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 247
Amstrad CPC 181
ZX Spectrum 171
Amiga 121
MS-DOS 112
NES 105
Atari ST 83
Linux 75
Windows 69
MSX 47
Arcade 43
GB 40
Mac OS Classic 34
Master System 30
Atari 400/800 29
C16/Plus4 26
Mega Drive 21
Apple II E 20
Memotech MTX 19
Famicom Disk System 17
VIC-20 14
Mac OS X 12
BeOS 10
Tandy Coco 9
Nintendo DS 9
Electron 8
X360 8
NEC PC8801 8

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