Hour-Glass is mission-based and involves time travel to various planets.
After the events at Black Mesa, Gordon Freeman is hired by Intergalactic Time Reassurance, Inc.
As an ITR agent Gordon must maintain the true historical time line.
Heavily influenced by Quake 2 architecture and uses “keys” in order to open some doors.
The game also includes some Duke Nukem sounds and ideas.
The game includes some weapon, model, sound and texture replacements.
WARNING: Hour-Glass contains some sounds, images and an animated sequence that is NOT suitable for minors.
This was August 2015’s Classic of the Month mod.
After turning down the Gman’s offer of employment, you managed to escape using an intergalactic teleporter that returned you to Earth. Hiding out within the inner city, you soon believe that the Gman is no longer interested in you. A calm peaceful feeling begins to replace the fear, terror and horror that overwhelmed you during your nightmare with Black Mesa, the soldiers and the Xen species.
Feeling confident that it is now safe to return home to your wife and look up some old friends, you make your way back to the old neighbourhood.
Your apartment looks different somehow. There are no signs of your wife or anything that would belong to a woman. You also notice other strange things like
items are missing, neighbours no longer live in the building. You turn on the television to watch some news and many of the anchors are new, but what really gives you that sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach is the content of the news. Facts are no longer true, companies and products don’t exist, people have vanished and been replaced by someone else.. Many things have changed.
Your agitation brings you to telephone your mother-in-law in order to talk to your wife, who must have moved out for some reason. Your mother-in-law informs you that she has never heard of you and insists that they never had a daughter. You try to call up on some old buddies but can only find two and they insist that they don’t know the other missing friends at all.
You are sitting in your chair, in a state of shock, staring at the television, when there is a knock at the door. Two men dressed in black greet you. They are
ITR agents. Employees of a newly formed organization called Intergalactic
Time Reassurance, Inc.. They explain that they are time-space enforcement officers and have been sent to offer you a job as an ITR agent. Time-space …hmm… maybe I can get to the bottom of what the hell has happened to my wife and friends etc.
You decide to accept the job and complete a special forces training program. You are now an ITR enforcement officer and have been teleported to a secret base of operations. It’s monday morning 9:30 am and you are running late as usual…..
Hour-Glass should play well on a computer with a 300+ CPU with 64 megs of Ram. A hardware accellerated 16meg Ram video card or better is required. Don’t even try playing this game without a hardware accelerated video card, period. You should have the latest Half-Life game update installed on your computer or at least version 126.96.36.199 to see Hour-Glass as intended. It will play on older versions, but many things in the game do not look correct.
Headphones are recommended during play for two reasons;
1) increases your enjoyment, and
2) there are sound files of an adult nature that you don’t want young people and your wife to hear! You have been WARNED!
Play this game in a very dark room, as many of the maps are on the dark side. Adjust your in-game monitor display gama using the Half-Life video mode adjustment if the game is too dark.
STRATEGY! and weapon selection are the keys to winning this game (especially near the end of the game). If you are suffering from “I die a lot” syndrome while playing, change your strategy and weapon combinations. I know this is asking a lot, but, you have to think in some areas. There are more than enough forms of health, ammo and weapons to succeed, but you need to be able to recognize where, when, what and how to use them. Use the sci’s healing whenever possible. (Hint: heat seeking
weapon works best against invisible enemies and if you don’t know when to use a Sniper Rifle, well…).
There are numerous auto-save triggers that will save the game for you as you play, however, there are places in the game where you should save by pressing F6 after every small achievement.
There are several (6, I think) hidden/secret areas that contain good stuff. (Look behind doors, under stairs (if a vent is near) and in the shadows for stuff.
Make sure you find the Hyper-Blaster!
Many things in the game can/should be “used” by pressing your use key, ie: open books, control panels, orbs, crystals, light switches, buttons etc.
Recommended skill level setting is “MEDIUM”.
If play begins to get choppy or slideshow effect, save/exit and restart the game. The Half-Life engine can fail to clear the RAM properly during play, which is a prime reason for this to happen in good maps.
Don’t email me if you get stuck, need hints or to complain. I am not going to support this custom game or create a walk-through for it. This will be my last “Custom Game” for Half-Life. I have moved on to other things.
I really hope you enjoy playing Hour-Glass.
- Title: Hour Glass
- File Name: hl1-sp-hour-glass.7z
- Original File Name: hourglass.zip
- Size : 16.00MB
- Author: Grey Dog
- Date Released: 18 July 2001
You MUST have MapTap installed before using this link.
- Copy the Hour-Glass folder into your …\Steam\SteamApps\common\Half-Life folder.
- Restart or start Steam.
- Hour Glass should now be listed in your Library tab.
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