Top 10 Time-travel Video Games of All Times

People have long wanted to go back to the past and change mistakes, or be curious about the future and want to see our destiny. This is a topic that popular culture likes to play and has been a regular game in video games since the 1980 years. And so far, many times travel games have been released and brought great experiences to players. If you love this series, don’t miss this article. We will list the top 10 best time-travel games of all time. Let’s go! 

1. Chrono Trigger

chrono trigger one of the best time travel video game
Chrono Trigger
  • Platforms: Super NES, PlayStation, Nintendo DS, iOS, Android, Microsoft Windows, Apple TV
  • Genre: RPG
  • Modes: Single player, multiplayer

Chrono Trigger tells of the long journeys through time and space, between the past and reality to prevent a terrible disaster from occurrence. The world in the game is only machines, magic, and even the occult.

The game begins with the appearance of the protagonist Crono, and the fateful meeting with Lucca has changed the love lives of both. However, in short, the game is still formed in the direction of fighting for the bright future of the world before the dark forces.

Chrono Trigger brings the style and gameplay of the classic turn-based role-playing genre or we are used to abbreviating as JRPG. You will own a fighting squad with three different characters.

However, matches in the game are usually decided by the player because monsters will appear right on the screen and you just have to move to and challenge them.

The most challenging here is the real-time fighting style and you need to wait for the character’s ATB (Active Time Battle) bar to be fully charged before you can decide whether to attack or use the item. Note that you need to make a decision quickly because the monsters will not stop or wait for us.

The most impressive point in Chrono Trigger is the skill system combining characters. Accordingly, with the skills unlocked, the squad has their right characters, you can trigger attacks to deal with extremely large damage.

For example, Crono can swirl a wide area, Lucca uses his inherent magic to create a tornado of fire to burn enemies…The system of characters in Chrono Trigger is not much but it is enough for us to build many different playing squads.

Another highlight that can be mentioned in Chrono Trigger is that the game has up to 14 different types of “clearing” and depends on the player’s choice during the journey.

2. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

Zelda – one of the best time-travel video games
  • Platforms: Nintendo 64, GameCube, iQue Player
  • Genre: Action-adventure
  • Modes: Single-player

This Zelda game (adventure) is the first 3D game in the franchise, so there are many challenges ahead. But with the title of Masterpiece of all time, Zelda OoT has created an experience that few games can do. The dungeon in Zelda is unique and no game can beat it in this category. Because each dungeon has its own theme, with its own design and each type of puzzle, rarely there are duplicates, only reusing the basic things that must be in the game.

Zelda does not only challenge the fighting skills of the players but also strain their brains to solve the choking puzzles in it. The main task of the player in each dungeon is to find a map, compass, key or separate items for that dungeon. With the help of the tools found in each dungeon (bows, boomerangs, sword shields, or shirts, etc.) you can head straight to the boss room and be able to hide it.

Dungeon, each will have a range of three floors or more, there are complex puzzle sequences, bosses and mini-bosses separately for each, causing you to always bite your teeth to think, even if you have cleared the range of more than 6 or 7 dungeons. Each dungeon usually has at least one separate monster type in it.

You can use swords, shields, and bows or other tools like bombs or hook shots to fight. When in close combat, you can attack, choose the right combo to deal damage or use the shield immediately to block the attack, or tumble and side-step behind the enemy to hit behind its back.

The type of monster you will fight is very diverse, but it is especially dangerous to confront monsters that know how to swing your sword in your face, use shields and avoid heavy attacks, requiring high concentration to not be dissolved. 

3. Day of the Tentacle Remastered

day of the tentacle remastered time travel video game
Days of the Tentacle Remastered
  • Platforms: Microsoft Windows, macOS, Linux, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, iOS
  • Genre: Point-and-click adventure
  • Mode: Single player

The story of Day of the Tentacle Remastered remains unchanged. A Purple Tentacle living in the Edison mansion and drinking water from a poisoned river, then it realized the sublime power when grow two more arms, causing it to start rule the world with tentacles and turn humans into slaves.

Learning of this horrific plot, the Green Tentacle contacted Bernard Bernoulli and his friends Laverne and Hoagie – the children who traveled to the Edison mansion 5 years ago and asked them to stop the Purple Tentacles with the help of Dr. Fred Edison by traveling through time.

Unfortunately, all three of them were separated due to errors of the time machine. Bernard is still at present and must find a diamond to make the time machine work, Hoagie go back 200 years and meet … George Washington who was in the process of writing the US Constitution, while Laverne fly to future 200 years after the tentacles army would have completely enslaved people.

The common point of the Day of the Tentacle Remastered, along with the LucasArt games of that time, is the visual humor shown not only in dialogue and pictures, but also skillfully integrated into the gameplay. Each puzzle is somewhat ridiculous and Hilarious.

This is a game in which you will have to cross the tentacles by putting on a tentacle costume that “camouflage” the American flag instead of the regular flag; you will create a puppet to take part in a beauty contest from a mummy, spaghetti, dentures taken from a horse (after reading a book to it into a dream) and skates. Want a bottle of vinegar? Put a bottle of wine in a storage jar, open it in the future and throw it in the toilet through time. All of this sounds weird, but also incredible humor, subtlety and ingenuity!

4. The Lost Vikings

The lost vikings gameplay
The Lost Vikings
  • Platforms: Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis, Amiga, MS-DOS, Amiga CD32, Game Boy
  • Genres: Puzzle game, Platform game
  • Modes: Single-player, cooperative

This game tells a strange story about 3 characters Vikings (Erik, Baleog, and Olaf) captured by the ruler of the Croutonian empire. This name owns full of strange creatures in a zoo. The characters are trying to escape and try to work together to find their way home.

Because The Lost Vikings is a free walking game, the player’s character will run, jump and move to different scenes, use his intelligence to solve a few puzzles, kill many enemies and sometimes it changes. Switch between Viking characters to take advantage of their special abilities. 

The game has many factors that interest players, such as the amount of blood will decrease when the character is hit, manipulating food swallowing or armor can help the character somewhat, special weapons all have their effects…

In this puzzle game, many secret locations hide rare items that can support players during the journey. In the first game screen, the hint button will help players know which direction to go. The game also has a password system so you can continue playing the game from the unfinished previous stage.

5. Steins; Gate

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Steins; Gate
  • Platforms: Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation Portable, iOS, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Android, PlayStation 4
  • Genre: Visual novel
  • Mode: Single player

Steins; Gate‘s story is about the Future Equipment Lab, an amateur lab in Akihabara, Tokyo that accidentally created a machine capable of sending an e-mail to the past using a microwave. From there, they went into research and were simultaneously noticed by SERN.

In the course of that research, the members of the lab struggled with theories about the universe, their problems, and most importantly, the pursuit of SERN, the organization that was doing a study of similar topics. Steins; Gate is praised for its incredibly rich and logical storyline and a great cast, showing the characters honestly.

As a visual novel, most of the time the game is used to read words and view photos, the players can influence the happenings but not much. Like many other visual novels, the story of Steins; Gate has key points where players have different choices, resulting in different story development directions.

When the main character receives a call from someone, the player has the option of answering or not answering. Mail sent to the phone has the words highlighted in green and underlined. Players can choose one of those keywords to respond to mail in different ways. Most calls and emails do not necessarily need to be answered, however, some of which are very important, which can lead the story to develop in different directions.

6. The Silent Age

The Silent Age time travel video game
The Silent Age
  • Platforms: iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, Windows, Mac
  • Genre: Point and click adventure game
  • Mode: Single-player

The Silent Age is an adventure game with puzzle. With the storyline related to the theme of time travel, The Silent Age will bring challenges, puzzles where the fate of the whole world will be in your hands.

There was a morning while cleaning the floors, Joe suddenly faced a mysterious dead man. The man warned him that a terrible event was about to happen and begged him to save humanity. When the man took his last breath, he gave Joe a mobile travel device to assist him in his mission.

When Joe activates the device, he faces the truth. The mysterious man was right: 40 years later the future of humanity became extinct. Stuck between a lonely future and a boring present, it’s time for Joe to find out what happened and how to stop it to save humanity.

7. Life is Strange

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Life is strange 2
  • Platforms: Android, iOS, Linux, PC, OS X, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
  • Genre: Graphic adventure
  • Mode: Single-player

The plot of Life is Strange consists of a total of 5 parts linked together under certain circumstances and is dynamically changed basing on the decisions that the player makes throughout the game’s storyline. At the same time, players need to take advantage of the ability to “push back the time” to change the past, present, and future of the characters.

Players play the role of Max Caulfield, a young photographer who has discovered herself capable of turning back in time while trying to save her best friend, Chloe Price. By looking for certain clues, deciphering the clusters so that you can make the right decisions, be careful of your choices because they will affect throughout the story of the game.

Blending elements of everyday life and mystery, putting players in the position of a shy girl but being capable of turning back time, Life is Strange brings strange experiences.

8. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

Prince of Persia the sands of time
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
  • Platforms: Game Boy Advance, PlayStation 2, GameCube, Xbox, PC, Mobile, PlayStation 3
  • Genres: Action-adventure, hack and slash, puzzle-platform
  • Mode: Single-player

The plot of the Prince of Persia is in a powerful and mysterious country: Persia (Iran) – the land of “Thousand and One Nights”, ruled by the powerful king Maharajah.

However, the wealth and peace of the country did not last long, the neighboring king and his son invaded the kingdom of Maharajah and defeated him. They brought home many spoils from Maharajah’s massive treasure, including two priceless things: a giant hourglass and a magic dagger. Legend has it that anyone who holds two objects will become immortal, time must “submit” to its owner.

Unaware of their true value, the prince listened to Jaffar’s suggestion – the vicious prime minister, defeated by Maharajah, who unlocked the hourglass and the worst that happened: The “released” sand stream of time began to cause monsters, turning the entire population of the kingdom into a ferocious devil. Jaffar’s plot was half successful, with only the dagger left without a desire to gain time, but the prince realized that and the adventure to repair the fatal mistake caused player to start.

Our Persian prince Alex Drouin himself – who led the motion design team for the game – created with about 850 movements. Of course, the prince in the game cannot “spend” all that way, but thanks to them that the movement of this character becomes extremely flexible and gentle. In addition to the moving part of the prince extremely impressive, the “nails” of the game are the “sand grains” that can “turn back time”.

9. Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology

Radiant historia: perfect chronology
Radiant historia: perfect chronology
  • Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo 3DS
  • Genre: RPG
  • Mode: Single-player

Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology is set in a fantasy world, the game offers a journey through time, requiring players to experience two parallel timelines with multiple open branches to solve the difficulties ahead. A factor combined with that is an unusual fighting mechanism in a unique division style that makes “Radiant Historia” a unique product in the RPG genre. 

The story begins long ago when the world was at its end and everything gradually turned into dust. There was a group of people who escaped from this great disaster by a ritual capacity of stopping desertification of the world by sacrificing a life.

Years of passing the desertification vestige are only a small area but the risk of desertification is still there and the descendants of the former survivors continue to maintain the sacrificial ritual because the burden of the world is on their shoulders. One day a sacrifice does not accept fate and flees, pushing the world back into a tragedy.

The combat system of the game is almost like a turn-based game. You and the opponent start fighting on the squares, your side is 1×3 and the opponent is 3×3, both sides will also share an order table, after choosing a skill for each character of two sides, they will move in the order on the board, if one character dies before the turn, the next turn will yield to the next character.

After the turn is over, you and the opponents will continue to choose actions and everything will continue until one side runs out of troops. The strange feature of this game is that you can choose to give the order on this board as you like, if you want, you can also give the turn to the enemies, this time your character will become red and if the enemies are being hit by you, they will lose more blood than usual.

10. Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock

Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock
Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock
  • Platforms: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3 (PSN), PlayStation Vita
  • Genre: Action-adventure
  • Mode: Single-player, multiplayer

Doctor Who will be suitable for those who love action and adventure games, but if you are a fan of the intellectual game, do not rush, this game is qualitied that make you have to stretch your brain.

This game is about a storm that threatens to “tear apart the universe” that Doctor needs to “fix”, but the presence of Cybermen, Daleks, Silurian, and Silence will make that mission dangerous.

Sub-platform action will be great, especially in the context of a devastated London, and there are hints of the levels taking place inside enemy spacecrafts to stimulate.

Doctor Who has been the subject of many video games over the years, from 8-bit adventures in the early 1980s to the recent Return to Earth released on the Nintendo Wii. However, no one has ever captured the brilliance of Bally’s pinball machine.

When playing the game, you will take a role of a few characters: Doctor – The intellectual taker and the River Song – Challenging adventurer. So whether you’re an action or intellectual game fan, you can try this series.

In this article, we gave you information about the top 10 best time travel games of all time. Have you ever played any of these time-travel games or another games? Is there any other game you want to share? Give us in the comments!