The object of TimeLoop is to save the mad scientists (and some cats along the way) who’ve been trapped in the laboratories. Sounds pretty straightforward so far right? Nope! You’ve got a whole host of problems in your way. Some doors need welding, some doors need codes and others are timed. If you try and get through two separate doors that are on the same timer, but in different rooms you won’t have a chance. This is where your TimeLoop comes in.
You get going trying to solve the puzzle and realise you need a hand getting through the doors. Here you get your “other” self to give you a hand by triggering the TimeLoop. Along comes another “you” to help you out. If you time it right (and obviously timing is the key) you can get through all the doors and save everyone!
Some levels are pretty complicated employing all the puzzles above and more besides leaving you needing several other “you’s” to complete the puzzle.
I’ve got to come clean here as well. I got completely stuck on level 4! Level 4 you ask? Yes, I’m afraid so. In a game that has a load of levels I did come up against a mental brick wall early on. After about ten goes at this level the penny finally dropped and I figured it out. To be honest I thought there was a glitch and I was thinking of emailing the developer, but that would have made me look totally stupid if I haven’t done that myself already!
The levels increase in difficulty as you progress through the game – take level 4 for instance! It’s not a steep learning curve and the levels are not too long if you just want a quick go on your way to school or work. Also, and importantly, it remembers which level you’re up to when you come back later.
You get points for the number of cats saved and you get more points the earlier you finish each level with gold, silver and bronze medals awarded depending on how well you do. I’ve only got one silver so far, all the rest being bronze. You can pause anytime you like during the game if you need a couple of minutes to figure out what you need to do.
There are hints when you get started and when you come across each new feature, but if that’s not your thing they can be turned off via the options on the main menu. There’s also a story setup when you start the game to give you something of a background to the game.
All in all I think TimeLoop is a great game. The graphics are highly polished and the music fits in a treat. It’s easy to get the hang of, but not too difficult to leave you completely stuck. The levels are short enough for a quick go now and then, but that won’t concern you because you won’t be able to put it down!
TimeLoop requires iPhone OS 2.2.1 or later and is compatible with both the iPhone and iPod Touch.