|Run||September 15, 2013 - August 9, 2015|
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Superhot (stylized as SUPERHOT) is a game played by Markiplier. It is an independently made first-person shooter created by the SUPERHOT Team and is set to release in June 2015 as a full-title release. While the game controls like a first-person shooter, time within the game only progresses when the player moves. Markiplier played the demo back in 2013 and found the game to be extremely enjoyable.
Superhot sets the player as an unnamed agent in a minimalistic office environment, taking out characters that are trying to kill him. 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 can kill 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 moves the character, otherwise time moves very slowly. This gives the player the opportunity to alter their actions as to avoid the path of bullets or to better assess their current situation.
The game has been referenced as the "Braid of first-person shooters", in which the time mechanic makes the shooter more like a strategy game than a shooter. The developers have captured this mechanic in the game's simple instruction "time moves only when you do". The game has been compared thematically to The Matrix film franchise and the Max Payne video game series, and with environments described by Wired UK 's Philippa Warr as playing "through Quentin Tarantino's version of the Mad Men opening credits".