, the difficulty increases with every chapter and requires critical thinking and logic to move forward. Players will need to use the timeline provided in each level to sometimes synchronize their characters’ actions to progress. In some levels, the answers won’t be clear until you approach a room with a different perspective, or even by swapping
between the protagonist and the cat as they can each do things the other can’t. For example, the cat can use small spaces or vents only it can access to escape enemies or quickly move across the level, while the protagonist can use keypads and certain time-specific powers (like rebuilding bridges and gaps). Overall, Timelie is a fun, engaging game that's deceptively good for the time it asks you to spend with it.
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