Take to the air in this futuristic flight sim, fighting through through two campaigns, each of up to 30 non-linear missions. Success in battle brings ever-higher ranks, and new opportunities to choose aircraft and weapons. Even better, as you pile success upon success you will gain the rank to command your squadron, issuing orders to your allies, and even to command whole battles.
The graphics include detailed, highly realistic physics and environments, with striking lighting and water effects. The game takes place in the sky above a huge planet which it takes 8 real-time flying hours to cross, with beautiful landscapes and detailed buildings.
The game includes hundreds of aircraft and vehicles, 3D sound, and multiplayer support for up to 48 players.
Echelon is due for release in August 2001
System Requirements: P266 (P450 - recommended), 64 Mb Ram (128Mb recommended), 650 Mb HDD Space (750 Mb recommended), 3d-Accelerator and Direct Sound compatible sound card, 8X CD-ROM (32X recommended).
Developed by Madia and Buka Entertainment
Echelon copyright 2001 by Buka Entertainment. Echelon copyright 2001 by Echelon. All rights reserved.
Contributed by Jeanne (75654) on May 29, 2008.
Ever wonder how much fun a true flight simulator would be if it were combined with an adventure story and RealSound?
ECHELON is the code name for a top secret military facility located near Isis, a newly discovered planet at the edge of our solar system. ECHELON was established by the International Space Federation (ISF) to protect shipping and mining operations from attack by renegade pirate vessels who have terrorized commerce in the area and are beginning to gain an upper hand.
YOUR ORDERS are to report to ECHELON to be trained to operate the 21st Century’s most advanced spacecraft, the C-104 Light Cruiser, code named TOMAHAWK. This patrol vessel has been designed specifically for planetary exploration and is equipped with the latest technology in weapons and scientific equipment.
ONCE you’re given command of a C-104, you’ll be stationed in a vast territory known as Patrol Zone 106. While on patrol, you’ll discover thousands of objects and structures to explore on the planet’s surface. Through the retrieval of “high resolution” artifacts (over 240) that can be transported aboard your spacecraft, you’ll search for the solution to a series of mysterious and puzzling events happening in this area...A word of advice, you’re not the first pilot to have this assignment. Use caution or it may be your last!
ECHELON is a true simulator that puts you at the controls of the C-104 and in the heart of the action. The craft can be operated inside the patrol zone under 3 different classifications. These include:
- Scientific - This level is for those who wish to fly, explore, and gather information without being attacked.
- Patrol - Encounter enemy spacecraft while exploring the unknown.
- MilItary - Non-stop action facing hostile enemy spacecraft.
Features aboard the C-104 Tomahawk include:
- 3 Different ‘State of the Art' Weapon Systems
- Twin 3-D Screens
- Bi-Directional Transporter Unit
- Real-Time Infrared Vector Graphics
- Unmanned Remote Piloted Vehicle Control
- Computer Information Data Link
RealSound(tm) is a patent pending technology that allows MS-DOS computers to play back hardware-quality digitized sounds such as speech, sound effects, music, etc. without adding any hardware to the user’s computer.
Here’s what the reviewers say about ECHELON:
Outstanding sound and graphics...Fascinating depth. -- COMPUTE!
Takes space simulation to a whole new level... Four stars! -- COMPUTER ENTERTAINER
A beautiful tour-de-force of flight simulation! -- NIBBLE MAGAZINE
Contributed by Robert Morgan (868) on Nov 14, 1999.