Timothy used to live a happy and peaceful life with his friends on their quiet, beautiful island. Until an evil Prince showed up and captured Basil, the butterfly. Now Timothy has to find his Kingdom of Darkness and rescue the friend. It won’t be easy, because in order to reach his destination, our hero needs to complete scattered pieces of the Magic Portal first. The quest begins now…
Timothy is a game targeted at a young audience. It’s a blend of storytelling and many diversified mini-games (action, logic, education, puzzle, etc.) which easily bring fun to kids as well as their parents. The product contains no aggression scenes and is designed to develop young minds while playing.
There are about 16 mini-games in Timothy. To play them you have to visit the people living on the island and talk to them. The games usually represent their professions and are very varied in style. Here’s a few of them:
Lawnmower ride (action!) - Fasten your seatbelts for we’re going for a crazy ride. Gardener asked you to drive his lawnmower and help him clean his place. The only trouble is that once you take a seat, the machine is not going to stop! And boy, it is fast! So drive hard but be careful and try not to cut any flowers and avoid stones which can hurt your machine.
Falling comets (action!) - Get on another wicked machine and catch yourself some comets and falling stars. When they fly by, move your vehicle to a proper position and release a cosmic net. The net is rather slow so you have to shoot in advance, predicting where the comet will be.
Xylophone (education) - Play your very own melodies on this special xylophone. If you want to learn a song, choose one of the available and follow the tutor. When you are ready, you can start playing music using your computer keyboard, instead of a mouse, for much better possibilities. You can even play chords this way!
Happy painting (education) - Use your skills and create artistic paintings - start from scratch or use black & white sketches and color them.
Train guide (logic and puzzles) - Who doesn’t like playing with little trains? You have a big track, with junctions and terminuses under control here. The goal is to help the train to reach it’s target station. To do it, you have to operate track switches, so this little locomotive follows in a desired direction. When you reach the station, next screen appears, with more complicated and challenging track.
Connect the dots (logic and puzzles) - In this game dots are stars, and you have to connect them into fantasy constellations. If you do this correctly, a full-sized picture of the constellation appears. Every star has it’s number, which can be spoken to help those who have troubles reading and you can even get help about which number should come next. It’s a great, play-and-learn experience!
Playing this game, you will have to travel through its micro-universe visiting various people. Everyone has a different profession, so you will meet many diversified characters. Each one of them has a story to be told, mini-games to play and parts of Magic Portal to share with you.
Here’s a few of them:
Fireman - A tall and strong man, with calm face and vigilant eyes. He’s very strict about discipline and order, which may seem a little harsh at first, but soon you discover that that’s exactly why we can sleep safely and trust our lives to such people.
Magician -A man of performance and he loves to be admired. He’s a perfectionist and trains every day to improve his skills, which really pays off because he’s very good at magic tricks now.
Plumber - Always walks around with his bag, filled with various tools. He has everything in there: from smallest pins to big wrenches. He always seems to be busy tightening screws or doing something else. If you have problems with pipes at your house - that’s the man to ask for help.
Musician - A very talented and skilled person. He can play almost every instrument and listening to him is a hearth-soothing experience. However he seems a little sad lately. That’s because he find it impossible to play all those instruments at once only by himself and he can’t find a group of talented artists to accompany him either.
Stationmaster - An old man with a great smile. There was a time when he was a very important person, managing all the trains coming through the station, but now this place is rather deserted. Stationmaster believes that days of glory will come back and until then he keeps telling stories about the old times.
Gardener - Gardener is a kindhearted old man, filled with love for nature. He gets up at sunset and works in his garden, taking care of plants, vegetables and animals. This contact with nature is what puts a smile on his face.
There are dozens of locations in the game for you to explore. Everything is presented in beatuiful, 3D rendered art. And there’s a lot to see: you will visit the inside of a strange house of the Alchemist, a sunny atelier of the Painter, you will stand at the crossroads in the woods and even visit an observatory in the night. What an adventure!
Very important feature of this game, is that the backgrounds themselves are “alive”. You can play with them, clicking the mouse on different areas of the picture. With that, you’ll reveal cute and funny animations, sounds and songs. For example clicking on a lamp makes it swing, clicked flowers smile to you, and a face appears in a window when you click it. While these animations have no real influence on the game flow, they give a lot of joy, especially to the youngest players.
Here’s a few of the locations you’ll be exploring;