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Genre: Simulation - Space trading and combat

Group Description

This group includes predominantly free-form, exploration-based games that incorporates space combat with an economy system that allows (and usually requires) the player to trade with organizations or entire planets, typically with the goal of outfitting, enhancing, and strengthening the player-controlled ship to perform better in combat. Elite (1984) is commonly considered the progenitor of this type of games.

In order to be included in this group, a game must feature space trading as an important gameplay element. The actual percentage of combat and trading in the game may vary; however, in most cases combat is of secondary importance compared to trading and exploration.

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Selected Covers

Darkstar One Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Darkstar One
Ascii Sector DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Ascii Sector
Freelancer Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Freelancer

Selected Screenshots

Docking with a trading station.
Screenshot from Darkstar One
Main menu (note the former title from early versions)
Screenshot from Ascii Sector
Title Screen
Screenshot from Freelancer
Loading splash screen
Screenshot from X³: Reunion