Marty McFly has come back, back from the future! He’s probably in the Wild Wild West now, and to celebrate this, this week we’re hosting series of time travel themed games: we’re going Back to the New Retro!
For the third game of “time week”, we go back in time again, this time all the way back to the paleoethic era, then forward in time again to go back to 1981. Still with me? Time Pygmy is a Ludum Dare entry in which a pygmy caveman of sorts is lounging in his primitive cave, away from the wet wet rain, and as these things go,accidentally creates a breach in the space-time continum. With no beer and no TV to go something something, the pygmy decides its a good enough excuse to leap into the the slick venuer of the 1980s and bring back some modern conviences to brighten up his cosy cave.
Once again, Time Pygmy uses time as a central theme. It’s unfortunately pretty light and doesn’t really affect gameplay though. Arriving in the basement of a house crica 1981, you have 4 minutes to explore the house and discover as much as you can, in effort to bring back some modern luxury concepts with you. Although certain discoveries will ‘upgrade’ your cave, each trip to the house brings you back to the same starting point in time – that is, all the discoveries will need to be repeated. Discoery, much like methods employed in modern labs, is often done by smashing things together at high speeds, in thiis case with your club and the subject in question, until it turns into tiny pixel pieces.
The gameplay mostly consists of visiting every room and bashing or grabbing everything in reach but at least some of the discoveries will require a bit of further thought or experimentation, and ‘combining’ objects in amusing ways (side note: probably don’t want to think about the games approach to dating too deeply). The basement key in particular is the main ‘puzzle’, which lies tantalisingly out of reach, and part of the fun is trying to figure out how to get it.
There isn’t much else to it though, so for the most part Time Pygmy is almost more of a web toy than an actual game, and a couple trips back (forward) to the 80’s will probably be enough. Although having said that the call back to 1981 is a bit off – the house looks suspcisuouly more modern, there’s a sad lack of michael jackson posters or other 80’s memorabilia and apparently flat screen PCs and Google Maps existed. Aside from this chronological mixup, the game is yet another short but fun coffeebreak diversion of pixel goodness.
Play online: http://deepnight.net/games/time-pigmy/