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Hourglass is a platformer involving puzzles based on the traversal of time - for Windows Systems

The Cross Platform Sequel is finally Out! HourglassII

IMPORTANT NOTICE- Both the Hourglass game and the level editor require the Microsoft dot net framework to run.

Welcome to the world of Hourglass! Head over to Downloads for the game, or take a look at About for a walk through the world and gameplay of our mind-blowing puzzle game.

By Tim Wilson, Jeffrey Christiansen, Kieren Wallace, Evan Wallace and Anna Besley using the Swingame SDK (

Inspired by Chronotron, Hourglass is a platformer involving puzzles based on the traversal of time. Originally it was written using Gamemaker, however the engine was too simple and buggy for the complex nature of time travel, so the production was moved to coding in Visual Basic. It was then entered into the Swingame09 competition (and emerged victorious!), with the assistance of some of Tim's friends in fields such as bug testing and graphical interface.

Hourglass II is under development, it will include a complete remake of the reverse time system (and lots of other things :)), and will be able to run on a larger variety of operating systems.

We welcome additional levels from the general public. If you have built a level using the editor and would like it to be included in Hourglass, then email your level to the bug report address listed above.

Adventure Through Time!
Enter the world of Hourglass, where strange portals cover the land- not portals to a different world, but portals through time. Travel into the future to set up a path for your future self, or go to the past to change your actions in the future! But beware of causing paradoxes- time can be a harsh mistress...

Time-warping Items:
Travel to any point in time with the "Chronobelt"- but make sure you don't jump into a door or platform, or you'll get CHRONOFRAGGED!
       Send a box or even your past self to any point in time with Timothy Algenon-Porter's Fantastic Time-Beam Goggles- but be careful not to destroy the boxes by crushing them with their future selves...
       You can be the master of the flow of time with the Absolute Hourglass- when the sand flows backwards, so does time itself! Watch, amazed, as reality unreels before your very eyes!

Over 40 Mind-Bending Levels:
Challenge your brain with the 45 official levels, and if you manage to finish those feel free to download our level packs, or even build your own with the comprehensive level editor packaged with the game. If you build a level that you like particularly, feel free to email it to us and we'll add it to the next level pack for the world to play!
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