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Escape Velocity Nova

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EV_Nova_1.0.2.sit (75.98 MB)
MD5: fd15b3ff14bd14173681094ae3c2850b
For Mac OS 8 - 8.1 - Mac OS X
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
EV_Nova_1.0.8.sit (76.78 MB)
MD5: 16e71cbe75d1fa5244328bc4a866e2a4
For Mac OS 8 - 8.1 - Mac OS X
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
EV_Nova_1.0.8_Update.sit (23.19 MB)
MD5: fac4d41d98393d766d48cf2dc43a5991
For Mac OS 8 - 8.1 - Mac OS X
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EV_Nova_1.0.10.sit (91.93 MB)
MD5: 0fa7195298a248c8604e680bf76b685f
For Mac OS 8 - 8.1 - Mac OS X
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EV_Nova_1.1.1_for_Mac_OS_X.dmg (90.09 MB)
MD5: 0f964f3848f4dd781a76444476a12983
For Mac OS 8 - 8.1 - Mac OS X
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de (73.97 MB)
MD5: 027b74c8bfbca6a92e8d742d7eba77a2
For Mac OS 8 - 8.1 - Mac OS X
This game works with: SheepShaver, Basilisk II,

The third and final release in the Escape Velocity series, EV Nova saw the most extensive changes to the game since the original EV. The game started as a fan-made total conversion of EV Override, but Ambrosia Software ended up working with the creators to develop an entirely new game. Matt Burch returned to make significant updates to the old Escape Velocity engine, providing support for 3D ship sprites, dynamic lighting, advanced particle effects, and sophisticated storyline support. The end result is an expansive game with many more races and stories, in a larger galaxy full of different ships, outfits, and weapons.

EV Nova was probably Ambrosia's most cross-platform release of all time. Initially released for 68k/PPC classic Macs, it was soon updated to support PPC Mac OS X and, eventually, Intel Macs. It was also ported to Windows. Because of the numerous versions and supported systems, you should keep these suggestions in mind when picking a version:

It's worth noting that EV Nova continued Escape Velocity's success well into the early 2000's, and with the Windows port, it picked up an even larger following. Due to its popularity, there have been numerous EV-like clones since Nova's release, including very recent ones like Endless Sky and Naev (links on Steam if you prefer: Endless Sky - Naev).

To register v. 1.0.x do the following:

1) Set the system date to 1st August 2009
2) Enter the following registration details:

Name: KCN Demo User
Licenses: 5
Code: RUBS-9D9R-JL64

3) Register the game and launch it to check that it is registered.
4) Reset your system date

See also: Escape Velocity, EV Override

Architecture: 68k PPC PPC (Carbonized) x86 (Intel:Mac) x86 (Windows)

Use v1.0.2 on Mac OS 8.1 for Basilisk II. SheepShaver can run any version up to v1.0.10. Mac OS X PPC/Intel users should be able to use v1.1.1.


erenkruger's picture
by erenkruger - 2020, November 9 - 5:16am

SERIAL BOX SOFTWARE and download the oldest version of the game

CptZaphodB's picture
by CptZaphodB - 2019, September 7 - 8:07pm

AmbrosiaSW is down, they no longer exist. This means purchasing a new key is impossible.

Elyus's picture
by Elyus - 2019, February 19 - 8:58am

That's true; you will still need a registration code from Ambrosia to unlock the full game. These are just the installers for various versions as provided by Ambrosia.

All of Ambrosia's games (with the exception of Ferazel's Wand and the CD version of Pillars of Garendall) were released under their definition of "shareware." They essentially let anyone download and install their full games for free, but certain features remain locked until you purchase a license key. Actually their early games didn't even lock features! But they had to start limiting what players could access without registration as games become more costly to create and few people paid the requested fees.

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by MadMac - 2019, February 19 - 7:22am

I think this one's still being sold there at ambrosiasw...