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Surface Tension

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Description

In the far future, a seemingly incurable virus known as PMA struck humanity with devastating results. Eventually a cure is found based on an other-worldly element known as Glomavine which is mined by the Lynx corporation. As the game starts the Lynx corp. is exploiting the supply of Glomavine and tries to control a monopoly at the expense of everyone's lives. You are a fighter pilot who gets convinced by a Professor Rawlin to stand up and start a Robin Hood-like campaign against Lynx.

Gameplay consists of earth-based Wing Commander-like space combat and you proceed through the game accomplishing missions made up of (usually) several objectives involving some level of strategic thinking. Available weapons include standard missiles, beam weapons and a deployable remote controlled tank-like probe that changes the pace of the game a little.

The graphics engine uses voxel technology to render landscapes a la Comanche, and uses pre-rendered bitmaps to display enemies and objects.

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Surface Tension DOS After an introductory video sequence the game loads to this menu.
Surface Tension DOS This is the on-board database accessed via the F6 key
Surface Tension DOS There's one of them ahead. Lots more showing on the radar
Surface Tension DOS Flying over Mars towards the Lynx base

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Critic Reviews

GameSpot DOS Dec 23, 1996 6.8 out of 10 68
Computer Games Magazine DOS 1996 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
Joystick (French) DOS Nov, 1996 45 out of 100 45
World Village (Gamer's Zone) DOS 1996 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
High Score DOS Apr, 1997 2 out of 5 40
PC Games (Germany) DOS Nov, 1996 39 out of 100 39
Power Play DOS Nov, 1996 38 out of 100 38
Power Play Windows Nov, 1996 38 out of 100 38

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