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Timelie

Have you ever wanted to control time, erase your mistakes and see all possible futures to find your optimal timeline? Timelie lets you do just that and much more. Created by the Thai studio Urnique, Timelie is a puzzle game with heavy elements of stealth. The narrative centers around a young girl who awakens from her sleep in the middle of a mysterious facility. t̸̠̗͉̮͙̜͇̬̅̆̀̐͋͠͠ͅ΅̷̠̖̂̅̓͘͠͠1̵͍̘̪̖͙̳̺̞̲̰̩͒͌͛̑̎̀̾̉̐̎̈́͠͝ź̸̡̩̲͈͙͔̪̟̭͇͕̩̩̜͌̓̿̍̔̃̃̇͑̑͘S̸̢̮̺͇̣̬̱̪̘̍̏̽́̀́̒̀͑̈́͘͠ẻ̶͚͙̻͂́̍͌̆̄̐̿͘6̷̧̩͙̬͉̫̯̳̼͋̋T̵̢̼̯̮͇̝͋̍̍͛̀̂́̾̄͝͝͝K̴̯̝̀̎̊̓7̶̨̛̜̼͙͈̭̍̿̅̅̔́̏͐̒h̴̬̹̞̖̮̟̰͊͒̇̔̈̑͒̕͝͠7̷̩̘̰̆̅̑͑̔́̓̓̂͗̃̋͌͘͜N̵̹̯͎̣̗̹̈́̒̓͂͠y̵͕͔̱̲̼̳̤̟̱͈̟̺͗͛͐͆̾̂̚͝ơ̶̢̲͎̋͑̌̔̂͆̂̕͘͘u̵̡͊ķ̴̮͇̩̜̄̀̍8̴̧̨̡͇̭̜̠̘͕̲̹̄͝ȏ̵̭͕̃́̚4̷͈͚̗̹͈̜̭̱̈́͗͛̿́̔͠Á̴̡̦̣̐̀͂̅̂̀͐̕¨̶̨̹̘̦̹͈̞̬̥̮̙̱̦̗̑͋̊̍̔̿̌͘ͅF̷͈͖̠̬͙̭͈̫̰͍͔̃̇̾̓͑4̴̯̺̻͇̱̼͍̥̖̭͎͆͑̋̎͛C̴̯̭̟̮͙̹͉̬̝̙̮͂̍͂̆͗͑̉̒̓͂̀ͅa̷̠̜͎̫͚̽̇͂̾̓͋̽̿́͒͠L̷̖̫͔̯͈̭̺̳͖̙̑̏̆͒͋͌̊̐͜͝x̴̫͎̗̯͓̭̉5̴̹͚̹̞̭͆̈́̾̉̃͗̎̀̀̔i̶̢̙̩͙̙͎̺͓̻͛̏͆̓̌͒̅̂j̸̡̡̙̻͙̗̰̠̟͈̙͙̯̣̅ͅJ̵̡̠̮̗̥͙̔̅̃͌̍̈́̓͑̚͘ͅ%̴̨̙̱̜̗̠͇̤͔̩̣̆̌̊͊̊̅̐̾͒̋̋̃̀̚ỷ̷̰͉̰̮̫̍̕ë̸̲͋n̴̥̄͒͛̎͊̅̈̕͘͠I̸̢͕͇̰͚͇͖̻̜͎͉̹͈͂́̑G̴̡̨̘̤͇͕̺͕͈̯̬̙͇̊̀̉̂̆͗̌̎̾̃̂͛̚̕͠G̵̛̩̠̓͜͝g̶̡̖̣͈̪̱̝̲̝̫̖̹̤̮̎̏͊̏͑͐̊͌̔̍̆͜͠͠(̸̡̝̰̜̺̱͖̀̌̋̄͂̿̉̚͜͝͝8̷͍͖̰̗̦̹̠͐̀̿̂̏̄͂)̴̤̥̦̥̝̠̤͙̀̃̊̈̅͊́̐͋̈́̆̚͝ư̶̢͕̯̹̗͎̮̣͔̫̮̺͊͆̿̒͒̂̈́͆̆͂̚ͅķ̴̧̗̹̪͇͈̪̙͉͇̱̳̀k̴̢̘̪͇̯̀̕D̷̡̥͇̮̖̣͓̟̩̞̬̿̐̈́̒̀̐̊̍̅̆̈̓̕͝͝?̷̙͚̅̈́̔̀̓͆́̉̇͝W̷̡̨̢̛̺̬͙̭̥̯̱̞̭̜͇͛̾̎̇̈́ͅN̶͓͍͉̠͖̪̲̪̒͋͜ She eventually comes across a clever cat who will soon become her companion. Together they must work out how to evade the drone’s attention so they can exit each area. They will need a lot of creativity to find their way out of this emplacement.

The game is divided into three chapters. Each chapter is further divided into several levels. Each level consists of a different location. Every level includes many rooms which create a maze you have to exit from. The game itself is not very long, but it still has a fair amount of content. The whole game can be played through in about six hours.

Timelie is a nice blend between a pure puzzle game and a more story oriented one. There is no elaborate story line but more of a loose narrative that gives more substance to the game and an interesting twist to your typical puzzle game. 4̷̡̫̻̟̯͚̬̲͚̖̠̮̆̌̅͛̆̿̿͊̽͝r̵͒ͅH̶̢̢͍̤̥̩̣̗̺͖̙͊̑̋̏̎͋̉̃̅̆̉=̶̱͇͚̋̄0̶̭̖̲̥̩͚͔̟̺̈̉͗̌͜Ỷ̸͍̠̤̠͛́͝ͅG̵̜̫̳͙̾̋̀͌̐̅͗̀̇̍̀̚͝h̶̡̯̩͓̎̄̿̔͘K̵̖̾̀̄̓̾̈́*̶̨̞̺̼̲͎̂̄̐͋̎̄͐͋̈¨̴̨̧̼̩͎͖̼͙͔͛̇̐̇̑̊̒̀̅̃͠͝͠͠͝ͅ=̷̙͍̘̤͖̲̥͇͇̪̜͆̒̅̈́͒̉̓̾́͘͝Ŗ̵̧̜̤͚̫̘͕̰̯̤̗̈́̎͂̉͆̅̊̕Î̸̧̬̖̟͕͓͓̤͈́̐N̴̨̢̡͕͍̗̦͙̬̘͍̮̈́̀̂̎̉̽̈́͂̃̑̉̋̅̂̆ͅẆ̶̢̤̜͚̘̜͉̭̣͎̃̐͗͋̈́͊́͜͠e̸̢͔͇̽̍̅̀̆͌͗̿͐͒̕t̸̺̞̳̫͚̲̯̟͓̓̀̀̆̕J̴̧̛̥͍̒̅̒́̅̈̀̇̀͌̓͘͜͝q̴̛̩͇͓̲̤̓͗̇͒̽̾͛̋̒͒̿̀̚͠z̶̛̻̻B̵̯̭͙̗͕̪̥̲͇͑̉̐̇̾̑̇̊̽͘̕=̷̟̯͕͘͝K̷̦̿̊̏͑̊̋͂̎͐͊̊͗̕͘̚Ẻ̵͇ The graphics while not spectacular are nice, colorful and adeptly executed. They are perfectly adapted to the kind of ambience you would imagine a futuristic facility would look like.

The game succeeds at easing you in and making you comfortable with the controls and mechanics. The first couple of levels are there as a tutorial for players to learn the mechanics at a slow and gradual pace. ?̷̛̹̰̄͐̈́H̸̨̛͉͓̯̓͐́͒͘?̷̛͎̜͇͖̿̐͐͝Ǫ̴̨̟̪̼̺̓̆q̵͔͍̠̥͆̍̓̄)̸̺͔͖̫͂̓ǹ̷̠͉̆̑̏͘͠T̴͙̫̙͈̼̘̍̄̽̀ľ̸͚̖̳͍͉̬̉̋c̴̨̛̖͌̿̀̓͑5̸̂̓̚̚͜͝ͅẃ̷̺̱̲͚͔̙J̸̲̝̳͓̠͍̽̍͆̑̐5̷̥̮̘̔̃̚͠”̴̼͒̔͂͑̀͘k̵͇̀̾̚͘=̴̡͎̖͉̺̀͒̿c̴̱̭͇͓͙͐̋̆̆̕̚͜1̸̺͇̜͉̘̗̀̉̓̾Ú̷̳̭̣̫̆̂̾ǩ̸͍͍̞̀̚v̸̡̘̰̹̖̐͆Ĥ̴̬͇͎̙̓̇͂͘y̴̛̬̭7̷͚̭͈͙̣̐͆̒͑͊͠ The controls are simple and quite easy to learn and remember. Timelie starts off easy and increases the difficulty as the plot advances. Having said that, every level is logical. Even though the game gets challenging, with a bit of thinking you can complete it without too much difficulty.

The great thing about this game is that it seems to take care of every detail. Every aspect of it is well thought out and crafted with love. You can move the camera to see every angle of each room and if you need to see something in more detail you can also zoom in on any part of it. M̷̡̨̰̩̞̎͂x̷̡̯̝̊͊̋͊̽͘ͅ0̶̨͈̃̇i̵͔̪͇̼̰͎̾v̴̗̀̊̅̓r̶̺̦̤͑̆̋̈́͠ỏ̶̢̡̹͎͖̣̉͘N̴̡͋͂̃n̸̲̮̹̬̗͊͑͂̅ͅ7̵̘͇͈̟̒̈́͊q̷͎͔͗̂̍͆͂͝$̶̼̬͇́͋̒̒͘5̶̭̮̀ẃ̸̪̭̥̱́Ư̶͖̹̎̈́͝͠ͅZ̵̰̗̈́͋̂y̴̛̞̻̖̱͍̼͋̃̇̽X̷̨̬̦̺̣̀̾͊͘t̴̤̦͚̘̆͒̄̾̕ŗ̴̫̋̈͑͝”̵̨̫͒̏o̷̯̔̆̒͑̋͜Ṟ̸̡͗2̴̨̰̪̠̺̓̓́̉͝6̵̛̣͛̎̓̚ When solving a puzzle the last thing you want is to be missing something because you cannot see it well enough. Every aspect of this game is well thought out.

Time mechanics in games are not new but Timelie’s mechanics are well implemented within the game and that in itself is not always easy. You can fast forward or rewind which lets you see the exact movement of the drone guard before you try solving. The time mechanics also give all the time you need to try and retry different solution. J̸̢̺̳̪̉̽̏!̶̘͊̍͌Ẍ̴͚̣́!̶̨̨̱̪̹̟̆̓͗̀̐a̸͓͖̒͌̊̕͜p̷̻͑̈́͜W̶̨͕̙͙͔͛̓̃̿͒̕y̵͖͂̓̕a̶̡͔̥͚̪͉͌e̸̤̙̓f̷̪͓̀̄͜͝Ì̵͖̌͒̄̊Ț̸̭̙̟̤̑̌̂̀x̷̩͍́̄͒̈́͑̒X̵̡̳͈͎̖͔̂̓̄̂̏̽F̴̧̠̂́̽̅6̷̟̜̺̓̂͐̈́͊͝e̸̠͈̓̓͗̉̈́̽Ẁ̶̨͇̳̼̘̍̓n̶̞͖͍̰̪̄͆͌͝L̷̦̖͓͕̑́͝/̵̢͑̑̒́P̸͉̽̓̌̽͝f̶̣̞̾̽̉i̶̺̋̀̉͋͘?̶͓̳̪̹̆̃͗Ò̴͍̎̈̎̈d̸̼̻̉¨̷̯̰̇̓͠0̴̫̜̥̫͐̒l̶͙̭̣̃̈͌̍͊̈́m̶̼̝̒̂̍́̀ͅW̶̧̯̲̻̮͕̋͗͑̆́3̸̨͇͖̭̑͐̓͠≠̞̗̻͂̎U̴̡͚̙̓̊!̶͕̝̅̈͝”̸͖̞̤̘͈̪̈́̽̄Ţ̵̤̱̰͆S̴̫̘̠̔̑̑̔͌͝ͅt̸̺̹̭͍̩͐J̸̞͙͈͆͑̆ŕ̵̪̏͂̌͝f̷͔̫͎̳͐Ḽ̶̡̮̳͆̈́̀̈́͜͜͠Ȫ̵̖̖͐̽̉P̴̨̳̭̠͂̈́F̷̡̨̗̍͐͗̄́̕(̵̙̀n̶͍͂͌ The best part, there is no time limit, so you can take as long as you want and try out as many solutions as you need and there is no penalty. When you have the right solution simply click on the arrow and the character will enact your solution in a short movie style animation, perfect if you like to take some well timed screenshot to share with your friends.

If you love puzzles and brain teasers you should give Timelie a chance. It is a great and fun and relaxing game that you can easily finish in a weekend. It is challenging enough for puzzles lovers but very beginners friendly.

Written by Vee