Time Clash: Part 1

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Wildcard Stream Vol. 36 - Time for Time Travel

History repeats itself in these time travel games where there's really no difference between the age of dinosaurs and the cybernetic future of 2020 AD.

Authored By: Dr. Dos
Published: Mar 7, 2023
Part of Series: Wildcard Streams
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♦ Livestream of the following 2 ZZT worlds. Originally streamed on March 5th, 2023 ♦
• (0:00) "Time Clash: Part 1" by AndyWolf3d (1996) [https://museumofzzt.com/file/view/tmeclsh1/]
• (19:51 / 34:34 ) "Time Fighter 1 & 2 (v2.0)" by Schuyler Frey Schuster (1994) [https://museumofzzt.com/file/view/time20/]

An assortment of worlds that loosely involve time travel.

Time Clash starts like a very stripped down version of Town with many roads to travel and seemingly several choices to make before players realize locked doors put them on a fixed path. Fight in the arena of doom, speak with the wise man and his son, and travel to the future where everyone wants to know if you're a friend or a cyber foe.

A silly game that didn't have much in the way of gameplay, and whose time travel elements didn't feel really explored. The boards all the use the same basic solid wall style regardless of when the player is. There's a centipede dragon though.

Then a combined work containing Time Fighter 1 and 2. The world leaders have been kidnapped and are being kept at various points in time. The player must travel from portal to portal bringing them back to the present. This mostly involves traveling upward to shoot a bunch of enemies before touching an object that will say "Thank you". This one also feels way too samey, never trying anything different in its numerous time periods which include "miedevil times", "colonial times", and "future" among others.

Its sequel manages to be even more basic in structure. You wake up in the year 1212 and must get back to your own time in 2020. (Oh no.) This involves going to mars and a space ship. It also involves shooting ruffians in mostly empty rooms, and fighting a recurring boss that says nothing and is defeated in a single hit every time.

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