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Borrowed Time

MobyRank MobyScore
Macintosh
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3.5
Apple II
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4.0
PC Booter
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3.4
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Description

Borrowed Time is set in mid-1930's. The player assumes the role of a private investigator named Sam Harlow, who has to solve the kidnapping of his ex-wife Rita Sweeney. At the beginning, he runs away from two thugs, who want to kill him for an unknown reason. They fail, and he begins to search the town for clues, asking its inhabitants for information. But if the player makes a wrong move, Sam dies - killers come from nowhere and murder him...

The player has to type in combinations of verbs and nouns to make an action. Locations are described in text form and presented by pictures, the latter often providing additional information not contained in the text description.

Screenshots

Borrowed Time Amiga Yikes, that's not good.
Borrowed Time Commodore 64 Title screen (Mastertronic release)
Borrowed Time Atari ST Apartment door.
Borrowed Time PC Booter In the post office.

Alternate Titles

  • "Time to die..." -- Mastertronic re-release title

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Happy Computer Commodore 64 1986 82 out of 100 82

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Trivia

References

There is a hidden picture known as "Yummy". It shows Brian Fargo (the boss of Interplay) cutting off the head of an unnamed programmer, according to Rebecca Ann Heineman, who was a programmer there at the time.
Contributed to by iShrek (3654) and POMAH (33733)