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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 Flying upside down (level 1).
Hellbender Windows Giving chase (level 1).
Hellbender Windows Dogfight (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 (4617) unrated

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
Pelit Oct, 1996 86 out of 100 86 1996 75 out of 100 75
High Score Dec, 1996 3 out of 5 60
Computer Games Magazine 1996 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Online Gaming Review (OGR) Nov 20, 1996 6 out of 10 60
GameSpot Nov 15, 1996 6 out of 10 60
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Dec, 1996 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 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 (354) added Hellbender (Windows) on Sep 07, 2003