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The events of the game take place in the fictional republic Sercia. A coup has ended the tyrannical regime of the Garo family, leading to the election of a new president. However, the last member of the once powerful Garo family kidnaps President MacPherson's daughter, demanding to know top military secrets in exchange for her life. An international intelligence service known as VSSE sends agent Richard Miller to infiltrate Garo's stronghold and rescue the young woman.

Time Crisis is a rail shooter similar to Virtua Cop in gameplay style. The player moves automatically, using the light gun to eliminate appearing enemies, after which he can proceed to the next screen. The stages typically culminate in boss battles. The player can also press a button to make Richard dive for cover. However, using this feature too much might result in expiration of the time limit imposed on each screen.

New features for the PlayStation version include a time trial mode and a brand new mission exclusive to the PlayStation.


Time Crisis PlayStation Shooting down the bad guys.
Time Crisis PlayStation The hero
Time Crisis PlayStation Riding the lift.
Time Crisis PlayStation Hotel lobby taken over by terrorists.

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Alternate Titles

  • "化解危机" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "タイムクライシス" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Great version of a solid gun game. Sycada (191) unrated

Critic Reviews

Consoles Plus Dec, 1997 93 out of 100 93
Absolute Playstation Apr, 1998 88 out of 100 88
GameSpot Nov 26, 1997 8.4 out of 10 84
Game Revolution Apr, 1998 B+ 83
Video Games Nov, 1997 82 out of 100 82
Gamezilla 1997 82 out of 100 82
Mega Fun Nov, 1997 81 out of 100 81
Edge Aug, 1997 8 out of 10 80
IGN Nov 11, 1997 8 out of 10 80
The Video Game Critic Jul 15, 1999 B- 67


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1001 Video Games

Time Crisis appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

German index

On April 30, 1998, Time Crisis 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.


  • PSExtreme Magazine
    • (Vol. 3, Iss. 3) - The game was named the Best Arcade Translation of the Year (1997 Extreme Awards)
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Grant McLellan (622) added Time Crisis (PlayStation) on Mar 29, 2001
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