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Borrowed Time

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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.


Borrowed Time PC Booter All right - freeze! On the ground!
Borrowed Time Atari ST Mean dogs.
Borrowed Time Atari ST Waiting room.
Borrowed Time PC Booter Jake.

Alternate Titles

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

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ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Apr, 1986 9.5 out of 10 95
64'er Commodore 64 May, 1986 13 out of 15 87
Happy Computer Commodore 64 1986 82 out of 100 82


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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 (3646) and POMAH (35651)