Time limit

Other (objects, etc.) concept

Imposes a time limit on either the whole game or for each level.


Alternate names: Time attack, Time trial

The first video game about Time limit was released in 1971.

CP Verlag, Mastertronic and U.S. Gold has published most of these games

The game may be paused or otherwise stopped, causing the time limit to no longer progress, you can gain bonuses to increase it and it may reset for each level.

Not as stressing as real-time limit (nor as limiting: like requiring the game to be played through in one session) but still gives a certain level of urgency to your task.

Do not use this if it's only for very few levels or some rare occasions.

Parent group

Artificial difficulty

Child groups

Time bonus, Soft time limit


C64 266
Amstrad CPC 187
ZX Spectrum 180
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MS-DOS 121
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Atari ST 96
Linux 76
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MSX 51
Arcade 48
GB 48
Mac OS Classic 35
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Master System 31
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