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 orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Merchant of Venus1982ZX81Crystal Computing...
Elite1984BBC Micro, ElectronAcornsoft Limited...
Elite1984Acorn 32-bit, Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Atari ST, BBC Micro, Commodore 64, DOS, MSX, NES, SAM Coupé, Tatung Einstein, ZX SpectrumFirebird Licensees Inc.3.39
SunDog: Frozen Legacy1984Apple II, Atari STAccolade, Inc.3.63
Total Eclipse1985Dragon 32/64J. Penn Discount Software...
Starflight1986Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Genesis, Macintosh, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.4.00
Starglider II1988Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, Macintosh, PC-98, ZX SpectrumMicroplay Software3.48
FOFT: Federation of Free Traders1989Amiga, Atari STSpotlight Software2.89
Space Rogue1989Amiga, Apple II, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, FM Towns, Linux, Macintosh, PC-98, Sharp X68000, WindowsORIGIN Systems, Inc.3.81
Starflight 2: Trade Routes of the Cloud Nebula1989Amiga, DOS, Macintosh, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.82
Lightspeed1990DOSMicroProse Software, Inc.3.69
Xiphos1990Amiga, Atari ST, DOSElectronic Zoo...
Hyperspeed1991DOSMicroProse Software, Inc.3.45
Elite Plus1991DOS, PC-98Microplay Software3.63
Nomad1993DOSGameTek, Inc.3.76
Frontier: Elite II1993Amiga, Amiga CD32, Atari ST, DOSGameTek, Inc.3.41
Protostar: War on the Frontier1993DOSTsunami Media, Inc.3.20
Wing Commander: Privateer - Speech Pack1993DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.56
Wing Commander: Privateer1993DOS, Macintosh, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.4.03
Wing Commander: Privateer (CD-ROM Edition)1994DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.4.20
Privateer: Righteous Fire1994DOSORIGIN Systems, Inc.3.83
Frontier: First Encounters1995DOSGameTek, Inc.3.57
Privateer 2: The Darkening (Special Edition)1996DOSElectronic Arts, Inc....
Escape Velocity1996MacintoshAmbrosia Software, Inc.3.72
Privateer 2: The Darkening1996DOS, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.81
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Selected Covers

Elite Commodore 64 Front Cover
Front cover for Elite
Elite Plus DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Elite Plus
Nomad DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Nomad
Xiphos DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Xiphos

Selected Screenshots

Title Sequence
Screenshot from Elite
EGA/VGA 16 colors: Title screen
Screenshot from Elite Plus
Title screen
Screenshot from Nomad
Title screen (VGA)
Screenshot from Xiphos
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