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Surface Tension

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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.


Surface Tension DOS Some of the keyboard commands
Surface Tension DOS A friendly message stating the obvious. The Lynx base must be attacked and there's lots of enemies that are going to try and stop me.
Surface Tension DOS There's one of them ahead. Lots more showing on the radar
Surface Tension DOS The game is mainly controlled via the keyboard. There are five or six help screens and not all list keyboard commands. There are a couple like this that show the cockpit layout

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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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