The Labyrinth of Time™
is an adventure game set in a wondrous maze
created by the spirit of Daedalus, master
craftsman of the ancient world. This maze
is more than it seems and stretches through both space and
time. Daedalus was forced to build this
labyrinth by the power-mad King Minos, who hopes to use its expansive
powers to rule the universe in every era of time! Your mission is to
destroy this labyrinth before King Minos can complete his
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Installing the Game
Although The Labyrinth of Time can be
played directly from the game CD-ROM without any installation, we
recommend that you install the game on your computer's hard drive if
there is sufficient space. The game requires 490MB of hard drive
space to install. The instructions below detail how to both play the
game without installing and how to install the game, if you choose.
Just follow the appropriate instructions for your computer's operating
1. Place The Labyrinth of Time disc in your computer’s CD-ROM drive. The set-up program should automatically run. If this does not occur, double-click on the LABYRINTH icon under My Computer, open the Windows folder, and double-click on the play.exe icon.
2. To play with game without installing on a hard drive, just click the Play from CD button. The game CD must be in the drive at all times while playing the game without installing on a hard drive.
3. To install the entire game on your hard drive, click the Install button. Follow the prompts to complete the installation. Once installed the game can be played without the CD.
OS X Installation
1. Place The Labyrinth of Time disc in your computer’s CD-ROM drive. Double-click on the LABYRINTH icon when it appears to view the disc's contents.
2. To play with game directly from the CD, just open the Macintosh folder on the CD and double-click on The Labyrinth of Time icon. The game CD must be in the drive at all times while playing the game without installing on a hard drive.
3. To install the game on your hard drive, open the Installation Folder (inside the Macintosh folder) and drag The Labyrinth of Time icon inside to the Applications folder (or any other place) on your hard drive. Next, double-click on the icon of the game on your hard drive. The game will detect that it needs to copy its data files from the CD and prompt you to confirm you want the files copies. Select the Install button to continue. Once copying is complete, the game can be played without the CD.
1. Start X-Windows. Open a terminal window to obtain a shell prompt.
2. As an optional step become root by typing su at the shell prompt, followed be the root password. Although this step is optional, you must be root to install the game in a system directory like /usr/local/games.
3. Insert The Labyrinth of Time disc. Be sure that the disc is mounted. Some distributions can auto-mount a CD, while others might require that you manually mount the CD. Typing the command mount /mnt/cdrom or mount /cdrom will mount the CD on most systems. See your distribution's documentation as needed.
4. To play the game directly from the CD type sh /mnt/cdrom/Linux/play.sh at the shell prompt. Once again, the mount point may be /cdrom or another location. You must keep the game CD in the drive at all times while playing the game.
5. To install the game on your hard
drive, type sh /mnt/cdrom/Linux/setup.sh at the shell prompt.
Once again, the mount point may be /cdrom or another location.
Follow the prompts to complete the installation. Once installed the
game can be played without the CD.
6. Some distributions may allow you to
view the contents of the CD as icons. In that case you may be able to
double-click on the icons for play.sh
or setup.sh to perform their
Configuring the Game
The first time you play The Labyrinth of Time you will be presented with a small configuration window where you can control a couple of settings.
Windows configuration window shown, Mac OS X and Linux windows are similar.
Sound Volume: Allows you to set the initial audio volume for the game's music and sound effects. The three options are Full Volume (loud), Half Volume (soft) and Low Volume (near silence).
Display Type: The default setting is to play the game full screen. Alternately, the game can played in a 640 by 480 pixel window.
Once the settings are
acceptable, click the OK button.
To show the configuration window at a later time, hold the shift key
down while starting the game. Linux users should instead append the
option -config at the end of
the command used to start the game.
If you alter these
settings during play, the changes will only be remembered if you press
the Z key.
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The first time you play
the game you should watch the introduction. Press the Space key to
advance to the next screen after reading each message. The next time
you play the game you can skip the introduction by pressing the
Esc (Escape) key. The credits cannot be skipped.
Switch to Main Display
Click this button to return to the Main Display where you can walk
Load / Save Game – Click this button to access the screen where you can load or save a game.
Use Inventory Item – Click this button to use the current inventory item. If the item is to be used on an object in the Scene, the Inventory Item view will be replaced by the Scene view so you can click on an object.
Look at Scene - Click this button to switch between Inventory Item and Scene view.
Previous Item – Click this button to go to your previous inventory item.
Next Item – Click this button to go to your next inventory item.
Drop Bread Crumbs – The map left for you by Daedalus has an interesting power: it can drop virtual bread crumbs. Click this button to start a trail of bread crumbs from your current location. Later you can choose to follow your trail back to this location (see next button). An icon will appear in the upper-right corner of the Scene while bread crumbs are being dropped. Warning: If you click this button while dropping bread crumbs, your old trail will be forgotten and a new trail will be started from your current location.
Follow Bread Crumbs – Click this button to automatically follow your virtual bread crumb trail back to the start. Note that you can only follow the trail through normal passageways. You have to open doors, etc. There is also a “run instead of walk” mode for following bread crumbs, but this is available only as a keyboard shortcut. Clicking any button or key while following the trail will abort this action, but the remaining part of trail back will not be forgotten.
The Map Display
This screen shows the locations you
have visited. Clicking on a location will show its name. Your current
location is marked with a glowing red
arrow. A black arrow
indicates a passage between levels. Sometimes areas are shown as a
large white block -- click on the block to view the interior of the
area. Use the Up and Down arrows to move between levels or exit the
interior of an area.
This screen allows you to save and load
games. There are 15 saved game slots available. To save to the next
empty slot, click the Next Empty Slot
button and then click the Save Game
button. You can save over an existing save game by clicking on that
game in the list and then clicking Save Game. To load an existing saved
game, click on the game to load in the list and then click on the Load Game button. You can abort
loading or saving by clicking the cancel button at the bottom-right.
There are some actions you can perform
in The Labyrinth of Time that will create a situation where you cannot
successfully complete the game. If you think you have become hopelessly
stuck, you should load a previously saved game and continue from there.
This implies that you should save the game occasionally just to be sure
that you can finish the game without starting over.
To help avoid getting stuck, we offer a
few helpful hints. Knowing these hints should not adversely affect your
enjoyment of the game, but please skip ahead to the Keyboard Shortcut
section if you don't want any help.
You start the game with two quarters --
the change from buying your subway ticket. Be careful how you use these
as it may be difficult to acquire more.
Wouldn't it be terrible to be in that
rustic jail cell without a way out? We think so.
There are two exits from the subway
train, one an open passageway, the other sealed. Be sure you have a
light source before you investigate what is behind the sealed door
(once you unseal it, of course).
|T||Take Object||Turn Right|
|M||Move or Manipulate Object||P||Show Map|
|O||Open Door or Object||Esc||End Close-up Look|
|C||Close Door or Object||B||Start Dropping Virtual Bread Crumbs|
|L||Look at Object Close-up||F||Follow Virtual Bread Crumbs|
|I||Switch to Alternate (Inventory) Display||R||Run While Following Bread Crumbs|
|Turn Left||Q||Quit Game With Confirmation|
|Walk Forward||(Press Y to Confirm Quit Game)|
|M||Switch to Main (Action) Display||Next Inventory Item|
||Load or Save Game||B||Start Dropping Virtual Bread Crumbs|
|U||Use Inventory Item||F||Follow Virtual Bread Crumbs|
|L||Look at Scene (or Back to Inventory)||R||Run While Following Bread Crumbs|
|Previous Inventory Item
||Q||Quit Game With Confirmation|
|Up One Level||Esc||Exit Map Display|
|Down One Level|
|L||Load Game||Next Set|
|S||Save Game||Previous Saved Game|
|N||Next Empty Slot||Next Saved Game|
|Previous Set||Esc||Cancel Load / Save Game|
|[||Lower the Sound Volume||Space||Skip to Next Text Message|
|]||Raise the Sound Volume||Alt-F4||Quit Immediately (Windows only)|
|F1||Toggle To/From Full Screen||Toggle Full Screen (Mac only)|
||Save Changes to Configuration
When playing the game from the CD-ROM, occasionally the music repeats
itself (like a stuck phonograph or audio CD). How can I avoid this?
Answer: This best way to avoid this is to install the game on your computer's hard drive.
Where is the version number of the game?
Answer: The version number is found on the Load / Save Game Display below the save game list.
Where can I get the latest information about the game?
Answer: Point your web browser to The Labyrinth of Time web site (http://www.wyrmkeep.com/labyrinth).
When I press Alt-Tab while the game is running full screen, the desktop
appears and no game window is visible. How do I continue playing?
Answer: If you look in the task bar you should see an entry for The Labyrinth of Time. Click on the entry to restore the game and continue play.
I tried to copy The Labyrinth of Time icon from the CD-ROM to my hard
drive, but the copy never completed. What happened?
Answer: There is a problem with copying The Labyrinth of Time immediately after playing from the CD-ROM. This is why we supply a second copy in the Installation Folder inside the Macintosh folder on the CD-ROM. See the installation instructions for details.
When I try to run the install, an error is reported and then a
text-based (non-graphical) installation program starts? Is this OK?
Answer: What probably happened is that the graphical installer could not find one of two dynamic link libraries it requires (libglade and libxml to be exact). Most Linux distributions come with these libraries, but a customized Linux system may not. A text-based installer is supplied to cover this case. The game can be set-up using the text-based installer and still run correctly in X-Windows.
When I try to run the game in Full Screen mode, the display appears as
a small rectangle in the middle of a black screen? How do I get the
game to fill the screen?
Answer: Your Linux distribution's installer did not properly configure your X-Windows to allow for 640 by 480 pixel screens. Check you distribution's documentation on how to either change to a compatible display depth that supports 640 by 480 pixel screens or add a new allowed resolution to an existing display depth. Alternately you can hand edit the X-Window configuration file XF86Config to add the required information for a 640 by 480 pixel screen. Editing this file is not for the novice. A HOWTO on configuring an X-Windows system can be found at the Linux Documentation Project.
The audio in the game is choppy. What's wrong?
Answer: The game uses the Simple DirectMedia Layer (SDL) library to play audio. On most computers SDL will support multiple audio drivers, and the default driver for your computer may be having problems buffering the game's audio. You can tell SDL to use an alternate audio driver. Try running the game using one of the following command lines:
If for some wacky reason you want to
uninstall the game from your hard drive, here are the instructions to
1. Locate The Labyrinth of Time group in the Start menu and select the Uninstall The Labyrinth of Time
item. The uninstall program will run. (You can also use the Add/Remove Programs control panel to
do the same thing.)
2. To complete the uninstall you will
need to restart Windows.
Mac OS X Uninstall
1. Drag both The Labyrinth of Time and
The Labyrinth of Time Data icons to the trash. Empty the trash. You're
2. If you are unable to empty the trash
because the Finder says a file is in use, restart you computer before
emptying the trash.
1. Start X-Windows. Open a terminal window to obtain a shell prompt.
2. If you installed the game as root, become root again by typing su at the shell prompt, followed be the root password.
3. Type labyrinth
uninstall at the shell prompt. The uninstall program will run
and remove the game from your hard drive.
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