Caught in the middle of a violent conflict on the fringe of the galaxy — your ability to survive will depend on your piloting skills and combat savvy as a mercenary space fighter. But, as you explore the vastly detailed world of Tachyon: The Fringe, you will often find that the most powerful weapon on your ship is in your head.
User reviews: Positive (49 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 31, 2000
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"A really, REALLY fun old-school space combat game that looks a little dated but still has it in the gameplay department. Plus Bruce Campbell! Bonus! ;)"

About This Game

Caught in the middle of a violent conflict on the fringe of the galaxy — your ability to survive will depend on your piloting skills and combat savvy as a mercenary space fighter. But, as you explore the vastly detailed world of Tachyon: The Fringe, you will often find that the most powerful weapon on your ship is in your head.

Features

  • Single Player Features — Decide where you want to go and what missions you will fly as you explore the vast and richly inhabited universe.
  • Fight in furious space combat battles around the most massive ships and stations ever created in a space game.
  • Explore a multi-sided in-game story line and make crucial decisions that will change your future.
  • Featuring intense team tactics and BASE WARS. Talk to other star pilots and coordinate attacks with Voice-Over-Net.
  • CHOOSE SIDES — Battle across multiple sectors as you fight to destroy opponent's base.
  • Featuring Bruce Cambell as the voice of Jake Logan

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 2000, XP & Vista
    • Processor: Pentium II 450MHz or better
    • Memory: 128MB minimum
    • Graphics: Direct3D w/ 16MB or better
    • DirectX®: DirectX version 6.0 or higher (included)
    • Hard Drive: 500MB Free
    • Sound: DirectX compliant
Helpful customer reviews
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 25
A great 3d space combat simulator. It can be quite challenging, but has some really good physics and graphics for when it came out. The plot was memorable, the voice acting was quite good for the time, and I still have as much fun playing this game in 2015 as I did in the early 2000s! Totally worth 10 dollars.

Hull those Spanner scum!

Or, uh. Shoot the terrorists! For Money! Much, much more money!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
After finally evading the bugs, I can give this game the recommendation I wanted. After blowing away my save and starting over from the beginning, "Withdraw from Independence" finally became winnable. I also restricted the game to one CPU core in case of RDTSC-related weirdness, but that probably wasn't necessary.

Tachyon is a great space combat flight sim. The storyline is fairly compelling, the missions are interesting, and the environments are neat, too, even though it's in space. The Twilight region is appropriately spooky, the lawless fringe has a number of interesting starbases, etc. It's not quite as open-ended as some others of the genre, but it's not all shooting at ships, either. I had a lot of fun with this in the mid 2000s, and I'm having lots of fun with it again.

Details on bug:
Apparently there was some weird persistent bug that caused the full Galspan force to be present in the Independence sector as soon as I arrived. Let me assure you, that mission is a LOT harder when there's a destroyer right in your face as soon as you arrive. Somehow, something I did fixed that, but those shuttles still went down way faster than I remember until I deleted my save and started over from the beginning.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 31
Tachyon: The Fringe is a masterpiece. There are very few space simulators that are REALLY good, and Tachyon: The Fringe is definitely one of them!
This game will keep you playing until you've finished the game twice -- once on the good-guy side, and once on the bad-guy side. Though the graphics aren't good in comparison to modern games, it is still very good for it's birth-year.
The sounds are good, the story-line classic, yet profound.
This game is sure to keep you from socializing for a few days!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
23.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 16
This game wouldn't play after I purchased and installed it on Steam.Itried to get support for it, but where the hell do you get ahold of support for a game that doesn't play? I love this game and I've owned it for years. I would love to play it again. It shows up on my game list, but goes to a blank screen with sound.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
Pre-Release Review
Bruce ♥♥♥♥ing Campbell is the voice.

Good space / dogfight game. Good story. Holds up well for a game from 2000.
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