Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Time isn't on my side!

It's time for a game that completely revolves around... well, time! Or, rather, the passing of time and the aging process that comes with it. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, it's time for a look at The Watchmaker; a puzzle platform game by Chilean developer Micropsia Games.

In The Watchmaker, you play as Alexander, a clock tower keeper. It is your daily job to care for the mechanisms that keep track of time. Then, one day, Alexander wakes up from his much earned sleep when a mysterious voice tells him that there is trouble afoot. The clock tower has been sabotaged and everything is going to hell in a handbag very, very fast. As a result of this heinous act of destruction, Alexander starts aging far too fast. He needs to repair the mechanisms in the clock tower before time runs out and old age catches up with him.

The game is presented in a steampunk art style with cool looking environments and characters. The aging process of Alexander is something we were very impressed with, visually. Apart from the textures changing to give him an older appearance, his posture and movements also change as he gets older. This makes for a complete makeover of the character as time goes by.

Luckily for Alexander, there are ways to reverse the aging process before the Grim Reaper comes knocking. By crossing checkpoints, you set your age back to what it was at the beginning of your current life-phase. Alexander has three different life phases: 30 to 50 years old, 50 to 70 years old and, finally, 70 to 90 years old. But don’t worry if you’ve arrived at one of the latter two phases of your life; you can actually go back a few phases by using a special stamina liquid, found around the levels. To get through the levels, Alexander can make use of his magnetic glove and time-slowing bombs. So get ready to get old... and young again!

The Watchmaker looks cool with its expansive clocktower environment, beutifully crafted in a semi steampunk / cartoon style. All the different parts that make up this enormous tower present a fun platforming challenge while the manipulation of said parts makes for enjoyable and, at times, quite challenging puzzles. And although the game might not be for anyone, it is a fun experience for those among you that enjoy a good puzzle platformer!

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