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The year is 3032. You own a hovercraft type spacecraft and earn your living by piloting it around the solar system, hired by large corporations and other entities to perform various tasks for a price. The more difficult, risky or illegal the mission, the higher the pay off.

Lander is a small, lightweight, maneuverable machine designed for tight above and below ground flying, controlled through a set of thrusters on the corners and a single main engine on its belly. With the money you earn, make needed repairs or improve Lander with better weapons, engines, armor – or even replace it entirely. There are five grades of armor, four pulse energy weapons, three missile systems and four engines available when you have enough cash to purchase them.

In order to succeed, you must master intricate flight dynamics. Learn to maneuver your Lander through a series of traps and other obstacles, all the while handling gravity, wind, and other atmospheric interferences.

There are 30 increasingly difficult, non-linear single missions covering 15 different planets and moons. In the early stages of the game, they involve finding and retrieving objects with your tractor beam, searching and destroying a specific target or stealing an important object. Later operations take on a covert military flair, some of which are puzzle based, and you find that other factions are determined to stop you at all costs.

Two multiplayer levels support deathmatch play over IPX or TCP/IP internet connection. CD-Rom and DVD versions were shipped in the same package. The DVD version (Psygnosis’ first release in that format) boasts high-resolution MPEG 2 video sequences and Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. The PC version offers Dolby Surround Sound and MPEG 1 video (in shorter length) on a single CD-Rom.


Lander Windows Title
Lander Windows Loading fuel
Lander Windows Shooting
Lander Windows Cargo

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User Reviews

Difficult to master but greatly enjoyable when mastered. CyberAngel (3) 3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars
Crash and burn Ashley Pomeroy (233) 1.33 Stars1.33 Stars1.33 Stars1.33 Stars1.33 Stars

Critic Reviews

Game Over Online Mar 09, 1999 86 out of 100 86
Bravo Screenfun Apr, 1999 2 out of 6 80
Power Unlimited Jun, 1999 8 out of 10 80
Gameplay (Benelux) Apr 30, 1999 74 out of 100 74
PC Player (Germany) Apr 07, 1999 62 out of 100 62
PC Accelerator Jul, 1999 6 out of 10 60
PC Joker Apr, 1999 60 out of 100 60
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Oct 20, 1999 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
Power Play Apr, 1999 45 out of 100 45
PC Games (Germany) Apr, 1999 39 out of 100 39


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Version differences

This was one of the earliest games to be released on DVD, at a time when DVD drives were still quite new; it had a lengthy intro movie and a Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack, although the game itself did not justify the extra storage capacity. It was originally to have been DVD only, but was eventually released on CD as well. It was also one of Psygnosis' last games.

Developer Interview

A developer interview appeared in 1999 on the product web page. The interview consisted of two parts: One about the game and one about the DVD technology used, this shows how important that was for them at that time. (They also mix game-related questions into the DVD section.) The interview can be read here: Psygnosis Website from 1999
Jeanne (76229) added Lander (Windows) on Oct 10, 2002
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