Highway Hunter

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Highway Hunter
Developer(s) Omega Integral Systems
Publisher(s) Safari Software
Distributor(s) Epic MegaGames
Designer(s) Alexander Safonov
Artist(s) Serge Kuzmin
Composer(s) Serge Shishkin
Platform(s) MS-DOS
Release date(s) INT 1994
Genre(s) Action, Shoot 'em up
Mode(s) Single-Player
Distribution 3½-inch floppy disk

Highway Hunter is a DOS-based video game created in 1994. It was developed by Omega Integral Systems, released by Safari Software, and distributed by Epic MegaGames (now Epic Games).

Plot[edit]

A hostile alien race has conquered the earth and enslaved the human race to do their bidding. The player assumes the role of a man who has worked in an alien maintenance garage. You steal a prototype alien combat vehicle called the MASTER and escape with it. You must use the MASTER to fight the alien forces in a desperate bid to save the planet.

Gameplay[edit]

The game uses a top-down view. The player's car is situated on a raised highway. The ground is visible on the sides. The player's car is constantly moving upwards through the level, though the player can maneuver his car around the screen within the boundaries of the highway. The player fires at enemies that come from the top of the screen. There are ground enemies on the highway and flying enemies that can come in from the sides or the top. Some enemies may drop weapon power ups which make the player car's projectiles stronger or more numerous. The game is divided into three episodes each with a number of levels, with a boss at the end of each level. The shareware version omits the second and third episodes. The highway environments start out looking earthly, but the player moves into more alien levels later in the game.