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Front Street Publishing
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.
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
"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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