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Timequest (DOS)

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Description

By the year 2090 AD, the usage of time machines (also known as "interkrons") became restricted. Temporal Corps strictly forbade traveling to the past due to potential unforeseen consequences of the traveler's actions. However, Zeke S. Vettenmyer, a Lieutenant in the Temporal Corps, has illegally acquired an interkron, traveled to various time periods and altered well-known historical events. As a result, the temporal disruption caused by his actions is threatening to destroy reality as we known it. A Temporal Corps private is sent to the past in an attempt to pursue Vettenmyer and reverse the changes he made to the world's history.

Timequest is a text adventure with graphics utilizing the same interface as Legend's first game: it provides a long list of verbs to interact with still first-person screens displaying locations and people, but also allows and encourages typing commands for the same purpose. The player travels to six geographical locations within nine different time periods from 1361 BC to 1940 AD. It is possible to access any location at any time as the game begins. The player can opt to work on one location continuously, but often it is necessary to acquire items from different areas to solve puzzles.

The famous events Vettenmyer has tampered with include the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 BC, the attempted overthrow of the Caliph of Baghdad in 800 AD, Genghis Khan's siege of Peking in 1215, Napoleon's attack on Egypt in 1798, etc. Among the illustrious people the player encounters are baby Moses, Pope Leo I, William Shakespeare, Winston Churchill, and others.

Screenshots

Timequest DOS Among others, we disturb the ceremonies of Buddhist monks...
Timequest DOS Baghdad wasn't even remotely there at that time. At least the description is apt
Timequest DOS Meeting Cleo once again!
Timequest DOS You pretend to be a janitor to foil the plans of those two infamously nefarious characters

Alternate Titles

  • "Time Quest" -- Common misspelling

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User Reviews

Travel through time with this masterpiece from Legend! Afex Tween (164) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
I didn't have time for time quest jossiejojo (41) unrated

The Press Says

Techtite 2000 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Oct, 1991 10 out of 12 83
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft 1993 80 out of 100 80
Power Play Sep, 1991 79 out of 100 79

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Trivia

Debugging code

Similar to Spellcasting 101's 'gwcheat' cheat, Timequest has some debugging code (zmem, zget, etc), 'zget' allows you to take any item in the game, it can however mess up the interpreter if you 'zget player'.

European release

The European 5,25'' version of Timequest has a different screenshot on the upper right of the back cover. While the US version features a screenshot of Mussolini and Hitler with the caption "Rome 1940 Deceive Mussolini and Hitler into thinking England has surrendered" the European version has a screenshot showing Winston Churchill and the caption says "Dover 1940 Give Churchill time to evacuate the troops at Dunkirk".

Also the 3.5" Disks of the European release show version number 1.1 instead of version 1.0 (US release).

References

The name of the villain in Timequest (Zeke S. Vettenmyer) is an anagram of "Steven E. Meretzky", Legend co-founder and author of the Spellcasting series.

Steve Meretzky

One of the listed play testers is none other than Steve Meretzky (author of Legend's Spellcasting series) himself.

Awards

  • Game Players
    • 1991 - PC Excellence Award
  • QuestBusters
    • 1991 - Game of the Year
  • Games Magazine
    • 1991 - Top 100 Games of the Year Award
Information also contributed by Indra was here, partykiller and Ye Olde Infocomme Shoppe
Yakumo (419) added Timequest (DOS) on Mar 11, 2000