Timeline

Moby ID: 2979

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Based on Michael Crichton's novel Timeline (1999), you play the role of Chris Hughes, a graduate student employed in the archaeological dig in the Dordogne region of France. When your professor, Edward Johnston, fails to return from his experimental trip back in time to 14th-century France, you must try and rescue him together with another researcher, Kate Erickson, and Victor Baretto, a security expert. Armed with stun rods with explicit orders from the professor never to kill anyone, your adventure will lead you through the medieval town of Castelgard and its fortifications, underground passages and waterways, and the castle of La Roque, carefully reconstructed from historical evidence.

The game combines adventure elements with action parts such as sneaking behind soldiers to stun them, shooting with bows, and jousting in the lists, with directions and hints provided by your partners through your in-ear radio equipment. Separate from the game there is a 30-minute tour of the scenes narrated by the author, Michael Crichton. The tour also offers a chance to freely wander around the reconstructed historical environments.

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  • קו-זמן - Hebrew spelling

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Average score: 47% (based on 19 ratings)

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Average score: 2.5 out of 5 (based on 13 ratings with 2 reviews)

Read the book first...

The Good
This is a great expansion for the book. To plunge into this as an adventure game without knowing the background of the book is like being thrown into a foreign culture without being able to read the signs. This is not something to be experienced without the proper background. With proper preparation, you will enjoy it immensely!

The Bad
It's not a game for 'professional gamers', but rather an additional adventure for those who are willing to read the book. Viewed in isolation, it is not a groundbreaking adventure, but if you understand the background first, it's a lot more of an addition to the adventure.

The Bottom Line
This is a 'cross-cultural' experience for those willing to read the book before playing the game. Once you read the book, you may just start reading more and playing games less! It's that good! Considering the minimal computer requirements, the excellence of the graphics and the undemanding gameplay, you may be able to get some of your friends to experience computer-gaming for the first time!

Windows · by Dan Spencer (6) · 2003

It wasn't that bad! Huzzah!

The Good
I expected this game to suck. I really did. But after I had played it, I actually smiled, and wanted to play it again. This may have something to do with the length of the game, but it mostly has to do with the different things there are to do. Whether it's fighting off enemies using barrels that are close at hand, or taking a boat under the secret passage. I was having fun. The music was also very well done, and the main music had a theme, like in Shenmue, that you can recognize as the "main musical track", and when you here it, it makes you think of this game. The sound effects are awesome, and supports 4 speaker, so you really feel like you're getting into it. They got proffessionals to do the voice acting, so nothing is corny. The tour is also a really great plus. Oh, and did I mention that it came with the book which is one of Crichton's finest?

The Bad
I thought it was downright evil that the game only took an hour or two to beat. Before I knew it, it was over. Timeline studios, please make the next one longer, because you have the "fun" thing down pat. There were also a couple really wierd bugs, like on some computers, it didn't install right, and on some other ones, some of the colors game up as transparent. The game was also way too easy. While it might be great for kids, I could rip through this game without a sweat.

The Bottom Line
A short but fine piece of software, and while I recommend it, think about it first.

Windows · by oh noz (4) · 2001

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Game added January 13, 2001. Last modified January 13, 2024.