Windows - 2000
Description of Timeline
Over the years, certain games have become rather large jokes in the annals of computer gaming history (stand and say hello Battlecruiser 3000 AD ..the worst game in history). Eidos and Timeline Entertainment's Timeline is about to join that honoured legion: The Great Dane Society of Real Dogs. A select breed, the worst games in existence. Buy this game for a drinks coaster. Trust me, it is a better use for it.
You are a history student called back in time by your college professor to save him from 16th century France. The opening scene has you watching a video of the professor shortly before his time jump back into France. It is up to you to save history and the world. While Timeline has an interesting premise and Michael Crichton as lead designer and author and all seems like it can't go wrong. Unfortunately, everything you can think of, does.
The game is horribly slow, even on a system that exceeds the recommended requirements, the graphics and audio are choppy even on supported 3d cards and soundboards, and the interface is so blatantly disgusting and hard to figure out it's not even worth mentioning. That's just the technical end of things. The gameplay makes BC3K look like Da Vinci. The story, while interesting, is rather cliché and boring and the game never quite gets going. While this title is billed as an action/adventure, there isn't much action or adventure in the rather empty gameworld. The characters are shallow and the voice acting is horrendous.
The Timeline Worlds website and company went under soon after they released their one and only game. No patches were ever made and Eidos has done nothing to try and help debug the game. Timeline tanked on the shelves and was bashed by the critics and deservedly so. Play this game at your discretion..but don’t say you weren't warned.
[Underdogs’ addendum: Crichton is no stranger to gaming – the computerized version of his novel Amazon he designed for Telarium was well above average. Too bad he has “lost touch” with good game design more than a decade later.]
Review By HOTUD
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