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Through Time Reviews

Author: Finn RosenlÝv (Cowboy)
Date: 2009
ADRIFT 4.0


Reviewed by James Webb (as revgiblet)

I'm confused. The introduction tells me that it's 1954, but I'm fairly sure that Panasonic were not making 42" High Definition TVs back then.  I'd also stick my neck out and question the appearance of home-delivery pizza too.  In fact, after wondering around a bit the whole thing seemed so anachronistic that I became convinced that the introduction was talking about somebody totally different.  Maybe I'll go back in time to 1954 and meet the farmer/scrap-iron salesman referred to in the introduction?  However, the setting (of a man who is clearly something of a loser and bored with his life) is done quite well, and the little side-comments referring to different aspects of life as you examine your meager possessions does paint a fine picture.  I do think that Finn writes well, especially for a non-native English speaker.

Like 'Ghost Town', the game is quite old-fashioned in its approach (that's not meant as a criticism.  It's a neutral statement).  There are few hints about what you're supposed to be doing, and the introduction appears to include one quite-easily-done-action-that-causes-death-after-a-few-turns.  'Through Time' is quite an apt title because it did feel a little like the 1990s when I was playing it.  If you've read my other reviews for this competition then you'll appreciate that I really don't mind that at all.

What I did mind was getting to the stage where I didn't know what to do next.  I assume that the big space in the sky marks a cloaked alien spaceship - which is no doubt how my adventure Through Time is about to begin - but I couldn't do anything else.  I just wandered around with stinky garbage and old pizza in my hands, like an aimless tramp.  I'm not sure if this is one of those sandbox demos where you just explore a scaled-down version of the full thing, or whether this is a more customised demo that you can actually finish.

What do I think of this?  As a potential game it certainly seems to be promising.  I suspect that if you enjoy 'Ghost Town' (and I recommend that you download it and give it a try if you can) then this will be right up your alley too.  As a competition entry, it falls a bit short of making me keen to try the full version.  I didn't enjoy lacking aim and not being sure what  was trying to do.  
 


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