The game Zeit² brings you real innovation to the traditional 2d-shoot ’em up. Its unique time travel feature has yet to be seen in this genre even after decades of great games. Blast away swarms of enemies, get the high score and discover how you can assist yourself in new exciting ways by traveling back in time!

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1 comment by ThomasBe on Dec 12th, 2011

Thomas Bedenk, Creative Director at Brightside Games, is still amazed by the overall progress of the game project: "Zeit2 started out as a 3-day prototype student project. We were in the finals of the IGF 2009 and the Indie Game Challenge 2010, until Ubisoft made it possible for us to release our Game on XBLA and Steam this year. Now winning the Award for best Game Design shows how far you can get if you keep on believing in your idea. This all would not have been possible without our great team at Brightside Games! Thanks to everyone who supported us in the last years, especially Ubisoft and remote control productions!"

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Brightside Games is a young and aspiring independent game development studio based in Berlin. Brightside Games focuses on the development of digitally distributed games with innovative gameplay on all platforms.

Zeit² was very well received by the international press with 35 reviews rating it 80% or higher and
specificly praised for its innovative gameplay. It was Finalist in the Independent Games Festival Student Showcase 2009, Microsoft Dream Build Play, Indie Game Challenge 2010 and nominated in 3 categories at the German Game Developer Awards 2011.

The German Game Developer Awards are a yearly event to honor games developed in Germany. This years winners also included Crysis 2 for "Best Action Game" and Demolition Dash by Chimera Entertainment for "Best Handheld Game".

Pictures of the Award Ceremony can be found on our facebook page

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SEGIII Jan 14 2011 says:

Hm, great job on release!
I can't speak for the X360 version, but the PC version needs some work.

First, the minimum system requirements are over estimated. Any card or chipset with PS2.0 or higher can run this at smooth frame rates.
Second, the game is not very keyboard friendly. The loading screens even make references to pressing and holding the LT button, even if you have no X360 controller. There is also no mouse support, at all.
The PC version comes with Tage's DRM. Not sure if this was Ubisoft's decision or not, and some might not find this a problem at all.
The screen resolution is also capped at 1280x720, and there is no support for 16:10 monitors. All of this I found quite cumbersome. The game itself is fun, but these technical issues bother me.

I hope a patch can fix these issues sometime in the future.

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ThomasBe Jan 17 2011 replied:


You are right about the Minimum Requirements. The Steam page is asking for a lot better system than you actually need to play the game.

In the menus at the bottom the game always shows you what keys to press. You also have a key config menu where you can setup two alternative controls. There are only two places in the game where an Xbox controler is displayed. Also the one tip you just said was missed in localization.

Screen resolution is not capped at 1280x720. If you don't see higher resolutions the graphics device does not say that it supports higher resolutions. You could try to update your drivers or to manually enter any resolution you think your computer should support. You can find the config file at "[user]/My Documents/Saved Games/Zeit2/GameOptions.xml" and change the following two lines and save the file before starting the game again:

As you already wrote below the game supports 4:3,5:4,16:9 and 16:10 resolutions.

Thanks for the feedback and keep having fun playing Zeit²

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SEGIII Jan 14 2011 replied:

EDIT: My mistake, There is support for 16:10 monitors.

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Typhaaris Nov 21 2010 says:

NEED DEMO DIENG OF LACK OF AWSOMENESS only way to survie is to play game

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AUG_DUDE Nov 21 2010 says:

fabolous! tracking :)

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masternerdguy Nov 20 2010 says:

brilliant concept

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blackmodeler Oct 29 2009 says:

what an idea! such a fun gameplay is what makes games... games. Fun.

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Hidamari Sep 25 2009 says:

looks awesome, good luck !

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