Terminal Velocity is a video game developed by Terminal Reality and published by 3D Realms on May 1, 1995. It is an arcade-style flight combat game, with simpler game controls and physics than flight simulators. It is known for its fast, high-energy action sequences, compared to flight simulators of the time.
Terminal Reality also developed a similar game, Fury 3, published that same year by Microsoft. It used the same game engine (Photex + Terrain Engine 1) and basic game mechanics, but was designed to run natively on the new Windows 95 operating system. Though considered to add little to the gameplay of Terminal Velocity, Fury 3 spawned an add-on pack, F!Zone, as well as a sequel, Hellbender.
The story is set in the year 2704, when the ASFAR (Alliance of Space-Faring Alien Races), of which Earth is a member, suddenly turns against Earth and their fleet ravages the planet, starting a war. The player flies a powerful starfighter, the TV-202, in a series of missions to defeat the enemy. In Episode 3, the player learns that a huge supercomputer known as X.I. (Xenocidic Initiative), located on Proxima Seven, is responsible for the war. Their final mission is to eliminate it.
This Video Game contains examples of:
- Ace Pilot: The game establish your character as one, because most of the other pilots died while testing the TV series of fighters.
- Airstrike Impossible: Tunnels are a major part of gameplay. Some are mandatory, required to clear as an objective. Some are optional, more like bonus levels, and it's up to the player to find them and fly through for the goodies. Some have level bosses at the end, and going into those before clearing the other objectives first is a good way to wind up dead.
- Artificial Stupidity: Some fixed defenses fires in the opposite direction of where you're flying. Just apply a short burst of afterburner when approaching to them and watch.
- Big, Bulky Bomb: The quark bomb from the mission 6 briefing: "Years ago, research began on a subatomic bomb, or quark bomb. The basis of the theoretical bomb was Thorium IV, an unstable isotope that would, if struck with sufficiently accelerated particles, blast in what was termed a Deconstruction Radius. Everything in the radius briefly seperates into its component quarks, then reassembles randomly, destroying its original form. The bomb was so utterly destructive that research was terminated and all data supposedly destroyed."
- The D.A.M. bomb qualify too.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Xi, revealed to be a janitor named Sy Wickens.
- Colony Drop: "The largest asteroid in the asteroid belt, Ceres has been fitted with an ion drive and is on course with Earth."
- Possibly Moon Dagger which is described as "Basically a very huge and complex missile".
- Convection Schmonvection: Your ship can fly just below lava and avoid overheating, melting or just plain exploding.
- Earth-Shattering Kaboom: Proxima-seven and Proxima-four explodes at the end of their respective mission.
- Easter Egg: The bonus planet in the CD version.
- Eternal Engine: The supercomputer planet in Episode 3.
- Frickin' Laser Beams: The R.T.L. lasers. The P.A.C are referred as Plasma assault cannons but could be consider this as well.
- Fun with Acronyms: Every weapon is referred this way. P.A.C: Plasma Assault Cannons, ION: Ion Burst Gun etc...
- Game-Breaking Bug: There is a crash on stage 5-2 when you exit a tunnel. Thankfully you are not required to use this particular exit.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: The main menu music is actually named "Sex".
- Homing Projectile: S.A.D. and S.W.T. missiles.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: The Hydro-sleds on Centauri III have pinpoint accuracy but only in the first mission
- Meaningful Name: the TV-202.
- Shout-Out: The moon dagger is like the Death star, complete with trench runs, laser batteries, interceptors that look like TIE fighters and the ability to destroy planets.
- Tei Tenga which was the original setting for Doom before it was changed to Mars.
- Single-Biome Planet: ALL of them. Ymir is a ice planet, Tei Tenga is a desert planet, Ositsho is a lava filled Death World, Erigone as a greenish soil all over, Centauri III is a water world and Proxima Seven is a supercomputer planet.
- Super Prototype: The TV series of spacefighters.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Sy Wickens when he was accidentally digitized.
- Womb Level: Unknown Body, a secret level, is like this, with its surface composed almost entirely of toothy mouths and sphincters and biomechanical aesthetic of its tunnels.