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ZOOM Cydonia
Mars: The First Manned Mission

Due to naming conflicts this game has been re-released under the title Lightbringer

DreamCatcher Interactive


ESRB Rating: Everyone

Difficulty: Easy/Beginner


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.

Content based on the NASA and Russian space programs

Over 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.

Seamless 360 degree navigation

Enhanced with dynamic directional stereo sound

Fascinating multiple endings

Over 70 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 adventure games.
  • Pros: Amazing visuals that combine fluid animation with stunning high-res graphics.
  • Cons: Too many banal puzzles; too many bugs; too much drippy New Age folderol.

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