Today I got together with Brad to try and help him work through his bloated feelings and meat sweats by sitting down and playing Time Surfer [$0.99], the brand new game from Kumobius, developers of the excellent bouncy platformer Bean's Quest [$2.99 / Free]. Time Surfer takes the hill bounding mechanics of Tiny Wings [$2.99 / $2.99 (HD)] and games of that ilk and adds a cool Braid-like rewinding mechanic. If you screw up don't sweat it – just back up time a bit and give it another try. Your rewinding time is limited though, so you can't solely rely on it to get you out of every sticky situation, but it's a neat mechanic that fits in really well with this kind of endless arcade game.

Time Surfer also looks a treat. It reminds me a lot of Punch Quest [Free] with its pixely style, bright flashing colors, and sheer insanity. In fact, I've heard people in our forums and elsewhere describe Time Surfer as "Tiny Wings on crack." Put that one on the back of the box, would ya? It's really quite fitting though. There are a ton of cool items and enemies to run across in Time Surfer, as well as an eclectic cast of playable characters and an assortment of silly pets to aid you in your quest by offering special abilities.

It all clicks very nicely, and I've been having an excellent time playing Time Surfer so far. Check out the video below, and if you're digging it too you can snatch up the game with the link at the bottom.

  • Gemütlichkeit

    The banter… you guys gotta tone it down a bit 😮

    • Josue Feliciano

      The banter is 70% of the reason I watch the videos 🙂

      • blackharon

        70? It's 90% for me!

    • Jay

      The way I see it, the video is expressly for the banter (and gameplay expo, of course), while the text is for the review.

      Solution: mute the video and read the review 🙂

  • Rumand

    Time shift had rewind, but seems like you we're mixing it up with Haze which was a really bad ps3 game around the same time

    • Jared Nelson

      HAZE! Yes that is what I was thinking of, thanks

  • swarmster

    So when you go fast enough that you hit the top of the screen, the guy just scrapes along the top, following an imaginary parabola? Breaking the 'bounds' of these games is always a fun moment, but that's a pretty sorry result.

  • toxiccheese

    Really enjoying this game. I loathe the sections with the gaps, but overall it's got some solid gameplay and good challenge.

  • Jay

    This seems to lack the fluidity of motion that I think makes Tiny Wings special.

    As far as I know, Tiny Wings' gameplay mechanic wasn't taken from another game, was it?

    • Nate

      I've heard a lot of people pointing to a skiing game called (I think) Solipskier as the first to use the Tiny Wings-type mechanic.

  • MidianGTX

    So uh... this article is old now, but... Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time did the rewind thing back in 2003.