It's the year 2351, and you're a pilot trying to rise through the ranks all the way to glory. As a member of the Galactic Federation, you'll be granted more than 20 weapons to use in each pass-fail mission. Your goal is to defend the planet from attacking alien forces, and you'll put your skills into play across more than 30 campaigns.
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Mixed (94 reviews) - 43% of the 94 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Apr 15, 2001

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About This Game

Imminent threat to the Federation rises in 2351. Velians intend to cast a shadow over every colony within the Federation in their rebellious uprising.
Velian unique military technology makes them almost invincible. And they has no intention to show any mercy.
As a Federation Pilot you must interfere with their plans and destroy Velian elite forces in a fierce battles over surface of the planets.

  • Accurate aircraft physics with realtime damage effects.
  • Over 200 different military vehicles and structures to destroy.
  • Wingmen support to aid in completion of mission objectives.
  • 14 types of aircraft, with a choice of 16 different weapons.
  • Progressively increased control over craft and strategic objectives.
  • Branching campaigns for a variety of playing experiences.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 98/Me/2000/XP/Win7/Win8
    • Processor: Pentium II 266 MHz
    • Memory: 64 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 32 Mb RAM
    • Storage: 750 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Attention! You need to run the game as an Administrator.
    • OS: Windows 98/Me/2000/XP/Win7/Win8
    • Processor: Pentium II 450 MHz
    • Memory: 128 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 64 Mb RAM
    • Storage: 750 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Attention! You need to run the game as an Administrator.
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68 of 83 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 8, 2014
There might be some nastalgia playing into my review of this game. It's recalls my favorite time in gaming, when titles like Terminal Velocity and Descent Dominated PC gaming. The tourtorial is a bit lacking so taking some time learning the controls from the options menu first will go a long way, the instant action option is a nice touch and multiplayer (with some system tweaking) is workable and entertaining at lans.

To address the Negative reviews:

There seems to be a trend of people assuming that this new wave of old games getting re-released on steam are similar to 'remakes' available on consoles. These are more like diving in the bargin bin at a local retailer. They aren't repolished with new fixes for modern machines, most will require a few extra steps to get running and this should be expected if you are buying anything before 2009. This one is no exception, luckily there aren't as many issues as with some other titles. I was able to get it up and running by right clicking on the gamelauncher.bat in the install folder and running as administrator. After running it once this way it launches fine from steam. Just so you don't think I have some odd setup that might be old enough to be compatible:

i7 3770k
16 gigs of ddr3
Geforce 780
Win7 x64
240gig SSD
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32 of 46 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
Echelon is a classic flight sim similar to X-Wing, Tie-Fighter or Crimson Skies. It's fun, but often unreasonably difficult. This release, however, is broken. It runs, but requires a lot of work to get running. Buy at your own risk. Also, for some reason they replaced the old menu music with something awful.
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37 of 55 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 26, 2015
Pretty hard to evaluate a game you cannot run (cmd window disappears immediately). Tried every recommendation (admin, etc) and never got it to run on my Win7 x64 system. Paid money for this.
So actually, I guess the review is easy.
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42 of 65 people (65%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 5, 2015
I bought it for few cents, paid too much. This is ablsolute, pure, 100% non-working s***. I tested it on windows 10 x64, windows 7 x64 sp1 and windows xp sp3 (win7 and win xp via virtualbox). The only working part of it is the *.bat file, that has to be modified in order to idle cards.
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17 of 25 people (68%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 9, 2015
Broken installation script. Won't launch so don't buy till devs fix it.
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 9, 2015
An old and, for me, classic game, something of a classic example of old Russian game-design, in both good and bad senses of the term. The graphics have not aged particularly well, and the menus are sometimes a pain to navigate, but overall it remains a solid arcade-ish "action sim", with neat gameplay and a bit of originality, some of which has remained to this day even. There aren't a whole lot of these "futuristic VTOL gunship" sims on PC nowadays for some reason.

In regards to the Steam release: Well, the English localization is an interesting contrast to the Russian I remember. And the game did not launch for me the first time around. It took me the unimaginably difficult effort of going to the game's install directory and running the game's launch script as an administrator to set up the necessary registry and be able to play. (:P)

No, I didn't notice the line in the system requirements telling me to run the game as an administrator at first either.

Not needing a CD in the drive (which this tablet doesn't have anyway) is a definite plus over the times I played it in the past though. :P
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25 of 44 people (57%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 16, 2015
Hard to review a game that wont run................
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13 of 21 people (62%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 8, 2015
Won't launch. Don't buy.
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9 of 14 people (64%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2015
This is an old game; I enjoyed it back in the day. I don't have any delusions about it supporting 5.1, or modern resolutions, or my xbox controller. However, it should be sold in such a state that it launches and is playable. This game can't be launched, and is not playable.

(note: there are some folks having luck with a 3rd-party patch)
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 17
This doesen't work; tried every trick in the book (ran as admin, modifed GameLauncher.bat and everything!) and still didn't work

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0.5 hrs
Posted: October 20
I have had this game in my steam library for a while now. It was one of my favorite games that I used to play. But I could never get the Steam version to run. But today I came across a post by cyanic and he has made a patch to get this game to work. It was nothing less than awesome to get to play this game again. So thanks go out to cyanic for his help to
Echelon gamers in the Steam Community. This games is just as good as I remember. The controls are unique and once you get used to them, very effective. Yes the graphics show a little age and the models a little dated as far as textures go. But some the ships were and still are awesome looking ship designs. If this game could be modded with updated graphics.Maybe more detailed models or just a modern revamp of the whole game.I think it would be an instant success. With this game still being great and with the fact that you can now get the Steam version to play by running the patch that cyanic created. I couldn't imagine it not being in my collection. As of this review its only $3.99, Thats nice deal for a classic game.
Be warned your going to have to run the patch to get the game to run. If your not comfortable doing this I suggest you pass on buying the game.
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baconprison (trading)
3.5 hrs
Posted: August 23
i was hoping this was a game that would acutually be a great fly around shoot em up game
all i got was a command prompt that just disappeared i couldn't even get freaking trading cards out of this game unless i clicked the command prompt really quick and left it there for about 3 hours

steam make sure the software you put on steam actually works before hundreds of people buy it im ♥♥♥♥♥♥ :(

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0.1 hrs
Posted: May 27
I cannot get this to run even after trying all the fixes in the discussion forums and frankly can`t be bothered messing around with it anymore. (tried on Windows 7, 8.1 and 10 PC`s).

The specs say it`ll work with windows 7 or 8.1....

Ummm sorry, but no it doesn`t.

Yes I tried setting the executables as admin, yes I ran the .bat file as admin & yes I tried every compatibility setting available on all the executables.

It might be a good game, but I can`t recommend it as I can`t run it, and from what I`ve seen in discussion threads, MANY people are having the same issues as I am and can`t run it either.

If you can accept having to (try to) fix the issues yourself, and spend a lot of time googling a solution then go for it, but be warned you might end up, (like me), wasting your money and time as no amount of tweaking or fiddling will get my copy to work..

If refunds had been available when I bought this I`d have taken that option, but sadly , they weren`t and I lost my money. The Games now in my "♥♥♥♥ never to be played again" folder.
Where it belongs.
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5.4 hrs
Posted: May 10
Looked good, buuut...

Game would not load at all. Checked discusion on hub. Tried patching game and all work arounds available on hub. No joy. Pity. Do not purchase game until, if ever, the devs get it working.
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0.2 hrs
Posted: March 8
Faulty game launcher - but that's NOTHING! I was unable to play this game for over a decade! It's originally was made for Win 98 and XP patch not always worked. So setting BAT file launcher to admin permission is forgivable for me.

Game is FREAKING AMAZING, both it good and bad sense. There is some parts that are outdated more than the poop of the dinosaur, but the gameplay is still AWESOME!

Really complaining old good game for 1,3$ - you are insane! If you are futuristic sim-game fan - GRAB IT NOW!

It's like Battletech Aerospace fighter inspired gem!
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2.3 hrs
Posted: January 22
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0.2 hrs
Posted: January 5
It still does not run.
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1.6 hrs
Posted: December 26, 2015
Doesn't work. Get the cards and this goes to garbage.
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