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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 Commodore 64 City park.
Borrowed Time Atari ST Thug on cable
Borrowed Time PC Booter In the post office.
Borrowed Time Atari ST In hotel

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Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

A very good adventure game, with the look and feel of a detective movie Amiga *Katakis* (38210)

Critic Reviews

Popular Computing Weekly Commodore 64 Mar 13, 1986 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Apr, 1986 9.5 out of 10 95
Zzap! Commodore 64 Mar, 1986 90 out of 100 90
64'er Commodore 64 May, 1986 13 out of 15 87
Happy Computer Commodore 64 1986 82 out of 100 82
Info Commodore 64 Dec, 1985 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80


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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 (3633) and POMAH (39011)