Time Machine

• Publisher: Activision
• Developer:
Vivid Image
Release Date: 1990
Nick Jones
GFX: H. Riley, P. Docherty
Music: Martin Walker

ZZAP64 Game Rating: 93%
Our Game Rating: 93%


FILE: timemachineend.zip


> TIME MACHINE by Activision

• Completed by Matt Rogers
Reviewed by Vinny Mainolfi

Back in 1990, this game certainly got the attention of the Commodore 64 gaming community and also faired well with ZZAP64 magazine, gaining an overall score of 93%. It really is a delightful game to play and certainly brings back some good gaming memories of yester-year.

Thanks to Matt for completing this gem...

The Prof. starts off a roof riot!

He chases the two Prison Officers down the street!

He plugs in his ghettoblaster and the Prison Officers start to dance!

The End.

HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: Matt used a walkthrough and unlimited lives. THAT'S my boy ;)

SO WHAT HAPPENS?: Once you have got the Professor back to the time machine, the screen goes black and the words "CONGRATULATIONS. YOU HAVE COMPLETE TIME MACHINE", appear on the screen.


  • Matt: Rubbish, but a great game. I only discovered this game about a year ago! A great little game, but how you're meant to complete it without a solution is beyond me - it's very ingenious. So, I used a walkthrough and unlimited lives, but it still took me the best part of an hour to do! Rubbish ending, but a great game.

  • Vinny: What an absolute pile of cack! Such a fantastic game with a soul destroying ending :( What on earth were the programmers thinking?!

  • Andrew Fisher: Now, this was DEFINITELY a case of running out of memory! I love Time Machine, I think it's a forgotten classic and many modern games could take a hint from the clever way the puzzles and different areas of the game "interact". Shame that the ending is a let-down - could have made a separate load to really do it justice. 2/10.

  • Brendan Phoenix: Seen this one in the offline archive and was looking forward to finally seeing it on the site as I never completed the Amiga version I had. Man oh man, what a let down. Some games you expect to have a pants ending, others you suspect (hope) will have a rather nifty ending. This was one though I thought would have a pretty cool ending, defiantly something better than what we have. A travesty.

  • Andy Vaisey: Although I was never a huge fan of arcade adventures, the concept of time travelling to solve problems in Time Machine was novel and brilliantly executed by the developer. The ending? Well, I just wish I had a time machine to travel back and threaten the programmers with a severe level of violence unless they put in a decent ending, instead of the poor one screen affair on offer. Fair enough, there was loads of screens, graphics and sound packed into the 64K here, but as the observant Mr. Fisher points out, an extra load for an extra special ending would have been appropriate in this case.

FINAL SAY: #...go out and do something less boring instead..#

G.E. RATING: 1 / 10

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