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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.


Time Commando PlayStation Trap
Time Commando PlayStation Legionnaires and an officer on horseback
Time Commando PlayStation Killing an African slave guard.
Time Commando PlayStation Two karatekas

Promo Images

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Alternate Titles

  • "Time Commando: Fight your way through time. Or you're history." -- Tag-lined title

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Absolute Playstation Oct, 1996 8 out of 10 80
Video Games Sep, 1996 79 out of 100 79
NowGamer Sep 30, 1996 7.8 out of 10 78
Mega Fun Sep, 1996 78 out of 100 78
Gamezilla 1996 75 out of 100 75
Game Revolution Jun 04, 2004 B 75
GameSpot Dec 01, 1996 7 out of 10 70
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Nov, 1996 24.5 out of 40 61


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Cut content

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.


When you wait and do nothing for about half a minute or less, your character will turn on the radio he's equipped with and use his headphones to catch a tune of few. Of course, with all that, it comes the funny dance and hands clapping.
Corn Popper (69166) added Time Commando (PlayStation) on May 27, 2002
Other platforms contributed by Sciere (631748), robotriot (9069) and DarkFalzX (4874)