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Borrowed Time is a video game developed by Interplay Entertainment and published by Activision released in 1985 for Apple ][, Atari ST, Commodore 64, IBM Personal Computer and Apple Macintosh. It's an Adventure Game in which you control a detective who searches for his kidnapped wife and solves several cases while being on the run from criminals. Commands are typed into a parser and there's a small window showing what the area you're in looks like.

The game was rereleased as Time to Die by Mastertronic.

Not to be confused with the 2016 animated short film.


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This game provides examples of:

  • Fainting: Bruce Light, being a very fragile man, flops unconscious to the floor from fear due to questioning.
  • Fat Bastard: Farnham is an overweight mafia boss.
  • Press X to Die: Just type in "KILL ME" and the game will be happy to oblige.
  • Stalked by the Bell: You always have to be on the move, because if you stay in one room too long, the thugs will get you (and no, shooting them doesn't work).
  • Video Game Cruelty Punishment: Killing people you're not supposed to, like the window cleaner, results in going to jail and a game over.

Alternative Title(s): Time To Die

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