Not too much is known about The Mindwarp, but this was a nice looking Descent style game from 1996/97 which was being produced by Maxis software on the PC and which was advertised in a few places and magazines.
The game was reported by SEC as looking very unlikely to be released, and reports in 1997 confirm that the game was canned. Its not entirely clear why, but possibly the game was well overdue (as was Simcopter at the time) and it was felt that the game would not recoup enough money.
One of the designers, Garrett Smith, has the game listed as one of his credits – but no material of the game unfortunately. The YouTube clip demonstrates some rare footage of the game which came as an extra to a Pinball game that Maxis released. The same YouTube entry mentions that there was apparently a playable demo released on a Maxis compilation, but the compilation has not been located.
It is hoped that more can be found out about the game, and even playable versions located. With one credit already, maybe there is a chance of digging this up someday.
Many thanks to Clint Basinger for highlighting this one! We hope to have more on this one soon!