Vector Thrust

Vector Thrust is a fast-paced cel shading action-arcade flight simulator.
With an extensive variety of game modes like the unpredictable and vicious Quick Action, a customisable Skirmish Mode, and multiple immersive story-based campaigns, Vector Thrust aims to please both players wanting to get straight into the sky or those who love a flexible, diverse and customisable game experience.

Vector Thrust gives the player full power over the game to alter any aspect of the game they choose, ranging from simple tweaks to full-blown modifications. Adding user-made skins, changing unit performance and parameters or even complete battle scenarios is easy and open to anyone. With fully fleshed out Map, Mission and Campaign editors, Vector Thrust boasts unlimited expandability and adaptability.

With advanced tactical AI that actively analyses and responds to a dynamic battlefield, as well as over 200 fully playable aircraft and even more naval and ground units that all work to complete their objectives in different ways, Vector Thrust offers missions that are never played the same way twice.

With regular updates containing new game-modes, aircraft, and other important features brought to you by a friendly, active and involved team from around the world, Vector Thrust offers an all-new aerial combat experience in a unique artstyle that will be sure to please both arcade flight sim veterans and new pilots.


  • Engage at your discretion with a variety of game modes
  • Take part in an scarred and battle-weary world with a series of campaigns
  • Unlock over 200 aircraft through an simple, yet competitive challenge mode
  • Pit yourself against advanced tactical AI that responds to the world around it
  • Clash against titanic aerial fortresses and superweapons
  • Duel with a myriad of Ace squadrons, each with their own unique combat strategies
  • Modify your game with easy, simple modding tools and share your creations with others

Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7
CPU with 1Ghz
GPU: 128 MB DirectX®–compliant, Shader 2.0–enabled video card
Ram 1GB
Hard-disk space 3GB
DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c

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6 comments by timeSymmetry on Jul 1st, 2015


It is almost time, Vector Thrust will most likely release in the next 24 hours.

Before saying anything else, let me be clear, for release there were only two priorities, the Hollow Thunder Campaign and making a game as solid as it should be for a release. I mean with this, in gameplay and modding, and extra effort has been made to make the game adapt to missing textures, files or out of range values. To help the designer there is a new editor log that prints any critical situation but without crashing.

Of course, there is more new content in the release, but this has not been a priority. But as may know me, I´m always ready to add more content for VT, so there will be plenty of opportunities to add it later.

A game with open architecture like VT, there is no clear end for the development, but I feel a solid campaign and gameplay is what defines it as a full release

This world has been in development for a long time, I´ve seen some files that date back to 2007. (Would be interesting to find the date of the first file of VT, but that is a talk for another time)

Now is not the time for retrospectives, but I feel that the world could have been presented a lot sooner in the development. But fortunately with the release, we will now be able to see the world trough the perspective of the Hollow Thunder campaign.

Also! I almost forgot, the multiplayer has been fixed during joining and gameplay.

If you have played multiplier before you probably noticed a heavy lag on other payers. But that has been fixed! Actually it wasn´t lag! It was an issue in the code that made all NPC aircraft always move in the direction of the nose, this contradicts to the actual movement of the other player and that created a constant popping effect.

I hope with this multiplayer really takes off, because if it does I have greater plans for it.

But I´ll stop here for now, there is a lot more to talk about for the release, this is just the start. more reports will be available before the release has been launched.

So stay tuned!

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Shattered Skies

Shattered Skies

Jul 5, 2015 Singleplayer Map 0 comments

This was my attempt at remaking the mission Shattered Skies from Ace Combat 04, I gave up on it around December, 2014 and just tested it to see that it...

OADF Tigers and Phantoms skin pack

OADF Tigers and Phantoms skin pack

Jul 3, 2015 Skin Pack 3 comments

"On a distant island, far away from the civilization, the protectors of the peace take to the skies."

F-15S/MTD Skin pack

F-15S/MTD Skin pack

Jul 2, 2015 Vehicle Skin 4 comments

Adding to Vector Thrust the F-15/SMTD with some skins.

WAMPA Library 0.9rc

WAMPA Library 0.9rc

Jun 17, 2015 Weapons Model 0 comments

Version 0.9rc of the WAMPA library. Like before, this is designed as a library for modders to use for their planes and units to specifically invoke an...

"Ofnir" Canonic Squadron

"Ofnir" Canonic Squadron

Jun 15, 2015 Vehicle Skin 3 comments

A custom aircraft skin of the Ofnir Squadron, canonical Aggressor Squadron of the Yuktobanianan Air Force.

WAMPA library

WAMPA library

Jun 13, 2015 Weapons Model 10 comments

Genericized weapon names and performance stats using existing VT models, intended as a library for modders trying to invoke AC gameplay mechanics. Licensed...

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Nagrach May 16 2015, 6:08am says:

Since Steam is getting more and more unattractive to me... Are You planning to release a DRM Free or a Version?

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timeSymmetry May 19 2015, 3:32pm replied:

That check is mostly to guarantee the steam connection is available in order for some features to work as intended. In a way it acts like one but it is a very weak “DRM”.
About GOG, I´m not sure if the release includes that platform.

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SlyCooperFan1 May 17 2015, 8:36pm replied:

Not a bad idea.

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flyawaynow May 17 2015, 9:08pm replied:

I think I can safely say we'd like to consider that idea, but our concerns are about making the game first as opposed to distribution. We'll be sure to reapproach this topic another time.

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IbizenThoth May 16 2015, 9:11pm replied:

...I really doubt that VT has any in-built DRM.

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Nergal01 May 16 2015, 10:39pm replied:

It always check whether the Steam is running though. Hence the problem some people get with "Steam not connected" error while starting the game.

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midsummersnow May 15 2015, 5:27am says:

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luisedgarf May 1 2015, 4:14pm says:

I don't know if it's just me, but since the newest update the difficulty has become a bit off or sometimes the CPU are shooting more missiles with planes who are not supposed to do that in the hands of a players, like the Surprise Fighter A, who is now doing Macross Missile Massacre/Itano Circus, when it's not supposed to do that unless you're using the mutator.

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midsummersnow May 2 2015, 5:32am replied:

That's the new feature Alpha Strike. Both the AI and human players can use it. When used is fires all weapons Primary and Special weapons at the same time at the cost of a long cool down period. Leaving you with just your gun(s) if your aircraft has one. To activate Alpha Strike, press the Toggle SP Weapon and Fire Missile buttons at the same time.

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bornloser May 17 2015, 4:30pm replied:

Is alpha strike even a good idea when you need to kill a large number of enemies quickly? I'd think the cooldown ould give them a chance to kill whatever you're supposed to be protecting.

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Cannon-Song May 2 2015, 10:16am replied:

It's also completely -awesome.-

Has the same downsides for the AI as it does for you, though, so when someone tries to Alpha Strike you, you can expect they'll be defenseless for a good while, allowing you to close in for the kill.

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Vector Thrust
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Released Jun 2012
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Highest Rated (13 agree) 10/10

I am sorry I couldn't give it a 10/10 out of euphoria; but this is still an alpha; I am glad that such a ace combat pandora box has been opened; i was very pleased, really; and the only reason i cannot be more precise is the state of advanced sleep deprivation my brain is suffering from. The musics seem sometimes to be out of place and we can barely see what the entire game will be; but...... This is a godlike game. Really. I have never been so hooked on a game this "young" since years. Not even…

Jun 26 2012, 8:54pm by Wheaton_Adams

Lowest Rated (2 agree) 5/10

Pretty unplayable at the current moment, UI's too small, the game is also very buggy for me currently, every time I start the game it just likes to empty out all my controls, so I have to keep 'reverting to default' and resetting my modified controls over and over again. And also Desura seems to have wiped all my skins and modified content when I update (And also wipes all options again, including Display options) I understand that this is a Alpha version, but the game's bugs and problems are too…

Jul 2 2012, 3:59am by DEathgod65

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