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Time Traveler
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
System(s): Custom Sega LaserDisc hardware
Release Date RRP Code
Arcade
JP
1991 ¥?  ?
Arcade
US
1991 $?  ?


Time Traveler is an arcade action game designed by Dragon's Lair creator Rick Dyer and his company, Virtual Image Productions. It was released by Sega in 1991, seven years after their previous LaserDisc-based arcade game, GP World. In Brazil, the first few copies were imported around December 1991[1].

Time Traveler is notable for being the first "holographic video game", caused by an optical illusion involving a CRT television set and a large curved mirror. It causes the characters to appear free-standing on a semicircular black platform (dubbed the "micro theatre"). Like most laserdisc games, the controls are somewhat basic, creating a game that is little more than glorified quick-time events.

Though Time Traveler was very successful in 1991, it did not revolutionise the arcade industry and very few other holographic games wre created. The only other Sega arcade game to use this type of display is Holosseum, which was produced mainly to replace faulty Time Traveler units.

In 2001 Time Traveler was released on DVD by Digital Leisure. The 3D effect here is created by using 3D anaglyph glasses (provided with the DVD) and the game is controlled using a standard DVD remote.

Gallery

Magazine articles

Main article: Time Traveler/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
49 №119, p114-115[2]
Arcade
49
Based on
1 review

US
TimeTraveler Arcade US Manual.pdf
Manual

References

  1. File:Supergame BR 05.pdf, page 44
  2. File:CVG UK 119.pdf, page 114