Setup Walkthrough



486DX2/66 MHz or faster processor
8 MB RAM (16 MB recommended for Windows 95); Virtual memory 
of 16 MB; 8 MB permanent swap file space for Windows 3.1
Super VGA (640 x480 with 256 colors) video card and color 
(Local bus video card recommended)
Double-speed (2x) CD-ROM drive or faster (quad-speed (4x) 
16-bit Sound Blaster® 100% compatible sound card, external 
Keyboard, mouse (Joysticks are not supported)

Although Timelapse was originally designed for Windows 3.1 or Windows 95; with regard to WindowsXP, it runs best (without lockups or crashes) when the "Compatibility Mode" is set to WindowsNT 4.0 with Service Pack 5. However...(Ok, let's say it all together 
now...) "There's-always-a-however!"  (How true.)

 For XP there are a few more essentials that need to be in place for the task at hand to be accomplished. So let's begin:

The General Drill

updated printable version

First let's take a look at the "General Drill"

Whenever I start a new game, especially an "older one"; I have always made it a habit to make sure my system is clean. (So let's clean house) Our cleaning products?? No, I'm not talking about special Orange Sprays or Pine smelly disinfectants! I'm referring to the "3 Musketeers" of WINTEL Systems. They are: "Disk Clean Up", Check Disc (the old Scan Disc in pre XP Windows based systems) and Defrag. 

First, Let's do a Disk Clean Up (Don't know how?) GO to-->Start-->All Programs--> Accessories--> System Tools-->Disk Clean Up. Empty out what you don't need ( you'll be surprised at what you can accumulate!) Shut down all extra programs. (for those of you who know how to do this part...just skip onto the next area of the "Setup".) For those of you who don't, the easiest way to terminate your TSRs (terminated but staying resident programs, also known as 
background applications") is to right click on each of the little icons in the lower right portion of your "Tool Bar" (located near your clock), As you right click on each of them you will get the option to either "exit", "close" or "unload". Do this for each of them. Then, if you have a Screensaver go ahead and disable it. 

If you haven't done the "Ole' Scan Disk"...(in XP it's called "Check Disk") and Defragged recently here is a good time to do it. Go to-->My Computer-->Local Disc "C" ("C" is mine but your Local Disc maybe assigned another letter)-->Right Click-->Properties-->Tools-->"Check Now..." ->Make sure that both boxes are checked--> 1.)Automatically fix file system errors and 2.)Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors.-->Click Start. You can follow this same path to locate your Defrag program as well or use Start-->All Programs-->Accessories-->System Tools-->Defrag Hard Drive. 

Check your system by doing a "Ctrl, Alt & Delete", this will bring up "The Task Manager", If you have closed out all Windows Programs, the field under "Applications" will be blank. 

(Leave the field marked "Processes" alone. Yep, I know there are lots of interesting files in there...but your really better off not touching anything in there unless you really know just what you are doing.)

You might want to check on your Video and Audio Acceleration at this time, make sure you set the video at the 2nd notch from the right --> and audio should be set to the 1rst notch from the right as well (I find that this is the best setting for this adventure on MY system. Yours may be different, but this is always a good place to start and you can increase or lower them as you see fit after the game is installed.) 

I know this seems like a bother, but if you take the time to make sure your system is sparkling on the inside, you'll have less headaches later. Remember a healthy XP is a happy one. 

Your done. Let's Install Timelapse. 

Installing Timelapse on XP


(It's a very good idea to get in the habit of reading all 
documentation BEFORE you play any game.)



 *see, this wasn't so bad, was it???

 Not like the Ripper Setup, anyway.

(..heehee **hiccup** ...oops!, sorry.)




Note* While you can use your mouse throughout the game, there have been some problems with newer the newer pointing devices ... I  strongly suggest the use of both the keyboard and the mouse (for  grabbing and action sequences) it makes the game so much more enjoyable. I've enclosed a section from the Release notes below, which tells you just what the keyboard and mouse will do. Enjoy!




Key Functions
The keyboard shortcuts listed below are for the Windows version of 


Opens the self explanatory Timelapse Functions and Options Screen Arrow Keys Turn left or turn right, go forward or back

Esc Key

Skips the current animation or movie A, D, W, S  Turn left or turn right, go forward or back

Ctrl + 0-9

Adjust ambient sound volume Z, C  Turn around, to the left or right
0: Minimum
9: Maximum
Ctrl + J  View the professor’s journal

Ctrl + F1/F2

Adjust brightness F1: Brighter Ctrl + C Take pictures with the camera
F2: Darkest Ctrl + P View the photo album

Ctrl + F3/F8 

Adjust color 
Ctrl + G Display the Gene Pod Inventory Screen

Ctrl + F9

Reset color to default setting Ctrl + Q  Quit current game
F3: More Red
F4: Less Red
Ctrl + S Save the current game
F5: More Green
F6: Less Green  
Ctrl + O  Open a previously saved game
F7: More Blue
F8: Less Blue


Use the mouse or arrow keys to navigate through the world. If you 
are using the mouse, the cursor changes shape to show what functions 
or directions are available when you move the cursor around the 

Sometimes you won’t be able to go in all directions, so continue in a 
direction that the game does allow. 

If you are using the arrow keys, an icon at the lower left of the 
screen will indicate which directions are available.

Arrow Up Go forward
Arrow Down Go back
Arrow Left Go left
Arrow Right Go right
Open Hand Grab/manipulate object
Pointing Finger Touch to activate object
Bull’s Eye Hyperlink (jump directly to that spot, if you’ve already been there)

* "Key Functions" 
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