Starstruck: Hands of Time is a very weird genre-bending claymation Sci-Fi rhythm action adventure where a giant hand travels back in time to stop an entity that destroyed the world 1000 years ago.
In Starstruck: Hands of Time you take on the role of a moon colonist from the year 30XX who travels back in time to investigate and stop a mysterious force called “The Mold” from destroying the world. The event seems to be linked to the story of two guitar-playing claymation kids, so you’ll follow their adventures and intervene now and again (in some less than subtle ways) to see how it impacts Earth’s history.
The current build of Starstruck: Hands of Time takes around an hour to play through and takes some pretty wild twists along the way. The main gameplay mechanic is the rhythm-action segments where you play along with the music The songs are a little bland, but the rhythm action mechanics are well thought out and work really well (you can even play with a Guitar Hero/Rock Band guitar).
There’s lots more going on aside from the rhythm action though – you can control the characters as they explore their charming little town, you can mess around on the computer of your spaceship, and you can become a giant hand and smash up the environment. You’re never too sure what’s coming next as you embark on your weird time-travelling adventure.
The songs could do with a bit of a rework as none of them are particularly memorable at the moment, but other than that it’s a very promising game. It’s a delightfully whimsical adventure with a great sense of humor, yet it also delves into some dark places and there’s a surprisingly deep story hidden below it’s charming claymation skin.