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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 Windows Special stage: Destroying doppelgangers.
Time Commando DOS Level 2
Time Commando PlayStation Fighting the cave bear.
Time Commando Windows Conquistadorrs: Duelling dames.

Promo Images

Time Commando Render
Time Commando Screenshot
Time Commando Screenshot
Time Commando Screenshot


Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

Action? Adventure? Get the very worst of both genres with none of their goodness right here!!! Windows Zovni (10627)
Are you ready to be a li'l loopy? Windows MAT (231919)
Entertaining and challenging. Windows John Uveges (2)
Disappointing. DOS Tomer Gabel (4634)

Critic Reviews

Pelit Windows Jul, 1996 90 out of 100 90
Gameplay (Benelux) DOS Oct, 1996 89 out of 100 89
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Oct, 1996 89 out of 100 89
PC Games (Germany) DOS Aug, 1996 88 out of 100 88
Power Play DOS Aug, 1996 84 out of 100 84
Gamezilla Windows 1996 81 out of 100 81
PC Player (Germany) DOS Aug, 1996 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Game Revolution PlayStation Jun 04, 2004 B 75
Gamesmania.de Windows 1996 70 out of 100 70
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) PlayStation 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.
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