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  • genre action / simulation / sci-fi
  • download size 78 MB
    ~19 min
  • avg. user rating from 150 user ratings.
  • release date April 7, 1995
  • compatible with Windows (XP, Vista, 7, 8) and Mac OS X (10.6.8 or newer)
  • languages English
  • developer / publisher Terminal Reality / 3D Realms
  • game modes single-player, multi-player
  • Bonus content included for FREE with purchase:
  • manual
  • soundtrack

What's cool about it:

  • Nine unique and dangerous planets with over 400,000 sq. miles of terrain combined!
  • Seven murderously destructive weapons along with a plethora of deadly power-ups.
  • Fast and furious air-to-air and air-to-ground combat that immerses you completely in the game!


In the far future, armadas from surrounding systems have suddenly waged war on Earth, destroying crucial installations and major cities. Earth was quickly subjugated and brought to its knees. You are a pilot from the Ares Squadron, flying the fastest, most dangerous crafts ever made. Currently, you're in the TV-202, a fighter few can handle. Given that the previous model, the TV-101, has chalked up more dead pilots than any experimental craft in history, many consider you lucky to be alive. You're outgunned, outmanned, and strapped into a flying coffin. But just think how good "Savior of the Known Galaxy" will look on your resume.

Take to the skies and beyond in this pure action game brimming with full-throttle excitement! Climb into Terminal Velocity now and you’ll never go back to those flight sims that only offered combat as a mere “option”. Terminal Velocity IS combat without the unwieldy and needlessly complicated controls present in other flight sims. Imagine blazing above an alien planet, demolishing ground units with plasma beams, banking through a narrow canyon while enemy fighters are at your tail. Dive into the very essence of combat and pick up Terminal Velocity today!

Age requirements: ESRB Rating: TEEN with Animated Violence.

Minimum system requirements: Windows XP / Windows Vista / Windows 7, 1.8 GHz Processor, 512MB RAM (1 GB recommended), 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7 (compatible with DirectX 9 recommended), 2GB HDD, Mouse, Keyboard.
Minimum system requirements (Mac): OS X 10.6.8 or later. Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2GHz+ Memory: 2GB of RAM Graphics: 64MB of video memory Recommended two-button mouse, or Apple mouse with Secondary Button / Secondary Click enabled.

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Posted on 2012-11-15 10:36:08 bywvpr's avatarwvpr:

Terminal Velocity's biggest selling point was its high-speed, high-detail graphics engine. Now that its technology is dated, what's left is a game that relies on a constant stream of random enemies to provide action while the player flies from one similar area to another and repetitive music loops. The flight mechanics are pure arcade - there's no gravity, you turn on a dime, andread more you can even float in midair. There's also an odd upgrade system that lets you level up your weapons several times but resets a weapon's upgrades if you run out of ammunition for it.
It's not an awful game, especially if you like to hit the burners and hug the ground, race through tunnels, or spin around at high altitude. You have full freedom of movement in three dimensions. But don't buy the game expecting as many dimensions of gameplay.

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My cure for vertigo

Posted on 2012-11-15 09:45:58 byjdbyrd's avatarjdbyrd:

Terminal Velocity is a lesser known space combat flight sim similar to Descent. It's a simple game that plays like an arcade shooter but with full freedom of movement in a 3D environment. One of the game's great qualities is that it's equally easy to fight with your ship upside down as it is right side up, and after a few game sessions I no longer cared if the ground was aboveread more or below me. Thanks to this game, Up and Down lost their association with sky and ground, and instead they became associated with which key I pressed or how I handled the joystick. Flying upside down might be unnerving for some, but nothing bad happens while doing so in Terminal Velocity, so you are free to enjoy the change in perspective and concentrate on what matters most: blowing up the bad guys... just don't fly into that mountain above you.

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Fun and Fast, Just like Microsoft's Fury3

Posted on 2012-11-15 10:31:20 byTallima's avatarTallima:

If you've played Microsoft's Fury3 (or the demo that came with many computers back in the 1996ish days), then you'll recognize this game almost immediately. Fury3 was a blatant rip-off of this gem (but also just about as much fun).
The game is just simply fun. You spot baddies on your radar and hunt them down. As you knock out enemy fortifications, you can also snag some power-upsread more that include boosts to your shields, standard firepower, or secondary rockets and bombs.
You can increase and decrease your speed and change your pitch and roll to control your craft. You can also turn on an automatic roll-back-to-horizon (if memory serves me correctly). So it's super easy to play with just a keyboard. Of course, a flight stick makes it a little more fun.
If you've played Fury3 or Magic Carpet, you'll love this game. If you've played and liked old shooters like Doom or Duke Nuke 'Em, you'll also likely enjoy this game. They play about the same, just with an added dimension of movement.

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