Time Gate: Knight's Chase Infogrames / Interplay Entertainment Corp. 1996

One of Infograme's most underrated games, this is a fun time-travel game based on the acclaimed Alone in The Dark engine, but with more emphasis on puzzle-solving than fighting. You are William Tibbs, a young American law student in Paris who is unwittingly summoned by the last of the Knights Templar to aid them in their fight against Wolfram, an evil dark lord. Wolfram's power enables him to kidnap Juliette, your girlfriend, thus giving you an added incentive to join the cause. From the present day, you must travel back to 1329 to rescue Juliette and, naturally, destroy the villain. Gameplay in Timegate is all too familiar to fans of AITD games. Everything, from the keyboard interface to save game thumbnails, are lifted intact from that popular series. Although the default action mode is fighting, you don't really have to fight all that often in this game, and you can switch between 3 levels of combat difficulty at any time during the game. Although the automatically changing camera perspectives pose the same problems as in AITD, namely, that you sometimes can't see the action clearly, Infogrames apparently tried to master the technique so your character isn't normally obstructed from view. Puzzles, in general, are fairly easy and straightforward. The most challenging puzzles are the physical kind, e.g. dodging the laser beams, or following in someone's footsteps for several rooms. In the toughest of those, it's "one wrong move and you're dead," so you would do well to save early and often. On the whole, Timegate is a solid adventure that should appeal to anyone who enjoys Alone in the Dark or Ecstatica but wish they were more action-oriented. Overall, an entertaining romp that is unfortunately the only game made in Infogrames' planned Timegate trilogy.
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Full Demo 20MB (uploaded by Old-Games.ru)
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ISO Demo 234MB (uploaded by Egon68)


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