3 video games to complete in a certain amount of time
Late 2021 saw the release of Annapurna Interactive’s adventure game Twelve Minutes, which featured a guy trapped in a brief time loop. While how this idea was implemented divides gamers, it’s just one of many games that demonstrate how rigid in-game time constraints can actually improve the gaming experience.
Games have included timed missions or stages where the player must complete an objective before time runs out since the early arcade days. However, other games, such as the first Pikmin, time all play time rather than certain steps or tasks.
The player takes on the role of Tabby, a little girl caught in a time loop in the horror puzzle game House, which was first developed as a Flash game in 2016 and then updated in 2020. In order to save every member of the family of building death traps, Tabby must search the house for objects and solutions to puzzles. In the process, she will likely perish in various gruesome ways. The player can use more of their knowledge with each new game, which they will need to accomplish before Tabby’s house-controlled father returns home at the end of the loop and attempts to assassinate him. A campaign that takes place months after Tabby’s campaign and in which the player controls Melody was included in an update that was made available earlier this year.
2018’s indie adventure game Minit, whose visual aesthetic was influenced by the 1993 original The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, is one of the best monochrome games out there. The player, in the form of a cartoon duck-like creature, finds a cursed sword on a nearby beach.
The player can only survive 60 seconds each day due to the curse of the sword, so each “run” only lasts one minute. The object of the game is to get to the sword factory that produces these cursed swords, kill the owner and remove the curse. To do this, the player must use checkpoints scattered around the map to explore the area, gather items, fight creatures, and solve puzzles.
1-3 Dead Rising (2006-2013)
Dead Rising is an action-adventure series about battling swarms of zombies created by Keiji Inafune, widely considered the founding father of the Mega Man brand. The Dead Rising franchise, unlike the majority of other zombie-themed games, emphasizes entertaining, fast-paced action more than spooky components. Special bugs that can infect people and turn them into zombies are released into the world when a science experiment on livestock goes horribly wrong. In order to collect insects from infected people and use them to make Zombrex, a drug that stops the zombification process, the series’ main enemy, a pharmaceutical company called Phenotrans, sets off epidemics. The first three games all have distinctive characters and settings, but they all have time restrictions that must be adhered to by the player.