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In the near future, the military has created an advance computerized combat simulation, which allowed participants to be trained in various forms of combat throughout human history. However, a programmer working for a corporation that seeks the downfall of the simulation developers infects the system with a virus. This virus creates a dimensional vortex that threatens to swallow the entire world. Stanley Opar, a member of S.A.V.E (Special Action for Virus Elimination) enters the vortex with one goal: destroy the virus before the universe ceases to exist.

Time Commando is an action game with light puzzle-solving elements. The player character travels to eight different time periods: Prehistoric, Roman Empire, Feudal Japan, Medieval, Conquistador, Wild West, Modern Wars, and Future. Each era has its own characteristic enemies and sets of weapons: for example, Stanley fights with rocks and bone knives in the Prehistoric era, switching to shurikens and katanas in Japan, revolvers and shotguns in the Wild West, laser pistols in the future, etc.

Most of the time in the game is spent fighting enemies. Character navigation and combat resemble those of Alone in the Dark. The navigation is character- rather than camera-based, similarly to survival horror games. During combat, Stanley has three attack moves at his disposal, as well as a blocking move. Part of the challenge relies on choosing the right weapons against particular enemies.

Stanley starts with a small life bar that can be increased by picking up life power-ups, as well as multiple lives. Time limit is imposed on each level. To lower the countdown, the player has to deposit computer chips collected throughout the levels in special orb pools. The game utilizes animated pre-rendered sequences to represent locations, and polygonal models for the characters.


Time Commando SEGA Saturn Intro shot 2.
Time Commando PlayStation Killing an African slave guard.
Time Commando PlayStation Secret room with extra life
Time Commando SEGA Saturn No, my emulator didn't screw up - most enemies in the game are completely flat-shaded.

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User Reviews

Action? Adventure? Get the very worst of both genres with none of their goodness right here!!! Windows Zovni (10667)
Are you ready to be a li'l loopy? Windows MAT (164939)
Entertaining and challenging. Windows John Uveges (2)
Disappointing. DOS Tomer Gabel (4678)

Critic Reviews

Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Oct, 1996 89 out of 100 89
Power Unlimited DOS Jul, 1996 8.5 out of 10 85
GameSpot Windows Aug 29, 1996 8.2 out of 10 82
Gamezilla Windows 1996 81 out of 100 81
High Score DOS Oct, 1996 4 out of 5 80
Mega Fun PlayStation Sep, 1996 78 out of 100 78
Game Revolution PlayStation Jun 04, 2004 B 75 DOS 1996 70 out of 100 70 Windows 1996 70 out of 100 70
Computer Games Magazine Windows Jan, 1996 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50


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Rumor has it that Adeline had planned to include a special bonus stage: their own office as a video backdrop. However, the idea was shelved due to time and space constraints.
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