Video Game / Super Time Force
Super Time Force
is a pixel-style action game by Capybara Games. The gameplay is reminiscent of run-and-gun games like Contra
, but with the added ability of time travel. When you die or choose to "time out", you can rewind time back to any previous moment, at which point you can select another character and play from there, while your previous copies still perform their actions. This leads to situations where you rewind multiple times to add additional firepower or obtain normally out-of-reach items, among other things.
The story begins in Philadelphia, during the year 1987. A man named Doctor Repeatski invents time travel, and immediately
the world is overrun by robots. However, Repeatski's future self, now known as Commander
Repeatski, comes back with the Super Time Force to save the day, and the days of other time periods.
The game was released on May 14, 2014 for the Xbox 360
and Xbox One
, on August 25, 2014, The game was released for PC, with an updated ''Ultra'' edition in the game's title
was later released on September 1, 2015 for the PlayStation 4
and PlayStation Vita
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Super Time Force provides examples of:
- Animated Adaptation: Only in one of the gameís trailers.
- Awesome McCool Name: Several members of the force, like Aimy McKillin and Jef Leppard.
- Action Girl: Aimy McKillin, Melanie Gibson, and Cleo.
- Badass Adorable: Cleo might be a wild, razor boomerang throwing, post apocalypse survivor, but she's still a little girl who sleeps in a pet bed between adventures.
- Baleful Polymorph: Merlin's charge attack turns enemies into Woodland Creatures.
- Butt Monkey: Every random character who gets crushed by the time beacon.
- Let's not forget Davy in one of the animated trailers.
- Brave Scot: Aimy McKillin.
- Book Ends: The first boss is also the final boss. Well, the first part of the final level at any rate.
- Catch Phrase: Zackasaurus commonly says "Kookabunga!", and spray paints it on dinosaur eggs when first encountered.
- Charged Attack: Each character has one, which does different things like shooting a rapid-fire Spread Shot or piercing laser.
- Chest of Medals: Commander Repeatski's chest is entirely covered in medals.
- Chainsaw Good: Stash has this ability along side with his shotgun weapon.
- Deadly Upgrade: The Ultra characters are super powerful versions of regular characters that can deal crazy damage but last for only TEN SECONDS before violently blowing up the area around them. Which is awesome for when you need stuff to just die. Just be warned that you can't use them that often.
- Death Cry Echo: Playable characters do this when they die.
- Drunk with Power: Commander Repeatski. he saves dinosaurs from extinction, steals the Holy Grail, and destroys heaven just because he can.
- Eyepatch of Power: Parodied with Commander Repeatski, who has two eyepatches, covering both eyes.
- Everything's Better with Dinosaurs
- Evolving Attack: The general effect of what happens when you team up two of the same character, though most obvious with Cleo as she can summon boomerangs while charging.
- Fun with Acronyms:
- The team is known as the Super Temporal Infinite Manipulation Expert Force.
- The PC/PS4/Vita release adds Ultra to the title, making the game's acronym STFU.
- Guest Fighter:
- Only in the Steam edition, Super Time Force Ultra, includes Valve's characters. Zoey from Left 4 Dead, and the Pyro and Saxton Hale from Team Fortress 2 as playable characters.
- The GOG.com distribution of the game does not figure those guest characters.
- The PS4 and Vita versions of STFU include Sony president Shuhei Yoshida, who attacks using a cell phone that shoots emoticons and Twitter messages; Sir Galahad from The Order: 1886, and the hooded journeyman from...uh, Journey.
- Gratuitous French: Jean Rambois.
- Jerkass: Commander Repeatski. He makes himself cry in the very intro to the game!
- Meaningful Name:
- Repeatski invented time travel, and uses it a lot.
- Aimy McKillin is the team's sniper.
- Shieldy Blockerson can use his shield to block shots and can also throw down defensive barriers.
- Dolphin Lundgren is a dolphin.
- My Own Grampa: One of the consequences stated in the opening scroll is "accidentally dating your mother".
- One-Hit-Point Wonder: Every playable character can only take one hit before dying, unless they save a comrade and absorb his/her temporal essence, then they can take one extra hit.
- One-Hit Polykill: Aimy's charged attack fires a laser that pierces walls and enemies.
- 1-Up: Glorbs give you one extra time rewind upon pickup.
- Power-Up: The concept is toyed with in this game: if one of your characters die, and with another character you avert their demise, you can collect your saved comrade, allowing you to use their charge attack alongside your own and absorb one extra hit without dying.
- Rainbow Speak: Every instance of "time" and "travel" is colored red, and "super" is colored blue. Even in mundane sentences.
- Rule of Cool: Repeatski's motivation for going to 1,000,000 BC is to save the dinosaurs from extinction, because dinosaurs are awesome.
- Score Screen: When you complete a level, a window pops up showing how long you took to complete it, and how many collectibles you picked up.
- Set Right What Once Went Wrong: The Super Time Force's mission is to jump through time, correct history's dumb mistakes, and kill stuff that never should have happened.
- Shield Bash: This is Shieldy's basic attack.
- Spread Shot: Jean's charged attack shoots a rapid-fire version of this.
- Sequel Hook / Gainax Ending: After the credits when you beat the game in Super Hardcore Mode, An extra ending reveals the Looker and his sister talk into the idea of destroying the Super Time Force.
Looker: That was a very enjoyable look, Sister.
Sister: Yes brother, I agree. The Super Time Force are really good looking.
Looker: We should probably destroy them though, donít you think?
Sister: Oh most assuredly. The Super Time Force must die for the good of all dimensional life.
Looker: Ok, cool. So weíre on the same page.
Sister: Ya, Totally.
- This is, however, very confusing when you paid more attention to normal modeís ending, Which had Repeatskiís commander self explaining to his alternate versions (his past self as a scientist and as Dr. Infinity) to "take old space-time for another spin around the block." As all three did what he said, the entire earth exploded, closing in to the gameís logo. In the Looker scene, It shows Repeatski himself and the rest of the Super Time Force alive and well on a parade float. This leaves you wondering if he and the rest would have died after destroying earth, or it could be just the Looker's view in order to jump into the event where they're at after saving 198X.
- However, judging by the fact that the entire gameís story is completely nonsensical and doesnít take itself seriously, both endings are left with completely unresolved answers unless the developers themselves stated otherwise.
- Short-Range Shotgun: Melanie Gibson's shotgun pellets literally poof out of existence when they get too far, but boy do they tear up bad guys.
- Shout-Out: The references are pretty plentiful.
- Super Spit: Zackasaurus's charge attack is corrosive spit.
- Throwing Your Sword Always Works: Lou Don Jin's charge is a boomerang version of this.
- Time Travel: The game's plot, and the main mechanic.
- Timed Mission: Every level is timed. Usually, it starts at 60 seconds, but there are pickups that extend the limit.
- The Squad: The Super Time Force themselves.
- Title Scream: Occurs at the title screen. SUPER, TIME FORCE!
- The Power of Rock: Jef Leppard.
- The '80s / The '90s : The game's setting (198X) and pop culture references.
- The Reveal: In the end of the game's normal difficulty mode, Dr. Infinity is really Repeatski the whole time trying to stop his future self from changing history.
- Too Dumb to Live: Repeatski. He demands that you get 7-year-old Cleo from the future after he gets bored of dealing with her as an infant, he ignores the fact that reviving the dinosaurs was a bad idea because he thinks they'll work out all the kinks, steals the Holy Grail to save a bankrupt medieval themed restaurant, and he thinks some "sooper chime forbs or something" are what ruined 199X because the guy he was talking too mumbled.
- Video Game Lives: The time rewinds work like this. You start each level with 30, and lose one each time you die, run out of time, or voluntarily time-out.
- The Ultra characters only have five.
- Wilhelm Scream: Two bosses die like this
- Worth It: The "Risk" stated in the opening scroll.
- Year X: Two time periods you visit are 198X and 199X.