Short but sweet
If you've played and enjoyed puzzlers like Braid and Limbo, then you might be curious to check out this inventive addition to the genre. It's undoubtedly a clever and enjoyable game but it's just a little too lacking in content to make it a must play. It does retail for about five dollars, so you get what you pay for and as long as you don't expect something to keep you playing for days, you won't be disappointed. You take the role of an old inventor and his assistant, the Snail, and must help them solve a series of mind bending puzzles, which revolve around the manipulation of time and objects in space. You can go backwards and forwards in time, or just freeze it, while the two characters each have unique skills so you have to swap between them in order to progress. There's also a charming and surprisingly deep story to experience here, while the whole thing is presented in lush 2D with some lovely environments to explore. For the most part, Chronology is an absolute delight. It gets off to a great start, with the cracking visuals which show off some superb character and environmental design and which pack a lot of personality. Moving on to the game itself, the puzzling action is both inventive and enjoyable, with some fun head scratchers to solve which are terribly clever but never frustrating. The music and voice acting are top notch too and it isn't until you realize that you've finished the game, that the only major flaw becomes apparent. You can complete this in an afternoon, quicker if you really set your mind to it, so your five dollars goes by pretty quickly. If this doesn't worry you though, you're in for a good time.