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Echelon is a space combat simulator with wire-frame graphics. Fly around an alien planet, looking for clues to a "mysterious event" in the planet's past.

The game has a feature that allows people to play without concerning themselves with battle, or turn off the "exploration" and concentrate solely on combat.


Echelon DOS Front View: Tower in the way
Echelon Apple II Mapping
Echelon Apple II Banking
Echelon DOS Left View: Passing some mountains

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User Reviews

Starglider/Elite as an atmospheric-flight puzzle game DOS Matt McLaine (52)

Critic Reviews

64'er Commodore 64 May, 1989 14 out of 15 93
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Mar, 1989 8 out of 10 80
Commodore User Commodore 64 Jun, 1988 8 out of 10 80
Happy Computer Commodore 64 Feb, 1988 77 out of 100 77
The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 Jun, 1988 71 out of 100 71
The Games Machine (UK) DOS Jun, 1989 61 out of 100 61
Info Commodore 64 Jan, 1988 3 out of 5 60
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Dec, 1988 7 out of 12 58
Crash! ZX Spectrum Feb, 1989 16 out of 100 16
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Commodore 64 May, 1988 Unscored Unscored


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C64 version

The Commodore 64 version of Echelon shipped with the "Lip Stik", a headset and microphone that purported to take voice commands, but in reality just acted as a firebutton. It plugged directly into the joystick port.


Unmarked even on the Hint Map were several unusual locations and structures, including a McDonalds, the Golden Gate bridge, and others. They could be blown up, and the bridges could be flown under and through (lengthwise).


The game uses Access' "Real Sound" technlogy - digitized sound through the standard PC speaker.

Information also contributed by Matt McLaine

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