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Old Windows 95 Game w/Vector-style Graphics

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June 2, 2010 1:47:04 AM

Looking for the name of an old vector-style graphics game that came out right around the same time as Win95. It was somewhat similar to Asteroids in style - except that you had to take over planets/asteroids by landing on them to capture them. And once you captured a planet and left, the "aliens" would try to re-capture, so you were constantly going back and forth between all of your planets.

I think this might have come on a CD with some Windows 95 book - I remember that I got it with a book that I was reading for Win95 troubleshooting/support (I think).

Any ideas??
June 2, 2010 9:12:21 AM

I think I remember it, it was an old polygon game. I'll have a think and get back to you
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June 2, 2010 9:36:44 AM

Just realised I was thinking of Elite and Elite II, but it wasn't Master of Orion was it?
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June 2, 2010 3:05:40 PM

Hmm... not Elite or Elite II (though I loved those games), and just looked up Master of Orion and realized that wasn't it either.

This was more of a 3rd person view (like Asteroids or Lunar Lander) - relatively simple, maybe even freeware/shareware.

Any other thoughts?
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June 4, 2010 5:54:41 PM

Nope - not Star Control 1 or 2... I think it was a freeware or shareware game that came with either a Windows 95 Resource Kit or some Windows 95 info/troubleshooting book...
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July 2, 2010 5:59:54 AM

I bet it was called Gravity Well. The executable itself is Gwell35x.exe. I have it on my 1000 Games disk from 1997. It seems like one of those ancient games you can't find on the internet. That's a shame because it's really good.
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July 2, 2010 6:01:29 AM

I'd like to make a correction, the archive is Gwell35x.zip, the executable is Gwell32.exe... and it runs in Windows 7.
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July 8, 2010 5:21:49 PM

Howitzer - I think you might be right. I couldn't find it on the 'Net either. Any idea where I can get a copy of the 1000 Games disk similar to the one you have? There are so many game disk compilations, it's hard to narrow it down by just typing '1000 Games Disk' :) 
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September 9, 2010 9:20:58 PM

Ah, I loved that game that nobody else knew about :p 
I managed to also find version 4.0, but neither that nor 5.2 beat the old 3.5 version :/ 
Howitzer, can you be specific about that disk from 1997? I hope to find it on the net and download it if I can :) 
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May 4, 2011 9:25:50 AM

Gravity Well did indeed come with windows 95 and as a separate 1000 windows 95 games CD. by searching for the direct file name of Gwell35 on google i have found it:


ftp://files.chatnfiles.com/WinSitedotcom/winsite-march-...

sadly as i am running win7 64x i havent been able to run it as of this moment. seems that all the files are there, don't know if you need the key or not to play it fully as well.
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