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Game #978
Hall of Belated Fame Inductee  Shuttle    View all Top Dogs in this genre
Simulation   Space sim

Rating: 8.75 (321 votes)

Shuttle box cover

Shuttle screenshot
Shuttle is a vastly underrated and undersold simulation, probably because it is a "hard" SCI-FI game with a steep learning curve. This is the perfect game for would-be astronauts. It’s the only decent simulation of the Space Shuttle. The flight model (at least the atmospheric one) is very good, and in the glide test, the shuttle really handles like the enormous winged brick it is. I can’t really comment on much of this game as I haven’t been able to do everything it offers, but I can tell you what you’ll have to complete all the initial flight tests, as well as a plethora of missions.

The manual accurately describes the launch and mission procedures, and unless you happen to work on the space shuttle program, you’ll very likely need it. Graphics are very good for the time, sporting good old polygons in VGA. Sound is somewhat limited, but decent.

This is a great game that never really had a proper sequel. Definitively recommended if you think you've got the nerve to run all the way down the Proustian checklist.

Reviewed by: Tiago
Designer: Unknown
Developer: Virgin Interactive
Publisher: Virgin Interactive
Year: 1992
Software Copyright: Virgin Interactive
Theme: Modern
None that we know of
System Requirements: DOS
Where to get it:
Related Links: MiGMan's review (archived), Space Shuttle News Reference Manual (archived), Documentation
If you like this game, try: Microsoft Space Simulator, Project: Space Station, Buzz Aldrin's Race into Space

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