Valve Time Force: Super Time Force Now On PC

That guy!

Super Time Force launched on Monday, while we were off enjoying the holiday (I sat in a park in St. Albans in torrential rain with a bottle of wine, because reasons), so have a reminder that it’s out.

The time-twisting shooty platformer’s port from Xbox is fancied-up, as one would hope. Capy Games bunged in a new mode and more levels, renamed it to make a most entertaining acronym, and also teamed up with some other folks who play loose with time, Valve. See, Super Time Force Ultra (what wags!) on Steam also has Zoey from Left 4 Dead and TF2’s Pyro and Saxton Hale.

Super Time Force, if you’ve missed it so far, is one of those time-rewinding single-player co-op sort of things, with a fair spread of characters combining special attacks and abilities to save each other and complete levels faster. On Steam–and unfortunately only on Steam–that cast is three stronger. Zoey runs around with dual pistols, lobbing explosive propane tanks, while the Pyro has their flamethrower and flare gun, and Saxton straight up beats the heck out of folks with his fists. You’ll need to unlock them before you can play them, mind. Here’s Zoey:

Hey you.

Launch discounts mean that, for the next few days, Super Time Force Ultra is £9.89 on Steam, $13.49 (about £8.15) DRM-free on GOG, or £8.49 on the Humble store, which gives both a DRM-free version and a Steam key. Humble’s probably the one to go for, then.

Here, have a gander at Capy’s Kris Piotrowski playing with as Zoey, Pyro, and Saxton. You might want to mute as the way it’s recorded means the sound is a dreadful dirge of squawking and static:

12 Comments

  1. fenriz says:

    does any1 see the problem with these games? they’re still not evolved in the gameplay, the programmers’ minds still hark to arcade simplicity, not PC design big evolutionary leap we had thanks to the miracle of text adventures. Back in the 90’s, the period-style this garb… these games are based on, there were so many platformers and most featured items collection and recombination. Characters could do so many actions and interactions in the gameworld. Heck, PC platforming design got so realistic that the character had to jump and grab on the ledge of the platform if he wanted to go there. Lovely. Now, they’re limited to shooting and hopping. too bad.

    but hey, these games are pretty, ppl enjoy pretty, so everyone’s happy.

    • captainparty says:

      God forbid that games should be about fun mechanics that work well.

    • LennyLeonardo says:

      Weird criticism. This is one of the most inventive platform shooters for ages. There’s a whole lot more to it than just jumping and shooting. You should try it!

    • padger says:

      So the game has time paradox stuff in it and you are decrying it for simplicity?

      ARE YOU A TIME TRAVELLER WHO IS WARNING US ABOUT THE FUTURE OF GAEMZ?

      • RedViv says:

        Actually fenriz is a robot from the future, warning us about games STAGNATING so we need to save them via means never discussed directly and also Doom killed games too. But I think the Previously Used Gameplay Sensors are working up again. We feared this might happen when legitimately interesting and innovative puzzle platformers were first misidentified as merely being about moving blocks over and over.

    • MkMax says:

      … your platforming is not realistic enough … wth ?

      Simple works, simple is easy to pick up, simple is fun, simple made the third and half of the fourth generations of gaming

      and this game is not even that simple as it starts adding a lot of time shifting/repeating mechanics

      Go play a game, have fun, stop looking for complexity where it doesnt belong, whenever complexity was shoved into a platformer for no reason you ended up with grinding, backtracking and frustration, go watch any of the hundred of “why castlevania 2 sucks” videos in youtube, sure, metroid and later castlevanias kind of did it but they became a different genre altogether and only mitigated the problems, never fully fixed them

      if you really care about complexity (and hey, i like that some times as well) then you are going for the wrong genre of games, go look for a metroidvalnia or RPG or a turn based tactical simulator like XCOM or a real time strategy game

      not everything has to conform to your whims, you have choices, thankfully indies have given you a lot of that the past few years, go choose

  2. HopperUK says:

    I spent the holiday sitting in my house in St Albans looking out at the rain thinking ‘I hope nobody’s stuck out in that weather’. Oh well!

    • Alice O'Connor says:

      That was me. I went there and that’s what I did. How does Verulamium Park not have one single bench under decent shelter? Great ducks, though.

  3. jonfitt says:

    Looks a bit frantic and hard!

  4. waltC says:

    So this is Half-Life 3…Hmmmm….nice to finally see some in-game footage, but I think I’ll reserve comment until after the game ships.