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Bend Time To Your Advantage on Mac

Time in video games is a valuable thing. Unlike in the real world where it proceeds in a linear fashion, in a game it may speed up, slow down or even go backwards. There are some games where controlling time becomes a crucial and fascinating game mechanic. The best of these integrate your time travelling powers with both characters and narrative to create a compelling experience.

This list includes 24 games from the last 14 years, with 88 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to manipulate time to win.

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PEGI Ratings: PEGI 3+ to PEGI 18+
ESRB Ratings: ESRB EVERYONE to ESRB MATURE 17+
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Platform, Puzzle, Role-Playing, Shooting, Simulation, Sports, Strategy and Turn-Based
Total Likes: 88

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Photographs - Puzzle Stories

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 03/04/2019

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Players: This is a single player game

"Have you ever made a mistake, or hurt people you care about?" Asks the Photographs trailer. It's a puzzle game that aims much higher than to distract you while on the way to work.

To The Moon

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 10/11/2011, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: @Reives_FreeBird

Players: This is a single player game

To the Moon is a story-adventure following two doctors trying to fulfil a dying man's last wish to go to the moon. With only a few ways to interact with the game, you control the doctors, exploring and solving puzzles to reconstruct the dying man's...

The Solitaire Conspiracy

Expected Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 06/10/2020

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Narrative and Strategy

Developer: @MikeBithell

Players: This is a single player game

The Solitaire Conspiracy takes the well known Solitaire card game and integrates it into a neon drenched cyberpunk spy story to create a fresh take.

Mini Metro

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 06/01/2015

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and iOS

Genres: Simulation and Strategy

Developer: @Dinopoloclub

Players: This is a single player game

Create an ordered, efficient underground train system. It sounds like hard work, but the simple Tube-map visuals, calm music, and streamlined interactions make this relaxing, like sudoku. Dip your toe in this strategy challenge and keep the system...

A Hat in Time

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 05/10/2017, updated in 2019

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @HatInTime

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

A Hat in Time is a running, jumping and exploring game inspired by retro platform games like Super Mario 64, Banjo-Kazooie, Spyro the Dragon and Psychonauts. As you explore each of the worlds, you discover characters to talk to, enemies to battle and an...

Everything

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 21/03/2017, updated in 2019

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Open World and Simulation

Developer: @DavidOreilly

Players: This is a single player game

This is an unusual game that simulates a world where you can become any object. It sounds strange and not much fun, but the enjoyment is in discovering how small or how big a thing you can become. From tiny atoms to whole planets and everything in between.

Quantum League

Expected Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 26/05/2020

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Shooting, Simulation and Sports

Developer: @NimbleGiantEnt

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

Quantum League is a shooting game where you go back in time when you die, to play through the same loop of the battle. You have three lives and so play through the same short gun-fight three times. But each time you have more knowledge about what the...

Superhot

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 25/02/2016, updated in 2019

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Stadia, Web Browser and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Shooting

Developer: @SUPERHOTTHEGAME

Players: This is a single player game

Superhot is a shooting game with a twist. Time only moves forward (bullets, enemies, damage) when you move your character. This is still a violent game, in fact, in slow motion, it feels more violent.

All Of You

Expected Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 06/10/2020

Platforms: Mac and iOS

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @AlikeStudio

Players: This is a single player game

All of You is a platform game where you can pause time and control the levels rather than the character. By rearranging the timing, order and orientation of the world you play in you can help the mother hen get her chicks back.

Bioshock (Series)

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 21/08/2007, updated in 2016

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Shooting

Developer: @GhostStoryGames

Players: This is a single player game

Bioshock is a first-person shooting game set in a fantastical underwater city. A dark story unfolds about the misuse of surgery and gene therapy. Players must make a decision about whether to save the children they find or harvest their energy for the...

Braid

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 06/08/2008

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Narrative and Platform

Developer: @Jonathan_Blow

Players: This is a single player game

Braid is a platform game, not dissimilar to Mario World, that appears simple but has a twist. The movement of your character is connected to the progression of time in a mind-bending manner. The resulting puzzles are fascinating and connected to a story...

Omensight

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 15/05/2018

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Action, Fighting, Narrative and Strategy

Developer: @SpearheadMtl

Players: This is a single player game

Omensight is a brawling adventure game where you play the role of Harbinger, a mythical warrior who only appears in times of crisis. As night falls, you witness this destruction of the world at the hands of a dark God but can relive this final day to...

Alt-Frequencies

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 16/05/2019

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: @AccidentalQ

Players: This is a single player game

Alt-Frequencies is an adventure game played by listen to a series of radio shows. It's a story about people stuck in a time loop without realising it and what you can do to save them.

Love - A Puzzle Box Filled with Stories

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: 21/10/2020

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: @Rocketship_Park

Players: This is a single player game

Love - A Puzzle Box Filled with Stories is a puzzle game about regret. You interact with and explore a single apartment building. As you do you learn about the lives of the people that live there. You can manipulate the building to move floors between...

Everybody's Gone to the Rapture

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 12/08/2015, updated in 2016

Platforms: Mac, PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Open World

Developer: @ChineseRoom

Players: This is a single player game

Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture lands you in a fictional deserted English village in 1984. As you walk the streets of another era you discover bright human forms who re-enact events like a radio play. Through their eyes, you see a web of fear,...

Little Misfortune

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 18/11/2019

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: @KillMondayGames

Players: This is a single player game

Little Misfortune is a dark adventure where you play a small girl called, Misfortune, who, guided by a voice in her head, seeks the prize of eternal happiness for her mother. It's played side-on and unfolds a narrative about the girl's family as you...

The Gardens Between

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 20/09/2018

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Adventure and Puzzle

Developer: @TheVoxelAgents

Players: This is a single player game

The Gardens Between is a puzzle game set in dreamlike island gardens where you play as best friends Arina and Frendt. You work around the island levels collecting balls of light in your lantern, manipulating time to solve puzzles and removing obstacles....

The Longing

Expected Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 05/03/2020

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Simulation

Developer: @StudioSeufz

Players: This is a single player game

The Longing is a point-and-click adventure about waiting and loneliness. It's an intentionally slow game that takes 400 elapsed days to finish. It draws on the Idle Game genre, where you use minor interactions to incrementally advance. Here though, the...

Elsinore

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: 22/07/2019

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: @Elsinoregame

Players: This is a single player game

Elsinore is a mystery-adventure set in Shakespeare's Hamlet. You play Elsinore who repeats the same four days as she tries to find a way to avoid the tragedy that lies before her.

Bring You Home

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 29/10/2018

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: @AlikeStudio

Players: This is a single player game

Bring You Home is a running and jumping game with a difference. You play a doddery Polo trying to get your pet back by completing various platform levels. Unusually, though, when you die the game rewinds so you can change the level by swiping the panels...

Proteus

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 30/01/2013

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita

Genres: Open World and Simulation

Players: This is a single player game

This game takes you to a pixelated island. As you explore you discover that your presence changes the seasons and time of day. Delving deeper, there are rudimentary interactions with the creatures that inhabit the land, and rain clouds that blow in from...

Tacoma

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 24/04/2018

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Role-Playing

Developer: @Fullbright

Players: This is a single player game

Tacoma is set aboard a space station in the year 2088. As you explore you can discover how the station’s crew lived and worked, using an AR device that lets you review past actions and conversations, you discover clues that unravel a plot of trust,...

Timelie

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: 21/05/2020

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Puzzle and Turn-Based

Developer: @UrniqueStudio

Players: This is a single player game

Timelie is a stealth puzzle game played in a surreal world where a girl and a mysterious cat work together to escape a series of room patrolled by enemy robots. The novelty is that you can control and rewind time to help you solve each puzzle. This not...

No Time to Explain

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 17/06/2015

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: @tinyBuild

Players: This is a single player game

No Time to Explain is a running, jumping and shooting game where you play a man chasing his future self through time. As the game evolves you must progress to solve time puzzles and complete platforming challenges.


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