The New Adventures of the Time Machine Review

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Publisher: Dreamcatcher Interactive
Developer: Cryo Interactive

Platform: PC
Reviewed on PC

Windows System Requirements: Pentium II 233 MHz, 32 MB RAM, 24x CD-ROM

The character of 'Wales' (a poor play on H. G. Wells) has built a time machine at the close of the 19th century, with which he flings himself 50,000 years into the future. Stuck in a mysterious world, he seeks to understand his surroundings and return home using the secrets of "chronomancy." To do this, he must seek the help of a god-like being with power over time, named "Khronos."

Kyle Ackerman

I like adventure games. I really do. This one, however, was too painful to play. Dreamcatcher Interactive has done much better work, and this one just isn't worth the time. While pretty, camera shifts in the 3D engine complicate interaction with the game world and make it difficult to orient the main character. Not only is it really hard to find the hidden objects that resolve puzzles, but it is difficult to figure out that you are currently solving a puzzle. There is no way to revisit many critical pieces of information, and portions of this game rely on a combat system that is painful to use, and will discourage players that dislike any reflex based puzzles in adventure games. The plot is inscrutable, and so fails to be engaging.

Frankly, The New Adventures of the Time Machine isn't worth further review text just as it isn't worth taking the time to install it.

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