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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 the 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 that 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 a 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.


Killing Time Windows The island offers plenty to explore besides the mansion itself. But beware of evil hunters!..
Killing Time Windows Lavish purple corridors, bodies of enemies... just a regular day
Killing Time Windows You'll have to find quite a few keys and so-called "vessels", and solve some puzzles
Killing Time 3DO This secret passage looks similar to the one I used to get to the mansion

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Alternate Titles

  • "閉ざされた館" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Tozasareta Yakata" -- Japanese title
  • "Tozasarata Tachi" -- Japanese title

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The Most Bizarre FPS Ever Created Windows HandofShadow (55)

Critic Reviews

Oldies Rising 3DO Aug 06, 2008 17.4 out of 20 87
GamePro (US) 3DO Jan, 1996 4 out of 5 80
Computer and Video Games (CVG) 3DO Jan, 1996 79 out of 100 79
Mac Game Gate Macintosh 1997 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Power Unlimited 3DO Feb, 1996 6.8 out of 10 68
Retro Archives Windows Apr 08, 2021 13 out of 20 65
CD-Action Windows May, 1997 6 out of 10 60
Computer Games Magazine Windows 1997 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
All Game Guide Windows 1998 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
The Video Game Critic 3DO Oct 29, 2001 F 0


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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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