We’re sold on Hourglass from the very first line of the press blast – “Hourglass is what happens when you combine Portal like mechanics with Prince of Persia like time manipulation and put it into an Egyptian setting“. Portal. Prince of Persia. Egypt. Time manipulation. We can’t think of much that is better.
Available to purchase and download today on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, PS5 and Nintendo Switch, Hourglass from Secret Item Games throws you into a world that is full of the tombs of the pharaohs. From there, it’s the puzzle solving that is going to get you.
Priced at £19.99, Hourglass does have a few tricks up its sleeve to help you find success. One of those is the chance to clone yourself, watching your past movements help you out in the present. It’s something you’re going to have to get to grips with in Hourglass – fairly quickly too, we’d suspect – as you take on the role of a young adventurer who is found travelling the Egyptian lands.
It’s the life of Aywa which you will follow, as she tried to hunt down her missing archaeologist father.
Rewinding time and making the most of the paths you have trodden previously is the key to discovering his fate, but it’s all helped along by the fact that Hourglass looks the business. Combine the slight-Portal take with some Prince of Persia vibes and that appeal grows massively.
We’ll be sure to detail the things you need to know about Hourglass and how it plays on Xbox Series X|S in the very near future. We’re currently mid-puzzling and so once we fully understand this time mechanic, we’ll be on review duty.
In the meantime, you can pick up Hourglass for yourself by visiting the Xbox Store and then playing it on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S, with it fully optimised for Xbox Series X|S and coming with Smart Delivery for good measure. You’ll also find the game flowing delicately onto the stores of PlayStation and Nintendo Switch.
In Hourglass you can create a time-clone of yourself to solve challenging puzzles. You will play as Aywa, a young adventurer who is traveling to Egypt to find her missing father – an archeologist, who never returned from his latest expedition.