Genre: Simulation - Space trading and combat
Group DescriptionThis 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.
Front cover for Protostar: War on the Frontier
Front cover for Wing Commander: Privateer
Front cover for Elite Plus
Front cover for Wing Commander: Privateer - Righteous Fire
Front cover for X: Beyond the Frontier
Screenshot from Protostar: War on the Frontier
Screenshot from Wing Commander: Privateer
Screenshot from Elite Plus
Screenshot from Wing Commander: Privateer - Righteous Fire
Screenshot from X: Beyond the Frontier