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Time Switch - Review

Review by Sudders


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A very simple little adventure this, as you'd expect from a type in.
As a member of that, what seems to be a popular in interactive fiction, profession of time travellers, you have become stranded somewhere in time and space. Sadly that place is a bit dull and appears to be pretty contemporary. You must have a bit of a wander, avoid starvation and thirst, and find some means of power for your craft.
Oddly you don't start at your time machine, though it is easy to locate. With 18 locations, there should be enough space to create an interesting games, sadly descriptions are sparse and the puzzles few and far between.
The pictures are nice enough, but very slow to draw which holds up gameplay (I was forced to use 4 times speed on emulator). I did like spotting the dog though!
The parser is functional, but the need to type in full at times confusing e.g. 'Get wine bottle'.
However, most annoying of all is the conclusion, where getting past the dog seemed impossible. I needed to shift to the BBC version to try and solve this and it appeared I need to drop the manuscript before attempting the solution. That said, when I tried it a second time I found that didn't work! Irritating.
Simple, slow, not challenging and with an annoying bug at the end. I would give this a miss.

Parser/Vocabulary (Rating: 4/10)

Mainly two word entry, but with quirks as mentioned above. Very simple.

Atmosphere (Rating: 4/10)

Weak, thin descriptions, little interaction, no feeling of threat.

Cruelty (Rating: Tough)

I'm giving it tough purely because of the final puzzle which is bugged. Really it is more polite barring a couple of quick deaths.

Puzzles (Rating: 4/10)

Only three to mention really and very simple. A plethora of red herrings though.

Overall (Rating: 4/10)

I love adventuring, but this is one of the least engaging I have played.