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The Quest for the Time-bird

DOS - 1989

Also available on: Amiga

Alt names
La quĂȘte de l'oiseau du temps, Auf der Suche nach dem Vogel der Zeit
Year
Platform
DOS
Released in
France, Germany, United Kingdom
Genre
Adventure
Theme
Fantasy, Licensed Title
Publisher
Infogrames Europe SA
Developer
Infogrames Europe SA
Perspectives
1st-Person, 3rd-Person
4.38 / 5 - 8 votes

Description of The Quest for the Time-bird

One of the rarest Infogrames games ever made, Quest for The Timebird is an excellent adventure game based on a famous French graphic novel of the same name.

In an unknown world, at a time when wizards and witches cast their magic spells, your task is to undertake the quest for the legendary timebird. In the game, you control the actions of Roxanna, the daughter of Mara the Witch, and Bragon the famous knight who became interested in the quest only after Roxanna convinced him to return to a life of danger and mortal combat. With him goes his trusty war-axe, the Reaper. Along the way, Roxanna and Bragon will become acquainted with Bulrog and the Unknown knight, both of whom may accompany you if you wish it. You have nine days to complete the quest, but the task is not as difficult as it first appears.

Although it was marketed as an "adventure game," QFTB plays more like an interactive storybook: you advance the plot merely by exploring the lands, charming anyone you can, and attacking others. The game also includes an annoying maze, although it is thankfully short enough that you can solve it by trial and error. Similar to Infocom's Journey, you must select what to do from multiple choices, although the game is far easier and much more linear. The game uses a simple mouse-driven interface where clicking the left mouse button does everything that needs to be done in the game.

Overall, if you enjoy the graphic novel, you will likely find QFTB a pleasant way to refresh your memory about the story. If you have never read it, you will find the game an interesting storybook whose decent writing and a somewhat unique fantasy plot are interesting enough to compensate for minimal "gaming" elements. Recommended, although not a Top Dog.

Review By HOTUD

Comments and reviews

LOL! 2014-06-07 0 point DOS version

Shouldve got the Amiga version then! At least that was in 32 colour glory instead of cyan/red/black/white CGA vileness!!!!
And the cute redhead in the game looked better (or just google the QFTTB comic books)... :)

A Wise Old Man 2013-02-21 0 point DOS version

This one had the distinction of being one of the games that you could get those early Hercules graphics cards to smoke an IBM monitor if you played it more than 30 minutes. Which is why sales in the US were almost nonexistent!

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