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Killing Time (Windows)

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Description

Tess Conway was a wealthy heiress to an estate located on Matinicus Island in the state of Maine. She financed an expedition to locate the Water-Clock of Thoth, an ancient Egyptian artifact that was eventually discovered by the Egyptologist Dr. Hargrove. However, during the night of summer solstice in 1932, Tess attempted to use the artifact and mysteriously vanished as a result. Many years later, a former student of Dr. Hargrove arrives on the island, only to discover that it has been overrun by horrifying creatures. He must explore the estate and its surroundings, and find out what really happened on the fateful night.

Killing Time is a 3D first-person shooter differing in several ways from the traditional template of Doom. Rather than being divided into successive levels, the game's world is fairly open, allowing the player to explore locations in different order as well as backtrack to previously visited areas. The game's arsenal includes, besides various guns and Molotov cocktails, unique weapons such as an Ankh that damages multiple enemies at once. Various setpieces may involve sudden attacks by large amounts of enemies, traps, etc. The player character is able to jump, strafe, and crouch, and those actions are required in certain places. The spirits of Tess and her guests appear occasionally and bring the story of that night to light, helping the player to find keys, unlock doorways, locate secret passages, and solve puzzles.

Screenshots

Killing Time Windows The game is full of "gothic" imagery with heavy colors. The atmosphere is very thick. Here, I just use my flamethrower in an empty room. Why not?..
Killing Time Windows A nicely designed options screen
Killing Time Windows Tommy gun zombie massacre early in the game. I haven't reached the mansion yet - the surrounding areas are much, much bigger than in the 3DO version
Killing Time Windows Sewers, sewers. Game designers do seem to love them. These here are populated by fictional reptiles with a lot of teeth

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User Reviews

The Most Bizarre FPS Ever Created HandofShadow (49) 4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars

The Press Says

Gamezilla Jun 12, 2000 78 out of 100 78
GameSpot Jan 07, 1997 7 out of 10 70
Computer Games Magazine 1997 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
All Game Guide 1998 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Power Play Mar, 1997 35 out of 100 35

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Trivia

German index

On July 31, 1996, Killing Time was put on the infamous German index by the BPjS. For more information about what this means and to see a list of games sharing the same fate, take a look here: BPjS/BPjM indexed games.

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CheshireCat (1670) added Killing Time (Windows) on May 14, 2002
Other platforms contributed by Corn Popper (69757) and Jeanne (75620)