Review Timeless Journey
Interesting arcade game with puzzle elements
Author: Tariq Abdulla
Date: 22 Aug 2016, tested on HTC One S
Decent animation, neat graphics, unusual game play, simple controls
No trial version
Timeless Journey for Android is a game of directing cogs to the end of each level. The cogs can have different mechanics of motion: some simply roll along the floor, while others float up and to the left when you tap. Sometimes you have to switch from one cog to another, for which of course you need to get both of them in the same view. You’ll also need to wait in ditches while trains ride over the top of you, push boulders off the top of hills, and make careful jumps off the edges of ramps, and roll between moving platforms at just the right speed.
You can play any level you choose right away, and when you finish a level there’s really no reward at all. I think I would find it a lot more addictive and fun if the levels were locked until you complete previous ones, so it feels like you have new things to discover.
Each level has its own theme with matching music, and the game has its own sort of appeal. That said, it takes patience, and you have to be totally Zen about solving the puzzles just for the sake of it. I found the buttons a bit fiddly, and the game could get a bit annoying when you find yourself trying to roll slowly up a hill, and needing several run-ups to pick up the speed. This is a game for people who are not in any particular hurry to get anywhere.
A Limbo-like puzzle game
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 28 Feb 2015, tested on HTC One M8
All of the content is unlocked right away, the art style adds a lot of atmosphere
The controls could definitely be tightened up, the game relies to heavily on the same mechanics
In the movies, the journey always seems like it’s more fun than the ultimate destination. Maybe it’s just me, but I’ve always been let down by the conclusion. Just take a look at the Lord of the Rings. Timeless Journey for Android is an abstract puzzle game that highlights the adventure and really has no end. That is to say, when you’re done there really is no fanfare, it’s right back in for more.
Jumping into the game is pretty seamless and you can choose any level you want to play straight from the get-go. I opted to start off with the tutorial which was short and sweet. The game has you controlling gears with a little slider. The slider doesn’t react when you touch it, but it’s easy to understand that sliding right moves you right and vice versa for the left.
I honestly wasn’t a huge fan of the controls or the physics, though I did really enjoy the atmosphere. Over the course of the game you’ll have to switch between different gears and use physics to complete puzzles. There is also some platforming aspects to the game that are just kind of awkward considering the spherical shape of the gear.
The controls seemed unresponsive at times. Some gears seem to speed through the level and others only crawled. Going up a hill was also a lesson in patience, which honestly stretched mine thin.
I enjoyed the atmosphere surrounding Timeless Journey and it reminded me a lot of a game called Limbo. Unfortunately, the game’s controls and physics kind of left me high and dry.