Mike from Twinfinite writes, "One of the most divisive video game mechanics is the timed mission. Being tasked with achieving a goal or series of goals within a game can be challenging enough. Adding in the stress of having to do so within a limited time is often enough to drive many gamers over the edge. I totally get that feeling; I have that one particular level in Super Mario Bros. 3 burned into my mind for life. There are a lot of different ways timers can be used as a fail-state situation, and the following titles are some fun and innovative examples of turning an annoying trope into a thrilling experience."