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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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sorted in ascending orderGame TitleYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Ascii Sector2007DOS, Linux, Macintosh, Windows3.50
Battlecruiser 3000AD1996DOSTake-Two Interactive Software, Inc.2.17
Battlecruiser 3000AD v2.01998Windows3000AD, Inc.2.12
Battlecruiser Millennium2001Windows3000AD, Inc.2.20
Battlecruiser Millennium (Gold Edition)2003WindowsDreamCatcher Interactive Inc.3.04
Darkstar One2006Windows, Xbox 360CDV Software Entertainment AG3.60
Earth & Beyond2002WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.19
Elite1984Acorn 32-bit, Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Atari ST, BBC Micro, Commodore 64, DOS, MSX, NES, Tatung Einstein, ZX SpectrumFirebird Licensees Inc.3.41
Elite1984BBC Micro, ElectronAcornsoft Limited4.00
Elite Plus1991DOS, PC-98Microplay Software3.63
Elite Starfighter2004WindowsGreen Pepper1.60
Elite: The New Kind2000Atari ST, GP32, Linux, Macintosh, Windows4.00
Escape Velocity1996MacintoshAmbrosia Software, Inc.3.72
Escape Velocity Nova2002Macintosh, WindowsAmbrosia Software, Inc.3.74
EVE Online2003Linux, Macintosh, WindowsSimon & Schuster Interactive3.97
EVE Online (Special Edition)2009Macintosh, WindowsAtari, Inc.5.00
Evochron Alliance2005WindowsStarWraith 3D Games LLC...
Evochron Mercenary2010WindowsStarWraith 3D Games LLC3.17
FOFT: Federation of Free Traders1989Amiga, Atari STSpotlight Software2.89
Freelancer2003WindowsMicrosoft Game Studios3.81
Frontier: Elite II1993Amiga, Amiga CD32, Atari ST, DOSGameTek, Inc.3.40
Frontier: First Encounters1995DOSGameTek, Inc.3.56
Hyperspeed1991DOSMicroProse Software, Inc.3.45
Independence War 2: Edge Of Chaos2001WindowsInfogrames, Inc.3.88
Lightspeed1990DOSMicroProse Software, Inc.3.69
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Selected Covers

Elite Commodore 64 Front Cover
Front cover for Elite
EVE Online Windows Front Cover
Front cover for EVE Online
Frontier: Elite II DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Frontier: Elite II
Earth & Beyond Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Earth & Beyond
Battlecruiser 3000AD DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Battlecruiser 3000AD

Selected Screenshots

Title Sequence
Screenshot from Elite
Main menu (after the 12th expansion, Dominion)
Screenshot from EVE Online
Title screen with main menu
Screenshot from Battlecruiser Millennium
Imp Trader coming home...
Screenshot from Frontier: Elite II
Galactic love triangle
Screenshot from Earth & Beyond