Mario's Time Machine
Mario's Time Machine is an edutainment game made by The Software Toolworks and Radical Entertainment for MS-DOS, NES, and SNES, released in 1993. Along with Mario is Missing!, this game is one of a series of Mario-themed educational games, called the Mario Discovery series.
Bowser has stolen various artifacts from the past using a time machine to stock his museum. As Mario, the player must return the artifacts back to their correct points of time.
Why It Sucks
(Note: NES and SNES versions only) Since this is an educational game, we'll go easy on it.
- Having to fill out a document with way too many options.
- Confusing time machine controls.
- In the NES version, if you put the artifact in the wrong period of time, you‘re forced to return to the museum and fight the Koopas (in a poor man's version of the original Mario Bros. game) to recover the artifact.
- In the SNES version, Mario will go surfing to collect ten Mushrooms within a time limit. Due to tedious controls, the minigame becomes a pain to sit through. Making this worse is the failure to provide any indication that Mario needs to enter a whirlpool after collecting the ten Mushrooms.
- The SNES version is extremely boring due to a lack of action-oriented gameplay that was at least present in the NES version.
- Like Mario is Missing, the sprites are literally from Super Mario World. Also, in the NES version, Bowser's sprite was recycled from Super Mario Bros. 3.
- This game contains lots of historical inaccuracies. To name one, Mario receives a Tea Bag from a librarian in 1455 even though tea bags were naturally first made in the early 1900s.
- In the NES, if you picking items, you must pick up correctly
- The ending that shows Bowser saddened and crying is extremely disappointing.
- The time machine interface is unbearably slow.
- The music is pretty good.
- The concept had so much potential, but was executed poorly.
- In the NES version, the proper Bowser sprite is used, unlike the previous game Mario is Missing!.
- In the PC version, Mario sprites in this game (along with Mario Is Missing!) spawned the Weegee and Malleo memes, which are part of the YouTube Poop memes.