SPOILER NOTICE – There is a learning curve to playing T.I.M.E. Stories well.  For some, this is part of the fun. If that is you, skip this article. But if you don’t want the Asylum mission to feel like a warm up for future missions, the below will give you some spoiler free tips.

My fellow time agents and I finished the Asylum mission of T.I.M.E Stories last night. This is not a review (you can look for that soon). Instead, this is intended to give new players to the game a few general guidelines to follow. Some of these may seem obvious but, when you are in the middle of a game, they can be lost in the shuffle. Please comment and let us know if there are any additional guidelines you would suggest.

You don’t have time to do or see everything. The game does reward some extra exploring but it can also penalize extra exploring. There will be dead ends. I don’t feel like the game communicated this well. This is not a game for completionists.

Go in the direction that the consistent clues point you. You will start to see patterns in the items you find. Hone in on that pattern and follow it before you follow your instinct to explore.

Don’t forget your mission. As I mentioned above, it is easy to get lost in the exploration, wanting to see and find everything the game seems to have. Don’t forget about your main mission amidst the all the discovery.

Not everything has a clear answer in the story. Some things are meant to be hanging threads and dead ends.

Take time with final decisions. You will know when you are getting close to the end. Take time and reflect on what you have learned throughout the story to make good decisions at the end. You can completely fail the mission. And remember you can save your game state so don’t feel like you are in a (real) time crunch.

Take good notes from the beginning. Some people say this is cheating but the designers of the game have come out and said that note-taking is encouraged. I would say that if you are playing runs on the same day, notes aren’t as important. If your runs are separated by a week or more, take good notes.