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2008/05/13

Chronotron



At last, we have some decent puzzler under highlight - "Chronotron".

Paradox Shmaradox Badge (easy – 5 points)
Survive an early encounter with a potential paradox in level 6.

Puzzles that combining the elements of time travels and causalities together are nothing new at all, from the earlier days of the memorable "Day of the Tentacle" to casual games as recent as Cursor*10, we've all seen plenty of them already. Yet, the intrinsically curious and bizarre nature of the theme makes it a worthwhile direction for talented designers attempting to come up with some innovative and inspirational creations that can impress people with new ideas, proving the depth and complexity around this theme.


Teeter-Totter to the TARDIS Badge (medium – 15 points)
Complete the easy, basic, and medium levels.

For "Chronotron", the clever part is most likely about the existence of paradoxes; they exist because you are required to return to your starting point (i.e. the time machine) to create a next incarnation, and with your past selfs not immune to new changes around their environments, paradoxes can happen. Some less ingenious developers may regard this as a kind of "potential glitch" and seek to rid it of by, say, altering a few game rules, but for "Chronotron", though minor glitches out of the said causes do still occur some of the time, under most cases these paradoxes have been just successful in seasoning the whole game with further brainstorming fun, all reasonable and intriguing.


Flux to Be You Badge (hard – 30 points)
Retrieve the Flux Capacitor.

Completing this game should be a joyful experience for the majority of players; if you are unfortunately not one among which, below are some general tips you should keep in mind when facing a new level:

First things first, check out what exactly each button controls; some buttons may only become accessible after several reincarnations - do so nonetheless, or you could miss some important pieces of the whole picture, especially as the difficulty increases.

With a clearer idea on your immediate environment at mind, time to deduce a way out of the contraption, a.k.a. puzzle-solving. Usually speaking, the more complicated it is, the simpler to ponder it in a backward manner, namely from the goal to the start. Also, due to the unique nature of the game, your first self commonly needs to go enabling some crucial passageway and has to stay the longest on the field.

Ultimately, if you are unable to predict or manipulate too much into upcoming events, just do things step by step and, whenever you spot anything going wrong, rewind and think over again. Do not be afraid of cloning yourself six or even ten times to do the job, sometimes it helps and sometimes it's just necessary. Last hint is for several harder stages, it is important to plan your route for an environment that yet exist but is going to be created by later selfs.


Causal Gamer Badge (hard – 30 points)
Complete the easy, basic, medium, hard, and bonus levels.

If regrettably you are not too good at this kind of things, the author's being very nice by offering a full video walkthrough of all 40 levels, which you can access right on the main menu of the game.

Rating



Despite numerous bugs of minor severity, the entertaining concept and the challenging content make this game worth your playing.


: Recommended

3 comments:

Tazz said...

And for those of you too lazy to complete this amazing game you can of course simply edit the .sol file to win your kongregate badge, however, i dont recommend this as this is a damn awesome game :)

"How to Kongregate" said...

Just found another upcoming game that may feature similar game mechanics as this one - "Braid".

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