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Killing Time

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Released
Platforms
Critic Score User Score
3DO
72
4.4
Macintosh
...
4.3
Windows
57
3.8
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Description

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 Windows One of the confrontations late in the game
Killing Time 3DO Main menu
Killing Time 3DO Crazy middle-aged women are throwing bottles at you in the basement. Next time, be more politically correct or something
Killing Time Windows The Mausoleum, one of the game's most dangerous locations. It's dark, skeletons are wandering... this can seriously affect your nervous system, you know?

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User Reviews

The Most Bizarre FPS Ever Created Windows HandofShadow (49)

Critic Reviews

Game Zero 3DO Feb, 1996 46 out of 50 92
Game Players 3DO Jan, 1996 83 out of 100 83
GamePro (US) 3DO Jan, 1996 4 out of 5 80
Defunct Games 3DO Feb 11, 2007 80 out of 100 80
GameFan Magazine 3DO Dec, 1995 80 out of 100 80
Electric Playground 3DO 1996 7.5 out of 10 75
Mac Game Gate Macintosh 1997 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
All Game Guide Macintosh 1998 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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