Mars: The First Manned Mission
Due to naming conflicts this game has been
re-released under the title Lightbringer
ESRB Rating: Everyone
3 stars from Computer Gaming World
Prepare Yourself for an Exhilarating Adventure
Your mission is to travel to the Cydonia Mensae region of Mars to survey the
planet for the prospect of human colonization. Use your intellect and skill...
Learn AUI Space Language... Decipher and collect clues... Encounter challenging
3D puzzles... Uncover the secrets of a Martian civilization concealed within
the Red Planet.
based on the NASA and Russian space programs
55,000 frames of stunning 3D scenes and animations
Environments created with remarkable detail and ingenuity
Lead the First Manned Mission
While commencing the landing sequence, a strange force field surrounding the
Cydonia region is encountered forcing an emergency crash landing.
Communications with mission control are lost and as the only uninjured crew
member, you are challenged to locate and eliminate the force field that has you
trapped on the surface. This quest will take you to a time and place
investigated by humankind... until now.
360 degree navigation
with dynamic directional stereo sound
Fascinating multiple endings
hours of engaging game play
The Face on Mars
In the summer of 1976, NASA's Viking planetary probe photographed a rock
"face" measuring a mile from crown to chin, and a huge five sided pyramid. A
vanguard of scientists have found powerful geometric ratios in the placement of
these "monuments". Debate over the validity of these photographs has fueled
major controversy in the space science community. As the controversy mounts,
the mystery remains...
Requirements: Windows 95/98 Only,
Pentium 166, 16 MBytes RAM, 8x CD-ROM drive.
Does not work on Windows XP. Some people have got it to work by reducing the
hardware acceleration in Screen Properties.
Computer Gaming World, May 1999
"Cast as the only crew member to walk away from the crash
landing of the first manned mission to Mars, you have to explore the red planet
in an attempt to turn off the electromagnetic force field that caused the crash
of your ship.
"The opening is the fun part of the game. None of the early
puzzles is very hard, but suspense is maintained by means of a time limit. The
interface you use to solve the puzzles is just a pleasure to work with: You
simply look around by moving the mouse, move from place to place by following
arrows, and put items into your inventory by clicking on them with a hand icon.
Not exactly revolutionary, it is unusually well executed. On top of that, the
game's animation is smooth and exciting, and the images are memorable."
- Appeal: Fans of classic science fiction or modern, MYST-style
- Pros: Amazing visuals that combine fluid animation with stunning
- Cons: Too many banal puzzles; too many bugs; too much drippy New Age
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