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Killing Time

Windows - 1996

Also released on: Mac - 3DO

Alt names 閉ざされた館, Tozasarata Tachi, Tozasareta Yakata
Year 1996
Platform Windows
Released in United States (1996)
Worldwide (2015)
Worldwide (2016)
Worldwide (2020)
Genre Action
Theme Detective / Mystery, Haunted House, Horror, Shooter
Publisher 3DO Company, The, Prism Entertainment, Tommo Inc., Ziggurat Interactive, Inc.
Developer Studio 3DO
Perspective 1st-Person
4.25 / 5 - 4 votes

Description of Killing Time

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Killing Time is a fun FPS that deserves much more attention than it received in the market.

This interesting DOOM clone puts you on a journey in search for answers as to what happened one summer evening in 1932 to an Egyptology professor Dr. Hardrove who disappeared in Northern Africa during his search for a mystical water clock from the dynasty of the Pharaoh Ramses. Hardrove's trail has led you to a mysterious, deserted Tess Conway's Island Estate. The game plays similar to the classic Alone in the Dark games, but with more emphasis on action. In addition to weapons (including a .45 Caliber Nickel-Plated Colt "Peacemaker" Revolver you start out with, as well as a Remington 12 Gauge Pump shotgun, a Thompson .45 Caliber sub-machine gun, and a Kleinschmidt flamethrower), there are many objects to be found throughout the Estate, which you automatically pick up by walking over them. The Estate has many locked doors, and finding the required keys is important -- much like the color-coded keycards in DOOM.

One of the objects you can picked up is "the Winged Vessel," which will provide you with special abilities that are required for reaching specific areas in the game. Once they run dry, you will be able to rejuvenate them by picking up a special white rejuvenation vessel. The ability to refill the vessels makes them similar to spells in RPGs, and a very handy thing to have. There are sixteen different types of enemies in the game, including ducks (yes, ducks), hunters, flying heads, evil cooks, crazy clowns, ugly rats, smoking skeletons, and many others. The Estate is huge, and with hundreds rooms of monsters, it would take even the most experienced player quite some time to finish.

A map is available while playing the game to get a bird's eye view of your immediate surroundings. By pressing P on the control pad, you'll see your score, the name of the area you are in and what percentage of that area you have explored, along with any walls, doors, objects and columns on the map. The fully textured 3D graphics in Killing Time are more than adequate, although they of course can't compare to newer 3D-accelerated games. You can move left and right, look up and down (even while walking), and make 180 degree turns via an intuitive user interface.

Overall, I found Killing Time a nice diversion from more "hard core" first-person shooters. With a unique setting in a horror genre, some interesting plot twists, and a newbie-friendly gameplay that isn't too overwhemingly difficult, Killing Time is well worth a look for FPS fans, especially anyone who likes Alone in the Dark or more recent Cliff Barker's Undying.

Review By HOTUD

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Comments and reviews

Jeff Cotten 2024-06-06 0 point

Night Dive Studios is remastering Killing Time! :)

Azz 2023-12-01 -1 point

you say if is a free game but it is not in the UK this is false advertising as free on zoom says unavailable. I want the free copy you say i can have

Jimminy Games 2021-03-06 2 points Windows version

Now, this 3DO Mac and Windows game may be obscure for DOS/Window gamers, but I was one of those who experienced it when it came out on Windows 95, iirc.

I forgot this game for ages, and when I tried to remember its name, I couldn't bring the damned title back from the waters of oblivion.

After some time, I found it thanks to looking at screenshots, but the truth of the matter is I wasn't impressed the first time, and I wasn't impressed 20+ years later when I found it again.

IIRC, when I played it for the first time, I expected that it was going to be something like BLOOD (which I had already played before playing this one).

And in fact, in the beginning this game gives a general vibe reminiscent of BLOOD, but it actually can't deliver in the horror, fun, or even in the all-graphics-and-no-substance departments, much less rise to Blood's standards in any way.

Still much of an oddity that horror retrogamers, and FPS retrogamers in particular shouldn't overlook.

If you like horror and retro FPSs this games beats Citadel or low-quality FPS like that any day.

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