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The Time Machine is the second in the Mysterious Adventure series of text adventures by Brian Howarth. You are a newspaper reporter, come to investigate the eccentric professor who lives all by himself out on the moors. You start the game in a swamp and must find your way to an old manor house. When you get there, you find the place deserted though. Ultimately you must rescue the professor by finding 3 missing prisms which control his time machine, which are lost in time. Items found in one destination sometimes have to be used in another.

As the other games in the series, the game uses an interpreter similar to the Scott Adams adventure engine, and thus also has the same limitations - a basic 2-word parser, limited vocabulary, and brief descriptions. Illustrations are included in Spectrum, C64, Dragon and Oric ports.


The Time Machine TRS-80 I Have Found the Time Machine
The Time Machine TRS-80 A Bit of Vandalism Gets me Inside the House
The Time Machine TRS-80 A Message From the Future
The Time Machine TRS-80 Introduction

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Computer and Video Games (CVG) Jan, 1984 14 out of 15 93


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S Olafsson (39283) added The Time Machine (TRS-80) on Jul 26, 2015
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