For today’s Android Amusements, we’re going to look at one of the Humble Mobile Bundle 2 games. To be more specific, I’m going to rave about Time Surfer. Because it just makes sense. If you read this and enjoy the idea of this endless runner, you can spend the $1 you would have spent at Google Play on the bundle, and get the game and Star Command, Punch Quest, and Bloons TD 5. (Or, kick in a bit more to also get Ravensword: Shadowlands, Carmageddon, Karateka Classic, QWOP, and God of Blades.
Time Surfer is the best game in the Humble Mobile Bundle 2. I enjoyed all the others, but there’s something about this endless runner. I’ve become something of a connoisseur of this genre, since acquiring an Android tablet. I find them soothing, despite the stress of knowing one wrong move can end your game. With Time Surfer, I’ve found an endless runner that makes me feel like I’m actually becoming smarter and more skilled as I play.
The game is about a character who is racing through the galaxy, as the end of the universe draws ever nearer. If it catches up to you, or you fail to properly ride the waves, it’s over. Which can happen quite often, if you’re not careful. Players must jump on enemies and asteroids to slow the advance of the end, while also making sure to hunker down on slopes to gain more speed. It’s an endless runner where you have to constantly keep keep interacting with the character and dictating his movements, rather than just occasionally swiping or tapping to move or jump.
That isn’t even getting into Time Surfer‘s major gimmick, the manipulation of time. As indicated by his moniker, your avatar has the ability to control time. He can rewind it, to be more specific, so long as you’ve been collecting orbs to fill up a bar at the top of the screen. As long as you have enough time to burn, the end doesn’t have to be the end. You can rewind and do things differently. Mainly the next time, you’ll nail that jump, bounce on that enemy, and avoid the end.
I think that’s what compels me to keep playing Time Surfer, while I eventually abandon other endless runners. It’s only the second one to keep me coming back during free moments. (Jetpack Joyride was the first.) I like having that extra element of control over my character, knowing that it isn’t all up to chance, as it is with most endless runners. If I’m smart enough and quick enough, I really can make a difference. (Which is exactly how I felt about Jet Pack Joyride.)
Not to mention, Time Surfer offers enough rewards to make playing attractive. Completing missions earns you pets, which offer some kind of gameplay bonus. For example, the duck allows you to miss one jump and still survive. Some may give you a head start. They’re like little safety-net power ups, and you never have to spend in-game cash on them. They’re always there.
Though, the in-game cash does serve a purpose. Usually, it makes for cosmetic changes. You can alter the appearance of the Time Surfer. I’ve been saving up for the TARDIS replica, personally. Again, it provides motivation to keep coming back to the game.
Which brings me to the price. Given the quality of Time Surfer, it’s well worth the $0.99 buy-in. Or, if you’re grabbing the aforementioned Humble Mobile Bundle 2, whatever you decide to kick in for it. It’s bright, colorful, and a joy to play. Most endless runners burn out eventually, when you realize you’ve accomplished most of the missions or bought all the power-ups or extras you want, but not Time Surfer. It will endure, like Jet Pack Joyride, because you’re doing more than watch a dude run while hoping your luck holds out. You’re making a difference.
Product Page [Google Play]