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Based off of the Jean Claude Van Damme film Timecop, this game acts as a sequel of sorts. We learned well from the film that the power time travel affords corrupts all men weaker than the Muscles from Brussels, and this has extended to the original inventor of time travel. He proclaims himself dictator of the universe, captures Van Damme as he arrives from fixing all the wrongs in the film, and challenges him to a "duel across time." Platforming action follows across multiple periods of history.

The primary feature of this game is its digitized characters, uncommon for console games of that era. Actors were taped in front of a bluescreen and stills were taken from the video to create all characters and their animations. The effect is impressive for the SNES, though it does result in robotic enemies who do not respond well to being punched or kicked. The "timing,", both in terms of controlling your character and fighting with enemy characters seems off through the entire game.

There are 15 levels in total, most of which are standard fighting platform levels. Three basic fighting moves are available to the character, not including jumping and crouching kicks, and not including the use of a gun with extremely limited ammo. Some vehicle levels are mixed in, and the game culminates in a jetpack duel over Los Angeles with the villainous time travel creator fellow.

The game also featured some rare use of digital voice, primarily in the "FBI... Get on it!" background theme in the first few levels.


Timecop SNES Well really, who doesn't?
Timecop SNES GAME OVER YEAH! Oops... wrong game. And no, I don't suck that much at it just because I had 200 points
Timecop SNES Title screen
Timecop SNES A historic level based on 1920's New York; just as friendly as ever.

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Alternate Titles

  • "タイムコップ" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

Video Games Jan, 1996 53 out of 100 53
GamePro (US) Mar, 1995 2.5 out of 5 50
The Video Game Critic Jul 23, 2011 D+ 33
Total! (Germany) Feb, 1996 5 out of 6 20
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Dec 04, 2004 2 out of 10 20
Just Games Retro Nov 19, 2006 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars 20


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Cancelled Mega CD version

A version was planned for the Mega CD. Although a one-level demo was released, the full game was cancelled; a full build was released in 2007 by the main programmer, Jean-Charles Meyrignac. Like many Mega CD ports, it's very similar to the cartridge game but features FMVs and a CD soundtrack.
BurningStickMan (18026) added Timecop (SNES) on Dec 15, 2006
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