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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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Game Titlesorted in ascending orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Merchant of Venus1982ZX81Crystal Computing2.00
Elite1984BBC Micro, ElectronAcornsoft Limited4.00
Elite1984Acorn 32-bit, Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Atari ST, BBC Micro, Commodore 64, DOS, MSX, NES, Tatung Einstein, ZX SpectrumFirebird Licensees Inc.3.42
SunDog: Frozen Legacy1984Apple II, Atari STAccolade, Inc.3.59
Total Eclipse1985Dragon 32/64J. Penn Discount Software4.50
Starglider 21988Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, Macintosh, PC-98, ZX SpectrumMicroplay Software3.63
FOFT: Federation of Free Traders1989Amiga, Atari STSpotlight Software2.89
Space Rogue1989Amiga, Apple II, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, FM Towns, Macintosh, PC-98, Sharp X68000ORIGIN Systems, Inc.3.72
Lightspeed1990DOSMicroProse Software, Inc.3.69
Xiphos1990Amiga, Atari ST, DOSElectronic Zoo...
Elite Plus1991DOS, PC-98Microplay Software3.63
Hyperspeed1991DOSMicroProse Software, Inc.3.45
Wing Commander: Privateer1993DOS, Macintosh, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.97
Frontier: Elite II1993Amiga, Amiga CD32, Atari ST, DOSGameTek, Inc.3.41
Wing Commander: Privateer - Speech Pack1993DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.56
Protostar: War on the Frontier1993DOSTsunami Media, Inc.3.20
Nomad1993DOSGameTek, Inc.3.77
Wing Commander: Privateer (CD-ROM Edition)1994DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.4.20
Wing Commander: Privateer - Righteous Fire1994DOSORIGIN Systems, Inc.3.79
Frontier: First Encounters1995DOSGameTek, Inc.3.56
Battlecruiser 3000AD1996DOSTake-Two Interactive Software, Inc.2.17
Privateer 2: The Darkening1996DOS, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.81
Privateer 2: The Darkening (Special Edition)1996DOSElectronic Arts, Inc....
Escape Velocity1996MacintoshAmbrosia Software, Inc.3.72
Battlecruiser 3000AD v2.01998Windows3000AD, Inc.2.12
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Selected Covers

Elite Commodore 64 Front Cover
Front cover for Elite
SunDog: Frozen Legacy Atari ST Front Cover
Front cover for SunDog: Frozen Legacy
Starglider 2 Amiga Front Cover
Front cover for Starglider 2
Elite Electron Front Cover
Front cover for Elite

Selected Screenshots

Title Sequence
Screenshot from Elite
Title screen
Screenshot from SunDog: Frozen Legacy
Title screen...
Screenshot from Starglider 2
Title screen
Screenshot from Hyperspeed
Intro (I): Our spaceship
Screenshot from Battlecruiser 3000AD