Unless you're just so fascinated with the subject that you don't mind slow, silly, illogical gameplay, I advise against a purchase of Timescape. Indeed it was nice to wander around in ancient Pompeii, but you can do that in half an hour under the "visit mode." You also might read a book instead of playing this tedious game. I finished it, because having started the thing I was determined to finish it. I also wanted to see the spectacular animation of Pompeii's destruction in the final cutscene. Even that proved to be less than spectacular. A few of those 3D puppets running and being hit by falling columns, a crude animation of Vesuvius erupting that looks like a shot from a Saturday morning cartoon show, and that's it. Not worth the wait, not worth the plodding gameplay, not worth the time, not worth the money.