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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 Arcade Another explosion.
Time Crisis Arcade Shoot them.
Time Crisis Arcade More men to shoot.
Time Crisis PlayStation The hero

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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. PlayStation Sycada (191)
It's like Die Hard mixed with Lupin III. Arcade John H. (59)

Critic Reviews

Computer and Video Games (CVG) PlayStation Nov, 1998 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Consoles Plus PlayStation Dec, 1997 93 out of 100 93
All Game Guide Arcade 1998 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Absolute Playstation PlayStation Apr, 1998 88 out of 100 88
GameSpot PlayStation Nov 26, 1997 8.4 out of 10 84
Game Revolution PlayStation Apr, 1998 B+ 83
Video Games PlayStation Nov, 1997 82 out of 100 82
Mega Fun PlayStation Nov, 1997 81 out of 100 81
IGN PlayStation Nov 11, 1997 8 out of 10 80
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Arcade Feb, 1996 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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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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