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In the late 21st century, an army of insect-like aliens has invaded the Earth. Relying on collective group mind and telepathic messages, these creatures have overthrown the dominant race on their home planet, Siria, assimilating their technology. As the planet became uninhabitable, the new Sirians have ventured into deep space, hoping to find a new home. Their goal was to find vertebrate creatures, in which they could lay their eggs; they have chosen the Earth for that reason. To avert this terrible threat, the Fist of Earth organization sends a fighter pilot named Viper to protect the planet, navigating their strongest weapon - the starfighter XF5700 Mantis.

XF5700 Mantis Experimental Fighter is a mission-based space combat simulation, and a sequel to Warhead. The game utilizes real space (Newtonian) physics for ship navigation. Mission objectives usually involve eliminating alien ships while protecting Viper's wingmen. The game continues the plot of Warhead in its 90 missions.


XF5700 Mantis Experimental Fighter DOS Introduction
XF5700 Mantis Experimental Fighter DOS Introduction
XF5700 Mantis Experimental Fighter DOS Main menu
XF5700 Mantis Experimental Fighter DOS A.R.M.S.

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Alternate Titles

  • "XF5700 Mantis Experimental Spacefighter" -- In-game title

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An ambitious, but failed, experiment WizardX (117) unrated
Simple combat sim, yet a bit repetitive... tbuteler (3156) 2.57 Stars2.57 Stars2.57 Stars2.57 Stars2.57 Stars

Critic Reviews

PC Joker Oct, 1992 74 out of 100 74
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Oct, 1992 8 out of 12 67
Play Time Nov, 1992 47 out of 100 47
Computer Gaming World (CGW) May, 1994 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Power Play Nov, 1992 39 out of 100 39
PC-Spiele '93 1992 3 out of 10 30
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Dec, 1992 Unscored Unscored


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The Starfield backdrop is accurate. If you get bored (not that unlikely) you can stargaze for awhile and pick out the constellations.
tbuteler (3156) added XF5700 Mantis Experimental Fighter (DOS) on Jun 24, 2003