By Dermot Di Cocco Price: 800 MS Points
Zeit² appears to be just an ordinary side-scrolling shoot 'em up, and for the most part, it is. However, what separates it from the pack is a unique gameplay mechanic that allows the player to time travel at will. What seems to be an overly complicated concept is actually a pleasantly smooth element that makes Zeit² an absolute belter.
Time travelling is as simple as holding down the left bumper, that allows your shadow to continue to mow down the enemies you previously killed, while you take care of business on the other side of the screen. This gameplay mechanism is essential through all the various gamemodes that will keep gamers on their toes as they find interesting and useful different ways to utilise time travelling. The different gamemodes consist of the typical wave modes and time limits, but also a challenge mode with over 50 unique objectives to strain the brain.
Although Zeit² is smooth and flashy, it is let down by the lack of detail in the background of each stage, which only consists of a bland pattern that wouldn't look out of place on Windows '98. The soundtrack, on the other hand, is awesome, setting the right mood from casually strolling through a star field to cranking up the tempo for a boss fight.
Zeit² is a nicely composed title with loads of variety and, above all, a ground breaking mechanism that revamps the genre with a new beauty. The ability to test all players while keeping gameplay simple isn't easy, but Brightside Games has done a fine job indeed. For 800 points, you are most certainly are getting your money's worth.
We say: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED