Already neck deep in games like Dead Cells, Hollow Knight, and The Messenger? Well, I have yet another must-play Metroidvania game to throw on top of your pile.
Timespinner, a product of developer Lunar Ray Games and Stardew Valley publisher Chucklefish, has been on my radar for quite some time, in fact… a very long time! Four years removed from its original Kickstarter campaign, the game is polished as can be and available now for the PC, PlayStation 4, and PS Vita. Reviews are pouring in, calling it yet another future classic of the indie's booming genre, and its twist spells out a game that no self-respecting 90s gamer could possibly ignore.
Sure it emulates Castlevania: Symphony of the Night to all ends, but it also takes an inspiration from another classic masterpiece of the era… Chrono Trigger. Yes, if Symphony of the Night and Chrono Trigger had a baby, it would be Timespinner.
Drool over that for a minute while you watch this launch trailer.
Of course, if you know me, you know how I feel about this game. I'm all about the genre, all about the games that inspired it, but there is one thing holding me back from outright buying it… I need a Switch port. Even the most perfect of games isn't going to find its way into my busy schedule unless I can take it with me on the Switch wherever I go and can squeeze a few minutes out of it here and there.
I'd buy the Vita version, but I've read that the game doesn't perform at peak performance on the aged technology.
The current official stance is that Lunar Ray Games is working on a port… for the Nintendo 3DS. The Kickstarter campaign pitched this port long before the Nintendo Switch was even a "thing," and the game's creators believe that campaign promises must be met before moving on to additional versions.
Good sentiments, but at the same time, I can't find a single corner of Nintendo fandom that would prefer to play this on their shelved Nintendo 3DS'. Well, you gotta do what you gotta do.
In the meantime, check out Timespinner on the PlayStation 4, PS Vita, and PC today.