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ZOOM The New Adventures of the
Time Machine
$14.95 (Win95/98Me/XP) (Retail) (TIMEMACHPR)

Publisher: Cryo Interactive / DreamCatcher

Game

Ratings:

9/10 from  EuroGamer

Time

The universe is a mystery that scientists explore to quench their thirst for knowledge. The most learned scholars attempt to penetrate the secrets of these forces that shroud the world. The most fascinating force of them all: Time.

Herbert George Wells is a visionary, and his Machine will drastically alter the course of history...

Cryo presents the adaptation of one of the most fantastic adventures in literature. Inspired by the work of H.G.Wells and the theme of time travel, Time Machine is a game of hitherto unseen richness and an atmosphere filled with mystery.

The hero, Wells himself, is projected into the year 800,000 by his famous machine that disappears on arrival. Wells discovers a future ravaged by temporal storms where people struggle to survive amidst the currents that drag their memories away into the depths of time. A world of sand and danger, where the sun never shines.

Only one being is capable of restoring the balance of time and help Wells find his own era again - a mythical being, a Demi-god, The Master of the Hourglass: KHRONOS.

The completely original combination of the beauty of pre-rendered sets and the playability of the characters in real time 3D.

The hero of the game, Wells, changes age as he goes through time storms.

The artificial intelligence gives each of the characters encountered a unique feel.

"The Time Machine" can be played many times without ever reliving the same scenes.

The quality of graphics place this game just short of a work of art.

The music, an element in its own right, was partially composed by musicians of the ONB - achievers of two gold discs in France.

Requirements:

Windows 95/98/Me, P II 233 Mhz, 32 Mb RAM, AGP Card recommended

Windows XP requires that you use Windows 98/Me compatibility mode to install the program, otherwise you will receive a "ISDX_ERR_BADWINDOWSVERSION" error message. Complete information is available at the following: http://www.adventurecompanygames.com/tac/support/kb_select.php?p=support_data/winxp_tm_all

Before starting play you should apply the patch available at:

http://www.adventurecompanygames.com/tac/support/pc/patches/patches.php

                

Reviews:

EuroGamer by Keith "DNM" Ellis

"I love my adventure games to have a good solid story line, with believable characters, twists in the tale and for my interest to be held throughout. "The Time Machine" gets a head start straight away, being loosely based around the classic HG Wells book of the same name."

"The Time Machine had me glued to my seat from start to finish. That in itself gets the game a merit. Graphically it is possibly the finest 3D adventure to grace my PC yet. With an original soundtrack accompanying it all, the whole game oozes atmosphere.

"Some will find the puzzles in the game a little too far fetched, but in the main they are logical and well thought out. The biggest problem I found was actually knowing what to do next! You don't have a nice friendly arrow pointing at the next person you should speak with, or the next object you should collect. You're very much on your own! The combat system is a little messy, and can result in frequent visits to the "Game Over" animation. The variety of spells at your disposal makes up for this though, allowing you to perform some nasty combinations.

"But perhaps what stands out most of all is the brilliant story that unravels before your eyes. From start to finish it encapsulates you and never lets go. The game also boasts one of the finest end sequences to a game I've seen in a long while. Have you ever had one of those situations where you sit staring at the end credits in awe of what you've just experienced? The Time Machine certainly had that effect on me."



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