The Best Manipulation Games

Update : Ramas\' Call: Twisted timing added at rank #30.
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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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Metel - Horror Escape (2020)

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early access PC Windows

Metel - Horror Escape is a first-person 3D game in the quest, horror genre. Welcome to the home of an insane maniac hungry for new blood and suffering! You are a victim in his hands. Be careful trying to find a way out. The maniac should not notice your escape attempt.

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  • investigation
  • horror
  • time
  • manipulation
  • survival-horror
  • 3d
  • hidden-object
  • dark
  • first-person
  • exploration
  • survival
  • old-school
  • realistic
  • linear
  • story

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Blast-off (2018)

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PC Windows arcade msx sharp x68000 sharp x1 mobile phone

Blast-off is a hardcore jumper/runner/shmup, where your alter ego will be a ball of anti-matter seeking to leave our Universe. Anti-matter is extremely difficult to exist in our universe, because when it contact with matter it annihilates.

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  • gun
  • time
  • manipulation
  • shoot-em-up
  • bullet-hell
  • space
  • hex
  • futuristic
  • rogue-like
  • sci-fi
  • replay-value
  • customization
  • 2d
  • real-time
  • physics

4

Timelie (2020)

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PC Windows Nintendo Switch Mac OS

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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TheDawn (2020)

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PC Windows

TheDawn is a third-person shooting game about the journey of Maya, the superpowers who can manipulate time, and Max, the hacker who helps her. Will they be able to save mankind and face a new dawn?

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  • hero
  • tps
  • time
  • manipulation
  • bullet-hell
  • shooter
  • 3d
  • anime
  • cyberpunk
  • cute
  • third-person
  • robots
  • dark
  • atmospheric

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Lemnis Gate (2021)

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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

7

Clocker (2019)

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Mac OS Nintendo Switch Xbox One PC Windows

Clocker is a time themed puzzle game. The game narrates the story by using dual protagonists. Players can advance the story in the perspectives of both the Father and the Daughter and the mystery will be unfolded step by step. Unique time-based puzzle solving mechanics, fancy hand drawn art style and innumerable interesting puzzles with a gripping story. All these elements are waiting for you in Clocker.


  • time
  • manipulation
  • emotional
  • hand-drawn
  • puzzle
  • multiple-endings
  • short
  • platform
  • 2d
  • cartoony
  • travel
  • thought-provoking

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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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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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Lucifer Within Us (2020)

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PC Windows Mac OS

Solve 3 increasingly intricate murders by examining the evidence -- find the motive, the means, and the opportunity. Use testimonies of the suspects as evidence by examining every detail for contradictions... and signs of sin. Purify the possessed. Purge the daemons.

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  • investigation
  • detective
  • nonlinear
  • manipulation
  • experimental
  • isometric
  • time
  • sandbox
  • mystery
  • narration
  • 3d
  • third-person
  • dystopian
  • story
  • demons

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