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Vector Mirage demo

By Fathom Image Free to try Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Feb 27, 2009
With its sprawling yet slightly murky 3D universe, Vector Mirage lets you play the role of a lone space fighter in an interstellar alien war. A behind-the-ship perspective and configurable controls add up to an easy-to-learn title that provides intense arcade action in mere minutes. However, an unsophisticated interface and slightly choppy graphics result in a game that lacks polish and individuality.

The demo consists of one mission: you command the StarBlade OmniFighter in a battle against alien forces that are trying to destroy two of your bases. Your arsenal includes a standard laser, a Homing Light Weapon, and a special weapon. The Beam Pod, which automatically targets any aliens in its vicinity, is the only special weapon available in the demo.

Since the 3D movement involves lots of diagonal turns and strafing, an analog game controller works much better than keyboard arrow keys. Unfortunately, the demo won t save any custom control configurations. The interface is outdated, commanded by the mouse only, and cumbersome to navigate. Vector Mirage lets any armchair commander easily binge on blasting action, but it needs more of an identifiable edge to bring us back for second helpings.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.01

General

Release November 7, 2008
Date Added July 11, 2003
Version 1.01

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows, Windows XP
Additional Requirements Windows 98/Me/2000/XP

Popularity

Total Downloads 22,214
Downloads Last Week 0
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Developer's Description

Vector Mirage delivers all the white-knuckled action and frenzied alien swarms you'd expect from classic arcade shooters, and more. Its unique mix of arcade and strategy gameplay delivers an intense 3D gaming experience that never stops. Battle in alien worlds with your OmniFighter's new Homing Light Weapon. Build your arsenal of special weapons and unlock the true power of your OmniFighter as you battle to defend critical targets and destroy the enemy command. Can you save the known universe from Armageddon? This version includes changes from the 1.01 Patch for the full version of the game. The bundled HTML read-me describes the changes for this demo, which include some visual enhancements, rendering efficiencies, and the fix for a rare locking issue in the 1.0 version.