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This is farfetched, but I'll try anyway.

I remember when I was a kid, I got a book that came together with a game. I am certain that this was before Windows XP, but not sure if it was DOS only or there was already Windows 95.

The hero possibly was a teenager, that went after an evil guy that kidnapped his girlfriend, and went back in time to save her.

One thing that I remember clearly is that when he traveled, he used "eternities" as a measurement. Like "Then after two eternities and a half I arrived". I am pretty sure it was a series for both games and books.

I can't tell how it ended because I played/read only the first one, and never managed to get the others.

The game was a action/plataform one, kinda like Flashback.

Since my memory is kinda blurry, I think but I am not certain it was translated to Brazilian Portuguese, unsure if only the book or both the book and the game

  • cough windows 3x cough. I'd be interested to see the answer for this though. I remember getting Planescape: Torment in a Game+Book deal and it really got me into the backstory so much more by letting my imagination picture it. Anyway Q: Can you remember what style of graphics it had? was it like mario style, or were the characters bigger on the screen? was it japanese style? – Smock Jun 26 at 10:26
  • It was pixelated, and it played like Flashback/Out of this world(Or another world). I have a feeling that this game may be a game made in Brazil and not just translated, but I may be wrong. I asked my father about it(He plays too) and he said he vaguely remembers it too. – Moacir Jun 26 at 10:57
  • @Basya I knew it could be between Dos and Win95, but I couldn't put my finger on the exact timing. However now I've found it :D – Moacir Jun 26 at 11:56
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I cannot believe I've found it. My mistake was to look for it in english.

The series I was looking for is Time Runners(Yes, it is ITALIAN and it looks like it doesn't have an english wikipedia article).

It was translated to Portuguese via Editora Abril.

This image is familiar to me, which makes me think somehow I started from the third book

I also found a description of the game here but here is the relevant plot:

Episode 1 starts the adventure: we are introduced to the hero, Max, his girlfriend Jessica and his friend, super-genius Lucas. At the same time, in a distant future, the Skunks, intelligent robots who enslaved the humans (mmmhhh... sounds original), lead by their king who calls himself the Chronodemon, are going to invade various epochs using a time travel device. Trouble starts when a similar machine made by Lucas creates an interference, and a Gate opens in Jessica's house - the stone in the ring that Max gave to her as a present, is of the same type used by Skunks for time Travel. The robots kidnap Jessica. Lucas puts a time travel device on a scooter, and Max uses it to start the risky rescue of his beloved one, ending up in the prehistory, where he will find some allies...

The italian version had 30 parts. I've found a mention that it was canceled on the 11th chapter, but I cannot confirm. All I can tell is that I can only find up to a Time Runners 8 in portuguese, but this has the "Final battle" title, so I am unsure if they compiled the versions together.

For more info about the game instead of the books, I've found this review of it, and also this gameplay:

I've found this by doing the opposite of usual ID questions. Instead of looking for the story details(that were blurry) I went and looked for who translated things to Portuguese in the 90's. Then I tried looking for the list of published things from them at that time. I went through the catalog from Brasoft first(Which wielded nothing) and then I found this forum post from 2008 with a "List of games Officially released in portuguese", where I saw Time Gate, and then the winner, Time Runners

  • Excellent! Don't forget to accept is in another 31 hours. :) – FuzzyBoots Jun 26 at 12:38
  • The music hurts my ears. Was this acceptable back then? – MilkyWay90 Jun 28 at 21:55
  • It was, somehow. – Moacir Jun 29 at 23:09

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