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Time Commando (Windows)

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Description

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.

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Time Commando Windows Modern Wars: Shooting soldiers.
Time Commando Windows Roman Empire: Grappling with gauls.
Time Commando Windows European Middle Ages: Kicking knights.
Time Commando Windows Conquistadors: Intimidating incas.

User Reviews

Are you ready to be a li'l loopy? MAT (72576) 3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars
Action? Adventure? Get the very worst of both genres with none of their goodness right here!!! Zovni (9360) 1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars
Entertaining and challenging. John Uveges (2) unrated

The Press Says

PC Player (Denmark) 1996 92 out of 100 92
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Oct, 1996 89 out of 100 89
Coming Soon Magazine Oct, 1996 89 out of 100 89
PC Zone Aug 13, 2001 8.6 out of 10 86
PC Games Nov, 1996 B+ 83
Game Revolution Jun 05, 2004 B+ 83
GameSpot Aug 29, 1996 8.2 out of 10 82
Gamesmania 1996 70 out of 100 70
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Dec, 1996 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Computer Games Magazine Jan, 1996 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50

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Trivia

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.
robotriot (8637) added Time Commando (Windows) on Nov 01, 1999
Other platforms contributed by Corn Popper (69643), Sciere (252188), robotriot (8637) and DarkFalzX (4689)