Total Recall Dud of the Month!

(Face, 1992)

Introduction and Story:

Although the Turbografx-16 system only lasted a few years, it would get up to three pinball games no less believe it or not. Time Cruise is the final and rarer pinball for the system but is it better than the impressive Alien Crush and Devil Crush (or AC DC) titles that are much easier to find? Sadly Time Cruise may appear to have a lot of game play elements going fo it here, but the big problem lies in the game's difficulty. So in this game you play as young sciencist and you get to travel through different periods of time that range from futurist tables that you can move around to a golf game in some prehistoric era. Weird story, eh?

The game play and bottomline:  
Where this Time Cruise game really shines is the whole thing is absolutely huge especially compare to other pinball games before it. Not only is the game table pretty damn big with targets evertwhere and that's at least 5 screens big but you can also play eight different bonus stages and some of them aren't even pinball stages so you can do some crap here too and earn plenty on points. The game also has some pretty good graphics with a lot of colourful objects to hit and it's great to see all the different stages as well but it really doesn't look any better then the cool Alien Crush with its well designed creatures that stand out better. The music is nice, easy listening here but it's nothing too catchy though so both the visuals and audio won't blown you away.

As good as the game is it's far too easy to keep your ball in play thanks to all the multi-layered tables and I always managed to get bored playing whether it was on the large game table or the unusual bonus stages. Time Cruise is good if you like easy pinball games and it can be fun to play sometimes thanks to the huge variety of stages but I personal prefer the early two turbo pinball games instead. Time Cruise may sound like Tom Cruise video game here but it is just strictly average.
Here is my weird 9 minute video review of Time Cruise too!



overall rating: 63/100
Find Time Cruise on eBay here!

For 1 player only

graphics: 5/10
sound: 5/10
gameplay: 5/10
replay: 5/10

(Ryan Genno) 2008

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