A downloadable game for Windows, macOS, and Linux

"Someday our piecing together of knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas we shall either go mad, or flee into the safety of a new dark age" - H.P. Lovecraft

'Beyond Time' is a Lovecraftian horror game, in which you take the role of an unnamed reporter from the Arkham Tribune. After recently returning from an ancient expedition to Egypt, you find yourself awakening in your office, surrounded by candles, with a faded recollection of prior events. Explore the shadowy alternate reality you find yourself within, and do all you can to uncover the eldritch truth that you spent so long yearning for.

With this game, I wanted to try to capture a certain feeling invoked by classic, 90s horror games. As such, this game features a seldom used style of graphics and sound to help emulate that style, as well as incorporating the use of fixed camera perspectives into it's levels.


Controls

  • WASD - Movement
  • Left Mouse Click - Interact With Object
  • Right Mouse Click - Open Door

Tips

  • Almost everything in the game is intractable. If there's something that catches your eye in the environment, go over to it and press left-click. Usually there will be a good amount of text detailing part of the game's story. This can also give you hints on what your current objective is to achieve.
  • The game hosts an environment that is frequently changing. Be sure to revisit previous rooms, because you never know what may have changed!
  • The game is best enjoyed in a dark room with a good pair of headphones on.
  • Take your time! The game is short, but if you take the time to explore the world and read all of the notes around, you'll have a much better understanding of what's going on.


Some Disclaimers

  • Most of the ambient effects you hear in this game were made by me. However, certain sound effects, such as the doors opening and closing, were sourced from the public domain and edited heavily to suit the games aesthetic.
  • All of the games music was created by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com), and have not been edited.
  • The game contains flashing images, and while these are somewhat infrequent, please take this into consideration if that sort of thing could be an issue for you.

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Beyond Time - Windows 28 MB
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Beyond Time - Mac 33 MB
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Beyond Time - Linux 34 MB

Development log

Comments

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this short game is really great ^^ i love the graphics <3 thanks for this game :D Have a nice day and greetings from germany!

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I REALLY LIKE PLAYING THIS GAME! As a fan of retro games, I found the pixelated graphics to be charming and unique.  I also like how it reminds me of old school survival horror games like alone in the dark and the original resident evil for ps1. The only thing I didn't like about the game was that it was really short and made me want more.   If you are looking for a game with retro-esque visuals and nostalgic game mechanics, i encourage you to check the game out for yourself!

If you want, you can watch the gameplay I did of the video by clicking the video below! Beyond time is the very first game I play in the video! 

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If you liked what you saw and want to see more, check out my channel by clicking the link below: 

https://www.youtube.com/c/mrsonicmanu

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The Silent Hill 1/PSX vibe was strong with this one, Thanks for the nostalga :D

Thanks so much for playing, I really enjoyed the video! It seems strange to me that people are still finding and enjoying this game, given it's been about 7 months since I released it. It's super heart-warming to see :)

While I sadly don't plan on releasing a longer game in this exact format any time soon, I do have another PSX-styled game in the works that I hope to release in the coming weeks, so if it's something you're eager for more of, might be worth keeping an eye open!

Thanks again for taking the time to play the game, I'm glad you enjoyed what was there, and even got some nostalgia out of it :D

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Well consider yourself followed and I will keep an eye out for it :)

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I loved all the little details in the bookcases to Lovecrafts stories, the visual style is also really nice to look at and make it feels just that little bit different from games that are similar.

I hope you'll make more games like these, I really enjoyed playing it.

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Thank you so much for the kind words! I'm glad you enjoyed the game!

Since you enjoyed it, you'll be happy to know that I'm currently working on a much larger project in a very similar vein. It'll still keep the core gameplay of exploring an environment, and picking up little bits of eldritch lore, but I have a slight mechanical twist planned that I hope will bring it even closer to lovecraft's works.

Thanks again for playing!

Short, creepy, and well done.  Personally, I really enjoy horror games with a low-res aesthetic .  It makes everything so surreal .  I had a little trouble getting around with the controls, but in an environmental story like this that's not too much of a big deal.

Really a fun game, would love to play the full game, here is a gameplay i did i hope it helps and you like the video.

Loved the feel of this game, completely reminds of the horror games I played in the 90's. Not to mention the lovecraftian feel to this. It's the second one in the this video.

Thank you so much for the kind words, and for playing the game! I'm glad I managed to get the feel of the classic 90's horror games down. 

It was a really fun video to watch, too! I'll have to check out a few of your other videos at some point as well.

 Though one little thing I noticed was that, in the description, you credited me for 'Last Night At Home'. It doesn't bother me, personally, but I'm not sure on how the other developer will react, so just a heads up :)

Thank you again for the video! I'm glad you enjoyed the game!

oh my god, I'm so sorry to you and the other developer. I'll fix that straight away. Thank you for telling me.

No worries, it's an easy mistake to make :)

Thanks again for the video!

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Very good work wish it was longer but 10/10

Thanks for giving it a play, and thanks for the kind words!

I'm definitely looking to extend it a lot more, so if you enjoyed it there will be more to come soon :)

Thanks for playing!

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I really liked this game. For how short the game was it really emersed you in the environment! Really cool ! 😀

I also mixed with with gameplay of another game, Hope you don't mind 😀

Gave it a go...

Really loved the game, especially the art style. The story and premise was confusing at first, but once I edited this video and re-watched it I understood. Great job!

We need more ps1 graphic style of games. That's for sure.  Keep it up.

Here's my channel if you want to see other games I have played. http://www.youtube.com/c/Levont

Awesome game, a little short but it was fun and i loved the style great job!
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Played this for a 3 free indie horror games, and it was the best of the 3. I really didn't understand the story or what's going on, but i liked it, thought i feel the pixelation effect is a little too much for certain areas and i really want a brightness slider. Also, the movement was a little wanky in some places, but other than that i really liked it. You can watch my playthrough as well as my in-depth review at the end below! 

Hey, thanks for the playthrough! Glad you liked it!

I'm looking to extend the game a fair bit, given the great reception thus far, and so I'll be sure to get all of your suggested features and improvements in as soon as possible! The feedback is invaluable to me, and hopefully it'll help me improve the game.

Thanks again.

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Yeah, No problem. I always love to see developers progress and make bigger and better content, So i'll be looking forward to more of the game when you get around to it. And thanks for listening to my feedback. I pride myself in giving blunt, honest criticism and feedback and hoping it helps people like yourself strive to make better stuff.

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Really awesome game! Loved the graphics, atmosphere and the story. So much packed into a short game! 

Thanks for playing! Really glad you enjoyed it! And speaking of how much I packed in, there's a few little things that you didn't quite spot either, or didn't get to see. These are only minor little things and don't warrant a second playthrough, but worth knowing regardless! I'm looking to expand on the game some more too, so in the next month or so there should be so many more goodies and secrets to find.

Watching the let's play was a blast too, and you've earned yourself a subscriber!

Thanks again, and keep up the good work with the videos! :)

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Made a video

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Loved this! Very well done! Really reminded me of an old 90's horror game! 

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I don't undersand what's happening. But pretty good game nonetheless. Alltought it wouldn't hurt if the game have some more fixed camera angel...

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GREAT GAME! Wish there were more to it. Hope the full game can be developed! Here's my walkthrough.

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Interesting graphics. The story has a bit of a mystery as well. I like it. If there was more of it, I would've think about giving it some money support some day. Also, I found a bug at the beginning of the game when you have the room with typewriter, then go really close to the desk that's at the back of the room. I was transported into another dimension. The dimension called "under the floor". LMAO 

Overall it's a pretty interesting expirience. Keep it up, mate!

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Thank you so much for the kind words!

Unfortunately, I've already got the fix to the 'feature' of falling through walls and such, but because it's a game jam game I can't put out the hotfix until the voting period for that is over...

But, as soon as that's lifted I'll be patching every bug I can find, and then I'll start working on extending the game. 

Thanks for playing, glad you enjoyed it!

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Ah, alrighty then. And no, I thank YOU for making such a special game that has a lot of potential!

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I'm a sucker for a HP lovecraft inspired game

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Cool game. 

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Really good game! Hope to see more in the future!

I did a lets play of this, Not a bad game.. If you like games in the Lovecraftian style, Then you should like this game. A big thumbs up from me! 

I did a Twitch stream of your game on Sunday 03/03/19 and I uploaded it to my YouTube channel today.

I recorded myself playing it for the first time and made commentary on how I thought it played and what I liked/didn't like.  I tried to be objective.  I'm trying to provide honest feedback and playtesting to indie devs.  The link is below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnclX7hPjR0

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The major downfall of this game is that it is not long enough, which is good. I loved the game so much, if you made a FULL game of this, I would literally pay. Love the lovecraftian details and all the references. Keep making more! 


Thank you so much for you kind words! I'm really glad you enjoyed the game, and watching you piece everything together in the let's play was a blast for me!

Given that the reception to the game has been really positive (aside from a few bugs), I do fully intend to extend the game's length over the next month, and I've got plenty of ideas on what I'd like to do with it.

Thanks again for playing!

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Can't wait to see more! for real! 

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Really cool piecing together the info that can be discovered. Good work with this project. :)

A good game, for how long it let me actualy play it :l

I died one time after touching the pillar outside, but then when i was sent back into the main menu and started the game again, the player camera was in a different room, so i was unable to see what i was doing and where i was :/

So, touching that pillar was the ending, not killing you through any fault in gameplay. It's a short game, I'd made it in under a week, though I do want to expand on it.

However I'm unsure about what might be causing the issue with the camera...

Was it in a different room to the one you started in on your first playthrough?

But, I'm glad you enjoyed the game for the short period it lasted! And thank you for bringing all of this to my attention, I'll be working on fixing any issues and making the ending clearer. Thanks again!

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Thanks for the reply, I mean it was a really good game, I loved how the cameras worked and the graphics, it was just that one glitch which was my only problem, it kinda made me say 'oh?' because at the standard of the game i wouldn't expect it to glitch! haha.

But really, it was a brilliant game and i think it just needed restarting :D

I hope its ok for me to record this for Youtube. I find this interesting and I hope its something fun and exciting!

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Yeah, feel free to record it for YouTube! I love to see that sort of thing. Everything in the game is completely fine for YouTube, so you don't have to worry about any copyright or anything :)

Thank you so much for saying that. Sometimes, it's a struggle with copyrights!