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Access Software’s Echelon

Posted by Trixter on September 7, 2013

Someone with a lot more patience and dedication than myself reviewed a game that I always felt should have some sort of coverage: Echelon. ¬†It’s one of those games that was more of a tech demo than a game, a phenomenon that occurred often in the first 20 years of personal computer gaming. ¬†Echelon was essentially Access flexing their programming muscles, first with a 3-D flight sim and, in a later revision, continuous digitized sound and speech from the internal PC speaker (on any 286 or higher, otherwise it pauses the system while audio is playing). ¬†They loved this idea so much that Mean Streets was originally going to be a spiritual sequel to Echelon, with a better flight sim. ¬†Thankfully, Mean Streets also had an adventure game built around the flight sim that was much more enjoyable, so that’s why subsequent games are known as Tex Murphy adventures¬†and not flight sims.

Gemini’s review of Echelon is likely the only review anyone will ever see of this game, so I recommend you check it out. ¬†And the next time you have a rainy day you should also check out the other 120 (!) episodes of his DOS-era game review show Ancient DOS Games.

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