Microsoft adapts Windows 95 game 'Hover' for web browsers

In 1995, Microsoft released Windows 95 and the company included the first person sci-fi action game "Hover" with every CD-ROM copy. Today, Microsoft has announced they have brought back "Hover" as a free game that's been designed to run on modern web browsers such as Internet Explorer 11.

The original game's premise is still there; players take control of a future hovercraft and play a version of capture the flag. The new version can be accessed on the Hover.ie website and includes updated 3D graphics and multiplayer modes, along with support for touchscreen tablets.

Microsoft says that this project started out with the efforts of developer Dan Church, who approached the company asking if he could have a shot at updating the game. Microsoft stated:

Dan personally built all the game play while taking special care to keep the feel of the original game in the updated version. We worked with him and Pixel Labs to take his vision a step further by adding new features, including additional hovercrafts and support for up to eight players, so you can compete with your friends online.

Microsoft has also uploaded a funny video promoting Hover on YouTube, showing a "champion" of the game playing the new version on a Windows 8 tablet.  By the way, the original version of Hover for Windows 95 is still available for download from Microsoft's FTP server.

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I wish they'd do Fury3, which was based on the amazing DOS game Terminal Velocity. Sort of like StarFox.

Fury3 was, quite literally, Terminal Velocity ported to Win32 (it also runs on Windows NT, though you have to use the keyboard to control the ship) - you could swap the game files of Terminal Velocity and Furty3 to cross them over. You can STILL run it even on Windows 8.1 (drag-and-drop install method - [Windows drive]/Program Files/ for x32, [Windows drive]/Program Files (x86)/ for x64); the issue is the installer, not the game itself.

Terminal Velocity = Fury3/F! Zone = Hellbender are all made the same Developer know as Terminal Velocity
PDHammer as for issue with the installer has to do with the fact the Windows 32/64 starting with Vista on up do not support the old 16 bit installer

The original Hover ran on Windows XP SP2 but doesn't seem to run on a fully patched SP3 with all latest updates. I guess some recent KB update broke it.

As someone who really enjoyed the original included with Windows 95 (I've wasted literally days upon days of my life playing it...), I'm happy to see this modern-ized and updated... But it bothers me that it ends after the 3rd level. The original one kept on cycling through the 3 stages upping the difficulty (by adding more enemy hovercrafts) until you lost.

So... I went through these 3 levels rather fast.

Well buggar me I never got that game on my win95 CD and I bought a retail copy

Also this runs sweet on Opera 16

Edited by Athlonite, Oct 3 2013, 2:40am :

If anything, the smoothness makes it HARDER, not easier. Those "brake pad" rollovers now stop you on a dime and gives eight cents change - even from a max-class speedup.

I had Hover, came with a pentium 1 win95 pc (which i upgraded to 98SE). It NEVER did play smoothly for me maybe now i can actually play it. can we play online with others? capture the flag!!!

There is a multiplayer option (which the original Hover lacked). Still, the single player is so much smoother, it takes getting used to - and by smoother, I mean than even the ORIGINAL Hover (installed from an original Windows 95 OSR 2.5 CD, into either a VirtualBox or Hyper-V VM), and it looks tons better. Challenge - port the game to the rest of the Windows ecosystem (from XB1 to Windows Phone)

interesting that it's on hover.ie, that's an irish domain, was it developed in ireland i wonder?

ya but for ie domain you need to be a registered business user for the name, like microsoft.ie for instance, they're very strict ... ah who cares lol

The Windows 95 CD brings beautiful old memories, Windows, the Game and the Movie Trailer on the CD, I just loved them.

Encarta for Windows 95 that appeared later on brings very nice memories as well, a browser like Layout composition way ahead of its time.

john.smith_2084 said,
The Windows 95 CD brings beautiful old memories, Windows, the Game and the Movie Trailer on the CD, I just loved them.

Encarta for Windows 95 that appeared later on brings very nice memories as well, a browser like Layout composition way ahead of its time.


Gooood timesss, baaaad timesss, gimme some of that!

riahc3 said,
Hello,

Does FireFox and/or Chrome support WebGL to play this game?

I was able to get it to work on Chrome but not a pretty site; I actually went off the map with my hovercraft.

Clearly made for IE11

riahc3 said,
Hello,

Does FireFox and/or Chrome support WebGL to play this game?

I just played it with Chrome. It crashed Firefox, though.

You can still grab the original game from Microsoft's public FTP at ftp://ftp.microsoft.com/deskapps/games/public/AAS/ it is, obviously, Hover.exe

That odd for some off reason IE will not work, nor will CoffeeCup Free FTP but turn out you most be right I ask some I know at Microsoft and said the same thing the ftp is still up, but I can't fig out why in hell I get on

Edited by SHS, Oct 6 2013, 9:28am :

mikesingh said,
Bring back Chip's Challenge as well! Windows had some amazing built-in games back then! (Jezzball, anyone?)

Neither of those games were built in to Windows.

They were part of the Microsoft Entertainment Pack 4, which you had to buy separately.

King Mustard said,

Neither of those games were built in to Windows.

They were part of the Microsoft Entertainment Pack 4, which you had to buy separately.

You've got a much better memory than I do.

Spicoli said,

You've got a much better memory than I do.


Nope, I used Wikipedia I am 27, this was slightly before my time unfortunately.

SHS said,
Really that bad?, then I guest you shouldn't be playing any game then.

Did you just insult somebody for getting motion sickness?

Couldn't have insulted anyone with that bad of spelling/grammar!

Never once played this game and can't say as I even remember it being on the computer. Actually, can't say as I EVER played ANY of the games that have EVER came on a computer either! Back in the Windows 95 & 98 days, I think you were actually able to uninstall them, and I did!!

cork1958 said,
Couldn't have insulted anyone with that bad of spelling/grammar!

Never once played this game and can't say as I even remember it being on the computer. Actually, can't say as I EVER played ANY of the games that have EVER came on a computer either! Back in the Windows 95 & 98 days, I think you were actually able to uninstall them, and I did!!


It wasn't a insult to him I was just say.
Far I know of it was never install on system nor any OEM system you had manual install your self by copy the folder/files off Windows 95 CD that included it or just run hover.exe off CD and as far as I know of hover didn't come on any CD.

An old game for an old browser, very fitting for Microsoft, not sure if IE would be able to run a modern browser game.

fastcat said,
An old game for an old browser, very fitting for Microsoft, not sure if IE would be able to run a modern browser game.

Drugs are bad, m'kay?

Spicoli said,
Worst troll yet.
While I agree, when you take is serious, he's right: of all browsers, Internet Explorer is the oldest public one, and no other browser has reached its age of over 18 years.

Studio384 said,
While I agree, when you take is serious, he's right: of all browsers, Internet Explorer is the oldest public one, and no other browser has reached its age of over 18 years.

Using this definition then Word is old, Excel is old, the MS Mouse is old... blah blah

I do assert that the MS Mouse from 1982 is technologically quite difference than any MS Mouse that can be purchased today. Word and Excel are completely different code sets, even if the name is the same as the version shipped 30 years ago.

IE has been rewritten from the ground up twice in its lifetime. The current core version of IE is less about 4 years old, making it newer than Chrome and Firefox.

So ya, IE is old, by name, by metrics like code and technology it is the newest browser.

Studio384 said,
While I agree, when you take is serious, he's right: of all browsers, Internet Explorer is the oldest public one, and no other browser has reached its age of over 18 years.

That's an equivocation fallacy. Just because two things have the same name doesn't make them the same thing.

IE has been able to run modern browser games since Quake Live - the issue is when browser games use browser-specific coding (Warface uses a lot of Chrome-isms, for example, which is why it has issues on even Firefox, and won't run on any version of IE).

Torolol said,
and its not using disgusting FLAT interface

Go to any design site, flat is in. Google and Apple are doing it too. Deal with it. This ain't the 90s anymore, it's about clean and simplicity now. Games don't need flatness though because that defeats the purpose of realism.