Time Crystal

Sachs Enterprise

Status: Preview, Findability: 2/5

Its not often we get a new game to add to the archive which is from way back in 1985…

As you can see, the game’s graphics are gorgeous, and way ahead of their time for a C64…. now I could imagine the graphic rating of this being around 100% in Zzap 64…. :)….

Some really lovely animations in the preview, with a really nice intro with some eery music to go with it. Its kinda like a Paul Norman game, with nice graphics.

Its a very small preview…. and it seems to be very bugged…. and when you die, you cannot restart (or can you?)… but all in all, it looked very promising.

The game was started by Jim Sachs and never finished. As you will see from the demo, he did excellent graphics work, but he quickly left the C64 for the Amiga. Apparently he went on to work at Cinemaware.

The game never progressed further than the preview here, basically Jim tells GTW that piracy in the C64 market made him realize that it wasn’t worth finishing the project.

Hopefully Jim will shed some light some day on his old production… Now Jim is famous for producing some brilliant Fish Tank simulators. A recent interview was also done with Jim which you can find here and talks about the title.

It seems that Jim took the game over to the NES later on to try and finish it off in tandem with release of the Powerglove (which died a death early on).  Sadly that never got finished either, but you can see a glimpse here (which many believe is an Amiga mockup anyway) … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BaPjEAGkA_Y

Case closed, this is it with Time Crystal…

Contributions: Bayban, Jim Sachs, Daniel Melendez

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Update history

27/09/15 – Notes on NES edition of game being in the pipeline

2 Responses to Time Crystal

  1. A few years ago, when after doing some “detective” work I found a video on youtube with the Time Crystal Power Glove mockup, I believed to be in possession of a big secret, that I intended to reveal only to a select few.
    Now you spoiled my secret 🙂
    I have a copy of an interview Jim Sachs gave to a magazine where he confirms that it is just an Amiga mockup, and does not run on Nintendo hardware at all.

  2. I personally found this argument very interesting because of the “nes part” of the story.as I am a nes collector from Italy.
    If you are interested in the “demo” that is called Terror of Tech Town for the Power Glove you can check the video taken from my mattel tape (it shows only a few seconds of what Mr. Sachs had in mind) and was only a demo, not playable at all. Skip to 2:17.
    Time Crystal project was amazing and as a nes collector is really great to own a piece of c64 and mr. Sachs legacy 😉


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