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 orderUser Score
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
Universal Combat2004WindowsDreamCatcher Interactive Inc.2.44
FOFT: Federation of Free Traders1989Amiga, Atari STSpotlight Software2.89
Miner Wars 20812012WindowsKeen Software House a. s.2.93
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
Frontier: Elite II1993Amiga, Amiga CD32, Atari ST, DOSGameTek, Inc.3.40
X²: The Threat2003Linux, Macintosh, WindowsEnlight Software Ltd.3.41
Hyperspeed1991DOSMicroProse Software, Inc.3.45
X³: Terran Conflict2008Linux, Macintosh, WindowsDeep Silver3.48
Starglider 21988Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, Macintosh, PC-98, ZX SpectrumMicroplay Software3.48
Pioneer2013Linux, Windows3.50
Ascii Sector2007DOS, Linux, Macintosh, Windows3.50
Wing Commander: Privateer - Speech Pack1993DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.56
Frontier: First Encounters1995DOSGameTek, Inc.3.56
Terminus2000Linux, Macintosh, WindowsVatical Entertainment LLC3.56
Elite1984Acorn 32-bit, Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Atari ST, BBC Micro, Commodore 64, DOS, MSX, NES, Tatung Einstein, ZX SpectrumFirebird Licensees Inc.3.57
Darkstar One2006Windows, Xbox 360CDV Software Entertainment AG3.60
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Selected Covers

Ascii Sector DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Ascii Sector
Miner Wars 2081 Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Miner Wars 2081

Selected Screenshots

Main menu (note the former title from early versions)
Screenshot from Ascii Sector
Title screen
Screenshot from Miner Wars 2081