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The Time Machine is the second in the Mysterious Adventure series of text adventures by Brian Howarth. You are a newspaper reporter, come to investigate the eccentric professor who lives all by himself out on the moors. When you get there, you find the place deserted though. Ultimately you must rescue the professor by finding 3 missing prisms which control his time machine, which are lost in time. Items found in one destination sometimes have to be used in another.

As the other games in the series, the game uses an interpreter similar to the Scott Adams adventure engine, and thus also has the same limitations - a basic 2-word parser, limited vocabulary, and brief descriptions. Illustrations are included in Spectrum, C64, Dragon and Oric ports.

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The Time Machine Browser Much wandering yields... a ringing bell?  I hope that time machine isn't an alarm clock!
The Time Machine Electron Loading Screen
The Time Machine ZX Spectrum The game recognises n,s,w,e but not North,South, East & West
The Time Machine BBC Micro Title screen

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Computer and Video Games (CVG) TRS-80 Jan, 1984 14 out of 15 93
Commodore User Commodore 16, Plus/4 Aug, 1985 17 out of 20 85
Crash! ZX Spectrum May, 1984 75 out of 100 75

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    • May 1985 (Issue 1) - #8 'My Ten All-Time Favourites' (White Wizard)

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