Kind of like Forrest Gump on CD-ROM, Mario’s Time Machine Deluxe lets a kid play a role in great historical events. Life is like a box of chocolates when you find Louis Pasteur’s laboratory flask and help him save a child — part of a romp to meet 24 history makers, from Shakespeare to Galileo (and the people around them), in a game that wants you to interact with antiquity. Don’t feel like interacting? Go to the library screen and click on, say, Abraham Lincoln’s spectacles for a concise spiel about the 16th President. As much fun as the game can be, its graphics are incessantly ho-hum, and much of what the producers have the audacity to call music is downright annoying. B-
Posted November 11 1994 — 12:00 AM EST
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