Lander: Special Edition Pack
Some games are of the "play now, read manual later" genre, while others expect you to read a weighty tome first before putting hand to joystick.
Lander: Special Edition Pack, from the always innovative Psygnosis gang, is at the halfway stage in between arcade-style action and full-scale space flight simulation. The object of the game is to fly a spaceship through a 3D world of hills, valleys, rock faces and tunnels while picking up or destroying valuable objects to earn cash. With these bounties, you can upgrade your craft and weapons. If you take the trouble to read the comprehensive manual and undertake the training missions that can help you conquer the physics problems of inertia and gravity, you'll love this game.
Gameplay zips along, as does your futuristic craft if you've got a 3D graphics card and a Pentium 233 Mhz processor as a minimum specification in your machine. The graphics deserve a special mention -- as well as being superbly textured and the screen being a simple man machine interface and easy to understand, there is a useful wire-frame feature.
When walls, tunnel insides, etc. get in the way of a tricky maneuver, they change automatically into a neat transparent wire-frame of the original obstacle; this allows you to progress unhampered and enables your PC to handle the graphics even faster. No more of those annoying situations where you need to keep up with the action but your machine shudders due to the computer trying to keep up with background and graphic changes.
Lander: Special Edition Pack reminds you of the days when games were fun and addictive to play, even if they didn't look particularly stunning. Compare that with so many of the late 1990s games that are great to look at and full of impressive visuals but just a bore to play. ~ Nick Smith, All Game Guide
Amazing use of normal 3D graphics and wireframe mapping. ~ Nick Smith, All Game Guide
Good atmospheric sounds. ~ Nick Smith, All Game Guide
Immensely playable. ~ Nick Smith, All Game Guide
Tons of gameplay and 29 missions from which to choose. ~ Nick Smith, All Game Guide
Good pilot's manual-inlay card. ~ Nick Smith, All Game Guide