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In Escape Velocity Nova (EVN) the player takes the role of a starship captain, warping from system to system, trading commodities and engaging in combat.

The game interface is, oddly enough, a top-down perspective, such as might be found in games such as Asteroids or Star Control. To maneuver, players simply point their ship in the direction they want to go and thrust. Stopping is as simple as turning in the opposite direction and thereby thrusting against the ship's current direction.

In addition to the exploration inherent within the game, there are also a number of side-missions that can be picked up by the player at their leisure, as well as a handful of storyline missions.

EVN is a very freeform game; players are not even required to peruse the story missions. They can focus on upgrading their ship, become a pirate, or establish a fleet in order to exploit profitable trade routes.

When players engage a ship in combat, it will become "Disabled" shortly before it takes enough damage to be destroyed. Players then have the option of stopping their attack in order to board the ship in order to steal credits, resources, or even the entire ship itself (it can either replace the player's own ship or be added to their fleet). Naturally, ship captures are not always successful.


Escape Velocity Nova Windows Perusing the available ships on a given day on Earth.
Escape Velocity Nova Windows The Vell-Os, one of the more enigmatic factions in the game.
Escape Velocity Nova Windows In the bar, players can gamble by betting on spaceship races. A short quicktime movie shows which ship crosses the finish line
Escape Velocity Nova Windows Missiles, blaster fire, and two Federation light ships finishing a strafing run on a pirate.

Promo Images

Escape Velocity Nova Wallpaper
Escape Velocity Nova Wallpaper
Escape Velocity Nova Wallpaper
Escape Velocity Nova Wallpaper

Alternate Titles

  • "EV Nova" -- Abbreviated title
  • "EVN" -- Abbreviated title

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User Reviews

An open-ended, wonderfully-plotted space adventure with some annoying technical problems. Windows Marty Bonus (41)
The classic Macintosh series makes its first appearance on the PC. Windows Bet (569)
StarFlight fans: here's a game you don't want to miss Windows Stargazer (105)

Critic Reviews

MacNN Macintosh Jul 23, 2002 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Mac Gamer Macintosh Mar 20, 2002 98 out of 100 98
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Macintosh Apr 24, 2002 9 out of 10 90
Absolute Games ( Windows Aug 21, 2003 82 out of 100 82
AppleLinks.Com Macintosh May 07, 2002 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Inside Mac Games (IMG) Macintosh Mar 25, 2002 8 out of 10 80
Macworld Macintosh Jul 01, 2002 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PC Gamer Windows Aug, 2003 71 out of 100 71


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Escape Velocity Nova started life as a plugin being developed by ATMOS Software for Escape Velocity Override. During it's developments, improvements were being made to Ambrosia's Escape Velocity program code. Ultimately, ATMOS contacted Ambrosia and they decided to release Nova as the next game in the series.
Contributed to by Kabushi (248949) and Dave Schenet (138)
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