The Best Time Loop Games to Play for Groundhog Day
The Best Time Loop Games to Play for Groundhog Day

Okay campers, rise and shine because there are video games to be played. What better way to celebrate Groundhog Day than by sticking yourself in a virtual time loop and going full Phil Connors? Time loop video games have seen a huge surge in popularity over recent years. That means there’s more for you to play than ever before. Here at Overclockers UK, we’ve picked out our favourite time loop games for you to trap yourself in for Groundhog Day. 


deathloop game artwork

One of 2021’s most-hyped releases has managed to break free and follow us into this year. You’ll play as Colt in Deathloop, trying to break the time loop trapping the isle of Blackreef by killing the eight ‘Visionaries’ within one single loop. Like an assassin Bill Murray, you’ll use every day to improve yourself and learn more by unlocking useful abilities and mastering the island’s layout. Complicating matters is Juliana, one of the Visionaries and the only other person who retains her memories through the loops. Outwitting her, mastering the map, and assassinating your targets will quite literally all have to be in a day’s work for Colt. 

ComponentMinimum SpecsRecommended Specs
Operating SystemWindows 10 64-bitWindows 10 64-bit
ProcessorIntel Core i5-8400
AMD Ryzen 5 1600
Intel Core i7-9700K
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
Memory12GB RAM16GB RAM
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce GTX
AMD Radeon RX 580
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060
AMD Radeon RX 5700
DirectXVersion 12Version 12
Storage30GB available space30GB available space


braid time loop video game

What better excuse than Groundhog Day to revisit 2008’s critically acclaimed temporal puzzle-platformer Braid? While not a time loop game in the narrative sense, it manipulates the fourth dimension for one-of-a-kind puzzle solving. As Tim, you have the ability to affect time, which manifests differently in each of the six worlds. This includes the ability to rewind time, creating a time ‘shadow’ of yourself, and more. Play with time as you solve puzzles, explore a beautiful world drawn in a painterly style, and save the princess. 

ComponentMinimum SpecsRecommended Specs
Operating SystemWindows XP/Vista/7Windows 7 or later
Processor1.4GHz or fasterIntel Pentium 4
AMD Athlon XP 2000+
Memory768MB RAM1GB RAM
GraphicsAMD Radeon HD 2400
NVIDIA GeForce 6800
AMD Radeon HD 2400
NVIDIA GeForce 6800
DirectXVersion 9Version 9
Storage200MB available space200MB available space

Outer Wilds 

outerwilds title artwork

What’s better than a time loop game? A time loop game…in space! Taking on the role of an extraterrestrial astronaut, Outer Wilds plunges you into a solar system that goes supernova every 22 minutes. You’ll restart each loop with all knowledge you previously acquired, such as your ship’s launch codes. Exploration is the focus as you seek to uncover what is causing both the time loop and the supernova. With knowledge the only equipment upgrade you’ll find, you need to rely on your big ol’ brain to save this little corner of the galaxy. 

ComponentMinimum SpecsRecommended Specs
Operating SystemWindows 7 64-bitWindows 10 64-bit
ProcessorIntel Core i5-2300
AMD FX-4350
Intel Core i5-8400
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce GTX 660
AMD Radeon HD 7870
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
AMD Radeon RX 580
Storage8GB available space8GB available space

Twelve Minutes 

twelve minutes time loop video game

Ah, a time loop game for the intellectual gamer! Certainly one for fans of Kubrick and Hitchcock. Twelve Minutes is the result of developers Annapurna Interactive finding a new angle for point-and-click adventure games. Played from a top-down perspective, the game is set entirely in the apartment of an unnamed husband and wife. Their evening is interrupted by a cop arresting the wife and strangling the husband to death, starting the time loop and the husband’s quest for answers. With James McAvoy, Daisy Ridley, and Willem Dafoe lending their vocal talents, this is a scintillating Hitchcockian mystery that employs the time loop mechanic to compel you deeper into its folds. 

ComponentMinimum SpecsRecommended Specs
Operating SystemWindows 7Windows 10
ProcessorIntel Core i5-2300
AMD Phenom II X4 965
Intel Core i5-6600
AMD FX-8350
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce GTS 450
AMD Radeon HD 5770
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT

Groundhog Day: Like Father Like Son 

Groundhog Day Like Father Like Son

Drop the pretense of homage and have yourself the most Bill Murray of Groundhog Days! In this VR exclusive, you play as Phil Connors Jr and become trapped in a time loop in Punxsutawney like your father before you. Your goal is of course to break out, but not before exploring the setting of the classic movie itself. Groundhog Day: Like Father Like Son features puzzles and a branching narrative, employing the same comedic tone of its cinematic predecessor. If you’re a die-hard fan of the film, there are few better games to play to pay tribute to it. And what other games will let you spend the 2nd of February interacting with actual Groundhog Day characters? 

ComponentMinimum SpecsRecommended Specs
Operating SystemWindows 7 (SP1) 64-bitWindows 7 (SP1) 64-bit or newer
ProcessorIntel Core i5-4590 equivalentIntel Core i5-4590 equivalent or greater
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1090/970 equivalentNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1090/970 equivalent or greater
DirectXVersion 11Version 11
Storage10GB available space10GB available space

Make Groundhog Day Gorgeous 

What better use of Groundhog Day is there than self-improvement? So, we’ve picked out some hardware to help you get the best graphical performance. Whether your PC needs an upgraded GPU or your screen has seen better days, your Groundhog Day gaming deserves to look its best. 

Refract Gaming Celeste 2023

Refract Gaming Celeste Pre-Built PC

With a powerful AMD Ryzen 7700X CPU, this PC can handle everything from high-performance gaming to content creation. Enjoy an immersive gaming experience with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 GPU, providing a whole new level of ray tracing performance and more. Plus, there’s ample storage space for all your favourite games with a 1TB SSD. It’s the perfect PC to power your VR gaming experience. 

Available to order starting from £1,799.99* 

ASUS GeForce RTX 3060 Dual V2 Graphics Card

Experience intense 4K gaming and impressive frame rates, with up to 12GB of dedicated GDDR6 memory. Take on the latest games with the power of Ampere – NVIDIA’s 2nd generation RTX architecture. Using the incredible performance of enhanced Ray Tracing and Tensor Cores, streaming multiprocessors, and high-speed memory, make it a Groundhog Day you’d be happy to live on repeat. 

Available to order for £319.99* 

Asus GeForce RTX 3060 Dual V2 OC LHR 12GB GDDR6 PCI-Express Graphics Card
LG 27" 27GP850P-B 2560x1440 NANO IPS 165Hz 1ms FreeSync/G-Sync Compatible Widescreen Gaming Monitor

LG UltraGear 27GP850 27″ Gaming Monitor 

Be the game changer with this 27-inch QHD monitor from LG UltraGear. Experience breathtaking gaming performance on Nano IPS 1ms technology. Featuring AMD FreeSync Premium technology for fluid, hi-res gameplay, it’s also compatible with NVIDIA G-SYNC. Enjoy fluid gaming motion with an ultra-fast speed of 165Hz alongside a virtually borderless and eye-catching design, and an adjustable base to make your gaming experience comfortable. 

Available to pre-order for £379.99* 


The perfect VR headset to dive into Groundhog Day and other AAA titles with SteamVR Tracking support. The blazing fast processor makes every move count and mean even more with the PRO’s 1440 x 1600 pixel per eye resolution. Plus, with the headset, controllers, base stations, and cables – all you need is to jump right in! Immerse yourself in the experience thanks to the built-in speakers with 3D spatial sound for more advanced interaction with your VR games. 

Available to pre-order for £949.99*

HTC Vive Pro VR Headset

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*Prices correct at time of writing and PC specs are subject to change.

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