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Escape Velocity: Nova
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Publisher Ambrosia Software
Type Shareware
License $30
Version 1.1
Date Added 6/23/2009
Size 90.2 MB
Downloads This Version 33,356
Downloads of All Time 432,630
Mac Games User Reviews
Escape Velocity: Nova 1.1

EV Nova is the third game in the Escape Velocity series, and is by far the most ambitious installment to date. With a completely redesigned gaming engine, EV Nova thrusts you into a sprawling universe dominated by a myriad of warring factions, each sharing a common bond, but so philosophically different as to make conflict inevitable.

The remnants of the Colonial Council's utopian vision of a united galaxy are littered about like so many discarded dreams. The eccentric genius in Omata Kane, whose Hypergate system brought distant stars within reach, has all but been forgotten. Like a wave in the darkness of space, colonization flowed outwards from Earth, until discord and dissent against a growingly corrupt central government caused it to come crashing down.

Open rebellion caused the destruction of critical parts of the Hypergate system, severing entire systems from the umbilical cord of civilization. They were left adrift in the lonely void of space, forced to fend for themselves, truly strangers in strange lands. The collapse of a central government caused civilization to slide helplessly into a dark age of isolation. The few pockets of humanity that did survive developed in near solitude, clinging perilously to life like a tree desperately trying to gain root on a rocky cliff.

Time marched on in its relentless journey toward the future, and each of these civilizations slowly reconstructed their humanity... but in their isolation, a strange thing happened. They each followed markedly different paths in their evolution. As rediscovered technology finally allowed contact between these far-flung children of the Colonial Council to tentatively resume, they found that they had little in common. Indeed, rather than reunited brothers, they were strangers... or worse, adversaries.

It is into this maelstrom of territorial contention that you are thrust, like a pebble tumbling aimlessly between the tectonic fault lines that uncomfortably separate these divisions of humanity. Welcome to EV Nova. Will the pebble become an avalanche?

Mac Games Fixes and Changes

• Universal Binary
• bug fixes & enhancements

Mac Games System Requirements

Universal Binary (PPC/Intel)
• Mac OS X 10.4 or higher

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Escape Velocity: Nova

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Escape Velocity: Nova Update 1.0.10 - Updates Escape Velocity: Nova to 1.0.10 (Update, 23 MB)

Mac Games User Reviews

Mac Games Rating Den (6/24/2009 - version 1.1)
Great space trading game, and yes, it uses millions of colors, contrary to what previous poster said.
Mac Games Rating Best Yet (4/6/2008 - version 1.0.10)
Nova is easily the best game in the EV series, by a huge margin. The storylines are not nearly as predictable as Override's, instead a simple choice can catapult you into science, smuggling, blockade running, slavery, political intrigue, exploration and more, without telling you what will happen. In comparison, Override told you exactly who you were working for, and what you would be doing, blunting every surprise in the game. As EVO fan so bluntly and ignorantly blurted, one such storyline does prevent you from buying ships and outfits, as well as prevents you from accepting missions via the Mission BBS. However, that same storyline supplies everything you'll need and more. You get some of the fastest, most powerful ships and weapons in the game (which cannot be captured, I might add) as well as regaining all lost abilities. Another great touch in Nova is that you're not always the victorious hero at the end. Your role ranges from public hero, to martyr, to savior to backstabbing usurper. I would pay $60 without a second thought for this jewel, with the $30 price being quite generous, in my own opinion of course. All that remains is to enjoy the updates (can you beat Arpia?) and wait for the next game in the series.
Mac Games Rating No's what he's talkin' about (1/3/2008 - version 1.0.10)
This is the ultimate game.There are unlimited posibilities.
Mac Games Rating Rubio (12/21/2007 - version 1.0.10)
Amazing, vast universe with many storylines and cool ships. While the game isn't without flaws (the Polaris are ridiculous--once you join them, the game stops being fun because you just destroy everything), it's well worth registering. There's an active and enthusiastic community of people who are still building new plug-ins to renew the game. If you want to play Escape Velocity or EV Override with better graphics and game mechanics, there are plug-ins for you. Full marks!
Mac Games Rating Edals (11/28/2007 - version 1.0.10)
This game cannot be played by PC's running the latest version of Quicktime. It states that you must have "Quicktime 5.0 or better". As long as my work is forcing me to use a PC I'd at least like to get my EV fix. Can you make another patch?

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