But enough of my empty promises: In Timemu, you control Timemu, an emu with control of time. Timemu (or "Tim" for short) is just trying to find a home, but must use his powers of temporal self-duplication and navigate several platforming levels to do so. Move through space with the familiar [WASD]. Move through time with the [spacebar], which lets you warp to the start of a level, creating a new temporal copy of Timeme to work with various past-emus. You can also use [<] and [>] to rewind and fastforward time, though I found this isn't strictly necessary. The idea is to create a series of gray-shaded, past incarnations of Timemu to aid one black-shaded, present incarnation in getting to the end of the level. Usually this involves one or more past-emus triggering a bypass switch for various colorful force barriers, or stacking emus in a human pyramid (of emus) so that the topmost emu can clear an otherwise insurmountable wall. There are also obstacles to dodge, such as unaccountable, mechanical stompy-blocks, and the wily echidna, foe to emus and timemus everywhere.
It's similar to many other games we've reviewed, though it does distinguish itself with a bold, limited-palette design and a groovy soundtrack. One unique feature is the possibility of what the game calls "ornithological paradoxes." Rather than create a frame-by-frame replay of past runs through a level, each incarnation can potentially interfere with the position of others, so a barrier that you successfully unlocked, for example, becomes deadly again, if something interferes with past-emu's previously successful jump. It's a bit of extra challenge, one that I find a little frustrating in its unpredictability.
Still, I dig the style, and I like the execution, even if the gameplay is not wholly original. At 25 levels, it's a breezy, quirky outing that's worth a look. And if you play it, it's another punch in your JIG Super Fan club card. 25 punches and you get a free JIG iron-on transfer, so you can wear JIG all day! (Must present JIG Super Fan card to redeem prize).