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Added to the lair: 8/5/18

Genre: Point-And-Click Adventure / 3rd person

Developer: Dreamforge Entertainment

Year: 1995

Platform: DOS

Emulator: DOSBox 0.74

Wikipedia: Chronomaster

Chronomaster

Time stands still! Thousands of lives are at stake!

Chronomaster's an interesting point and click adventure that unfortunately flew under the radar. It has some neat ideas and creative sci fi concepts that are sure to please genre fans. It has a fair amount of the typical item-combination and exploration elements that you'd expect for games of this ilk, but the writing, voice acting, and creativity on display elevate it above some of its more mundane peers.

It features some famous voice talent, including Ron Perlman as the voice of Rene Korda, the protagonist, and Brent Spiner as Milo. The voice acting is actually quite good overall; there's a certain amount of camp to it, but performances come across as fairly natural. Some of the less important characters admittedly don't fare nearly as well, but the main cast is excellent.

Visually it's a bit of a mixed bag - there are times where it can look quite impressive, and others where time has been quite harsh - primarily in terms of various pre-rendered elements that might have been impressive in 1995 but have the tendency to look a bit lifeless today. The actual design is diverse and interesting enough that you can look past this, but there are moments where it  certainly shows its age.

If you're a fan of point-and-click adventure and science fiction, Chronomaster's definitely worth checking out. It's not a masterpiece, but it's certainly worthy of your time and deserves better than to remain buried in obscurity.