• Publisher: Konami
  • Release Date: Sep 23, 2008

Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 24
  2. Negative: 3 out of 24
  1. While Time Hollow doesn't necessarily bring a ton of new ideas to the adventure genre, it does provide a satisfying, if somewhat short, experience for fans of investigative gameplay and time travel story lines.
  2. Time Hollow is a refreshingly different action/adventure game for the DS, and one that's quite worthy of your attention.
  3. The problem with the game is that it really isn’t a game at all. We’re not just saying it’s too linear – what little (very little) gameplay you’ll find smattered throughout is completely spoon-fed to you.
  4. The spiritual sequel to Shadow Of Memories has the same time travelling intrigue but less gameplay.
  5. 83
    It was fun to play, had some great production values, and sported a contemporary anime vibe.
  6. Time Hollow offers an enticing story, cool cinematics, and a nice soundtrack. It's possible some players will be bored after a while, especially with things constantly changing back and forth. Others might be left wanting for more, especially because there's only one game mode available. However, this is a quality title that some of you should explore.
  7. 75
    The story was good enough to keep me playing through to the end to see what happens next, and told well enough so that I actually cared what happened to the characters.
  8. If you enjoy story-based adventure games, you will really enjoy Time Hollow. There are plenty of twists and surprises along the way that you will want to see how it ends. The game is relatively easy but the hand-holding will disappoint the older crowd who will look for a challenge.
  9. 70
    Time Hollow is a terrific premise that I would love to see explored further in sequels.
  10. Thankfully, the satisfaction you feel when the pieces start falling into place makes it worth the effort – providing you don’t expect any real action out of the gameplay.
  11. There's a cool time-bending story to this adventure, but the simplistic gameplay saps much of the fun.
  12. Whatever the root cause, the story is solid on the whole, and these few foggy moments didn't detract from my overall enjoyment.
  13. 40
    It's a missed opportunity, because we like the story as well as the sharp and colorful graphics, but hunting for clues had us falling asleep.
  14. The best way to think of Time Hollow is to enjoy it as interactive storytelling. If you’re comfortable with that, you’ll probably have a great time with the game, as I did.
  15. 58
    Time Hollow may be light on gameplay, but the story's competent enough for fans of point-and-tap adventures.
  16. It truly is the story which carries Time Hollow. The gameplay itself is shallow, overly repetitive, and offers no challenge that a six year old couldn’t overcome.
  17. While Time Hollow fills a Phoenix Wright-shaped hole in our lives, we do prefer our chaos theory a little less tidy. [Apr 2009, p.123]
  18. Entirely a typical adventure game with attractive time shifting. Strong story can fill parts of the game which are somehow …hollow. [Nov 2008]
  19. There is very little challenge. And even when you do start ‘digging’ into the past with the Hollow Pen, this involves simply drawing a circle with the stylus and carrying out an obvious action. [Christmas 2008, p.116]
  20. With the ability to alter the past literally at your fingertips, you should be able to solve problems in a myriad of ways, yet the game's mostly linear storytelling rarely lets you use your powers creatively. [Nov 2008, p.102]
  21. Everyone loves a nice time paradox, but we'd like more freedom. [Christmas 2008, p.84]
  22. If Phoenix Wright is a TV season boxset, Time Hollow is an HBO miniseries. It all feels quite minor, but it's certainly intriguing while it lasts. [Dec 2008, p.74]
  23. A very clever concept broken by a game that's so linear, you could use it as a ruler. [Feb 2009, p.82]
  24. Time Hollow clings to mediocrity until the last hollow pen hole, and I can guarantee you won’t be compelled to ever pick it up again upon finishing it.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. ChrisD
    Sep 22, 2009
    I really enjoyed this game, despite the lack of challenge. It was refreshing and relaxing but what you could do was surprisingly narrow in scope to what it had the potential for. Full Review »
  2. Cynthia
    May 10, 2009
    I love it! It was fun to play, beautiful anime style, the soundtrack is awesome, and I wasn't bored at all! If you play adventure games, like the Phoenix Wright: Ace attorney-series, Hotel Dusk: Room 215 and games like that, you MUST play this game too! And the video at the beginning is just awesome. Full Review »
  3. NekoCat
    Nov 8, 2008
    Short, but sweet. It was an absolute pleasure to play and had a great story. As some of the reviewers have said, this isn't really breaking any new ground in either play mechanics or sci-fi, but the wonderful characters, dialog, and plot more than make up for it. Think of it as an interactive short-story that will leave you wanting more. Full Review »