Motyw podróży w czasie w grach cyfrowych – podstawowe typy mechanik

Słowa kluczowe

time travel
time travel stories
video game mechanics
video game narratives
video games
time in video games

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Czyżak, K. (2023). Motyw podróży w czasie w grach cyfrowych – podstawowe typy mechanik. Images. The International Journal of European Film, Performing Arts and Audiovisual Communication, 33(42), 139–149.


This article is an attempt to describe the ways in which the theme of time travel functions in video games. The text presents the two most common types of incorporating time travel into game mechanics. In the first type, an avatar has the ability to manipulate gameworld time. In the second case, time travel is simulated by a transfer of the avatar into a different game area. The article constitutes a step towards more advanced research on time travel in video games.


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Achron (Hazardous Software Inc., 2011)

Adventure in Time (Paul Berker, 1981)

A New Beginning (Daedalic Entertainment, 2010)

Back to the Future: The Video Game (Telltale Games, 2010)

Back to the Future II & III (Beam Software, 1990)

Bill & Ted Excellent Adventure (Off The Wall Productions, 1989)

Blinx the Time Sweeper (Artoon, 2004)

Braid (Number None, Inc., 2008)

Chronology (Bedtime Digital Media, 2014)

Chronomaster (DreamForge Intertainment, 1995)

Chrono Trigger (Square, 1995)

Day of the Tentacle (LucasArts, 1993)

Empire Earth (Stainless Steel Studios, Mad Doc Software, 2001)

Final Fantasy (Square, 1987)

Forza Horizon 5 (Playground Games, 2021)

LEGO: Dimensions (Traveller’s Tales, 2015)

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1–4 (Traveller’s Tales, 2010)

Life is Strange (Dontnod Entertainment, 2015)

No Time (Lost in Days Studio, w 2023 r. znajduje się w fazie wczesnego dostępu)

Original War (Altar Games, 2001)

Outer Wilds (Mobius Digital, 2019)

Pong (Atari, 1972)

Prince of Persia: Sands of Time (Ubisoft Montreal, 2003)

Quantum Break (Remedy Entertainment, 2016)

Singularity (Raven Software, 2010)

Sonic The Hedgehog (Sonic Team, 1991)

Sonic The Hedgehog CD (Sega, 1993)

Tick Tock Isle (Squiddershins, 2015)

Time-Gate (John Hollis, 1983)

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda Game Studios, 2011)

The Great Perhaps (Caligari Games, 2019)

The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask (Nintendo EAD, 1999)

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Nintendo EAD, 1998)

TimeShift (Saber Interactive, 2007)

Yestermorow (Bitmap Galaxy, 2020)

Back to the Future (1985), reż. Robert Zemeckis

Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989), reż. Stephen Herek

Doctor Who (1963–), BBC

Dzień świstaka (1993), reż. Harold Ramis

La Jetée (1962), reż. Chris Marker

Planet of the Apes (1968), reż. Franklin J. Schaffner

Star Trek: The Original Series (1966–1969)

The Flintstones (1960–1966), ABC

The Simpsons (1989–), FOX

The Terminator (1984), reż. James Cameron

The Time Bandits (1981), reż. Terry Gilliam

The Time Machine (1960), reż. George Pal

The Twilight Zone (1959–1964), CBS