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Killing Time

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Platforms
MobyRank MobyScore
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 Windows The starting area in the computer versions is different. You start in your boat rather than immediately outside of the mansion
Killing Time Windows A dining room in one of the smaller houses. You think this is fancy and detailed? Wait till you get into the rich rooms of the mansion...
Killing Time 3DO Ducks appear early in the 3DO version and are the first "enemies" you'll encounter

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User Reviews

The Most Bizarre FPS Ever Created Windows HandofShadow (49)

The Press Says

Game Players 3DO Jan, 1996 83 out of 100 83
Joystick (French) 3DO Nov, 1995 80 out of 100 80
GameFan Magazine 3DO Dec, 1995 80 out of 100 80
GamePro (US) 3DO Jan, 1996 4 out of 5 80
Defunct Games 3DO Feb 11, 2007 80 out of 100 80
Gamezilla Windows Jun 12, 2000 78 out of 100 78
All Game Guide 3DO 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Computer Games Magazine Windows 1997 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
AppleLinks.Com Macintosh Jan 18, 1999 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
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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