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You're in a tight spot.
Winner, Best Individual Puzzle - 2014 XYZZY Awards
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Absolutely requires taking notes during the first playthroughs, no superficial elements here, everything's important.
Walkthrough required for normal human beings without OCD or special IF-game skills.
I loved the minimalistic and detailed approach, and how most elements referred to each other in a circular fashion, so that instead of exploring new rooms with new objects, the exploration happens through moving through time and re-living the same instant in the same room. Reminded me of one of the fantastic Ben Jordan games (go check if you haven't) where the hero remains in the same room, but slight and scary changes happen to the room.
Unlike other commentaries, I didn't experience any randomness in my playthrough (THANK GOD!!), but one could easily imagine how this game could become Hell if it ever got expanded with additional layers, randomness, objects, characters..etc.
If crazy time-travel puzzles and avoiding paradoxes are your cup of tea, then this is the game for you. You must use a time machine to do your homework, but this requires 8 or more copies of yourself.
The initial part of the game is very fun. Trying to figure out how the machine works is great; trying to figure out how to avoid a paradox is fun, in fact the whole first half is fun!
But by the time you get to the last two or three copies, it just gets very overwhelming. It's so hard to keep track of everything, and the very last 'you' is hard to figure out.
Some people may find the idea of such a complicated game very enticing; so for puzzle fiends out there, this is the game for you. For everyone else, you should at least try it until you've time traveled once or twice.
Excellent game! As others have said, it's well worth challenging yourself to complete it without the walkthrough. Word of advice, though - do NOT save after answering any questions UNTIL you've been given the okay by the principal!! Needless repetitive hell when you realize you've messed that up. (Otherwise, proud to say I finished in a matter of hours, though I did have to check the walkthrough after somehow failing to examine the rope :P)
As someone else said, the clock tick is really inconsistent, so undo is your best friend here. Above all, it's not as hard as it seems, so long as you keep notes on the offset from current time for each version of yourself.
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