Time goes by so fast. I've said that a lot of times, and you probably have too. But it's usually because we enjoy most of our moments so much that we don't want them to end. Or it could be because we've sunk so deep into our daily routine that we lost track of time. Either way, we all know that time is a precious little thing, even though it gives us lines and sags.
But imagine this, though. What if time actually does go by so fast? Will you just sit there and wait until you die of old age or will you do something about it? Well, that's the question you'll have to answer when you play this game I'm about to talk about.
Micropsia Games, an indie game development studio from Chile, is releasing this steampunk puzzle-adventure game called The Watchmaker next year, Q2. It will be available on the Xbox One, PS4 and PC.
In this game, you control a guy named Alexander. It's not clear who he is or where he came from. We just know that Alexander is kind of a clock tower guardian, as he spends his days just repairing a clock tower, adjusting its mechanisms, oiling the gears and polishing everything down to the smallest piece.
One day, some mysterious voice warns him that someone has sabotaged the tower. Apparently, after this mishap, time itself messed up. This caused Alexander to age abnormally fast. So now, with only the help of the disembodied voice and a handful of time (literally too, because the game equips you with time bombs), you're tasked to fix the damage.
Hmmm, why do I have a feeling that this game has a System Shock-esque twist, wherein the voice is the villain this whole time?Â
Most of the game will take place in this giant clock tower and within the tower, there are 5 extensive locations you'll explore. In terms of gameplay, The Watchmaker features a diverse gameplay, with a mix of exploration, puzzles, platforming action and boss fights. You basically have to get through obstacles, enemies and time mechanisms (puzzles) to discover who the hell bombed your precious place.
I've always been fascinated by how games indicate health aside from just the common health bar. Games nowadays, FPS games especially, use the red vignette on the screen. But The Watchmaker takes a unique approach. Since this involves time, you have to watch out for your character's AGE. The attacks of the enemies will somehow accelerate your aging process, so if Alexander starts showing wrinkles, that means you're dying, dude. Also, to 'replenish' your age, you have to collect time to regenerate your youth.
Man, if time were made to be a physical thing, then you could throw away all those anti-aging products and watch the companies that manufactured them go bankrupt.
There's no demo for this game yet, but a playable build will be available and presented at the Gamescom 2016 in Cologne this August 17-21, 2016. While waiting, you can check out the Steam page HERE and the announcement trailer below.