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Created by Rick Dyer, who along with Don Bluth and Cinematronics designed the far more charming Dragon's Lair, Time Traveler is credited as the first hologram video game. In reality, the "hologram" is produced via a laser disc, while the game's visuals are reflected off a parabolic mirror and projected above a flat glass surface, creating the illusion of 3D holographic imagery. This effect looks impressive at first glance, but falls apart upon further examination due primarily to poor production values that include cheap props, poorly costumed characters, cheesy voices and B-grade special effects. Gameplay involves using the joystick and a pair of buttons to direct cowboy Marshall Gram through various periods of time past knights, genies, robots, cavemen and other enemies. Small flashes of light help players decide when to shoot, duck, punch, kick and use the sword. While Time Traveler is technologically original, it is dull, repetitive and short on action. ~ Brett Alan Weiss, All Game Guide