Developer Harry Lafnear couldn't stop himself from turning the game's background story into a poem in the manual. The following excerpt does (in my humble opinion) not only perfectly sum up the poet's talent, but also the whole plot and the entire significance of the game:
Into all the confusion the Time Bandit goes.
Among the Guardians he finds only foes.
For he takes the treasures that they wish to own
And carries them off for reasons unknown.