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CyberGenic Ranger: Secret of the Seventh Planet

DOS - 1990

Year 1990
Platform DOS
Released in United States
Genre Action
Theme Arcade, Platform, Sci-Fi / Futuristic, Shooter
Publisher Symtus
Developer Symtus
Perspectives 2D scrolling, Side view
2 / 5 - 6 votes

Description of CyberGenic Ranger: Secret of the Seventh Planet

Trixter bashes this marginally underrated game so well at MobyGames that I'd like to quote it verbatim (and yes, I agree with him 100%): "Cybergenic Ranger bears my dubious title of "game that should never have made it into production".

I'll jump right to the point: The controls suck donkey dick. Just how much dick does it suck, you ask? Well, instead of monitoring keyboard scan codes like every single game ever made for the PC since 1982, this game takes keypresses from the BIOS, just like your average word processor. (Yes, that means that in order to run, you hold the key down and, after a second, the keyboard repeat kicks in and you start running.) Of course, the end result is that you cannot run and jump, run and fire, jump and fire, or pretty much press any two keys together without the second key cancelling the first one. I have witnessed (and come to expect) this in throwaway BASIC games from 9 year-olds, but in a commercial game? That was actually on store shelves? Did anyone on God's green earth playtest this game?

Control issues aside, the first level alone is enough to make you tear your hair out in large clumps because it's impossible to navigate without hitting dead, floating corpses all the time. Each time you hit one, the game pauses to play a sound effect, then takes away some of your energy. But every 3rd or 4th corpse, you get a power pod that restores your energy just about to the level it was before you started. This is what is ultimately frustrating -- not the fact that you keep getting hit by floating corpses, but realizing that because of the energy pods that keep helping you, the entire sequence is completely unnecessary and lacks any purpose whatsoever."

Review By HOTUD

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Crossman 2022-12-30 0 point

I completely disagree with HOTUD AND DAVE about the whole thing. The game DOES have a storyline, if y'all bothered to take a look at the manual, that INCLUDES the comic the game is based on. A gamer FINDS a way to make a game work, even if it's obscure in some way, a game implies RULES and instructions on how to play the game and beat it. I played the first part of it so far and am starting on the part where the hero is on the planet and am looking forward to what else the game has in store. I think HOTUD should be more receptive to the games he comments on and less critical on those he apparently didn't take the time to play enough to form a constructive comment on.
I'm just saying...

Dave 2021-09-25 0 point

I remember when this game was being demo'd on 386 series computers at the mall. It seemed like a big breakthrough for ms-dos PCs... sort of. Colors looked real vibrant but the animation was real choppy. This along with a couple other games that mixed graphics and 'live video' ..and I really wanted to play them. Never saw much of else of this game until Youtube started showing gameplay. Beech, yep I would've been grossly disappointed...even as a 15 year old.

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