Developed by : Shiny Entertainment
Published by : Interplay Entertainment (Europe)
Playmates Interactive Entertainment (North America)
Platforms : MS-DOS, Macintosh, Playstation, Microsoft Windows
Release date : January 1, 1997 (Windows, Europe)
April 30, 1997 (Windows, North America)
November 21, 1997 (Playstation 1, Europe)
November 30, 1998 (Playstation 1, North America)
August 5, 1999 (Playstation 1, Japan)
Genre : Action, Shooter, Platformer
Perspective : 3rd-Person Perspective
PC Requirements :
60 MHz CPU (minimum), 90 MHz CPU (recommended)
SVGA video card
100% Sound Blaster or compatible Sound Card
8MB of Free Hard Disk Space
ON A GOOD DAY, ONLY 2.5 MILLION PEOPLE WILL DIE.
The year, 1999. The universe is loaded with streams, giant electrical tubes spanning the Universe like an inter-galactic freeway, delivering up pure evil beings known as "Stream Riders."
Gunter Glüt is one such "Stream Rider." He has assigned his horde of minions to raid the planet via this universal highway to force the entire human race into slavery. Giant mobile mining cities crawl across the face of the planet, mining the surface of the Earth. These roving strip mines soon wreak havoc as many of Earth's cities are inadvertently "run over" by these great hulking monstrosities. The remaining free people of Earth go into hiding...
Years earlier, inventor extraordinaire, Doctor Fluke Hawkins, rocketed off on a 5 day mission and was never heard from again. He and his two companions, Max, an over zealous genetically engineered dog; and Kurt Hectic,the Doctor's young protégé, were presumed dead. The unlikely threesome stuck in a 5 day, turned 5 year orbit, became the only hope of saving the Earth and the entire human race from extinction…
The goings on below don't go unspotted by Max. Their worst nightmares have come true: some unimaginable aliens have invaded the Earth through the Stream and have taken over. The Doctor issues his orders, "O.K. Max, I want you to…" Before another word is said, off speeds Max eager to do the Doctor's bidding. Except, of course, for the fact that no "bidding" has been given yet.
The Doctor grabs Hectic and they head for the Invention Lab. The Doctor has made inventions of all shapes and sizes, but no time to browse, they need to act fast. Ah, here it is! A suit designed to repel bullets -- just the type of outfit Hectic needs to take on Glüt's security forces! And there's more where that came from. The Doctor can't hide his excitement – now is his chance to test all his inventions created while adrift, and Hectic is the perfect guinea pig! With an unerring confidence, and slight glint of insanity, the Doctor sends Hectic off to save the day…