My friend Matt recently said to
me, "I play games for nostalgia. I play Zelda now, because I played Zelda when I was
a kid." Nostalgia is a driving force behind many of the games that get produced
today. With all of the developments in the gaming world the only reason to go back to a
game like Hologram Time Traveler is nostalgia. What was great about this game was the
hologram effect. On the arcade maching it looked as if you could reach out and touch these
little people. It just doesnt work like that on DVD. If youre looking for an
exact recreation of that eighties feeling take a look at Space Ace or Dragons Lair,
which are both available for home DVD use.
You know the story. Its
familiar enough to all of us: Beautiful princess, evil genius, kidnapping, and time
travel. The rest is just detail. The game uses live actors in its Dragons Lair-type
play. There is no real testing of skill. Its more a test of timing. There is no room
for creative decision making. There is one way to work through the levels and any
deviation from that is certain death. The game attempts to inject some variety by
rearranging the order in which the various scenarios appear. But within a few plays you
will have the necessary moves memorized, or you will have given into the sense of apathy
that comes with any overly repetitive task. Hologram Time Traveler is the video game
equivalent of assembly line work.
Hologram Time Traveler attempts to recreate the holographic effect with the use
of 3D glasses. The use of blue and red 3D glasses is at best underwhelming. The game only
comes with one pair, so other people will get a headache if youre comitted to
playing in this mode. You do have the option of playing with the 3D effects turned off
which makes the game even less kitschy, but more accessible to larger groups.
on your standard DVD player works just fine. There is a noticeable lag between hitting the
buttons and seeing the reaction on screen which can be a little distracting. It can also
be a little frustrating if your directional controls and your enter button
overlap on your remote. Trying to execute some of the necessary combinations was virtually
impossible because I needed the use of both hands and I couldnt fit them on the
remote at the same time. The PS2 controller will solve some of these problems nicely.
I was a little shocked to see just how violent this game was. There are
stabbings, burnings, decapitations and all kinds of bodily mutilation. As five-inch
holograms they were just less real, but as 2D characters on my TV screen it was a little
more than I was expecting. Particularly disturbing is when you show up in the middle of a
baseball game and have to duck under a pitch. Then, for no apparent reason, you have to
shoot the pitcher and catcher. In an age where we have to justify our video game violence
this seems indefensible.
included with the game are a few promotional video clips that outline the history of the
game development which are interesting, but the best part of the video clips are the
glimpses into 80s video arcade fashions. It was almost as fun as watching The Wedding
Singer except there was no irony.
is a definite rental title. The lack of replay value and the absence of the holographic
coolness factor combine to make this considerably less than a moving title for your new
PS2 or your old DVD player for that matter. The only thing to recommend it is the price.
You should be able to pick this up for a good deal less than the standard fifty dollar PS2
game. Hologram Time Traveler might take you back a few years to your video arcade days,
but the effect is temporary and youll soon find yourself asking yourself what all
the fuss was about.