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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Chronology (2014) is a running and jumping adventure game where you play a man and a snail who change time to save the world. Play focuses on time-travelling and time-pausing to interact with the environment in both its past and present states and find a way forward. It stands out for how you control both the man and snail, using their unique attributes and time-manipulation abilities alongside each other to progress.

You play an old inventor who wakes up in an overgrown, ruined world with no memory of what happened. After finding a strange device that enables you to travel back in time, you search for answers by transitioning between the past and present to complete platforming sections using the time-altered environment. Along the way, you meet and team up with a talking snail who can pause time completely, teleport to the inventor and climb on walls. You switch between the inventor and the snail to use their abilities in tandem to solve puzzles and forge forward.

As you progress, the traversal challenges become more complex, requiring creative problem-solving. For example, you may need to plant a sapling in the past and climb the tree it has become in the present, pause falling objects to avoid them, or use the snail’s shell as a platform.

The result is a game with many interactive layers, from the different characters to contrasting moments in time. The art style and narrative feel similar to a book, exploring ideas of friendship, regret and putting things right.

Our examiner, Jake Kendall, first checked Chronology 3 weeks ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 11 days ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Adventure and Platform game with Brain Game, Puzzle and Traversal elements. This is a single-player game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 2 and a half hours and 3 and a half hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 3.
This game includes adverts on some platforms that are watched to unlock additional content. Note that these adverts are not covered by the age rating and may include older-rated content.

Skill Level

5+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it’s important for parents and guardians to ensure they understand in-game purchases and have spending limits set-up. There is no penalty for making mistakes, so younger children can enjoy the story using trial and error to progress, though they may get stuck on more complex sequences. Older children will enjoy problem-solving to navigate the puzzles.

CostsCosts

Chronology usually costs £0 to £3.99. 

Chronology

Steam StoreSALE PC £3.99 £0.99 until 22/04/2024
Android Store Android Free

Chronology - Deluxe Edition

App Store iOS £0.99
This game is free to play, but there are other costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
  • Advertising: Smartphone or Tablet version of this game includes adverts. This varies in form but watching ads is often incentivised by unlocking additional content and progress in the game. Note that these are not covered by the age rating and may include older-rated content.
 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 12/05/2014, updated in 2015

Price: Free

Out Now: Android, PC and iOS

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Platform (Brain Game, Puzzle and Traversal)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Side-On and Hand-Made

Developer: Bedtime DG (@BedtimeDG)


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