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Developer: Parallax Software
Publisher: Interplay Entertainment
Release Date: March 17, 1995
Chat-Room: #descent
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Welcome to Descent - 30 levels of the most mind-bending, stomach-churning action game ever. Featuring true 3-Dimensional worlds with light source shading, texture mapping, 3-D morphing, directional sound effects and sizzling music, this is technology taken to the limit.

You begin deep below the surface of Lunar Base I where an unknown alien race has taken over the chasm of the Post-Terran Mining Corporation. Lunge straight down mine shafts, twist around never-ending tunnels and fight your way past robotic menaces in an environment that's truly 360 degree 3-D...move up, move down, shoot everything everywhere. Hang onto your senses (and your lunch) as you drop straight down mine shafts on a ride that'll leave you spinning.

And what's the good of losing your mind if you can't share the experience with your friends? Descent invites you and your buddies to dive into the action together with head-to-head combat and cooperative two-player modem and eight-player network support.

* State-of-the-Art 3-D graphics including animating texture maps, 3-D animating monsters and morphing.

* Full 8 Player Network and 2 Player Head-to-Head Modem support.

* Full 360- degree's an all new twist to the highly popular genre.

* Multiplayer action with 8 player network and tournament mode.

* Outstanding artificial intelligence where the enemies and creatures actually learn, adjusting their actions based upon the player's.

* 3-D Directional sound effects and CD-quality musical scoring.

taken from the back of the box


Magazine features

• Computer Gaming World #127 - Feb 1995
        Doomed ad
• Computer Gaming World #128 - Mar 1995
• Computer Gaming World #129 - Apr 1995
        Print ad
• Computer Gaming World #131 - Jun 1995

Source code availability

The source code was released on January 24th 1998, under a license which prohibits commercial use.

How-to-play On-line

Descent and its sequel have great on-line support thanks to DXX-Rebirth! They offer NAT Hole-Punch networking too, so you don't have to port-forward. A server tracker is available as well.


Filename Size Description
desc14sw.exe 2.8 MB Descent shareware v1.4 (DOS)
descent-ppc.hqx 6.6 MB Descent shareware v1.4 (PowerPC Mac) 239 KB Descent patch v1.0 to v1.5 566 KB Descent patch v1.4a to v1.5
descent.qt 4.17 MB The Descent TV Commercial QuickTime movie
d1srcpc.exe 1.4 MB Descent source code v1.5 (PC) 1.1 MB Descent source code v1.5 (Mac)

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