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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

Lightspeed DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Lightspeed
Elite Commodore 64 Front Cover
Front cover for Elite
Starglider 2 Amiga Front Cover
Front cover for Starglider 2
Xiphos DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Xiphos
Space Rogue Atari ST Front Cover
Front cover for Space Rogue

Selected Screenshots

Graphics selection menu
Screenshot from Lightspeed
Title Sequence
Screenshot from Elite
Title screen...
Screenshot from Starglider 2
Title screen (VGA)
Screenshot from Xiphos
Introduction: Ready for liftoff.
Screenshot from Space Rogue