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Time Tales is a whimsical interactive narrative in which the visitor is invited into an old clock shop, by Walter, the watchmaker.

Walter's shop

Once inside the shop, they discover Walter’s special cabinet of watches and clocks. As the visitor explores the contents of the cabinet, they discover stories about the previous owners of some of the timepieces.

Artwork from Time Tales

To view full-sized examples of the drawings from Time Tales, visit the Time Tales Artwork folio.

Experiencing Time Tales

The original 40 mb Director movie was published on CD-ROM. It has been reconstructed for web delivery as a series of linked Shockwave movies. These require that you have the Shockwave plug-in for your browser.

In the Shockwave version, the images are half the size of those in the original, and the narration is also reduced in sampling quality to cut down the file size.

There are two options for viewing this Shockwave version of Time Tales:

  • Download Time Tales scene by scene.

    Scenes vary in size from 130kb to 843 kb, and each may take 2 to 5 minutes to download with a 33.6 K modem.

  • Download Time Tales as a complete programme.

    Total file download size is 3.5 MB. Download time will be at least 20 minutes with a 33.6 K modem, but will allow uninterrupted interactive use of the movie.

The movie will open in another window to allow continued browsing while the programme downloads.

If the pop-up window shows blank, you do not have the Shockwave plug-in. it can be downloaded from the Macromedia site. But a warning: downloading takes a long time.


Time Tales is copyright the Victorian College of the Arts, The University of Melbourne, 1998.

For enquiries regarding Time Tales contact Dean Moore, email: dean@deanmoore.com