|Japanese name:||TIME HOLLOW 奪われた過去を求めて|
|Rōmaji:||Taimu Horō: Ubawareta Kako o Motomete|
|Released:|| March 19, 2008|
September 23, 2008
Ferbruary 6, 2009
|Genre:||Adventure, Visual novel|
|Ratings:||JP: CERO B (12+)|
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Time Hollow (TIME HOLLOW 奪われた過去を求めて Taimu Horou Ubawareta Kako o Motomete, lit. Time Hollow: Search for the Stolen Past) is a Japanese-style adventure video game developed by Tenky and published by Konami for the Nintendo DS video game console. The game was released in Japan on March 19, 2008, North America on September 23, 2008, and Europe on February 6, 2009.
Time Hollow follows the story of Ethan Kairos, whose parents, Timothy and Pamela Kairos, mysteriously disappear on his 17th birthday. Ethan realizes that the entire world has changed as if his parents had disappeared 12 years ago. Ethan then finds a note tied to his cat's collar telling him to look in a dumpster behind his school and he finds a Hollow Pen, an uncanny object with the unique power to open time portals, known as "Holes", to the past, as well as a note from his parents. Ethan uses the pen to solve problems that suddenly and mysteriously occur, thus changing the present, though he himself is able to remember these past parallel universe. He also meets a girl, Kori Twelves, who seems to share Ethan's displacement from time. Eventually, Ethan comes to realize that the past is being manipulated by another Hollow Pen wielder, Irving Onegin, as revenge for the fact that Ethan supposedly killed his mother. After a final confrontation, Irving steps through his own portal, taking the identity of Ethan's teacher in order to exact his plan. After thwarting a series of determined attempts to murder his friends by Irving, he saves his parents from a restaurant explosion that caused their disappearance. He confronts Irving again, causing him to fall off a cliff. Ethan realizes that Irving's mother committed suicide using her own Hollow Pen out of guilt for the fact that she could not prevent her son from killing Kori. Ethan's uncle volunteers to save Kori after Irving attempts to murder, preventing Irving from ever causing the events of the game. At the end of the game, Ethan sends the pen and note back to his past self to prevent a time paradox.
Time Hollow is a graphic adventure game, in which the player controls protagonist Ethan Kairos as he attempts to find his missing parents. Using the "Hollow Pen", he is able to open circular portals into the past after he has experienced a "flashback" of a certain location. By opening portals into different areas, he is able to recover or place items and people, as well as observe the past. Although time stops while a portal is open, certain characters are able to interact with Ethan. The player must draw these portals with the stylus, and if once the portal is closed, a certain amount of "Time" is lost, equivalent to HP. Portions of Time equivalent to one portal, called "Chrons", can be recovered by finding Ethan's cat, Sox, in the game world. The game is supplemented by animated cut scenes showing important events and flashbacks. Backgrounds are static, and layered to provide a 3D perspective effect when they are moved from side to side
Time Hollow received mostly lukewarm reviews from critics, garnering an aggregated score of 65% on Metacritic. Gamespot praised its "great concept" and "vivid artwork", but thought that the gameplay was "overly simple" and "restrictively linear," with "very little for you to figure out for yourself." IGN commended the plot, but complained that "only a handful of characters are interesting enough to care about."
- All of the characters' surnames, save for the Kairos family's, utilize the hours of a clock (one, two, three etc). This is also true for the Japanese version of the game, where the Japanese pronunciation of the numbers one through twelve are used.