Time Bandit

Entrant 2022


Time Bandit is a darkly comic life sim where everything you do takes time. Place down a robot to push a box for you, for example, and it will take an actual half an hour to finish. By saving the game and coming back periodically to make progress, you are invited to explore your habits, rituals, and experience of time in general, particularly as it relates to work and exploitation.

Time Bandit is not just an experiment in mechanics but also storytelling, featuring a melodramatic story about stealing back time from your employer that also unfolds slowly in real time. Time Bandit is an explicitly anti-capitalist game that deals with themes of technological automation, economic crisis, colonization, environmental catastrophe, and radical change.