Opening screen of Hover!
Capture the flag
Hover! is a video game that combined elements of the games bumper cars and capture the flag. It was included on CD-ROM versions of the Microsoft Windows 95 operating system. It was a showcase for the advanced multimedia capabilities available on personal computers at the time. It is still available from Microsoft. The game will not run on earlier versions of Windows. On October 2, 2013, Microsoft released an updated version of Hover!, for the web and as a Windows 8.1 app.
For each level, Hover! will cycle through each of the three mazes, or randomly select one (if that option is set). The goal of each level is to capture all of the blue flags hidden throughout the level (playing as the red hovercraft), before the enemy (blue) team collects all of the red flags. A game starts with having 3 red flags and 3 blue flags in each level, but will go up to 5 flags of each color in higher levels. Higher levels are also have more enemy hovercrafts and a more difficult AI.
There are also orbs scattered throughout each maze that will give the player a collectable item or a status effect (such as increasing or decreasing the hovercraft's speed, or temporarily giving an invincibility shield). The collectable items are Wall (which can be placed to temporarily impede the enemy hovercrafts), Spring (to make the player's hovercraft jump really high), and Cloak (to temporarily hide the player's hovercraft from the enemy team).
The HUD shows the player's score (in the top right corner), an indicator of how many flags have been captured (in the top left corner), a mini-map (in the center of the bottom), indicators of your speed and direction (in the bottom right), and a display of how many items the player has (in the bottom left).
Hover! was officially re-released by Microsoft in 2013, as a browser game. The re-release, although published by Microsoft, was mostly developed by Dan Church, with help from Pixel Labs and Microsoft. It was made to showcase the WebGL support in Internet Explorer 11 (but will also work on any WebGL-enabled browser). This version includes updated graphics and touch control support, as well as a multiplayer feature for up to 8 players. Microsoft also offers more technical details about this release on its modern.ie website.
This version of the game was also released as a Windows 8.1 app available on the Windows Store.
- Download Hover! (6.16 MB) from Microsoft's Public FTP server
- The download link above has been reported as not working by several users. Download here instead from the Internet Archive if you experience any issues using the Microsoft FTP link.
- Online re-release at www.hover.ie
- Windows 8.1 app on the Windows Store
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