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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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Selected Covers

Escape Velocity Nova Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Escape Velocity Nova
Escape Velocity Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Escape Velocity
Earth & Beyond Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Earth & Beyond
X-Tension Windows Front Cover
Front cover for X-Tension

Selected Screenshots

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