Time Travel Games

While we’re still busy driving ourselves insane editing, I thought I’d take some time out this month to share with you all some fun time travel video games (and one of their creators will be featured in the documentary!).

Time travel is a continuously growing genre in literature and movies- and while there are so many great and well known stories- it can be a passive way of storytelling. In gameplay you as the player get to experience “time travel”, as you interact with the story in real time.

If you want to level up your  time travel experience, then I totally recommend checking out these video games.


Maniac Mansion: Day of the Tentacle (1993)

This game is for every child from the 90’s- a point and click adventure full of campy, spooky goodness. The sequel to Maniac Mansion, Day of The Tentacle begins when the Purple Tentacle, a strange creation by Dr. Fred Edison, takes a sip of toxic sludge, giving him formidable intelligence as well as a tendency toward world domination. It’s up to three kids, Hoagie, Bernard and Laverne to go back in time and prevent the Purple Tentacle from drinking the toxic sludge and righting history. Chaos, of course, ensues and the puzzles are brilliantly put together.

*Best Time Machine: The time travel device used is the Chron-o-John, a time travelling port-a-potty- it’s key feature is the ability to flush items between characters, chaning things in the past in order to solve puzzles in the future.


Jigsaw (1995) 

Jigsaw Snaphot

Jigsaw is a 2nd person text adventure game- part mystery, party romance, and full on time travel. Jigsaw begins at on December 31st, 1999 at a party to celebrate the dawn of the new millennium. On a whim, you follow a mysterious and attractive stranger… and end up on a journey through time. As you attempt to restore history, you visit some of the most important events in the 20th century, like World War I, the moon landing, the Cold War, and the Berlin Wall.

*Play the Game: If you want to try your hand at supposedly one of the longest text adventures ever written, you can play Jigsaw here.


Braid (2009) 

Featured in Indie Game: The Movie, Braid features some really awesome uses of time manipulation and time travel. Much like many Mario-style games, Tim is a man searching for a princess who has been snatched by a monster, and must dodge, jump, and fight enemies in order to find her. But that’s where the similarities end. As you navigate this world, your use of time is integral to the game. Featuring rewinding time, time warps, different time flows like slow motion, it’s a challenging and beautiful gem in the indie game world.

*Epic Plot Twist: It also has an insane, mind-blowing plot twist at the very end. Totally worth playing all the way through.


So take away some time from your busy schedules and try these games to improve your time travel intellect, or play them for the pure abject fun. What are some time travel games that you like to play? Let us know in the comments below!

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