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Title: Dr. Lutz and the Time Travel Machine
Post by: Art on 12 Apr 2007, 20:33
Are you ready to find out what happened to the dinosaurs and their extinction?

Then join Dr. Abraham Lutz in his attempt to reach that long passed Jurassic Age using one of his inventions:The time travel machine.

Our Doctor is desperately trying to prove his own theories about why the big reptiles vanished from Earth 65 million years ago and at the same time, make a fool of one of his paleontologists colleagues. And the only way to do that is going to the Jurassic and checking by himself.

Of course, getting there wont be that easy as he thought. Honouring the lasting tradition of adventure games, our old Doctor is going to need a lot of help to bring his journey to a good end.

The story will take place in different spaces and times and will grab a laugh from you here and then (well, that is what I hope) given that the Doctor has a penchant for a cynical humour.

Screenshots
(http://www.gregjazz.com/upload/lutz1.jpg)

(http://www.gregjazz.com/upload/lutz2.jpg)

Download Installer

http://www.herculeaneffort.com/downloads/DrLutzTimeTravelMachine.exe

Enjoy!
Title: Re: Dr. Lutz and the Time Travel Machine
Post by: Jon on 12 Apr 2007, 21:18
I really like the graphics! Looks like a lot of fun, downloading now.
Title: Re: Dr. Lutz and the Time Travel Machine
Post by: ManicMatt on 12 Apr 2007, 23:01
SWEET ALABAMA PIE!

I can't play it just now though, rest assured I will though!
Title: Re: Dr. Lutz and the Time Travel Machine
Post by: TassieDevil on 12 Apr 2007, 23:02
Please note the page says that the size is 126MB, but it is only 12.6MB :)

I got worried, but I gave it go anyway. Now I am going to have a look at the game!

EDIT!!!! I was worried about 126MB, not 12.6MB; I got that under a minute !!!END-EDIT  :o
Title: Re: Dr. Lutz and the Time Travel Machine
Post by: Fleshstalker on 12 Apr 2007, 23:42
I love the graphic style in this. Can't wait till I download it later on after most people have reported any bugs. I'd really like to download it now, but this would take me about an hour and a half. I hate my modem.  :(
Title: Re: Dr. Lutz and the Time Travel Machine
Post by: Nikolas on 12 Apr 2007, 23:49
For 12.6 Mb????

Dial up is around 5-8 Kb per sec. That would be 50-80 per 10 secs and 0.3-0.5 MB per minute
you could download it in 15 minutes tops, unless mistaken of course, since Idon't know your modem...

I have downloaded it and will play it when I find time... :-/
Title: Re: Dr. Lutz and the Time Travel Machine
Post by: Fleshstalker on 12 Apr 2007, 23:59
All I ever get is 2.5 - 3kbps. I wished I could get 5-8. I get about 8-9MB an hour.
Title: Re: Dr. Lutz and the Time Travel Machine
Post by: kehax on 13 Apr 2007, 09:41
Nice  :D

When will the english version be released?
Title: Re: Dr. Lutz and the Time Travel Machine
Post by: fentongames on 13 Apr 2007, 10:19
When will the english version be released?

It is released. Just run the game under the Default translation setting.

I've been waiting for this game for a while. I really like the idea of Time Travel (which is what my own WIP game is about) and I'm looking forward to playing further! I really like the graphic style. :) Geoffkhan did the music didn't he?
Title: Re: Dr. Lutz and the Time Travel Machine
Post by: Buckethead on 13 Apr 2007, 12:32
I remember seeing this in the production forums. So glad it's not abonned! I'll play it soon!
Title: Re: Dr. Lutz and the Time Travel Machine
Post by: Shane 'ProgZmax' Stevens on 13 Apr 2007, 17:06
This is a really cute and very stylish game you've put together.  I'm curious though, is the music original or borrowed from something else, because it's catchy!
Title: Re: Dr. Lutz and the Time Travel Machine
Post by: Gregjazz on 13 Apr 2007, 18:55
Yup, I did the music. :)

And yes, there is an English version, I guess the default in the setup is the Italian translation.
Title: Re: Dr. Lutz and the Time Travel Machine
Post by: Shane 'ProgZmax' Stevens on 13 Apr 2007, 19:07
Very nice stuff, Geoff!
Title: Re: Dr. Lutz and the Time Travel Machine
Post by: Dan_N on 13 Apr 2007, 19:22
Err.... don't you think you used a bit more smileys than is humanly, and that your post is just a tinsy bit off-topic?
Title: Re: Dr. Lutz and the Time Travel Machine
Post by: Jon on 13 Apr 2007, 19:25
when out
 :) ;) :D ;D >:( :( :o  and so on

If you read the first post you will see that the game is completed, which is why it is in the 'Completed Game Announcements' board :). There is a link at the top of the page.
Title: Re: Dr. Lutz and the Time Travel Machine
Post by: Da_Elf on 13 Apr 2007, 19:33
hey Pijin Pastrana. really cool game, the graphical style was a little weird at first without the outlines around characters or objects or anything to really define them but it was cool none the less
Title: Re: Dr. Lutz and the Time Travel Machine
Post by: Jon on 13 Apr 2007, 19:34
What are you talking about?
You silly  := :'( :P 8)

What are you talking about? Please stop posting immaturely, like you have on all the other boards. Remember the minimum age is 16, if your not that age please post maturely or don't.
Title: Re: Dr. Lutz and the Time Travel Machine
Post by: Joyce on 13 Apr 2007, 20:50
Very good game, I just wished it was longer. Loved the humour!!

Bug? When I went back up to the kids room it said he returned the playing card but it was still in inventory.
Title: Re: Dr. Lutz and the Time Travel Machine
Post by: Jon on 13 Apr 2007, 21:00
I thought the game was very good as well, but I thought that it could have been longer - the ending was quite abrupt.
Title: Re: Dr. Lutz and the Time Travel Machine
Post by: joelphilippage on 13 Apr 2007, 22:45
I just finished it. Really fun game. The graphics were really good. I didn't like the ending though. Too sad. I guess my mags game had the mouse getting eaten by Cedric too.
Title: Re: Dr. Lutz and the Time Travel Machine
Post by: Sythe on 14 Apr 2007, 04:15
Some definate DOTT influence here :)

Time machine, diamond, getting stuck in the past. Crazy inventor, even the art style.

Perhaps not as orginal as it could have been, but not bad.
Title: Re: Dr. Lutz and the Time Travel Machine
Post by: Rosie on 14 Apr 2007, 05:05
Thank you so much for that very entertaining game..... Very well done and just enough puzzles to not go too crazy......... Clean and a good story line....... Thank you again, Look forward to more from you.........
Title: Re: Dr. Lutz and the Time Travel Machine
Post by: Joneleth on 14 Apr 2007, 21:26
Good game, though I didn't like the ending. :)
Title: Re: Dr. Lutz and the Time Travel Machine
Post by: Michael Beck on 15 Apr 2007, 02:12
I agree -- good game, bad ending.  After going through the puzzles players want a reward, not a letdown.

May I suggest he discovers it is due to climate change, and doesn't reveal to anyone that he's invented a time machine to avoid giving Gunnarson a victory?
Title: Re: Dr. Lutz and the Time Travel Machine
Post by: Mats Berglinn on 15 Apr 2007, 12:33
Like the game but I agree about the ending.
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I don't like tradic endings.


Sorry Geoff, was a bit too upset to think.

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I really like that Toby from Robotragedy 1 and 2 made a funny cameo in the future.
Title: Re: Dr. Lutz and the Time Travel Machine
Post by: Gregjazz on 15 Apr 2007, 20:27
Maybe you could put any talk about the ending in spoiler text, please? ;)
Title: Re: Dr. Lutz and the Time Travel Machine
Post by: Shane 'ProgZmax' Stevens on 15 Apr 2007, 23:07
I think the ending was just fine.  Great job all around!
Title: Re: Dr. Lutz and the Time Travel Machine
Post by: Zaidyer on 16 Apr 2007, 03:16
This is a fun, short game. The ending was not entirely unexpected, but I liked it. The music is especially good and really breathes life into the game, too.
Title: Re: Dr. Lutz and the Time Travel Machine
Post by: bury on 16 Apr 2007, 18:11
Very nice graphics, love the music. The story I have yet to fully peruse, but the game seems very promising in this aspect. One flaw I have noticed that draws heavily from the game's enjoyment, the English translation. Even though normally the translation would fit the game very well, the simplified English seemed just plain silly in the mouth of an eccentric professor, after all he should use high-brow vocabulary and sublime structures as the representative of the inteligentsia. You really should get someone more skilled to do the translation. But all in all, a fine game, keep up the great work!
Title: Re: Dr. Lutz and the Time Travel Machine
Post by: Dan_N on 16 Apr 2007, 18:31
I am playing this now, and I'm having great fun with it, more critique when I finish it :).
Title: Re: Dr. Lutz and the Time Travel Machine
Post by: Drawken on 16 Apr 2007, 18:35
Great work. I really enjoyed your game.
I especially like the art style.
The trunk combination graphics and animated windows were nice touches.
I also liked it because it's one of the few games I didn't need any hints.
Hope to see more from you in the future.
Title: Re: Dr. Lutz and the Time Travel Machine
Post by: Canardo on 19 Apr 2007, 20:19
Heh, a really nice game. Maybe a bit text-heavy but that is passable. Particularly I liked the puzzles(with the exception of getting the wrench, it feels as if you ran out of ideas) and the musics, great job all of you! I agree with critique about the ending, it was a bit...unexpected so to speak.

I didn`t feel the game should`ve been any longer, I finished it in about an hour on my first try and the lenght felt just alright. All in all, good job!

(Oh, how do you use the spoiler tags by the way? I couldn`t find that under the text-formatting -link.)
Title: Re: Dr. Lutz and the Time Travel Machine
Post by: ank on 20 Apr 2007, 12:37
Okay good game.. but what the hell was that ending all about? Can somebody please explain to me?
Title: Re: Dr. Lutz and the Time Travel Machine
Post by: paolo on 20 Apr 2007, 14:15
One flaw I have noticed that draws heavily from the game's enjoyment, the English translation. Even though normally the translation would fit the game very well, the simplified English seemed just plain silly in the mouth of an eccentric professor, after all he should use high-brow vocabulary and sublime structures as the representative of the inteligentsia. You really should get someone more skilled to do the translation. But all in all, a fine game, keep up the great work!

Just to be clear on this: Pijin did the translation into English, and I proof-read it. A few mistakes still got through into the final game, alas (either by my oversight or Pijin's), the worst of which was that
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the mobile in the kid's bedroom got called a "rattle"
, although none of the errors made any difference to the gameplay. I had access to the text only, and so had to do the best job I could proof-reading the text without seeing the game.

If Pijin had given me the text in the original language, then I could have translated it and provided Dr Lutz with a suitably eccentric professorial tone. As that isn't what Pijin asked me to do, that isn't what happened. My brief was to correct spelling, grammar and mistranslations, not to rewrite the script.

You say it "heavily" spoiled your enjoyment of the game, but I really hope it didn't. I think it was an improvement of the text in the Robotragedy games, and miles better than some of the semi-literate, typo-riddled, barely readable text seen in some AGS games (mentioning no names).
Title: Re: Dr. Lutz and the Time Travel Machine
Post by: bury on 20 Apr 2007, 15:26
Obviously you have no reason to feel responsible for the actual quality of the translation. No need to jump up into a series of excuses.  (As far as the actual proof-reading is concerned, I found only a few spelling mistakes).Plus, after playing the whole game, I must say the whole script isn't as weak as it seemed at the beginning. It is quite decent, though there were a few lines which didn't seem appropriate, but no, by no means did the translation drew from my enjoyment after all. Actually, professor's personality seemed to vary greatly, from the beginning into the middle, perhaps not to the depth I would have liked, but certainly to a discernable degree.
Overall, as I said, a decent solid game, although I really look forward to more serious-themed games from PPA-Entertainment.
Title: Re: Dr. Lutz and the Time Travel Machine
Post by: Nostradamus on 20 Apr 2007, 19:29
Very nice game.
A game with LucasArts graphical style, LucasArts font and partly LucasArts GUI, plus the DOTT influence of the story and some humor are always a mix that many will love.
The dialogue and settings were interesting, though I'd like to explore more the 3rd time setting some more. The puzzles were mostly good but there were two I really hated:
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 1) the pulling the rope for a SECOND time to get the basket of stuff. In adventure games you very rarely expect to do the same action twice and get a different result. So you get stuck just becaue you're used to not repeating actions in adventure games.
2) the puzzle with the 3 levers to take off the alarms. You just have to go randomly until you get 2 combinations right. This straightly pisses adventure gamers off. It's annoying because of its randomness. A puzzle like that should come with a hint somewhere in the game. Just like the hint that was hidden for the chest in the past.

Other than that I really enjoyed the game and am looking forward to more games from you in this style.
Also the default language in the game must be English. As you saw in a previous post some people didn't know there was an English version.
Title: Re: Dr. Lutz and the Time Travel Machine
Post by: sthomannch on 20 Apr 2007, 23:23
I agree in one point with Nostradamus
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The lever puzzle could be improved a lot. Perhaps I missed something, but there was no hint about the necessary sequence, except for one message in the middle of this trial and error thing. I was happy that there where not too many levers and positions. Reminds me of another game with a trial and error puzzle with a bucket, three pipes with liquids in three colours and four positions for the valves...

About the rope: I think it happens frequently in adventure games that one has to repeat a certain action, and also that the outcome is sometimes different. I thought that the dialogue suggested pulling the rope again.

Language: If the game creator ships a README, which lists the available languages and explains how to switch between them, it is good enough for me. And why not Italian or Hindi or something else as default?
Title: Re: Dr. Lutz and the Time Travel Machine
Post by: Nostradamus on 21 Apr 2007, 06:39
Because the majority of the people speak English and when someone who is new to AGS downloads a game that has an English translation but the default language is something else they might abandon the game, and a game author doesn't want, does he?
There could be 30 languages translations in a game, all are welcome, but if there's an English translation it should always be the default one, for the benefit of the majority.
Title: Re: Dr. Lutz and the Time Travel Machine
Post by: Peder 🚀 on 21 Apr 2007, 10:58
Excellent game!

though the ending really suprised me :P.


Looking forward to see more games from you in the future!


Peder.
Title: Re: Dr. Lutz and the Time Travel Machine
Post by: Blackbone on 21 Apr 2007, 20:08
Can someone help me with the locked crest? I can't come up with the combination.
Title: Re: Dr. Lutz and the Time Travel Machine
Post by: Blackbone on 21 Apr 2007, 20:55
Oh, nevermind me. :-[
Title: Re: Dr. Lutz and the Time Travel Machine
Post by: shbaz on 23 Apr 2007, 20:56
A++++, will do business with again.
Title: Re: Dr. Lutz and the Time Travel Machine
Post by: Puddleglum on 29 Apr 2007, 22:36
Great game! The graphics were perfect and the main character & story were very sweet. They reminded me of Doctor Brain. Puzzles were logical but not obvious, overall great job, my only complaint is I wish it were longer !