|System: PC||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Zombie Cow Studios||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Zombie Cow Studios||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: July 2, 2009||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: N/A||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
In a time when the newest and best graphics and effects are at the top of the list for bragging rights and selling points, TGP is decidedly simple. Gamers aren't going to see screenshots from the game and be blown away. While art and animation is reminiscent of the classics in adventure gaming, in style it's generally a few notches below in quality, yet therein lies much of the charm.
The same can be said for the music and sound effects. There is no voice dialogue and the background music and sound effects are minimal. In a "normal" game, this would cause a good amount complaining and disparaging remarks, but it just works here.
Particularly, old-school gamers will enjoy the homage given to even earlier forms of adventure gaming, including a text adventure within the game reminiscent of Zork. I was perhaps unduly excited when presented with an opportunity to play a text-based game within TGP. My only disappointment was the lack of a "rod" in my inventory to shake. Still, including a brief text adventure should bring a grin to many faces and provides another challenging puzzle to conquer.
It may be easy to look at the "negatives" pointed out in the review and feel that Time Gentlemen, Please! is lacking in most of the major areas by which a game is rated. Yet that couldn't be farther from the truth. The final product put together by the folks at Zombie Cow Studios is the definition of a game that's greater than the sum of its parts. Pick it apart and you have subpar graphics and minimal sound. Put it together and you have something completely different: a charming, fun, and comical adventure wrapped with loads of nostalgia that was obviously created by a team with a passion for what they do. It's easily worth the five dollar price tag, and hopefully we'll see more adventures from Ben and Dan in the near future.
CCC Freelance Writer