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Earth is dying, you, the player must save it by succeeding in the colonization of Mars.

This is an adventure game that looks a lot like Cryo's brand, meaning 3D pre-calculated graphisms, with smooth transition when moving from place to place, plus of course, the obligatory full-motion cut-scenes. The art is impeccably done and up to the standards of the release year (1998).

Upon arriving on Mars, however, the landing module hits an unexpected force-field and crashes, and that's where the adventure begins. The first puzzles are quite easy; they consist of saving the module and the two other humans aboard from the shipwreck and the subsequent fire, all the necessary hints being given to you by one of your shipmates. However, after that point, puzzles are way more difficult, as they consist (at first at least) of exploring remains of an alien civilization, with thought processes "alien" to human players.


Cydonia: Mars - The First Manned Mission Windows Main menu
Cydonia: Mars - The First Manned Mission Windows Talking to the Ambassador
Cydonia: Mars - The First Manned Mission Windows Merchant crypt puzzle
Cydonia: Mars - The First Manned Mission Windows Leaving the solar system vault

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Alternate Titles

  • "Lightbringer: The Next Giant Leap for Mankind" -- DreamCatcher release title
  • "Lightbringer: Adventure on Mars" -- DVD-ROM release title
  • "Cydon: Ontrafel Het Marsmysterie" -- Dutch title

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Not worth playing, even if you find it cheap. Jeanne (76511) 1.4 Stars1.4 Stars1.4 Stars1.4 Stars1.4 Stars

Critic Reviews

Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Jan 08, 2000 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
PC Gaming World Jun, 1999 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Just Adventure 1999 B 75
Power Unlimited Sep, 1999 7.3 out of 10 73
Adventure Gamers May 19, 2002 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Computer Gaming World (CGW) May, 1999 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Quandary Oct, 1998 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
IGN Jan 10, 2000 5.2 out of 10 52
PC Player (Germany) Jun, 2000 42 out of 100 42
PC Gamer Feb, 1999 38 out of 100 38


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pouzzler (8) added Cydonia: Mars - The First Manned Mission (Windows) on Jul 13, 2001