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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 TitleYearPlatformsorted in ascending orderPublisherUser Score
Parkan II2005Windows1C Company3.19
Battlecruiser Millennium (Gold Edition)2003WindowsDreamCatcher Interactive Inc.3.04
Battlecruiser Millennium2001Windows3000AD, Inc.2.20
Elite1984BBC Micro, ElectronAcornsoft Limited4.00
Spaceforce: Rogue Universe2007WindowsDreamCatcher Interactive Inc.4.00
Escape Velocity1996MacintoshAmbrosia Software, Inc.3.72
Escape Velocity Nova2002Macintosh, WindowsAmbrosia Software, Inc.3.74
Independence War 2: Edge Of Chaos2001WindowsInfogrames, Inc.3.88
EVE Online (Special Edition)2009Macintosh, WindowsAtari, Inc.5.00
EVE Online2003Linux, Macintosh, WindowsSimon & Schuster Interactive3.97
Merchant of Venus1982ZX81Crystal Computing2.00
X³: Reunion - Game of the Year Edition2006WindowsDeep Silver...
X²: The Threat2003Linux, Macintosh, WindowsEnlight Software Ltd.3.41
X³: Terran Conflict2008Linux, Macintosh, WindowsDeep Silver3.48
X³: Reunion 2.0 - Game of the Year 2007 Edition2006WindowsDeep Silver4.00
X³: Reunion (Collector's Edition)2005WindowsDeep Silver...
X³: Gold Edition2009WindowsDeep Silver...
Universal Combat2004WindowsDreamCatcher Interactive Inc.2.44
X: Rebirth2013WindowsEGOSOFT GmbH...
Wing Commander: Privateer1993DOS, Macintosh, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.4.00
Privateer 2: The Darkening1996DOS, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.83
Earth & Beyond2002WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.19
Wing Commander: Privateer (CD-ROM Edition)1994DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.4.20
Privateer 2: The Darkening (Special Edition)1996DOSElectronic Arts, Inc....
Wing Commander: Privateer - Speech Pack1993DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.56
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Selected Covers

Escape Velocity Nova Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Escape Velocity Nova
Elite Electron Front Cover
Front cover for Elite
Earth & Beyond Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Earth & Beyond

Selected Screenshots

Title screen with main menu
Screenshot from Battlecruiser Millennium
The closest thing to a box shot that's possible (note the resolution - a mistake in my review).
Screenshot from Escape Velocity Nova
Galactic love triangle
Screenshot from Earth & Beyond