Tick Tock Bang Bang is an FPS game that involves warping time developed by Dejobaan Games, LLC. It is available now Steam!
You play as Delta T ( ΔT ), Hollywood stunt woman who can control time. First off, pretty clever for the name. The game is essentially just ΔT running through obstacle courses and performing stunts for an unnamed movie or movies. You will be dodging cars, facing down murderous turrets, kamikaze robots, and a variety of large scale laser light shows that will kill you. CUT! (You’ll probably be hearing that being shouted a lot).
Now after a level or two, you might think to yourself, “Hm. Well this looks and feels oddly familiar.” Why yes, if you have played Drunken Robot Pornography (DRP) and Super Hot, it’s basically those two games combined. Well, mostly just DRP again but with the time warp mechanic added in. You never actually freeze time; when you stand still, time just moves very slowly but things will still move. Kind of like the new VATs system in Fallout 4. When you move, everything just snaps to normal speed. It’s pretty useful in a few levels but for most of them you can get through without stopping anyways which to me seems like the goal: complete the level (stunt) as quickly as possible. The instant time warping is just to make minute adjustments which doesn’t really help all that much honestly.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s a fun game to play. There are certain sequences (usually 5 stunts per sequence) that get really repetitive and boring really fast, but others make up for it. The kamikaze robots are kind of terrifying to deal with and the little short range taser mode on your gun when you don’t have bullets is really annoying to use because you basically have to shove your gun up the robot/turret’s butt and fire to kill it. The better levels are the ones where you’re met with a ton of lasers and other obstacles but you can basically just run straight or diagonally through them, pick up some bullets and kill whatever else spawns without stopping. Quite satisfying.
Tick Tock Bang Bang looks pretty nice and plays pretty smoothly, but at the end of the day it gets dry fairly quickly. It’s a kind of game that you’ll pick up to play for a few minutes just to get a fix of explosions and dodging lasers and such and then not touch it for a while. Some levels had sound effects for the mothership that was really annoying and of course the sound changes depending on what time mode you’re in. There’s basically no music and for some reason the sound levels by default are off the charts so make sure to turn down your volume before launching. Even ΔT ‘s introduction was super loud, not to mention the pillar of cars falling down.
It’s a quick and easy game to play with a couple of achievements, but getting through it might be a bit much. Having a friend to tag out with will definitely help but really just feels dry after the first few levels. I haven’t tried the player made levels yet and I am guessing they might contain a few jewels in there but the main game itself just falls short. I really wanted to like this game; when I saw the trailer for it I was pretty pumped. It just feels like something is missing. Maybe add in a race mode where you can race an obstacle course against people online. Probably extending the range of that pitiful taser gun would help.
It’s not a bad game by any means, but it is definitely a hybrid of two other very well done games and sometimes that just doesn’t work out too well. It’s very colorful and fun to play, but to get the same look and feel as what was in the trailer would require a bit of practice and I’m not exactly one to go back to a level I already cleared just to clean up and perfect a run. Ultimately, Tick Tock Bang Bang just feels gimmicky. That being said, it is still an immensely fun game to play in short bursts and kudos to whoever came up with the name Delta T. You clever bastard. Also, I probably just suck at the game and am doing it wrong. Try it out yourself though; you’ll probably get better results than I did!
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