The Journeyman Project 3: Legacy of Time

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The Journeyman Project 3:
Legacy of Time
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Developer(s)Presto Studios
Publisher(s)Red Orb Entertainment
Director(s)Tommy Yune
Producer(s)Michel Kripalani
Greg Uhler
Designer(s)Phil Saunders
Programmer(s)Greg Uhler
Roland Gustafsson
Artist(s)Jack H. Davis
Frank Vitale
Shadi Almassizadeh
Writer(s)Eric Dallaire
David Flanagan
SeriesThe Journeyman Project
Platform(s)Windows, Mac OS, Mac OS X
ReleaseFebruary 12, 1998
Genre(s)Adventure game
Mode(s)Single player

The Journeyman Project 3: Legacy of Time is a computer game developed by Presto Studios and is a sequel to The Journeyman Project and The Journeyman Project 2: Buried in Time.

Overview[edit]

This final installment uses a 360° pre-rendered 3D CGI interaction system, similar to QuickTime VR. It featured impressive production values common for the series. It was also one of the first games to also be released on DVD-ROM. It was re-released in 1999 with the Windows versions of The Journeyman Project—Turbo! and Buried in Time as part of a "Trilogy" box set.

Story[edit]

Despite Agent 5's success in the previous games, time travel technology is deemed unsafe and the TSA is forced to close down. However, Agent 3, the culprit from Buried in Time causes a temporal rip and Gage Blackwood must travel back in time to find her, and discovers that aliens had destroyed three ancient Earth civilizations. After finding Agent 3, he learns that a mysterious alien fleet has appeared in Symbiotry space and is heading towards Earth, looking for an ancient alien relic known as the Legacy of Time. Joining once again with his AI buddy Arthur, he must track down the pieces of the Legacy in the mythical cities of Atlantis, Shangri La, and El Dorado.

Development[edit]

The Journeyman Project 3 was developed by a team of 25 people.[1]

Release[edit]

Unlike the other games of the Journeyman Project franchise (which were previously published by Sanctuary Woods) Legacy of Time was published by Red Orb Entertainment in 1998.

The game was released on February 12, 1998 at an estimated price of $49.[2]

Demo[edit]

In October 1997, the Legacy of Time Demo for Mac and Windows was released with Riven, also published by Red Orb Entertainment. It featured the Potter and Olive Oil Vendor's shop in Atlantis, with the objective to create a Golden Medallion which will help the player enter an Atlantean temple in the full game. Once the objective is reached the demo ends. The trailer is also included and states the game would be released in December 1997, the game however was not released until February 1998.

Versions[edit]

In February 1998, Legacy of Time shipped on four CD-ROMs for both Mac and Windows, but later was released on one DVD-ROM which had separate Mac and Windows versions. The Macintosh DVD version released in May 1998, was bundled with Macintosh PowerBooks that had a DVD Drive (the disc could be seen during the introduction of the PowerBook G3 Wallstreet).[3] The Mac version used the same graphics as the CD-ROM version due to the enhanced graphics intended for the DVD version being not ready in time. Later that year in September, the Windows DVD version was released and included the Enhanced Graphics and Movies, as well as MPEG-2 trailers of both Legacy of Time and Riven. Solutions exist to run this version on Mac OS. The Journeyman Project Trilogy Package included the original CD-ROM version. While only the Windows versions of the other two games are included, Legacy of Time included the Mac version.

A Mac OS X version was announced on The Journeyman Project Blog. The project began in secret in February 2008 and was headed by Michel Kripalani, Tommy Yune, and Roland Gustafsson of Presto Studios who were involved in the original development of the game.[4] It was originally planned for release in January 2009, but delayed due to a bug in QuickTime 7.6 which caused cosmetic issues. The bug was fixed in QuickTime 7.6.2. On October 30, it was announced the Mac OS X version would begin shipping in the first week of November. The application is PowerPC only and thus works up to OS X 10.6.

A digital version was released at GOG.com on March 20, 2012.[5]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
PublicationScore
CGW3.5/5 stars[7]
PC Gamer (UK)82%[6]
PC Gamer (US)75%[8]
PC Zone80/100[9]
Next Generation4/5 stars[10]
PC Magazine5/5 stars[11]
Computer Games Strategy Plus5/5 stars[12]
PC GamesC+[13]

By July 1998, Legacy of Time had sold 52,269 copies and earned $2,178,771 in the United States,[14] following its release in February.[2] It was developed on a budget of $1.8 million.[15]

Legacy of Time was a finalist for the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences' 1997 "Adventure Game of the Year" award,[16] which ultimately went to Blade Runner.[17]

In 2011, Adventure Gamers named Legacy of Time the 46th-best adventure game ever released.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "In the Studio". Next Generation. No. 28. Imagine Media. April 1997. p. 19.
  2. ^ a b "The Journey Begins Today as Red Orb Entertainment Releases The Journeyman Project 3: Legacy of Time" (Press release). Novato, California: Red Orb Entertainment. February 12, 1998. Archived from the original on June 10, 1998.
  3. ^ "YouTube - PowerBook G3 Intro". Archived from the original on 2016-02-04. Retrieved 2009-09-02.
  4. ^ "Beyond The Journeyman Project: a conversation with Michel Kripalani, Tommy Yune, Roland Gustafsson". Adventure Classic Gaming. Archived from the original on 2009-11-04. Retrieved 2009-11-01.
  5. ^ "The Journeyman Project 3 at GOG". Presto Studios. 2012-03-20. Archived from the original on 2014-11-07. Retrieved 2013-01-26.
  6. ^ Bickham, Jes. "Gem". PC Gamer UK (53). Archived from the original on June 27, 2002.
  7. ^ Ardai, Charles (February 23, 1998). "The Journeyman Project 3: Legacy of Time". Computer Gaming World. Archived from the original on August 16, 2000.
  8. ^ Sullivan, Keith (April 1998). "The Journeyman Project 3: Legacy of Time". PC Gamer US. Archived from the original on January 17, 2000.
  9. ^ Presley, Paul. "Review; The Journeyman Project 3: Legacy Of Time". PC Zone. Archived from the original on February 22, 2007.
  10. ^ Staff (May 1998). "Rating; The Journeyman Project 3: Legacy of Time" (41): 116.
  11. ^ Dreier, Tony (June 30, 1998). "Back in Time". PC Magazine. 17 (12): 322.
  12. ^ Royal, Tim (February 16, 1998). "Journeyman Project 3: Legacy of Time". Computer Games Strategy Plus. Archived from the original on May 23, 2003.
  13. ^ Brenesal, Barry (January 9, 1998). "Journeyman Project 3: Legacy of Time". PC Games. Archived from the original on August 28, 1999.
  14. ^ Staff (November 1998). "Letters; Mys-Adventures". Computer Gaming World (172): 34.
  15. ^ Stephens, AnnaMaria (May 2009). "Features; Journeyman". @UCSD. 6 (2). Archived from the original on June 13, 2010.
  16. ^ "The Award; Award Updates". Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences. Archived from the original on June 15, 1998.
  17. ^ "The Award; Award Updates". Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences. Archived from the original on June 15, 1998.
  18. ^ AG Staff (December 30, 2011). "Top 100 All-Time Adventure Games". Adventure Gamers. Archived from the original on June 4, 2012.

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