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Time Loader Review

A robotic operating buddy with wheels

A.J. Maciejewski

Reviewed by playing an Xbox One on

Time Loader is also available for PS4 and Nintendo Switch

Time Loader is rated Everyone by the ESRB

I love unique indie games and the story-based puzzle platformer Time Loader is definitely distinct so let's power-up and have at 'er.

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Is this why my table is always collapsing?

Time Loader has you play as a little robot who traverses a house in the hopes of saving the family who lives there. I think it's one of those stories that's best experienced yourself so I won't say any more than that but it is surely interesting, especially considering the fact that you can alter events by interacting with certain objects in the house. Will you put up a reminder on the bulletin board that fell off? How about remove the tab from a VHS to prevent anyone from recording over it or fixing a leaky faucet before it potentially causes a flood? v1d30chumz 35-172-230-154

Thankfully, the visuals in Time Loader are superb with the most stand-out aspects being the detailed and colourful environments and the well-animated robot that chugs along on its oversized wheels while showing a screen with a face whenever it's reacting to something. Listening to it move around is a treat, too, as it features realistic effects with whirring as it rolls and springs as it jumps. There's solid voice acting as well that you can hear via audio recordings and such so it's a very well-produced indie when it comes to presentation.

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When I'm older, I bet I seriously get into model trains

Playing Time Loader is easy if you're familiar with 2D platformers as you move left and right and jump. The robot has the ability to climb over walls a bit, too, so there's an element of physics involved as you can try to get over seemingly difficult hurdles with some persistence. On top of this, I enjoyed the collection of puzzles to figure out as you advance which mostly involve placing and interacting with objects to either clear the way or provide a platform. Some situations are more elaborate than others but it's all satisfying stuff. 😊

As you progress through Time Loader, you'll acquire a wealth of upgrades such as bigger wheels that let you jump higher, a screwdriver that unlocks the ability to tighten or loosen screws, and an electrical charge that allows you to power-up appliances and such. Gaining these abilities makes advancing a rewarding endeavour but at the same time, some later-game moments become quite frustrating due to the gameplay's increasing level of finickiness. On the plus side, there are secrets to discover which are usually rather cleverly hidden.

Besides the ability to alter events and find hidden objects, Time Loader unfortunately doesn't have many replay incentives. For example, I would have liked to have some sort of challenge list to check off. Speaking of which, there isn't much challenge with the only difficult parts being due to some annoying mechanic that the gameplay doesn't quite accommodate for. Other than that, my only other issue is that there's the odd graphical bug such as when my robot squeezed into a small tunnel only for it to glitch out all across the screen.

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Looks like someone didn't clean up after cooking

Time Loader is a wonderful game that's set in a beautifully-presented miniature world. It may have some gameplay issues later in its campaign but the amount of fun that you'll have unraveling the story as you solve puzzles still makes for a good time overall.

  • + Very cool core gameplay where you solve puzzles by controlling an upgradable robot
  • + Intriguing changeable story
  • + Excellent visuals, sound, and voice acting
  • - Not much challenge or replay incentives
  • - Occasional graphical glitches
  • - Some odd latter-half gameplay shifts
7.5 out of 10
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