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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 Title Screen
XF5700 Mantis Experimental Fighter DOS A.R.M.S.
XF5700 Mantis Experimental Fighter DOS External view
XF5700 Mantis Experimental Fighter DOS View Without The Cockpit

Promo Images

XF5700 Mantis Experimental Fighter Magazine Advertisement
XF5700 Mantis Experimental Fighter Screenshot
XF5700 Mantis Experimental Fighter Screenshot
XF5700 Mantis Experimental Fighter Screenshot


Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

An ambitious, but failed, experiment DOS WizardX (117)
Simple combat sim, yet a bit repetitive... DOS tbuteler (3146)

Critic Reviews

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


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The original box had a sticker blurbing, "If you liked that "other" space flight sim, you'll love Mantis!" The other sim was, of course, Wing Commander. And anyone familiar with marketing knows a statement like that almost assuredly means the product in question is bad.
Contributed to by Rik Hideto (468659) and tbuteler (3146)
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