Escape Velocity

a.k.a. EV / Escape Velocity Classic / EV Classic

created and published by Ambrosia Software in 1996, running on Macintosh OS Classic
type: flight, role-play
genre: Science Fiction, Space trading and combat simulator
series: Escape Velocity
perspective: bird's-eye
player options: single player
other: Shareware
languages: eng

Personal review

Latest version: 1.0.5 (as of ?)
# 2008-10-03 08:11:23


Escape Velocity is a single-player, role-playing, space-adventure computer game series first introduced in 1996 by Ambrosia Software for the Apple Macintosh. Two other similar games based on the original, EV Override and EV Nova, followed in 1998 and 2002 respectively. In addition there is a trading card game available based around the storyline of the EV Nova universe.

The series was created as a joint effort between several people and groups. Matt Burch programmed all three games in their entirety except for the registration system and various libraries. He also devised and created the scenario for the first game. Ambrosia Software, headed by Andrew Welch, managed marketing, registration, and distribution, as well as providing several external libraries used by the games. Early test versions of the game went by the name 'Merc' (short for 'mercenary'). Peter Cartwright wrote the scenario for EV Override and the Australian company ATMOS created the scenario of EV Nova; both originated as plug-ins for the preceding games before being picked up by Ambrosia as sequels. The fighter pilot voices in the original game were provided by Patrick Delahanty. A plug-in of additional phrases was also created and later included as part of EV Override.

Although speculation occurs quite frequently, the developers indicate that there are no plans for a fourth game in the Escape Velocity series.

Similarly, the developers pay no heed to the near-constant requests for multi-player and/or 3D version of any of the three games. In addition to the amount of work that would be required for the original developers to produce one, the developers believe that a multi-player or 3D version would not be compatible with the gameplay of the series.

EVC can be downloaded at Ambrosia Software's website.
(StarSword) - # 2007-03-22 14:57:24 - source

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