The Best Manipulation Games

Update : Ramas\' Call: Twisted timing added at rank #30.
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Eternal Threads (2022)

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PC Windows Playstation 5 Xbox Series X Nintendo Switch Xbox One Playstation 4 j Xbox Series X/s

Eternal Threads is a single-player, first-person story-driven puzzle game of time manipulation, choice and consequence.

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  • narrative
  • time
  • manipulation
  • story
  • puzzle
  • travel
  • multiple-endings
  • investigation
  • emotional
  • sci-fi
  • exploration
  • interactive
  • choices
  • thriller
  • detective

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Timelie (2020)

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PC Windows Mac OS Nintendo Switch

Timelie is a stealth puzzle game in which you play as a little girl and her cat, who must find their way out of an abstract world through a tiled layout. You can control and manipulate time, fast-forwarding and rewinding the world around you at will. You also have the ability to fix bridges, floors and areas that previously broke with special shards. It promotes a single-player cooperative experience, where you control both the young girl and her cat to complete tasks. The visuals are reminiscent of Monument Valley while the soundtrack is vibey.


What we like:
  • Unique single-player cooperative experience
  • Time control mechanic
  • Easy to pick up and learn
  • Stylish visuals
  • Vibey soundtrack
  • Non linear stages
  • Varied difficulty levels
What could be improved:
  • Must be precise when selecting tiles for actions

  • stealth
  • puzzle
  • time
  • cats
  • manipulation
  • time-manipulation
  • strategy
  • surreal
  • adventure
  • robots
  • discovery
  • isometric
  • trial-and-error
  • anime-looking
  • stealth-puzzle

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COGEN: Sword of Rewind (2022)

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Playstation 4 PC Windows Xbox Series X Xbox One Nintendo Switch

Rewind, rethink, redo. COGEN is a brand-new kind of 2D action game where there's no time for death.


  • manipulation
  • dynamic
  • 2d
  • souls
  • swordplay
  • time
  • tutorial
  • attack
  • score
  • metroidvania
  • scroller
  • futuristic
  • narration
  • mech
  • platform

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Touhou Luna Nights (2019)

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Xbox One Playstation 4 j Playstation 5 PC Windows Nintendo Switch

Touhou Luna Nights is a metroidvania game with stunning 2D graphics and a unique time manipulation mechanic. You play as a maid fighting through a magical world. The game's puzzles and enemies are challenging and imaginative. The game also offers upgrades and new abilities for exploration. Despite the lack of detailed item information and backtracking, Touhou Luna Nights is a top-notch Metroidvania that genre fans should not miss.


What we like:
  • Beautiful graphics
  • Smooth gameplay
  • Challenging boss fights
  • Engaging story
  • Impressive sound design
What could be improved:
  • Short playtime
  • Familiar game mechanics
  • Frustrating save system

  • metroidvania
  • faith
  • manipulation
  • bullet-hell
  • beat-em-up
  • time
  • exploration
  • scroller
  • anime
  • boss-fight
  • pixel
  • platform
  • action-adventure
  • 2d

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Iron Danger (2020)

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PC Windows Xbox One Playstation 5 Xbox Series X Playstation 4 Linux Mac OS

Iron Danger is a tactical combat game with a unique time manipulation mechanic. A never before seen combination that blends the tactical depth of turn-based games with the exciting action of real-time games.


  • tactical
  • manipulation
  • turn-based
  • combat
  • steampunk
  • real-time
  • rpg
  • fight
  • fantasy
  • time
  • role-play
  • action
  • mythology
  • puzzle

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Orten Was The Case (2023)

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Nintendo Switch PC Windows Playstation 4 Xbox Series X Xbox One

Orten Was The Case - A free movement puzzle/adventure game where you play as a youngster stuck in a time loop with the simple task of saving the world from literal destruction.

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  • manipulation
  • time
  • nonlinear
  • lore
  • metroidvania
  • 2.5d
  • humor
  • conspiracy
  • time-management
  • dystopian
  • choices
  • mystery
  • detective
  • dark
  • open-world

7

Lemnis Gate (2021)

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86
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Playstation 4 Xbox One Playstation 5 Xbox Series X PC Windows

Lemnis Gate is the revolutionary turn-based combat strategy FPS taking place in a time loop. Master the unique abilities of powerful deep-space operatives and compete in mind-bending four-dimensional battles.


  • time
  • shooter
  • manipulation
  • first-person
  • pvp
  • fps
  • tactical
  • character
  • travel
  • arena
  • class
  • 3d
  • competitive
  • real-time
  • customization

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Timewinder (2024)

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Linux PC Windows

TIMEWINDER is a 2D platformer with puzzle and precision elements. Run, jump, dash and travel in time to brave the obstacles and continue on your journey, but be careful not to break the timeline continuity!

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  • platform
  • manipulation
  • time
  • 2d
  • puzzle
  • fantasy
  • linear
  • colourful
  • problem-solving
  • cartoony
  • single-player

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Rayland 2 (2022)

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l Playstation 4 Playstation 5 Xbox One Xbox Series X PC Windows Nintendo Switch

Welcome to Rayland. The inhabitants of this island use the energy coming from the laser beams to survive and to transport this energy they use the repeating cubes.

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  • puzzle
  • clicker
  • futuristic
  • manipulation
  • point-and-click
  • minimalist
  • casual
  • isometric
  • strategy
  • logic
  • relaxing
  • 3d
  • sci-fi
  • grid
  • family-friendly

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Oakenfold (2022)

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PC Windows

Outsmart your foes in this clever turn-based strategy roguelike. Utilize the unique TimeScrubber™ mechanic to discover the optimal solution. Just never forget.. Every. Step. Matters.

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  • turn-based
  • tactical
  • time
  • rogue-like
  • manipulation
  • procedural
  • isometric
  • strategy
  • hand-drawn
  • rpg

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