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

Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 24
  2. Negative: 3 out of 24
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  1. 83
    It was fun to play, had some great production values, and sported a contemporary anime vibe.
  2. 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.
  3. Whatever the root cause, the story is solid on the whole, and these few foggy moments didn't detract from my overall enjoyment.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Nintendo Power
    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]
  10. Time Hollow is a refreshingly different action/adventure game for the DS, and one that's quite worthy of your attention.
  11. Nintendo Gamer
    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]
  12. Games Master UK
    Everyone loves a nice time paradox, but we'd like more freedom. [Christmas 2008, p.84]
  13. 70
    Time Hollow is a terrific premise that I would love to see explored further in sequels.
  14. Official Nintendo Magazine UK
    A very clever concept broken by a game that's so linear, you could use it as a ruler. [Feb 2009, p.82]
  15. 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.
  16. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Entirely a typical adventure game with attractive time shifting. Strong story can fill parts of the game which are somehow …hollow. [Nov 2008]
  17. Edge Magazine
    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. 58
    Time Hollow may be light on gameplay, but the story's competent enough for fans of point-and-tap adventures.
  19. There's a cool time-bending story to this adventure, but the simplistic gameplay saps much of the fun.
  20. 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.
  21. games(TM)
    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]
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. The spiritual sequel to Shadow Of Memories has the same time travelling intrigue but less gameplay.

Awards & Rankings

#33 Most Discussed DS Game of 2008
#52 Most Shared DS Game of 2008
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 28 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 28
  2. Negative: 3 out of 28
  1. May 26, 2016
    I was checking old games until I noticed this old one in the closest: I didn't play it for over 8 years now! Out of curiosity I replayed theI was checking old games until I noticed this old one in the closest: I didn't play it for over 8 years now! Out of curiosity I replayed the whole game, despite remembering being quite disappointed. And I can't say I'm still that impressed.

    The game's story is good but it has hiccups, especially when trying to explain itself. The character is a bore, barely feeling impressed or anything, while the other characters are also quite forgettable. Unfortunately the best characters are Derek and Kori, since a lot of the game is around them. Not even the villain is remarkable.. It's also extremely short: I clocked in less than 4 hours.

    Still, it's alright for itself: give it a try if you find a copy.
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  2. Jun 9, 2020
    Such bland characters, stories with full of loopholes and underwhelming villain.
  3. 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 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 »