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Tess Conway was a wealthy heiress to an estate located on Matinicus Island in the state of Maine. She financed an expedition to locate the Water-Clock of Thoth, an ancient Egyptian artifact that was eventually discovered by the Egyptologist Dr. Hargrove. However, during the night of summer solstice in 1932, Tess attempted to use the artifact and mysteriously vanished as a result. Many years later, a former student of Dr. Hargrove arrives on the island, only to discover that it has been overrun by horrifying creatures. He must explore the estate and its surroundings, and find out what really happened on the fateful night.

Killing Time is a 3D first-person shooter differing in several ways from the traditional template of Doom. Rather than being divided into successive levels, the game's world is fairly open, allowing the player to explore locations in different order as well as backtrack to previously visited areas. The game's arsenal includes, besides various guns and Molotov cocktails, unique weapons such as an Ankh that damages multiple enemies at once. Various setpieces may involve sudden attacks by large amounts of enemies, traps, etc. The player character is able to jump, strafe, and crouch, and those actions are required in certain places. The spirits of Tess and her guests appear occasionally and bring the story of that night to light, helping the player to find keys, unlock doorways, locate secret passages, and solve puzzles.

Screenshots

Killing Time 3DO Tess Conway from the game's intro...
Killing Time Windows The starting area in the computer versions is different. You start in your boat rather than immediately outside of the mansion
Killing Time 3DO The entrance to the mansion is just a tiny area, and the mansion itself looks ridiculously small. No comparison to the imposing architecture in the PC version
Killing Time Windows The game is full of insane, weird enemies. Crazy, maniacal chefs throw knives at you in the kitchen

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The Most Bizarre FPS Ever Created Windows HandofShadow (55)

Critic Reviews

GamePro (US) 3DO Jan, 1996 4 out of 5 80
Defunct Games 3DO Feb 11, 2007 80 out of 100 80
Electric Playground 3DO 1996 7.5 out of 10 75
Ultimate Gamer Magazine 3DO Jan, 1996 7 out of 10 70
Power Unlimited 3DO Feb, 1996 6.8 out of 10 68
Computer Games Magazine Windows 1997 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
All Game Guide Macintosh 1998 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
AppleLinks.Com Macintosh Jan 18, 1999 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
All Game Guide Windows 1998 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Power Play Windows Mar, 1997 35 out of 100 35

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Trivia

German index

On July 31, 1996, Killing Time was put on the infamous German index by the BPjS. For more information about what this means and to see a list of games sharing the same fate, take a look here: BPjS/BPjM indexed games.

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