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Table of Contents
Time Factory Worker’s Safety Guide............ 2
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Hazards on Assignment ............................14
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A Model Employee ..................................18
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Your Mission.......................................... 3
Game Controls ........................................ 4
Worker Duties ........................................ 6
Important Time Factory Displays .................. 8
Time Crystals and Controls ........................10
The Shop .............................................12
Tips and Tricks ......................................13
Credits................................................19
Warranty and Customer Support ................. 20
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Time Factory
Worker’s Safety Guide
Welcome to the Time Factory Worker’s Safety Guide.
The Time Factory makes time and maintains and repairs its
flow across many dimensions.
You play a vital role! Do your part to keep time flowing as
it should.
Outsiders may take time for granted. We at the Time Factory,
however, know better. Time is our most precious treasure.
Used well, it can make any dream come true. Used poorly, it
is wasted and forever lost… or worse, unregulated time can
become a monster.
This guide will instruct you about your duties and the
potential dangers of working for the Time Factory.
Although the Time Workers Union reports
that we have not had a major accident
for 7,347 years, we must stay alert
for any signs of time leakage or
misuse. We’re relying on each
and every one of you!
Remember:
Every second counts.
Your Mission
Should there be a major time accident,
it is your responsibility to:
Defeat all time monsters in a given
area within 10 minutes. After 10
minutes, the region will become
temporally unstable and vanish.
Sweep up trash to shoot at time
monsters. Note: Monsters cannot
be swept up!
Collect valid combinations of time
crystals to get time controls. This
helps you defeat monsters and
access special regions. See page
10 for more about time crystals.
Once you have cleared an area, return
to the goal gate as fast as you can
and exit. You can then resupply at the
Shop and proceed to the next area in
need of sweeping.
Only by accomplishing your mission will
the orderly flow of time be restored.
CEO and Chairman of
the Board of Directors
Time Factory, Inc.
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SWEEP/SHOOT
(Or use right trigger.)
CONTROL TIME
(See page 8.)
JUMP
MOVE
CAMERA
(Push right
thumbstick in for
“over the ear” view.)
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Worker Duties
JUMP
Press the A button to jump.
Cats are excellent jumpers.
DOUBLE JUMP
SWEEP
PRESS AND HOLD the X button
or the right trigger to sweep up
junk, trash, or time crystals. Large
objects may take longer to pick
up than small objects or require a
more powerful sweeper. You cannot
sweep up living or moving objects.
Some objects may be permanently
stuck to the ground.
Quickly press the A button twice
to do a double jump—and jump
higher than normal.
BACKFLIP
Press the left thumbstick
backward while pressing the A
button to perform a backflip.
This maneuver helps you
escape enemies!
SHOOT
CONTROL TIME
TAP the X button or the right
trigger. Doing this will fire
the last thing you swept up.
Be careful! If you are facing
people—you will hit them!
MOVE
Push the left thumbstick to move
in the direction you want. The
farther you press the thumbstick,
the faster you run.
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Press the B button to use
your time controls. To learn
more about time controls,
see page 11.
CARTWHEEL
Press the left thumbstick to the
right or left while pressing the
A button to do a cartwheel—
another useful escape maneuver.
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Important
Time Factory Displays
ELAPSED TIME:
RETRYS:
Time spent on your sweep. You
have only 10 minutes to sweep
an area. Faster times give
better performance ratings.
Red hearts indicate how many
RETRYs you have left. RETRYs
are extra attempts you can use
if you are defeated by a monster
or trap. Circles called RETRY
holders show the maximum
number of RETRYs you
can have.
TIME MONSTERS:
Hostile creatures in the
area that must be defeated.
As time monsters are
defeated, they are checked
off the list.
TIME CRYSTALS:
Number and type of time
crystals you have collected.
If you collect a proper
combination of crystals,
you get a time control.
OBJECTS IN SWEEPER:
The items inside your
sweeper. If you sweep up
more objects than your
sweeper can hold, you lose
the first object swept up.
TIME CONTROLS:
Controls that change the flow of time. To use a time
control, press the B button and use the left thumbstick
or D-pad to select the one you want. (For more on
specific controls, see page 11.) The number above the
time control shows how many controls of that kind you
have. If you exceed the maximum number of controls
allowed, you lose your oldest one.
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NUMBER OF SWEPT OBJECTS:
Number of items picked up by your
sweeper. Different sweepers have different maximum capacities. The next
item to be fired is also shown here.
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Time Crystals
When a glitch occurs in the making of time, precious seconds
can condense into solid form. Such glitches appear as crystalline hearts, crosses, triangles, moons, diamonds, and stars.
Collect four of these time crystals to make a combination.
Correct time crystal combinations give you the power to
change the flow of time, or a RETRY. Incorrect crystal
combinations vanish.
Collect only time crystals that build toward a valid combination. Sweeping up all time crystals you find does not make
many valid combinations.
TIME CRYSTAL COMBINATIONS
The order that crystals are collected is not important,
only their number, shape, and color. Collecting three of a
kind plus any one other crystal gives you the use of a time
control. The time control you get matches the color of the
three crystals collected. For example, if you collect three
blue moons and a red heart, you get one use of the blue time
control, PAUSE.
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Collecting four of a kind gives you two uses of a time control.
Get extra RETRYs (up to your limit) by collecting red hearts.
Collecting three red hearts plus any other time crystal gives
one RETRY. Collecting four red hearts gives two RETRYs.
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OTHER CRYSTAL-LIKE OBJECTS
Gold crystals are often confused with time
crystals, though they are not the same. You
collect gold crystals to earn money. They do
not help or hinder in making valid
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Time Controls
REW
(Rewind) Time flows rapidly backward for
everyone except you.
FF
(Fast forward) Time flows rapidly forward.
PAUSE
Everything stops except you.
REC
(Record) An interval of time is recorded and then
played back. During playback, a copy of yourself
repeats what you just did.
SLOW
Time slows to a crawl for everything but you.
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The Shop
You can go to the Shop between time sweeps. Depending
on what is in stock, you can buy upgrades to your abilities,
sweeper, or ammunition. The upper-right panel shows your
current number of RETRYs and RETRY holders, and your
maximum number of time controls.
ABILITY UPGRADES
Time holder
Each time holder increases the number of time controls you
can have.
RETRY
A RETRY lets you resume a few seconds before you were
defeated by a monster or trap. You cannot have more RETRYs
than your number of RETRY holders.
The following are tips and tricks compiled by our most
experienced time sweepers. Pay attention!
Experiment with your time controls. They can help you
defeat monsters, avoid traps, solve puzzles… and reach
secret areas.
Do not pick up every time crystal you see! Build only valid
combinations that yield time controls (that is, three or
four crystals of the same color).
When a time monster’s colors flash, the monster is invincible. Wait for the colors to stop flashing, then attack.
Maximize damage by shooting large trash items.
Areas that you sweep can be swept again. Go back to
previous areas and stock up on time controls and gold.
RETRY holder
Each holder increases the number of RETRYs you can have.
If you buy a better sweeper from the Shop, you may want
to revisit an earlier area. Some hidden sections may
be accessible!
SWEEPER UPGRADES
Many key items can only be purchased in the Shop, such
as RETRY holders.
With enough money, you can buy new sweepers with increased
suction and other abilities—some even shoot flames! You
can also buy sweeper packs to increase your sweeper’s
holding capacity.
AMMUNITION UPGRADES
You can purchase heavy weights or bombs that are more
effective than trash for defeating monsters.
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Tips and Tricks
Note the exchange rate for trash to gold at the end of
an area. Try and grab the most valuable objects before
entering the goal gate.
All time monsters and bosses have unique abilities. Learn
from their movements and attack patterns. Some signal
just before they attack!
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Hazards on Assignment
Our safety record at the Time Factory is nearly perfect. Working
in other worlds, however, is another matter. Make sure you keep
your eyes and ears peeled for the following dangers.
OBSTACLES
During your field assignments, you may encounter many
dangerous machines, moving parts, and traps. The following are
the three most common causes of work-related injuries while in
other worlds. Please do your best to avoid these threats.
Barrels
Barrels cannot roll over you, but they can push you backward—
making navigation difficult. There are rumors of exploding
barrels! Barrels can also push you into another hazard. Move
around or jump over these objects, or try using PAUSE or SLOW.
Spike pits
Avoid these dangerous pits. Go around or, if possible, jump
over them. Falling into a spike pit is extremely unpleasant—
and you’ll have to use a RETRY to get out.
TOM-TOM GANG
These time thieves have been seen
skulking near the Time Factory. They
are suspected of numerous robberies
throughout the worlds. They are known
to use time crystals in their illegal acts,
and they would like to get their hands
on more! If you spot any one of them,
report it immediately to your supervisor.
Caution: They may steal gold or time
crystals. Be careful!
BENITO
The leader of the Tom-Tom
Gang, Benito is not terribly
smart, but he is quick to get
excited and angry.
UGO
As hot-blooded as Benito,
CINO
Ugo often acts without
This gang member has a cool
thinking. He uses a small
head and is very slow to act.
flying bike to help him
He also rides an air bike.
steal time crystals.
Blades
To pass these swinging, razor-sharp obstacles, you must have
keen reflexes. If a blade hits you, it knocks you off your feet.
Try using PAUSE and SLOW to navigate around these dangers.
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TIME MONSTERS
Time monsters are created by major time glitches. Many of
these creatures have poor eyesight and intelligence and only
attack if you get close. But workers cannot afford to ignore
them—you must defeat every monster in an area.
Defeat time monsters by shooting trash at them from your
sweeper. Some monsters take only a single hit to shatter.
Others may take several shots to defeat. When defeated,
monsters degrade into minor time glitches—or time crystals.
OCTOBALLOON
This creature floats through the
air like a balloon. It gathers up
trash and drops it on the heads of
unsuspecting workers!
CHRONO BLOB
This bouncy creature usually jumps
around in a fixed territory. It’s not
very smart, but it will defend itself.
SPIKER
Sometimes this monster is mistaken
for a Chrono Blob—until it uses
its deadly spikes! It is invulnerable
when its spikes are extended.
DUST HERDER
This monster typically perches on
a ball or other bit of trash. It can
throw trash at you, so be ready to
dodge its attack. Or use your sweeper
to pick up the things it throws.
MOLEGON
KEROPPER
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This froglike creature has the
ability to eat anything fired at
it—snatching objects out of the
air! It does not like to leave its
vulnerable back exposed and always
tries to face you.
This monster tunnels underground,
leaving heaps of earth wherever it
burrows. While underground, it cannot
be attacked. It enjoys moving under its
prey and striking from below.
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A Model Employee
Every employee of the Time Factory should aspire to be
hard-working and dedicated to the orderly flow of time.
Employees in the field use their time sweepers to clean
up time crystals no matter where they may find them. This
cleanup is vitally important.
Although the role of time sweepers is not a glamorous one,
we rely on them to keep time running uninterrupted.
During a typical workday, our employees may travel to exotic
dimensions, see wondrous sights... or encounter perilous
monsters. It is all part of the job. Do not fail. Do not quit.
Do not lose your focus.
Retrieve stray time crystals and defeat all time monsters.
Prevent the waste of precious seconds!
Credits
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Developed by Artoon
Director
NAOTO OHSHIMA
Producer
KATSUNORI YAMAJI
Co-Producer
EARNEST YUEN
Executive Producers
ED FRIES
TOSHIYUKI MIYATA
Development Producer
YOJI ISHII
Scenario Writer
SOSHI KAWASAKI
Game Designers
TAKUYA MATSUMOTO
TAIJI MIYAJIMA
HIROTO SAIKI
TAKASHI TANAKA
NAOTO OHSHIMA
Art Director
MASAMICHI HARADA
Artists
NORIKO OMIZO
NORIHIRO ADACHI
DAISUKE KOJIMA
TAKESHI OHASHI
NOBUYUKI MARUYAMA
HOMARE OYAMADA
HIROYUKI KAWAGUCHI
CHISATO YAGISHITA
YOSHIHITO TAKAHASHI
YASUHISA NAKAGAWA
Lead Programmer
TAKUYA MATSUMOTO
Game Programmers
TOMOO KONDOH
ATSUSHI GOTOH
MINORU OGAWA
SATOSHI KIMURA
HIROYUKI TORII
TAKANORI KASAI
Technical Director
HIDETOSHI TAKESHITA
Movie Producers
KOJI TAKEUCHI
SHUNJI SAKATA
Movie Assistant Producer
YOSHIKI KAZAMATURI
Movie Director
TOSHIHIKO MASUDA
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Movie Creators
NOBORU SHIRAHASE
YOSHINORI KONISHI
RYOMA YOSHIGAI
NAOKI NAKAJIMA
KAZUYUKI HADA
YUJI TANAKA
RYUJI SHIMATANI
KOKICHI YAMAMOTO
YUSUKE YAMAZAKI
TETSUO NISHIKAWA
KEIJU GO
KOJI NAKAJIMA
MANABU KUSUNOKI
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WAVEMASTER INC.
Executive Sound Producer
YUKIFUMI MAKINO
Sound Producer
TATSUYA KOZAKI
Sound Director
KEIICHI SUGIYAMA
Sound Creators
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KEIICHI SUGIYAMA
Recording Engineer
HIROKAZU AKASHI
Assistant Engineers
YOSHITADA MIYA
MASANORI ODATSU
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POWER HOUSE Studio
Technical Support
YUKIE YAMAGUCHI
TAKEYUKI OGURA
NAOTO YOSHIOKA
Supervisors
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JAMES SPAHN
Product Planner
JONAH MASARU NAGAI
IP/Licensing
ATSUSHI YOSHIDA
Localization
TACEY MILLER
PETER FITZPATRICK
Product Support
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Test Leads
SAKIKO KANO
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UTAKO TANAKA
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SUMI TOU
CHISAKO NISHITANI
YUKI OKADA
MANABU ENDOU
KAZUYUKI MIURA
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User Testing Specialist
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U.S. Manual
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Product Marketing
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The producers wish
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YUTAKA MINOBE
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TOMOYUKI HOSHI
ISAO MURAYAMA
YOSHIKATSU KANEMARU
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