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Tuesday, August 28, 2007
A Look Back At Escape Velocity
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 15 comments

Apple Matters has served up a nostalgic review of Ambrosia Software's legendary Mac shareware classic, Escape Velocity. The game gives players the chance to take the helm of their own starships and seek their fortunes in a vast galaxy. Apple Matters recommended the game and its sequels to anyone seeking an enjoyable gaming experience.

Basically, this game is a 2D, top-down viewing, non-linear space adventure. You command a ship (or small fleet of ships), you travel to different worlds, you buy/sell/trade goods, and you destroy other ships. You start off life in a tiny shuttle with a full tank of gas and a bit of spare change in your pockets. From these humble beginnings, you will buy larger ships, bigger guns, betters shields (and other such awesome add-ons) all in the name of your chosen cause. Speaking of causes, this brings me up to point number two. You, the player, can determine how things turn out in your little universe. Because the galaxy in which youíre dropped is currently engaged in a civil war. You may choose to help the Confederates or the Rebels, but choose you must. Both story lines are interesting and definitely worth playing. Though in the end youíll probably end up starting over and just hunting pirates the whole time, but thatís your business I suppose.

Now I realize the graphics are dated. And I realize you can get video that looks a zillion times better on your freaking cellphone, or calculator, or watch for that matter, but that isnít the point. You arenít going to play this game for the stunning visuals, or for the amazingly intricate game-play. The reason you should play this game is because itís FUN! Yeah, crazy huh? It really is fun. Even after all these years I was amazed at how much I enjoyed this game. It has an amazing replay value.
For the full review follow the link provided below.

Apple Matters: Escape Velocity Review
Ambrosia Software
Escape Velocity

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