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

Starglider II Amiga Front Cover
Front cover for Starglider II
Earth & Beyond Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Earth & Beyond
Frontier: Elite II DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Frontier: Elite II

Selected Screenshots

Title screen...
Screenshot from Starglider II
Galactic love triangle
Screenshot from Earth & Beyond
Title screen with main menu
Screenshot from Battlecruiser Millennium
Starting a new game. You can decide how long it will last and how difficult it will be (however, difficulty is disabled in the demo)
Screenshot from Smugglers
Game group created by Unicorn Lynx (181378), additional games added to group by Rola (8309), Patrick Bregger (184131), piltdown_man (143053), Zerobrain (3093), Alex Z (1752), gingerbeardman (15), Alsy (18006), Victor Vance (8848), Sciere (488674), Terok Nor (26190), Игги Друге (46473), Yearman (22872) and vedder (25616)