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Killing Time

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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.


Killing Time Windows You'll have to find quite a few keys and so-called "vessels", and solve some puzzles
Killing Time 3DO You'll have to find and activate such doors throughout the game. What are you looking at, you... weird face?
Killing Time Windows ...and various scenes from her life. Most of these characters will have in-game appearances as well... though not quite in their usual shape
Killing Time Windows I just want to blow this wine cellar to pieces with my Ankh. But this insane explosive bottle-throwing older lady seems to disagree

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The Press Says

Game Zero 3DO Feb, 1996 46 out of 50 92
GameFan Magazine 3DO Dec, 1995 80 out of 100 80
Defunct Games 3DO Feb 11, 2007 80 out of 100 80
Gamezilla Windows Jun 12, 2000 78 out of 100 78
GameSpot Windows Jan 07, 1997 7 out of 10 70
Ultimate Gamer Magazine 3DO Jan, 1996 7 out of 10 70
Mac Gamer Macintosh 1998 60 out of 100 60
Computer Games Magazine Windows 1997 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
All Game Guide Macintosh 1998 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
All Game Guide Windows 1998 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40


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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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