By Prarthito Maity email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Jan 14, 2013 07:30 AM EST
For people complaining how the App Store lacks any real surfing games, Kumobius finally has an answer in the form of Time Surfer that has been developed for the iPhone, iPad and even iPod touch.
Anybody who downloads and starts playing Time Surfer for the first time, will easily notice that the new game has the previous classic Tiny Wings written all over it, to an extent. However, the fact that Time Surfer stands out from Tiny Wings is due to one huge reason: the ability to reverse time.
The app is already an Editor's Choice in the App Store for the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Argentina, Spain, Australia and more, with the game's official App Store page stating: "Surf for your life across the galaxy! An inevitable destructive force is after you... The end of the universe! Your only hope? You can cheat death by rewinding time! Get ready for the most psychedelic adrenaline-pumping surf of the year!"
The game's most important concept is the fact that the player can reverse time to correct mistakes and use it according to his or her wishes. So if the first try turned out to be an unfortunate failure, there's always the second, and the third, and the fourth. Interestingly, the game even has a challenge for dying 10 times in one run.
As far as the basics are concerned, the game's simplistic controls make it a treat for any gamer of any age. The game's two touch gameplay keeps everything easy to reach and easy to play, with players just needing to touch with the right thumb to dive and left thumb to rewind time. Sounds pretty simple, right?
TouchArcade, which gave the game a massive 4.5 out of 5, stated that Time Surfer "is a glorious mess of bright colors, pixel art and the most upbeat of chiptunes. It's more than that, though. Take the calm simplicity of Tiny Wings, crank up the speed, stick it in space and add a dozen good ways to die. Not so calm, but death is just a state of mind: you can turn it around with the rewind button."
Modojo has described the game even better. The site writes that the game's "8-bit/16-bit style graphics" feature strange alien worlds, weird trees "and other trippy images in the background."
There is also the possibility to purchase in-game stuff from the shop called the Time Capsule. The Time Capsule includes a boatload of stuff to purchase with cake, like the Samurai and Platinum Surfer costumes, 80s' Future Car, Terminator 2-based Future Assassin and cool special effects, and "one of our personal favorites being the Rainbauer that leaves behind a rainbow trail as you surf."
While the game may not attract too many people for uniqueness, it is an excellent example as to how a simple idea can be worked upon and made into an interesting piece of software, especially by adding cool traits from different other games.
Check out the video below: