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Vaguely similar game

Post by Vachtra » Fri Mar 23, 2012 7:14 am

Does anyone remember a vaguely similar game to Transcendence from somewhere from the early to late 90's?
It starts you out in a ship collecting items. Eventually you find out that you need to go to an area where you need a better drive to reach it and a cloaking device so they don't blow you up.
You then find out that you are being held in a force field by aliens and find a way to escape.
The game ends there as it's a demo version and I don't know if a full version was ever made.
Note: The drive has limited fuel and you can only make it one way. There's no turning back unless you want to wait what seemed like hours to get there.

Is this possibly where some of the ideas for Transcendence came from? It had a similar feel.
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Re: Vaguely similar game

Post by mistere » Sat Jun 02, 2012 8:00 pm

Vachtra wrote:Does anyone remember a vaguely similar game to Transcendence from somewhere from the early to late 90's?
It starts you out in a ship collecting items. Eventually you find out that you need to go to an area where you need a better drive to reach it and a cloaking device so they don't blow you up.
You then find out that you are being held in a force field by aliens and find a way to escape.
The game ends there as it's a demo version and I don't know if a full version was ever made.
Note: The drive has limited fuel and you can only make it one way. There's no turning back unless you want to wait what seemed like hours to get there.

Is this possibly where some of the ideas for Transcendence came from? It had a similar feel.

Beats me- there's a lot of space trading, space combat, space rpg games that have elements in common with trans.

I remember Ascendancy being one of the best, similar 90s games in the genre.

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Post by sdw195 » Sat Jun 02, 2012 10:34 pm

escape.... something maybe :?:
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Re: Vaguely similar game

Post by RPC » Sun Jun 03, 2012 3:14 am

Escape Velocity?
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Re: Vaguely similar game

Post by Wolfy » Mon Jun 04, 2012 1:48 pm

There is also frontier 0.5, which george made a long time ago, and the first version of Transcendence is startlingly similar.
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Re: Vaguely similar game

Post by Vachtra » Wed Jun 06, 2012 9:39 pm

Escape velocity could be it. I'll have to check it when I get home.

I know about Frontier. I've played it numerous times and keep a copy in my transcendence folder.
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Re: Vaguely similar game

Post by digdug » Fri Jun 15, 2012 4:34 pm

Flatspace 1/2 ?
Star Control 1/2 ?
Weird Worlds ?
Battleships Forever ?
Strange Adventures In Infinite Space ?
NAEV ?
Gratuitous Space Battles ?

mmh, that's it, I don't know any more top-down 2D adventure space shooters. :P

well, Riftspace is cool but it's 3D, like Elite.
oh, and Distant Empires http://distantempires.com/, which is a online real-time multiplayer game of space conquest.

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Re: Vaguely similar game

Post by Shrike » Tue Jun 19, 2012 4:39 am

Starfighter: Disputed Galaxy. :P

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Re: Vaguely similar game

Post by Vachtra » Tue Jun 19, 2012 9:28 pm

Okay, it's not Flatspace.
Not Star Control, although an awesome game.
Not Wierd Worlds.
Oh yeah, not Escape Velocity... I had hoped.
Not Battleships Forever.
Not NAEV.
Not Gratuitous Space Battles.
Will have to check out Strange Adventures in Infinite Space. I don't think so but well....

Anyhow, if anyone can think of a game with the scenario as mentioned in the first post please take a stab.
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Re: Vaguely similar game

Post by Star Weaver » Wed Jun 20, 2012 7:43 am

StarFlight / StarFlight II?

I had a cousin who had these and thought they were superior to star control for some reason; i never got to play them much for some reason.
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Re: Vaguely similar game

Post by giantcabbage » Thu Jun 21, 2012 7:11 pm

It starts you out in a ship collecting items. Eventually you find out that you need to go to an area where you need a better drive to reach it and a cloaking device so they don't blow you up.
You then find out that you are being held in a force field by aliens and find a way to escape.
The game ends there as it's a demo version and I don't know if a full version was ever made.
It sounds like Solar Winds by Epic Megagames. There were two games, I think the first half of the first game was shareware.
StarFlight / StarFlight II?

I had a cousin who had these and thought they were superior to star control for some reason; i never got to play them much for some reason.
Starflight and Starflight II are probably the best games ever ;o) They can be a bit difficult to play if you're not used to the 1980s graphics and interface. However, there was a Megadrive/Genesis version of starflight 1 around the same time as Star Control II which had better graphics.

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Re: Vaguely similar game

Post by Vachtra » Thu Jun 21, 2012 8:41 pm

Bingo! Solar Winds is the winner. I should have figured Tim would have made it.
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Maybe someone should do a ZZT inspired adventure for Transcendence. Could be cool.
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Re: Vaguely similar game

Post by Ttech » Wed Jul 04, 2012 7:30 am

Though not specifically related, Tyrian 2000 got me started with this game somewhat.

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Re: Vaguely similar game

Post by matix » Wed Jul 04, 2012 3:22 pm

Soooo many similar games :shock: but Trans is the best of them all :wink:
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Re: Vaguely similar game

Post by Ttech » Wed Jul 04, 2012 8:15 pm

Certainly I have a preference to Transcendence but for the times those games were created they were very unique!

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