Time Traveler

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Time Traveler
System(s): Custom Sega LaserDisc hardware
Publisher: Sega
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Time Traveler (タイムトラベラー) 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[2].

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.

Over 1,000 actors auditioned to take part[3]. Princess Kyi-La is played by LeAnne McVicker, an aerobics instructor from Los Angeles[3].

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.


Magazine articles

Main article: Time Traveler/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Press coverage on KCAL-TV channel news (formerly California 9), circa 1991

TimeTraveler LaserDisc US Flyer.pdf

US flyer
TimeTraveler Arcade JP Flyer.jpg
JP Flyer

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Physical scans

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Time Traveler

TimeTraveler Arcade US Manual.pdf