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Time Commando

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Released: 1998

Genre: Beat-’em-up

Format reviewed: Sega Saturn

Publisher: Acclaim

Developer: Adeline Software

Submitted by: Steve L.

Time Commando was mostly slammed by critics. When I fired it up for the first time, I had my reservations. Much to my surprise and delight, I had somewhat of a blast playing through it. (Japanese Saturn)

The first stage opens with you at the bottom of the screen, and up top is this burly brown caveman. My bro walked in and laughed, saying, "Hey this looks realistic… then again it looks like someone made this in their garage!"

I laughed and agreed. It has a nice look… but then at the same time it's kinda crappy too. It's all part of the game's charm. Another charm: how unintentionally funny it is.

I moved Stanley up to this ape caveman. Suddenly an energy bar pops up, just like a beat 'em up. So I knew we weren't going to have tea and cookies. Kicking him upside his head, he bounced back grunting. Then his friend popped out of the bushes and I took care of him as well. It was fun in a VERY hokey sort of way.

Now, having said ALL of this, I do want to make this clear. This is not a great game, or even a good game. The combat loses a bit of its charm and novelty after a while, and I found the later levels to be not nearly as fun as the earlier ones. The control could use some work, and the camera can be a detriment at times. The game speed is slow.

However, it scores points for originality, charm and fun in that "Its so goofy and bad it's almost good" kind of way. Would I recommend this game? If you're intrigued and can get it for $10 or less, sure, go for it. I got my copy for 99 cents and can't complain now, can I?

Take Time Commando for what it is, and you may get quite a kick out of it. In many ways you could almost classify it as a beat 'em up. The best thing about the game is going through all the time zones and battling the various different enemies with cool weapons from that time frame. That, to me, is worth the trip. I'll remember TC as one goofy hilarious action game. It's got a unique charm and is definitely a guilty pleasure-type. I'm glad I picked it up.

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Time Commando

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Released: 1996

Genre: Adventure

Format reviewed: PlayStation

Publisher: Adeline Software International

Developer: Activision

Submitted by: Shane Smith

This time traveling, monkey punching adventure Time Commando could of been a great game. It had an interesting plot, some fun levels to explore and interesting weapons that varied depending on which era you were in.

The major downside is the handling of good old TC. The fighting is really tedious and difficult plus the guy does the most worst looking karate ever. Also the animation of the hero and enemys are pretty hilarious but for all the wrong reasons.

This game is pretty average but did have some great ideas, if TC had better controls, a balanced combat system and alot more time spent on the animation. It could of been a great game to keep coming back to.