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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 TitleYearPlatformPublishersorted in ascending orderMobyScore
Elite Starfighter2004WindowsGreen Pepper1.60
Merchant of Venus1982ZX81Crystal Computing2.00
Battlecruiser 3000AD v2.01998Windows3000AD, Inc.2.12
Battlecruiser 3000AD1996DOSTake-Two Interactive Software, Inc.2.17
Battlecruiser Millennium2001Windows3000AD, Inc.2.20
Miner Wars 20812012WindowsKeen Software House a. s.2.29
Universal Combat2004WindowsDreamCatcher Interactive Inc.2.44
FOFT: Federation of Free Traders1989Amiga, Atari STSpotlight Software2.89
Battlecruiser Millennium (Gold Edition)2003WindowsDreamCatcher Interactive Inc.3.04
Earth & Beyond2002WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.19
Evochron Mercenary2010WindowsStarWraith 3D Games LLC3.17
Parkan II2005Windows1C Company3.19
Protostar: War on the Frontier1993DOSTsunami Media, Inc.3.20
Starglider 21988Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, Macintosh, PC-98, ZX SpectrumMicroplay Software3.63
X²: The Threat2003Linux, Macintosh, WindowsEnlight Software Ltd.3.41
Frontier: Elite II1993Amiga, Amiga CD32, Atari ST, DOSGameTek, Inc.3.41
Elite1984Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Atari ST, BBC Micro, Commodore 64, DOS, MSX, NES, ZX SpectrumFirebird Licensees Inc.3.42
Hyperspeed1991DOSMicroProse Software, Inc.3.45
X³: Terran Conflict2008Linux, Macintosh, WindowsDeep Silver3.48
Ascii Sector2007DOS, Linux, Macintosh, Windows3.50
Frontier: First Encounters1995DOSGameTek, Inc.3.56
Wing Commander: Privateer - Speech Pack1993DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.56
SunDog: Frozen Legacy1984Apple II, Atari STAccolade, Inc.3.59
Darkstar One2006Windows, Xbox 360CDV Software Entertainment AG3.60
Escape Velocity Nova2002Macintosh, WindowsAmbrosia Software, Inc.3.61
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Selected Covers

Darkstar One Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Darkstar One
Escape Velocity Nova Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Escape Velocity Nova

Selected Screenshots

Docking with a trading station.
Screenshot from Darkstar One
The closest thing to a box shot that's possible (note the resolution - a mistake in my review).
Screenshot from Escape Velocity Nova