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A Wise Use of Time

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With the power to freeze time, you can ransack a casino, rescue a celebrity, or cheat death itself!

"A Wise Use of Time" is a thrilling 260,000-word interactive sci-fi novel by Jim Dattilo, author of "Zombie Exodus," winner of the 2011 XYZZY "Special Recognition" award for interactive fiction. Your choices control the story. It's entirely text-based--without graphics or sound effects--and fueled by the vast, unstoppable power of your imagination.

When you freeze time, no one can see you, hear you, or stop you, except, perhaps, a handful of mysterious time controllers like yourself. Every second you steal puts more stress on your body and mind.

Will you bring justice to the mobsters who run rampant in your city? Will you steal from them to provide for those in need? Will you share your power with friends and family? Will you destroy your own powers, or will your powers destroy you first?

  • Play as male or female; gay, straight, or bisexual.
  • Develop relationships with one of four main romantic options (or a secret one). Track your relationships and moral stats as they change.
  • Level up your time-control powers, or nullify them to protect yourself and others.
Release date
Choice of Games
Choice of Games LLC
Choice of Games, Choice of Games LLC
Age rating
Not rated

System requirements for iOS

iPhone 4, iPad 2 Wifi, iPad 2 3G, iPhone 4S, iPad Third Gen, iPad Third Gen 4G, iPhone 5, iPod Touch Fifth Gen, iPad Fourth Gen, iPad Fourth Gen 4G, iPad Mini, iPad Mini 4G, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPad Air, iPad Air Cellular, iPad Mini Retina, iPad Mini Retina Cellular, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2, iPad Air 2 Cellular, iPad Mini 3, iPad Mini 3 Cellular, iPod Touch Sixth Gen, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPad Mini 4, iPad Mini 4 Cellular, iPad Pro, iPad Pro Cellular, iPad Pro 9.7, iPad Pro 9.7 Cellular, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPad 6 1 1, iPad 6 1 2, iPad 7 1, iPad 7 2, iPad 7 3, iPad 7 4, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPad 7 5, iPad 7 6, iPhone X S, iPhone X S Max, iPhone X R, iPad 8 1 2, iPad 8 3 4, iPad 8 5 6, iPad 8 7 8, Watch 4, iPad Mini 5, iPad Mini 5 Cellular, iPad Air 3, iPad Air 3 Cellular, iPod Touch Seventh Gen

System requirements for Android

4.0 and up

System requirements for Linux

  • OS: Ubuntu 12.04

System requirements for PC

  • OS: Windows 7

System requirements for macOS

  • OS: 10.6
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A Wise Use of Time reviews and comments

Translated by
Microsoft from French
Being a very, very big fan of the books "of which you are the hero", and even more of the textual games of choice of games, it is with eagerness and without hesitation that I rushed to A wise use of time. And the, after about 1H30, death, huge death. A major negative point that made me uninstall it, the story has no stake. Succeed in his business or other, go to the Casino and company, very little for me, where are the stakes incredible like to become great King and save his people to the Pendragon rising, or still survive a zombie epidemic as in zombie exodus? No, just, no. And it's a pity, we could do so much more with the basic pitch of the perso who discovers the power to control the time. disappointment.
Translated by
Microsoft from French
A true Pearl of narration! A wise use of time is one of those games whose apparent simplicity (it is entirely textual) conceal a real depth. In the skin of a character created by your care, use time control to your advantage, that of your friends or to help others. The characters are endeant, the story conducted with a master hand and the Collossal narrative tree giving you the real impression of influencing the course of history. The game also has a good lifespan, a part in itself for about 5h without counting the multiple options available to you in terms of replayability. In clear, a wise use of time is a fascinating, engaging experience, and probably one of the best textual games that are, at all good!!
Translated by
Microsoft from French
Good, AWUOT, small shortcuts in the name lol, is not bad:) I push open doors, full English game, no dialogues, no sounds, no cutscenes, only text. The level of English approached is really not difficult, I had to go very few times to look for a Word to confirm what I thought, it is simple and easy to read, no complicated terms or invented. The fact of incarnating a character that can affect the time is relatively nice and a lot of fun options course the game from end to end, I find it relatively nice, it is by cons damage that one can not explore everything from long to wide because of the Lim day of power that LON can use to avoid finishing on the edge and be too detectable. The game is well drafted and if there was only one regret to formulate is that for the moment on two parts and two different endings a little bit, I have not really succeeded to past the dark side of the snif force, despite that I made totally different choices and to from one side to the other. Is it because it is not possible? This will be a pity but I will test again one or two other parts of the story to look for. In any case I recommend this game if you like the "books of which you are the hero";)
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