Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure is tedious, frustrating, and a pain to control. While the movie was a lighthearted time-travel romp, the game is far too serious about the goals it wants you to accomplish.
You play as both Bill & Ted, depending on the level, and you search for various historical figures stranded through time (Socrates, Lincoln, etc.). In order to find them, you explore different time periods, ranging from the BC era up to the 1800s. The worlds are huge, poorly designed, and presented from an isometric angle, so it’s difficult to see what’s around you. When you walk over certain areas, you’ll sometimes find items that aren’t even on the screen; like pudding in a field of rocks and grass. Tubular?
The NPCs in the worlds lead you astray by giving you false information and take you to jail because you look different from them. To travel through different time periods, you hop in a phone booth, dial the correct number, then play a minigame where you guide a tiny phone booth across circuits and circled numbers. Indeed the Bill & Ted experience is less a game and more a lesson in time management.
If you spend more than five minutes trying to guide the booth into the correct number, you’re wasting your time.
PUBLISHER: LJN DEVELOPER: Rocket Science Games
GENRE: Action/Adventure RELEASE DATE: 08/1991- (US)