Timegate is an interactive game & educational tool created in 2009. It offers the user a 3D representation of Knaresborough Castle past and present. King James’s School offered a significant contribution to the game, 12 pupils aged between 13-16.

Whilst the software may be a little dated, we felt that the game offers unique imagery of the Castle which needed to be made accessible to all, especially during these challenging times.

The game is free to download, however as a not-for-profit trying to make positive changes for our community, we kindly request that you offer us a small donation, if you are able.


Please enjoy and share your experiences of on our social media, that way we provide access to a wider audience. Please follow the installation instructions below, and in the unlikely event you suffer technical problems, please drop us a line and we will endeavour to rectify. 

Installation (all rights reserved)

Warning: This software is built for Microsoft Windows; it is not suitable for Mac’s. Housekeeping!! - Please ensure your system is up to date with the latest security software,  RK will not be held responsible for any security and systems failure as a result of you accessing and installing any of the following software. 

 Step 1 - Recommendation: Preserve your current settings by typing 'restore point' into the search box (bottom left) and follow the instructions. This will enable you to return the computer to its current state should you experience any issues during installations. This is a low-risk issue and more of a precautionary measure when introducing new software.

Step 2 - As this is an old game, you’ll need to install an old graphics driver, Windows currently uses DirectX12, for the game to work you’ll need to install DirectX9. To install DirextX9, you'll need a standalone version, which you can download here:

Download DirextX9

Once you’ve downloaded, find DXSETUP.exe found within the file structure, click to run.

Step 3 - Now download the game. You'll need to access the game folder and duplicate the folder to your own hard drive. Create a Timegate folder within your filing structure, then download all files to the folder you've just created - Timegate: 

 Download Timegate

Once the folder is sitting on your own computer, open the Timegate folder and click on the square green Timegate.exe icon. The game should now start to install to your hard drive. Don't worry if the screen goes blank for a bit, please be patient.

Step 4 - Only if you experience problems with install.  You may get an error message at the end of the installation saying that FFDShow failed to install, but the game should play fine anyway. FFDShow is a video codec (it decodes particular types of video). If you get the error message and the game doesn't run, or you can't see the prisoner, try installing the latest version of FFDShow:

 Download FFDShow

Have fun!