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Lightbringer - PC

Platform : Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows 95
Rated: Everyone
3.2 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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  • Prepare yourself for an exhilarating 3D graphic adventure
  • Your mission is to travel to the Cydonia region of Mars to survey the planet for the prospect of human colonization, but your mission takes an unexpected turn
  • Engaging 3D puzzles
  • Seamless 360 degree navigation
  • Over 70 hours of non-linear gameplay with multiple endings
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Lead the First Manned Mission to MarsProduct Information Your mission is to travel to Mars...the setting is the year 2012.  Assumethe role of three astronauts sent to Mars to explore the mysterious CydoniaMensae region best known for its mile-long land formations thought to resemblea humanoid face.  Upon entering the Martian atmosphere however yourspaceship is severely damaged by an unexpected force field.  With your shipcrippled and fellow crew members critically injured your journey bees astruggle for survival.Prepare yourself for an exhilarating adventure with seamless 360 degreenavigation challenging 3D puzzles over 70 hours of non-linear game playenhanced with dynamic directional sound and fascinating multiple endings.The next giant leap for mankind.Product Features Completely Immersive Gaming Experience This epic journey opens a whole new world that will capture your imagination.  Immerse yourself in in over 70 hours of stimulating game play. 3D Realism Magnificent environments are created with remarkable detail and ingenuity.  Game content includes mission data taken from actual NASA and Russian space programs. Fascinating Expedition Travel to a time when life existed on Mars and master the advanced technology of an ancient martian civilization.  Complete with multiple endings and enhanced with dynamic directional stereo sound. The Face On Mars Debate over the validity of these photographs has fueled major controversy in the space science munity.  As the controversy mounts the mystery remains. Explore Mars Roam freely across the pla's landscape.  Travel to the much debated "Face on Mars" the mysterious Pentapyramid and other fascinating locations. Intriguing 3D Puzzles Use your genius to solve engaging situational and tactile challenges such as The Warrior Puzzle. Outstanding Graphics Enjoy the realism created by over 55000 fram

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Prepare yourself for an exhilarating 3-D graphic adventure. Your mission is to travel to the Cydonia region of Mars to survey the planet for the prospect of human colonization. But your mission takes an unexpected turn.

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  • ASIN: B00002EIZR
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 10 x 10 inches ; 12 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: October 13, 1999
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,730 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

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Lightbringer is a re-release of the game Cydonia, that was put out about a year ago. Nothing in the game is supposed to have changed except the title. Despite the fact that the game has been in circulation for over a year, it is still plagued with some serious bugs. One bug is so serious that there is no way to continue the game once it hits. Fortunately, there is a patch available from Dreamcatcher's web site. However, a word of warning -- install the patch BEFORE you start playing the game. If you try to install it after you've hit the bug, the patch does no good and all of your saved games will be useless.
Once I installed the patch, I naturally found the game much more enjoyable. The graphics and animations are pretty decent and you do get a good feeling of exploration as you cruise around the Martian surface. My only complaint here is that there are only three locations to explore once you leave your landing capsule. I suppose, in reality, there wouldn't be all that much to see on a barren planet, but I would have liked a few more rooms or chambers to explore inside the few buldings that you do encounter. Another, although minor, complaint is that the animations get old fast. You start seeing the same scenes over and over, even when you are in a new location or travelling in a different direction. It would have been nice if the designers added a little more variety.
The puzzles in the game are fairly good, but most seem tacked-on instead of blended into the story. I found most to be a decent challenge, although a few were ridiculously easy, while others were just a matter of random guessing. But, if you like the puzzles more than the story, you should enjoy Lightbringer.
Overall, Lightbringer is a reasonably entertaining adventure game, but I'd save it until you've run out of some of the better titles to play.
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LIGHTBRINGER used to be called CYDONIA. The adventure takes place around the potentially "artificial" structures on Mars, such as the "face" and the "pentapyramid". I was intrigued with the idea of playing an adventure on Mars, let alone near these purported features on that planet. Well, my expectations of the game were exceeded. The immersive experience of flying in your hovercraft over the desert planet and the truly marvelous (and realistic) spectacles that are seen are breathtaking. To come up to the steps of the pentapyramid for the first time really humbles you.
The puzzles that are needed to solve this adventure aren't extremely frustrating, so they're great (and VERY satisfying) for the novice and experienced adventurer alike. All in all, the game was so impressive that I am very eager to experience another title from DREAMCATCHER INC., like THE CRYSTAL KEY. Fans of MYST will love this game. Haters of MYST will also.
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By A Customer on April 23, 2000
I should start off by saying that I adored Myst and generallyliked Riven. My family and I have made a group pastime of solvingadventure games like these, and found this one to be only mediocre. I think this game had a lot of potential but was released entirely too early. The graphics are alright but your exploration of the surroundings are extremely restricted. The puzzles are also pretty decent; some are easily solved by intuition, some are pleasantly challenging but some are flawed--either convoluted or buggy. Overall, if you crave good adventure/mystery games like Myst, this is a good buy. It is worth the money, just don't expect a masterpiece. Some other games worth checking out are Beyond Time and Lighthouse. END
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I'm surprised to see some of the negative reviews, so I had to put in my two cents. This game was very challenging, and I play lots of adventure games. I especially liked the challenge of deciphering the martian language with a decoder and alphabet! While it became a little tedious to travel from one cite to another, as this involved graphic sequences and CD changes, the puzzles and the storyline were intriguing and complex enough to keep me engaged for hours at a time.
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By A Customer on June 6, 2000
I must say, when I played this game I was very dissapointed. I found it overpriced for such a poor game. The graphics were pretty good (though not the best i've seen), but it was dark and hard too make out certain areas. It relly annoyed me as you can only move certain ways at times. I found the puzzles a little too difficult, tireing, and I think they took way too long for one section of the game. Overall, I think the idea is of the game is appealing, but the overall game could defenatly be better.
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I purchased this product without having gone to the Dreamcatcher website first to check XP compatibility. Unfortunately they describe this software as being NOT compatible, and there is no form of patch available at the time of me writing this review.
Despite this, I installed the software, and began playing the game. Although swapping the 5 CDs becomes cumbersome very quickly (there needs to be an option to load more on the HDD to eliminate the swapping and choppiness caused by frequent cd access, but there is not), the colours and images seem crisp, though all pre-rendered. When characters talk, their mouths just do a random open close motion, but that really wasn't a big deal to me.
You can't interact with a lot of the environment, and wide open spaces that you'd think you can move towards aren't available. There are three major zones of interest for your character, and I had no issues with exploring two of them, with no game play issues. Every so often, the game will "zoom out" and show your actual character doing something, like getting in or out of the hovercraft, or running across the desert. I'm not sure what the purpose of that is, other than to add a little cut-scene to the game. You can't play the game in 3rd person like that.
The puzzles are mostly easy, and do not provide brain killing challenges like those in Schizm for example. Ringing gongs in a certain order based on translations of the martian text using your in-suit computer was interesting. I like the concept of the in-suit computer, it's got a dictionary, translator, mission logs and archives, as well as real data from the NASA programs.
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