Junko Kawano talks to us about Time Hollow

By Spencer . August 15, 2008 . 11:51am

time1.jpgKonami played with time traveling in Shadows of Destiny, a PlayStation 2 game written by Ms. Junko Kawano. Time Hollow shares the time traveling element. Ethan Kairos, the protagonist, discovers the Hollow Pen, a tool that can create holes into the past. With the Hollow Pen in hand, Ethan uses it to find his family after they mysteriously vanished. Actually, Time Hollow shares something else with Shadows of Destiny. Ms. Kawano is the Director of Time Hollow and we caught up with her to tell us more about her latest project.

 

 

The Hollow Pen is one of the unique features that distinguishes Time Hollow from other adventure games. How did Ethan get a hold of it and how does it work?

 

To use the Hollow Pen Ethan must find all the relevant details of crucial events in the past, which include the time, date, place, and key event details.  Once this information has been collected and Ethan is at the location of the event the Hollow Pen will begin to glow and allow Ethan to dig holes into the past.  As for how Ethan becomes in possession of the Hollow Pen that is something you will need to play the game to find out.

 

Do the Hollow Pen puzzles have multiple solutions?

 

Some puzzles have multiple solutions, but normally you should be able to solve a puzzle with one solution. If you play the game several times, you might be able to find other solutions.

 

time2.jpgI played the demo, but in the full game is there any way to "lose" or get a game over in Time Hollow?

 

Yes, the Hollow Pen will run out of energy if you dig too many holes in the wrong location. To regain some energy for the pen you can go search for Ethan’s cat, Sox, who will replenish the pen’s energy. The game was designed to appeal to a wide audience of gamers so you might not experience it too often.

 

How did you come up with the name English name, Ethan Kairos, for the protagonist?

 

When we were developing the original Japanese version, we decided to use a name that relates to "time."

 

Then for the English release the name was picked at the producer's discretion and was chosen based on the character's looks.

 

Were there any scenes difficult to localize because of cultural differences?

 

Everything from the beginning… The character is drinking miso soup in a Japanese soup bowl in the beginning scene, you know…

 

time3.jpgWhat is your favorite scene in the game?

 

Every scene that involves his pet cat, Sox, is my favorite. Sox understands Ethan even when nobody does and Sox helps him as his partner throughout the adventure. Also the scenes with Sox are very important to the development of the story.

 

Does Time Hollow have multiple endings?

 

Basically there is one ending however you might be able to find more if you are very thorough in exploring the city.

 

How long do you think it would take for someone to play through Time Hollow?

 

It will take a normal gamer around 8-10 hours to complete the game but if you search every nook and cranny, you should be able to enjoy the game longer than that.

 

Images courtesy of Konami.


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  • Pichi

    Nice interview! Looking forward to the game!

  • laharsama

    “a PlayStation 2 game written by Ms. Junko Kawano.”

    PlayStation 2???, you mean NDS

  • Aoshi00

    Shadows of Destiny was pretty fun, in a quirky kind of way to cheat around death. If it’s by the same writer, I think I would like this game too.

    I was playing Infinite Loop just a while ago and it was pretty frustrating as I got stuck at a several points, the loading on the PSP was a little annoying too, especially one needs to repeat things over and over to change the course of events..

    Kairos is a very cool name as it also means time like Chronos. I thought some ideas were a stretch to localize in Phoenix Wright too, like Maya’s family being oriental spirit medium, Morgan Fey was so Japanese you know.. but they did a good job nonetheless.

  • http://www.siliconera.com Spencer

    @laharsama – Shadows of Destiny, which the introduction is referring to, is a Playstation 2 game.

  • Mikael

    Despite Shadow of Destiny being a short game it was an amazing game that kept encouraging you to have multiple playthroughs which I haven`t experienced in the past, So I will definetly be picking up this game :)

  • laharsama

    @Spencer

    Sorry,

    Reading too fast I didn´t see it. It was a mistake for my part

  • Angelous

    Spencer, thanks for the interview. I loved Shadow of Destiny back when it was first released. I wasn’t aware of Time Hollow before, but I’ll be buying it now.

  • Nika

    the game seemed so interesting I eventually picked it in up japanese. It’s deffinitely a nice game, so I’m happy they localized it. I wonder what all the names will be changed to though, since in japanese all the names are related to the hours of a clock.

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