Murder! Conspiracies! A phone that can text the past! All are good setups for a time loop game, and Steins;Gate has them all. This beloved visual novel, given a major polish-up for the Switch, has spawned an entire anime spin-off from its intricate decision-making, time-altering plot. It concerns a mad scientist who accidentally stumbles upon time machine technology, alerting a somewhat evil time-travelling corporation to his presence and abilities. You'll need about 25-40 hours to finish this one off, mind you!
Gnosia is a game that can be succinctly described as "like Among Us, but way darker". It takes place on a ship with a number of occupants, some of whom have been replaced by body-snatching aliens called the Gnosia. It's up to you to find and eliminate them before they take over — but everyone is a suspect. Even you. Don't worry, though; you've got multiple time loops to figure it out once and for all!
Seminal and self-referential RPG Undertale has a time loop, but not in the way that the other games in this list do. The meta-textual nature of Undertale means that some of the in-game characters are aware that they're in a game, and that you are save-scumming and even repeating the game from the beginning, trying to get different endings. It's not a time loop for the player, of course — but for the NPCs, it is. And they know it. Weird.
Although House in Fata Morgana, a 40+ hour visual novel, is not strictly a time loop — and we can't tell you why, it's a spoiler — the first few hours will have you repeating self-contained stories over and over again, with small details changed and characters disappearing and reappearing later, and you'll be left wondering what on earth is going on. Is that character evil, or not? Who's the White-Haired Girl, and how is she in multiple time periods? For that matter, who are you? All of these are good questions. You'll have to play to find out.
Oxenfree is an unnerving story about teens and ghosts that gets even more unnerving once you play it a second time. Facts change, characters are revealed to have different motives, and everything is absolutely not as it seems. You thought that the story was about getting off the island, didn't you? Oh, you sweet summer child.
You're on a ship in the middle of the Atlantic, and someone just murdered your husband. However, that someone was you, and now you have to cover it up in Overboard!, a whodunnit where youdunnit. The game is presented as a time loop not in the sense of you repeating time, but more in the sense of imagining how a day might play out until you craft the perfect alibi and cover-up. Even if it means murdering everyone else.
Into The Breach is a brutal, uncompromising game of making hard decisions and living with your mistakes, but the short length of battles and endless variety of playthroughs makes for an extremely addictive experience. Though the graphics are nothing special, the gameplay is some of the very best you’ll find in the strategy genre on the Switch, and we can easily recommend this to anybody who’s looking for an in-depth game that’ll make you think.
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Is anyone else feeling a bit of déjà-vu? Just kidding! We're still in lovely, safe linear time. But if we're ever in need of a little timey-wimey escapism, we know where to look. Let us know if we've missed any in the comments!
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