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The Time Tribe (PC) Review

 
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Formats: PC
 
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Final Score
8.0
8/ 10


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A richly detailed game that blends history and adventure.

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To get the best experience, you'll want to drop some dime.


Final Fiendish Findings?

The Time Tribe is a great example of what free to play can be. While you definitely get the best experience by opting for a subscription, you can explore this richly detailed game without it. For parents, letting kids try out a game before putting any money into it should alleviate concerns that it’s a game that won’t ever be played. Even better, The Time Tribe has a way of presenting history that is much more engaging than looking at a textbook.

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Posted April 14, 2013 by

 
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The Time Tribe is a new point and click adventure that’s free to play in your browser. With an intriguing storyline and a kid friendly vibe, does it have what it takes to become your family’s new obsession?

As you begin The Time Tribe, you are immediately immersed in a mystery. For children have been gathered together in a mysterious mansion called The Keep. Drawn there by their absent guardian, Lewis, Kate, Will, and Iris will soon learn that they are part of a secret, time traveling group, and that they may be the only ones who can save it. Different as they are, each one has their own abilities that will be invaluable as they uncover more and more of the mystery surrounding them.

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The Time Tribe is your classic, old school point and click adventure. Geared toward the eight to twelve year old age range, it blends exploration and puzzle solving with a ton of real historical information, all in a free to play format. The layout and gameplay is pretty standard for a point and click game. You wander around, examining absolutely everything in the hopes of finding what you need to advance in the story, playing a variety of mini games, and completing quests for just about every character you come across.

The story itself is mostly presented in cool comic book style cutscenes that are very well drawn. In fact, all of the graphics in The Time Tribe are very impressive – both colorful and very detailed, making it a joy to explore. You’ll play as all four of the children, with the ability to switch between them being earned early in the game. You can converse with all of the NPC’s in the game, making choices about how you want to approach each conversation. Although most of these conversations are voice acted, players will need a decent level of reading skill to make choices between different responses.

Of course, The Keep has a gift shop loaded with all sorts of things to buy. You are given a special chamber in the mansion that you can decorate in any way you like, and the gift shop gives gamers the chance to unleash their inner interior designer. From wallpapers and flooring to furniture and artifacts, customizing this personal space is sure to be an obsession for kids. Even better, the gift shop even gives players the option to donate to two worthy charities: The World Leadership Foundation and The Harry Potter Alliance. It’s a cool addition that makes it easy for gamers to give back.

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Since it’s browser based, The Time Tribe should be able to play on any computer without compatibility issues, and since it utilizes cloud saving, you can play from where you left off no matter what machine you happen to be using at the time. While you can play without spending any money, it works on a freemium model, meaning you’ll get the most out of the game if you add some cash or go for one of the monthly subscription models. Whichever way you decide, having the option to really try the game before dropping any cash is always welcome.

The biggest drawback to the freemium model used here is that you need chronos in order to accept certain quests and perform various actions, and you’ll quickly run out of these, meaning you won’t always be able to play the way you want to. However, The Time Tribe is truly a quality game that rather quickly sucks you into the story (you genuinely want to figure out what the heck is going on with these kids, and why they have been brought together, right from the moment you start the game). It is a rich and detailed game that may well prove to be worth the cost of a subscription, and is certainly worth trying out for free, if only to show your kids the types of games you grew up with.

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The Time Tribe is a great example of what free to play can be. While you definitely get the best experience by opting for a subscription, you can explore this richly detailed game without it. For parents, letting kids try out a game before putting any money into it should alleviate concerns that it’s a game that won’t ever be played. Even better, The Time Tribe has a way of presenting history that is much more engaging than looking at a textbook.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)