After centuries of Galactic War, the Galaxy finally came to its senses and each world decided that earth should be the center for the peace keeping force "The United Worlds".
Many colonized worlds lay in the far reaches of the galaxy. Aragon was one such planet. The last message from Aragon was received two standard days ago which means that due to the delay in cross-galaxy communications, the planet has been alone for five years!
As commander Kreigson of the small fleet recon ship "Wrath" you have been instructed to land with caution to assess the situation and restore communication with earth. Fitted with the latest automated Bio-Tech suit you land and are immediately aware that whatever took control of Aragon was not of this galaxy.
You will be totally absorbed in this 3D adventure game that is a mixture of Shoot-em-up, logic puzzles and role playing adventure games that will keep you glued to your computer.
~ advertising blurb
A mining colony has sent out a distress signal. Militant robots are invading, so it's up to you to stop the chaos and prevent any more death. That's the basic plot of Wrath of Earth, a 1995 first-person-shooter from Addix Software.
To begin with, it feels like a familiar Wolfenstein 3D or Doom clone. Levels are structured on a single plane with sprite-based enemies roaming the hallways, but after some more time spent with it, you'll find it's so much more than that. In fact, I'd compare it more to the cerebral shooters of System Shock or Cybermage over the action-heavy Doom clones.
That's not to say there isn't much in the way of action. You have a number of weapon types at your disposal and each have a nifty lock-on feature which was fairly unique for the time. There are a number of human civilians, hiding from the chaos, and each can be spoken to. Some will even offer up useful items such as keycards or health packs. No matter what, they seem to disappear after your conversation. I assume they were saved.
Hovering above the planet is your mothership, Wrath, whose AI acts as a guide. For example, the emotionless female utterances will tell you what objects to look out for, provide details of your surroundings or even provide locations of hidden passages on your radar.
While the FPS isn't my go-to choice of genre, I still found a lot to like about Wrath of Earth. There's a lot of meaty mechanics to suck you into a rather lengthy campaign and are perfect to keep the shooting from ever becoming stale. I highly recommend this hidden gem.
To download the game, follow the link below. This custom installer exclusive to The Collection Chamber uses DOSBox to bring the game to modern systems. Tested on Windows 10.
File Size: 12.7 Mb. Install Size: 26.8 Mb. Need help? Consult the Collection Chamber FAQ
Wrath of Earth is © Addix Software Development Inc
Review, Cover Design and Installer created by me