Superhot (stylized as SUPERHOT) is an independently developed first-person shooter video game, created by Superhot Team. Though the game follows traditional first-person shooter gameplay mechanics, with the player attempting to take out enemy targets using guns and other weapons, time within the game only progresses when the player moves; this creates the opportunity for the player to assess their situation and respond appropriately, making the gameplay similar to strategy-based games. The game is presented in a minimalist art style, with enemies in red in contrast to white and grey backgrounds.
The game originated as an entry in the 2013 7 Day FPS Challenge, which Superhot Team expanded into a a browser-based demonstration in September 2013. Widespread attention from the demonstration prompted the team to develop out the full game, using Kickstarter to secure funding to complete the title. Superhot was released for Microsoft Windows, OS X, and Linux on 25 February 2016, with an Xbox One version anticipated in March 2016; the Superhot Team has also stated plans to support virtual reality devices. The game was met with positive reception, with reviewers considering the title to be a fresh take on the first-person shooter genre.
Superhot sets the player in a minimalistic environment, taking out hostile attackers that are trying to kill them. Weapons picked up by the player have limited ammunition, requiring the player to rely on defeating enemies to get more ammo, or making melee kills. Taking a single hit from an enemy bullet kills the player, requiring them to restart the level. Though the game mechanics are typical of most shooters, the distinguishing feature is that time only moves forward at normal speed when the player performs an action like moving or firing a gun, otherwise time moves very slowly; this is described in the game’s tagline “Time Moves Only When You Move”. This gives the player the opportunity to alter their actions as to avoid the path of bullets or to better assess their current situation.
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