April 18, 2024

A Stitch in Time Saves... The World? Timemelters (Steam) Review

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A Stitch in Time Saves... The World? Timemelters (Steam) Review

By Joel | April 18, 2024
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Dive into the time-bending world of Timemelters, a unique strategy game that combines hero defense, witch trials, and temporal shenanigans.

Witch Way to the Time Machine?

Timemelters isn't your everyday strategy game that politely asks you to save the world. Nope, in this game, the world's already gone to hell, but you, as the plucky witch Teagan, get the task of saying, "Let's not and say we did."

Created by the minds at Autoexec Games, Timemelters serves up a hearty dish of strategy, hero defense, and a generous side of time-travel shenanigans. Our heroine Teagan escapes a witch trial by the skin of her teeth and dives headfirst into a world that's as mystifying as it is in dire need of a serious do-over. The game's unique selling point? Its Time Shift mechanics.

Rewind, Reposition, Kick Butt

So, how does it work? Imagine being swarmed by a horde of relentless enemies in the forest level. You activate the rewind feature, and time reverses by 10 seconds. During this phase, you move to a higher vantage point while watching the actions you just performed in reverse. As the enemies are repositioned, you gain an opportunity to set snares and traps in their path, creating a kill zone that anticipates their future movements based on your past actions.

Of course, this isn't just about hitting rewind and watching a past version of you do all the hard work. It's about crafting those brain-twisting strategies where past-you and present-you work in perfect harmony, like an oddly synchronized dance duo whose dance floor is the open battlefield.

Dive into the time-bending world of Timemelters, a unique strategy game that combines hero defense, witch trials, and temporal shenanigans.

A Tango of Strategy and Action

The gameplay oozes and mixes up strategy with real-time action in a way that keeps you on your toes. Whether you're puzzling out a map or going head-to-head with a boss, there's always a fresh twist waiting to test your mettle and your ability to think on your feet and in the past.

Many of the reviews appreciate the rewind mechanic for its capacity to transform dire situations into manageable ones. However, there are specific drawbacks:

  1. It can sometimes make the gameplay feel repetitive, especially if used excessively.
  2. Its frequent use may reduce the overall challenge offered, as the stakes are effectively lowered.

Nonetheless, when used judiciously, the rewind feature offers a fresh and innovative approach to the action.

Misery Loves Company

For those who don't want to wander through time alone, Timemelters offers a co-op mode where you can drag a friend into this temporal mess, tackling the campaign together with the free Friend's Pass. It turns out messing with time is more fun when you have someone to share the "oops, that was a bad move" moments with.

Another neat feature is the skill tree where your inner spell-crafting geek can shine. It's like being handed a magical menu and getting to pick your flavor of chaos. How you upgrade your spells opens up avenues for more potent magic and increasingly intricate strategies.

Dive into the time-bending world of Timemelters, a unique strategy game that combines hero defense, witch trials, and temporal shenanigans.

Temporal Chaos

Let's not forget to tip our hats to the soundtrack – it's the kind of music that makes you feel like you're about to do something epic... even if it's just rewinding time because you accidentally set yourself on fire. Again.

However, let's be real: while Timemelters dazzles with its gameplay, the visuals are more 'charming indie' than 'blockbuster spectacle.' But considering this game was whipped up by a trio of developers, it's pretty impressive what they've managed to conjure up.

And yes, while the game leans towards the linear side and doesn't let you roam its world freely, it's packed with enough lush visuals and strategic depth to keep you hooked. After all, who needs an open world when you have an open timeline?

A Timeless Adventure

In short, Timemelters is a delightful romp through time that offers a unique twist on strategy and hero defense. With its blend of clever mechanics, co-op fun, and just enough wittiness to keep things light, it's a game that asks you to save the world in the most unconventional way possible.

So grab your time-traveling boots (and maybe a friend), because Timemelters is one adventure where looking back and not forward is actually encouraged.


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