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Councillor, we have a big problem. The Bion commandos have just destroyed our fighter pilot training school. ALL of our fighter pilots have perished, along with most of our fighters. You, as a retired pilot, are our ONLY remaining pilot. Fortunately, Hellbender, our experimental assault craft, has survived. Unfortunately, that Bion attack is likely only the first wave. You must take the craft and destroy the Bion attack. Good luck to us all.

Hellbender is a 3D vehicle shooter that is a sequel to Fury³ and a descendant of Terminal Velocity. The player pilots this vehicle through a first or third-person view, going in any direction and shooting almost anything. Fly above the clouds to fight, fly near the ground to attack, and sometimes, dive into the tunnels to search and destroy. The player will be challenged by ground defenses, fighters, missile launchers, and much more -- even a few puzzles to solve, figuring out which switches open what. There are power-ups everywhere, but they have to be looked for. With ten different weapons to choose from, there are plenty of ways to deal out destruction! Even multiplayer is supported.


Hellbender Windows Enemy ship (level 1)
Hellbender Windows Level 1
Hellbender Windows Dark sky (level 1)
Hellbender Windows Starting position (level 1)

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User Reviews

Nice 3D, lots of action, but the key/switch hunts can be frustrating Kasey Chang (4608) unrated
A fossil, yet a gem Jack Henninger (2) 3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars

Critic Reviews

Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Jun 24, 1997 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Electric Games 1996 89 out of 100 89
Gamezilla Nov 03, 1999 87 out of 100 87
PC Games Nov, 1996 B 75
PC Games (Germany) Oct, 1996 74 out of 100 74
PC Action (Germany) Oct, 1996 69 out of 100 69
PC Player (Denmark) 1996 69 out of 100 69
PC Player (Germany) Oct, 1996 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Online Gaming Review (OGR) Nov 20, 1996 6 out of 10 60
High Score Dec, 1996 3 out of 5 60


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Hellbender was actually one of the first games that fully supported the DirectX API (DirectSound, DirectDraw, Direct3D)


Hellbender is named after a large salamander (by the name of Hellbender) that lives near North American rivers and streams. It is also known as a "mud puppy", and is fully amphibious. (It is NOT poisonous though)

Voice acting

X-Files star Gillian Anderson does the voice acting of E.V.E. The Hellbender's computer

Information also contributed by Kasey Chang
Goteki45 (352) added Hellbender (Windows) on Sep 07, 2003
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