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Killing Time

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MobyRank MobyScore
3DO
72
4.5
Macintosh
...
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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 The path to the mansion is quite different as well. Outdoor areas are much bigger and more open in the computer versions
Killing Time 3DO Lavish art in Tess' inner sanctum
Killing Time Windows Flowers, bodies, and damage orbs. This is almost the vacation I had in mind
Killing Time 3DO Map screen

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User Reviews

The Most Bizarre FPS Ever Created Windows HandofShadow (49)

The Press Says

Game Zero 3DO Feb, 1996 46 out of 50 92
Joystick (French) 3DO Nov, 1995 80 out of 100 80
GamePro (US) 3DO Jan, 1996 4 out of 5 80
Electric Playground 3DO 1996 7.5 out of 10 75
Coming Soon Magazine 3DO Mar 14, 1996 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Mac Game Gate Macintosh 1997 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Power Unlimited 3DO Feb, 1996 6.8 out of 10 68
AppleLinks.Com Macintosh Jan 18, 1999 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
All Game Guide Macintosh 1998 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
The Video Game Critic 3DO Oct 29, 2001 F 0

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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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