Solar Winds Stone Interactive Media / Epic MegaGames Inc. 1993

This is a top-down, space-themed action game where you are Jake Stone, a mercenary for hire. Go around the galaxy, make money, destroy ships, smuggle cargo, upgrade your ship and uncover a sinister plot. The story is told through simple conversations and brief cutscenes. In some ways, the series is reminiscent of Star Control II, without the ship customization and fleet building aspects. The keyboard or a joystick is used to navigate the ship, which is always in middle of screen, and fire weapons (which consist of lasers and missiles). Mice are also supported. Many functions, such as scans, communication, and power distribution, are controlled by the control panel. The player can zoom out to see details, the amount of which depends on how much power is allocated to sensors. Power is consumed by the hyperdrive, whose maximum speed is determined by engine power allocation. Hull integrity is shown through a square superimposed on top of the ship. Over time, the ship will repair itself, the speed of which depending on how much power has been dedicated to the life support systems. The waveforms of shields and weapons can be adjusted. Their waveforms affect their effectiveness against each other. Lasers can be set to fire between one and three cannons. Communication is implemented in the form of the other party talking and the player selecting a response. Items in the player's cargo hold can be transported to planets and other ships. In the first episode, many missions involve delivering cargo in return for useful items. The Escape is the free episode available as the shareware demo. Galaxy is the second episode available with purchasing the registered version.
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The Escape - Shareware Level Demo 487kb (uploaded by MyAbandonware)
Galaxy - Full Demo 407kb (uploaded by MyAbandonware)
Solar Winds: Galaxy included in Epic Megagames Adventures - ISO Demo 17MB (uploaded by Internet Archive Software Collection)

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