Game Title: Time Recoil
Developed By: 10tons
Published By: 10tons
Released: October 26, 2017
Available On: Apple, Nintendo Switch, PC, PS4, Xbox One
Genre: Action, First Person
ESRB Rating: Teen for blood, Violence
Number of Players: One Player
Pros: Strategic twin stick action, stylish, Time Attack mode adds replay value, story is good
Cons: it may be too difficult for some
10tons is on a roll bringing their backlog of twin stick shooters to Nintendo’s newest console. Whereas Crimsonland was more of an arena, arcade twin stick shooter, Time Recoil is more about strategy, quick reflexes, and accuracy. You will die often, but when you master a level, you will feel like a bad ass, like the feeling when you nail a level down in Hotline Miami. It may be difficult, but the satisfaction of getting through a level is bliss.
Time Recoil has two game modes when you boot up the game. You have story mode and arcade mode. Story mode is where you will spend a good chunk of time. There are over fifty levels for you to get through, divided into five chapters. Each level you will have a different objective, like killing a certain amount of people, stealing documents, etc. The level layouts are varied though each level can be beat in a matter of seconds. This game demands accuracy and fast reflexes. You will control your character with the left stick and the right stick gives you control over your aim. The catch here is that ammo is very limited, so you have to make sure you do not miss. Every bullet needs to have a purpose, as you cannot find more very easily. Enemies are one shot kills, but so are you. The catch to beating a level without dying is the slow motion ability. When you kill your first enemy, time slows down giving you the time needed to kill the next person. The ability has a time limit that is constantly running out. The more kills you get, the longer you are in slow motion. If you don’t make a kill, then it is back to the normal fast paced nature of the game. Let me tell you, these enemies, even on normal difficulty are marksmen. They will kill you fast, in seconds, without the slow motion ability. Keeping yourself in slow motion is key to getting through the levels. You can chain kills together in slow motion mode. Once you kill two people in this mode, you get a dash ability, that lets you tear down through thin walls, etc. Once you get six kills, you get a dash blast that damages a wide area. The more kills you get, the higher damage dash ability you can use. This calls for strategy, as sometimes, it might be more useful to save up your dashes then to use a higher damage skill. The other game mode is Time Attack mode. In Time Attack mode you can choose any level and try to get a three-star rating. One star is for just completing the level in the Time Attack mode. The other two stars are time goals you must meet. Some levels literally can be done in less than ten seconds, others longer. The draw here is to try your best at getting your fastest time. There are leader boards as well, so you can compare your times with your friends, or online against the world. The story mode was hard enough, and time attack elevates that difficulty by putting a time limit on the level. It’s still fun even if you don’t get the gold star rating, as just improving a level by a second or two feels rewarding. There are fifteen achievements as well to unlock as you play.
The story is decent and involves time travel. Alexa can travel back and forth from the present to the past and not be killed. Others can travel back but it is only a one-way trip. I don’t want to give away too much of the story, but it is interesting. You will travel back further and further into time trying to prevent an attack on Paris and stop Mr. Time. Graphics have some flair and look like a comic book. It looks stylish and the kills are gorgeous. In slow motion mode when you make a kill, blood shoots out slowly and splatters over the floor that just feels satisfying. The music and sound effects are all average and fits the fast pace of the game. The game runs at a great pace and controls well on the Switch.
Time recoil is another solid entry for 10tons. It feels very different from Crimsonland and stands on its own two legs. You will die and might even need to take a break and come back to complete some levels. Once you improve though, you will feel like a god, taking down bad guys left and right with your guns. The Time Attack mode extends the life of the game significantly as you try to shave of fractions of a second to try and beat your high score or that of your friends. If you are looking for a strategic, action packed twin stick shooter, look no further than Time Recoil.