“ Escape Velocity by Ambrosia Software Inc. Escape Velocity spans a number of genres combining elements of classic trading games arcade space shoot-outs and strategy simulations. You can choose to build a trading empire aid the Rebellion in a civil war or s „
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The original Escape Velocity game was very entertaining and all of the faffing about required porting it from the Mac to the PC was well worth it in my opinion. While I really enjoyed playing this game as a young teen, it has dated quite badly and those new to this incarnation of the game will doubtless struggle to remain interested for long.
With its timeless 'good v evil' theme and blocky graphics, I can't imagine that it was ever particularly groundbreaking, but the general gameplay and other features of the game redeem it considerably.
Kitting out your all-powerful spaceship, conquering planets and dealing with a range of shadowy factions across the galaxy were all part of the fun and before you knew it another 24 hours were gone. In addition to this, being a pirate was always fun and there were some easy ways for canny space captains to make money through trades.
For those thinking about playing this game I would advise that you search online for the newest version of the game - Escape Velocity Nova, as it compares to the original like a Porsche to a Peugeot!
I'll tell you this now, Escape Velocity is one of the most addictive games in existence. It must be second most addictive, the most addictive being it's sort of sequel; Escape Velocity: Override. Basically you start out as captain of a small shuttle craft and you have to travel across the universe, from planet to planet. You can earn your living by becoming a trader, travelling to distant planets buying and selling cargo. You could join the Confederation or the Rebels, two opposing groups at war with one another. Alternatively you could become a pirate, shooting down vulnerable merchants and ransacking their ships for booty. Buy new ships and weapons from a very wide range of choice, buy extra armour coating some shield enhancers maybe, perhaps a speed upgrade. The whole universe is completely editable through various editors that create plug-ins. It doesn't require a professional programmer to remake the entire universe from scratch, with all your own ships, planets, weapons, missions, cargo, everything! OK, about the graphics, each ship 36 stages of animation for rotation, the ships are viewed from a top-down or birds-eye view, although you can get plug-ins that replace the ships graphics with isometric 3D looking graphics. You can play Escape Velocity again and again, it's always different and it never gets boring. There's nothing wrong with this game, except it's not as good as Escape Velocity: Override, which is similar but the universe must be 10x as big, with 10x as many weapons, ships etc. and so is 10x more fun!