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ZOOM Slipstream 5000
$9.95 (DOS) (Retail Box) (SLIPSTRPR)
$9.95 (DOS) (In Manual) (SLIPSTRPO)

Front Street Publishing

Game

Ratings:

3 ½ stars from Electronic Entertainment

You can fly as one of ten different racers, each with an aircraft that boasts a unique set of features and flying characteristics. Your goal: Snag the top spot at the completion of the eight-track circuit by placing in the top four positions enough times to earn the most points. You'll also win cash along the way, which you can use to spruce up your craft's weapons, engine, or computer systems. And if playing against the computer isn't exciting enough for you, the game offers a split-screen, two-player options, as well as modem and network support.

Requirements:

Reviews:

Electronic Entertainment, July 1995

"Has the adrenaline rush of Megarace lost its bite? Has your favorite flight sim become mundane? If you're suffering from the aerial racing blahs, Gremlin Interactive may have just the game to get you going again.

"Slipstream 5000's storyline may not be fresh, but it's game play is. This first-person combat/racer, set in the distant future, sticks you in the cockpit of a small jet for a series of stomach-churning treks through eight courses strewn with tight turns and dangerous obstacles.

"The only rule in this racing circuit is that there are no rules. Competing racers try to win by every means possible, including bumping you into walls while shooting at you. Meanwhile, you have to navigate narrow, twisting tracks at speeds close to 400 mph. Luckily, turbo, repair, and cash power-ups are scattered throughout each course.

"Technically, Slipstream 5000 certainly pushes the envelope. The texture-mapped graphics are impressive, particularly in the Egypt, Amazon, and Tokyo tracks; the latter resembles a set from Blade Runner. Pentium owners will enjoy the best performance, but motion remains fast and smooth on a 486/66 with 8MB of RAM.

"Unfortunately, the characterizations don't live up to the game play. Annoying commentary and tiresome, repetitive lines from other pilots (the Native American character keeps saying "Engine speak with forked fan belt", for example) wear thin after the first few races. Also, be prepared for a politically incorrect attitude toward the female characters, who wear skimpy outfits and say things like "Let's get on" when you click on them. On the technical downside, the game does not support multibutton joysticks, so you have to reach for the keyboard to change weapons.

"These relatively minor points aside, Slipstream's mix of fluid first-person racing and nonstop combat creates an airborne Road Rash/Megarace hybrid that's unique, addictive, and fun."

Video Game Advisor, May 1995

"Slipstream 5000 is an absolute blast to play. It is a game that produces an excellent contest when you are challenging the computer opponents, not to mention the absolute brilliance and entertainment value found in the multiplayer game and network/modem play. In fact, it is the courses that make the game so memorable and diverse."

SMART, August 14, 1995

"In the 21st century, when conventional road racing has become passe, advances in thrust drive propulsion and antigravity technology have created an exciting new sport: Slipstream racing.

"The game's action is wild and wicked, portrayed in handsomely rendered 3-D graphics. Although game play can be repetitive, the different settings, combined with three skill levels, keep the pulse pounding. Decidedly not for arcade novices, Slipstream 5000 delivers breakneck arcade action of the highest quality."


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