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Knight Tyme (1986)            

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(Anonymous) (Crash!)   14th Dec 2008 08:33
And so the saga of the Magic Knight continues, with David Jones' follow-up to Finders Keepers and Spellbound.

Knight Tyme picks up where Spellbound left off. Having released the wizard Gimbal from a nasty predicament at the end of Spellbound, Magic Knight is free to potter back to 13th Century England and the comforts of home. However, MK is understandably exhausted after his ordeals and his mental concentration is flagging somewhat. In an off moment he miscasts the spell to take him home, and lo and behold, he finds himself transported not to Mediaeval England as he had expected, but onto the deck of an intergalactic star cruiser in the 25th Century.

The culture shock alone should have been enough to finish off poor old Magic Knight once and for all. He's a resilient fellow, mind, and he has the good fortune to be presented with a Datacube once he arrives on the space ship which helps him to acclimatise to the newfound surroundings. Datacube or no Datacube, Magic Knight is singularly unimpressed with life on a sophisticated starcruiser and longs for the comforts of home - the odd bout of bubonic plague, rusty armour in the winter and being hungry all the time. He's understandably anxious to find his way off the Starship USS Pisces.

This is not a simple task. He must find all the pieces of a time machine so he can assemble it and travel to his own time. The Paradox Police are waiting thirty days into MK's future, so there's a time limit in the game - if our tin suited hero doesn't locate the Tyme Guardians and get back into the past quickly enough, he'll end up in clink. Five Eyed Jack, king of the Space Pirates must also be avoided according to the inlay - he's a really nasty piece of work. A close watch must also be kept on Magic Knight's energy and happiness levels, for if they fall too low, he expires.

The first roblem to be solved involves getting the human crew members to acknowledge your existence. Officially, Magic Knight is a stow-away, so in order to ingratiate himself with the crew of the USS Pisces he must somehow obtain an identification card - they're only prepared to hear the voice of officialdom. The droid members of the crew and Derby 4 - the Transputer - aren't quite as snobby as the human contingent. If you ask them nicely they may even help you get the ID card... This isn't much use on its own, as it is blank. MK must find a camera and some film and by being creepy to the robots on board, he has to arrange to have his photo taken, and then add the snapshot to the ID card which then confers an 'authentic' identification to the wearer. Once this is done Magic Knight can start giving orders to the crew members and begin bossing them about - very satisfying after their early rudeness. When the pilot has been provided with the appropriate equipment, Magic Knight can order him to drive round the galaxy - and a neat space-flight sequence pops onto the Bridge viewscreen during flight.

The player interfaces with the game via an improved version of the user friendly window/menu system that was christened Windowmation in Spellbound. Using either the joystick or keyboard, commands are given by selecting options from a series of nested menus that window onto the screen. A wide range of activities is catered for, including examining objects and characters in the game, giving orders, reading things, calling up status reports and so on. New options appear on the main menu as the game progresses and problems are solved.

The crew of the USS Pisces is an untidy mob - objects litter the decks. Some of these are helpful when it comes to solving the problems buried in the game, while others can be used to barter with the crew of the starcruiser. Magic Knight must somehow locate the mythical Tyme Guardians if he can and, if indeed they even exist, they'll supply him with his ticket home.

Sixteen separate characters can be found in the game, and there are nearly fifty locations for the USS Pisces to visit. Not all the planets are explorable, but the habitable ones are accessible via the transporter - onc

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There are no cheats on file for this title.David Jones writes: Knight-Tyme was a release title for the 128K Spectrum. Most other release titles were upgraded 48K games, but Knight-Tyme had been written for the 128K Spectrum as a new title. I deliberately wrote it for the 128K first for two main reasons :- 1. Because I'd been given a 128K Spectrum to play with and was keen to make use of the new features 2. I realised that I'd make a better game by not being memory restricted and that I could then do a cut down version for the 48K Spectrum where I'd try and keep most, if not all, of the 'good' bits While I didn't need all of the available memory, I made sure I used most of it. In fact, I used a whole 16K page for a screen saying 'FLASH' that I paged in when a photo was taken with the camera. I could have compressed that, but I saved all that space by not having the 'effect' in the 48K version


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