This is the second game in the Journeyman Project trilogy. And, for me, the most memorable. The artwork seems a bit dated now, but at the time of release it looked beautiful to me. The acting didn’t bother me either…back then. Now, well, any time an actor (in this case the main character) stops to smack his lips between phrases, you know you’re in for a treat! The best part was the news editorial that was in no way editorial–the “news anchor” had no opinion of anything. He just reported what other people thought. Fortunately, the player may suffer through the video clips early on in the game and leave them far behind.
All-in-all, though, the game excells in story–marginalizing even these minor criticisms.
However, getting it to run under a modern version of Windows proved more challenging than I expected. Two issues immediately presented:
- Some monitors and/or video cards no longer support 640×480 resolution natively…or so it would appear.
- The game hangs on disc changes, probably due to power consumption features of many laptops and desktops.
The goal is the make the game playable on a modern system and not have to swap discs. Fortunately, the path to victory here turns out relatively short. Install the game, install the patch, configure settings for Win95 compatibility, image the CD-ROMS, load the images, and edit the registry. Simple, right?
Install the game. Simply insert Disc 1 and let it go.
Install the Win95 upgrade patch. Not only does this seem to help overall performance, but evidently the game cannot complete without it. And that would be a true bummer.
Configure the Windows 95 compatibility mode. Make sure that it runs in 640 x 480. Right-click on the Buried in Time shortcut (the new one created after the Win95 patch). and select Properties. Go to the Compatibility tab.
Using Alex Feinman’s tools, image the CD-ROMs to ISO files and store them someplace safe. I have a post on that with more detail. (Please note, that the post recommends the Microsoft Virtual CD Tools–now I recommend using VirtualCloneDrive. See next step.)
Using SlySoft’s VirtualCloneDrive, create 3 virtual drives, and mount the images.
Now, edit the registry so Buried in Time knows where to find the CD-ROMs.
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Presto Studios\Buried in Time\1.1]
“CD Path 1″=”D:\\”
“CD Path 2″=”E:\\”
“CD Path 3″=”F:\\”