Shiva: The Time Bender, an action-packed runner from Bangalore game studio Tiny Mogul Games, sets out to differentiate itself from the rest, with some interesting results.
The story involves the mythological hero simply known as Shiva (no relation to the Indian god of the same name). Rather, the game takes inspiration from that idea and runs (literally) with it in various different directions. Shiva is a time-traveling omni-being, who looks to vanquish evil from different time periods: from the ancient past of World War II, to a bright but futuristic looking cityscape.
Shiva: The Time Bender does a good job of mixing up different kinds of themes or eras (as they call in the game) as you progress further. You constantly shift between an underworld setting, a futuristic world and even a vibrantly coloured jungle theme, which is my personal favourite.
What truly makes the game stand out from other mobile runners, is the ability to rewind time. Based on how many orbs (in-game coins) you collect while running, you can rewind portions of the game by holding the Time Reversal button located at the middle of the screen. Letting go of this will resume time as normal. While it takes some getting used to, it makes for some nice life-saver moments. If you grew up on Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time like I did, you'll know what I'm talking about.
And if that is not enough, there's also a cool inventory store where you can customise your character's hair colour, his armour or even his weapon skin by using the orbs you have collected. You can even purchase weapons (including a rather sinister looking missile launcher) and upgrade their duration.
On an ending note, special mention of the background music. Feels like a Hollywood production.
Check the awesome game play in the video below :