Time Machine I is a Korean-made educational game similar in concept to Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego?. The player takes the role of a detective working for a futuristic agency in 2010, sent on a mission to catch a criminal who has escaped with a time machine. The gameplay involves selecting and exploring various time periods. Historical and geographical information is given to the player, describing each epoch accordingly and giving clues concerning the criminal's whereabouts. The time periods range from prehistoric age to modern history, but are confined to the Korean peninsula.