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Rating Orb RedThief7
on 18/08/11
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NO TIME TO EX-

Game: No Time To Explain
Developer: I Smell (Tom Brien)
Genre: Action / Platformer
Play Time: 10 minutes
Link: on www.kongregate.com

Shot of the title screen

Fighting the title

Explaining it almost takes the fun out of it, but I'll risk it to get the word out to people who might not have played this yet. The game gives you no idea of the plot, controls, or anything at all really. That's what makes it hilariously entertaining. Your future self comes back in time to recruit you so you can help save the world. Future you is then grabbed by a giant alien claw and present you is on his own with only his future self's rocket gun to work with. You grab the gun, hop out the hole in your house, and begin your comical adventure to save the world.

Take down the mothership and save the world! Right?

Gameplay

I lied a little bit, the game DOES barely explain the incredibly obvious to you. If you sit around long enough at the start, future self screams "Use the arrow keys to move!" Of course most people can figure that out on their own. And I suppose the game also tells you "hold down the mouse to fire", but the controls are so simple that it doesn't really NEED to explain them to you. And it's the thought that counts right?

That said, the controls can be difficult. To advance you need to leap over spikes and pits, and most of the time you need to point your rocket at the ground to help propel you further up or further out. And since you aim the rocket wherever your mouse is pointing, this can be incredibly difficult at times. It's not so impossible that you want to quit over it though. Unless you try to play with a touch pad instead of a mouse. Don't bother attempting this if you don't have a mouse. Believe me, I tried. However, the difficulty of the controls is almost a necessity so that the game is at least a little challenging to get through. Add in the fact that you instantly respawn at the spot where you last touched safe ground (as in the ledge you jumped to your foolish death from) immediately after "dying" and it's kind of hard to not beat the game. Still, don't be surprised when you have a little trouble making the toughest jumps to get to those Easter Eggs I'm positive I already mentioned and don't need to expand on at all. You can make those jumps if you just keep trying! I know you can do it! At the end of the map you fight the mother ship which you will need to destroy. Once you do, it crashes down onto the alien crab and releases your future self. With his dying breath, he opens a gateway to the past so you can go back in time to save the future. As you might be thinking, going back in time causes present you to become future you and the new past/present you becomes the main character as present/future you replaces future you as the guy being abducted by the alien crab. Hilarity then continues to ensue if you wish it to.

The best part of the game is your future self screaming in pain giving hilarious one-liners every couple of seconds as you chase after him and the alien crab. I do not kid when I say that HE says some truly hysterical things. The music is upbeat and enjoyable and it perfectly fits the silliness of the game. And really, for such a short and quirky game, do you really need more than one really perfect piece for your soundtrack? I say no.

There are three Easter egg / bonus things in the game. You can find the first one by jumping out the hole in your house WITHOUT picking up your gun. I won't spoil the rest for you. The second one is a dinosaur teleport. There are two points in the game where you can go on a separate path from the normal one, and both are much more difficult to traverse (but they're oh so worth it). I'll let you guys figure out where they are (one is very early and the other is middle-ish). At the end of one is the dinosaur teleport which takes you to the final battle, but you (and all future yous) have a dinosaur head, the land becomes more Jurassic Park like, and the alien crab is more like a scaly dinosaur. At the end of the second optional path is a glasses teleport which gives you, future yous, the alien crab, and other things (like buildings) those comedy glasses/big nose/mustache disguise things (well, YOU don't get the stache, but everything else does). It is possible to combine this with the dinosaur teleport as well. I recommend that you do. You also get cameo appearances from the professor from "Back to the Future" when you go through the optional portals.

Be sure to celebrate your victory with your past selves while you have the chance.

Conclusion On Loop

The game seriously takes five minutes to run through, fifteen tops if you go through both teleports to warp everything into funny dinosaur with glasses mode. And I can guarantee that you'll spend every minute laughing. Or at the very least smiling to yourself while giggling. It's the perfect short little comedy game. It probably took you as long to read this review as it will to play the game, and playing the game is a lot more fun than reading about it. Go on, what do you have to lose? I promise you won't be sorry.

Visuals: Average
Sound: Great
Gameplay: Average
Length: Great
Originality: Great
Replayability: Exceptional
Fun Factor: Exceptional

Overall Score: Great

7 Commentson 4 roots

jojolagger`s Avatar
Rating Orb jojolagger 13 SanguineMelancholic 24C 0F
6 years ago | (0)
I have too agree with most of the review, but the game isn't impossible with a touch pad. You'd probably have a very hard time if you're used to using a mouse, but if you've gotten good with a touch pad it isn't to much harder.
Xskill`s Avatar
Rating Orb Xskill 17 Ireland PhlegmaticCholeric 145C 43F
6 years ago | (1)
Very nice review. If you liked the flash game so much, I think I feel I should tell you that there is an actual version out somewhere for this game for about 10 dollars, and as a special bonus if you buy the first game now, you get the second one free when it comes out. Apparently it was gonna be a whole game, not a two part one, but they were running outa funds or something.
Lyle`s Avatar
Rating Orb Lyle 24 Australia 65C 28F
6 years ago | (3)
You really should have titled this "NO TIME TO REVI-"

I think your replayablity score is fair. I know I've come back to it a couple of times because it makes me laugh.
RedThief7`s Avatar
Rating Orb RedThief7 19 United States PhlegmaticSanguine 187C 55F
6 years ago | (0)
Dang, that would've been a good title for the review. :P
TheGuyWhoCanFly`s Avatar
Rating Orb TheGuyWhoCanFly 16 United States CholericMelancholic 3C 0F
6 years ago | (1)
Overall I would agree with your review, except your rating on replayability. In my opinion, if you make a good run and find most or all the easter eggs, you really only can play once, maybe twice more if repetition is your thing, but it really loses a lot each replay, because you know whats coming around the corner, and its not like other games where you have other ways to play, more secrets, or high scores to beat that can keep you playing again and again. I found it more to be like an interactive short cartoon, which had some good laughs that you could enjoy for a few moments, maybe share with a good friend. I did enjoy the fact that you managed to fit a fair amount of detail for a pretty simple game, good job.
RedThief7`s Avatar
Rating Orb RedThief7 19 United States PhlegmaticSanguine 187C 55F
6 years ago | (0)
That's fair. I counted each go through to pick up the easter eggs as a playthrough but I can understand why others may not really count that as "replayability". Like, once normally, again for the dino stuff, again for the glasses, and maybe one more time with all of them together. I considered it four playthroughs but you could just as easily see it as one long one and be done with it.

I also like the replayability for it due to the short length and humor. Every month or two I'll look on my Kong profile out of boredom, see that I have this game in my favorites, and proceed to spend my next 5-10 minutes giggling at the silliness of this game. So basically I'm giving it props for being a game I have no problems playing again several weeks after I've already played it. Yeah you know what will happen, but when the fun depends on the silly atmosphere and not an engaging plot (which is obviously less engaging when you know it already) then I don't think it hurts it as much.
TheGuyWhoCanFly`s Avatar
Rating Orb TheGuyWhoCanFly 16 United States CholericMelancholic 3C 0F
6 years ago | (1)
I guess it really comes down to the persons sense of humor, this kind of stuff can make some people laugh again and again, have a good laugh once or twice, and then some people just don't get that. Where you fit on that spectrum determines if they can come back every once in a while like you, or just enjoy for a short while like me.
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