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The time stop mechanic is used in clever ways to solve environmental puzzles and it feels a shame this just isn’t utilized a bit more. The Ambassador Fractured Timelines is a game that kinda grew on me the more I played it. I liked the strategic gameplay where every hit counts. It’s just a shame there’s not more variety in the level design bar kill all the enemies. Still an entertaining experience from a small development team. I look forward to seeing what tinyDino Games works on next.
The Ambassador: Fractured Timelines tries to be a different game with creative mechanics and well-crafted visuals, but the lack of variety in gameplay and level design problems make it mediocre. Perhaps if tinyDino Games had dedicated a little more time to devise different battle mechanics, the title would deserve a stronger recommendation.
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To call The Ambassador: Fractured Timelines simply serviceable feels slightly unfair: the blend of mechanics from other games, along with a title that does at least offer more than a simple one-and-done run with hidden items, achievements, and no performance issues on Switch is commendable. However, it does little to particularly stand out beyond being a good enough game, lacking a unique selling point akin to Hotline Miami's drug-fuelled sound and visual handling of similar gameplay. The title functions as a worthwhile enough ambassador itself to the development team's skills, but not one that will linger in memory.
“Forgettable” is the word I’d use to describe The Ambassador: Fractured Timelines as a whole. It’s not a bad game, but it’s absolutely uninteresting. Its time manipulation mechanic alone does not make up for how bland and generic its visuals, sound, and overall gameplay are. There are just way better twin stick shooters out there with better graphics, performance, and gameplay gimmicks.
In the end, it’s hard to recommend The Ambassador: Fractured Timelines. It’s not innovative, it’s not fun, the art style is not impressive, and the gameplay is very repetitive.