DescriptionFederation of Free Traders is a space simulation/exploration game that is quite similar to an earlier title, Elite. The player is able to zoom around in space while trading goods, undertake missions, or simply explore the galaxy (which consists of over 8 million planets).
There is a significant amount of playable options in FOFT and a considerable attention is paid to detail. For instance, if the player becomes tired of roaming through outer space they skim a planet or two (which plays in a similar fashion to David Braben's other game, Virus).
During the docking sequence players can create their own programs for automated functions, using a built-in BASIC like language called SIMPLE.
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|Atari ST User||Atari ST||May, 1989||8 out of 10||80|
|CU Amiga||Amiga||Jul, 1989||76 out of 100||76|
|Amiga User International||Amiga||Aug, 1989||7 out of 10||70|
|Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft||Atari ST||1990||70 out of 100||70|
|Power Play||Amiga||Sep, 1989||62 out of 100||62|
|Power Play||Atari ST||Mar, 1989||61 out of 100||61|
|ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)||Amiga||Sep, 1989||560 out of 1000||56|
|ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)||Atari ST||May, 1989||507 out of 1000||51|
|Computer and Video Games (CVG)||Atari ST||Apr, 1989||44 out of 100||44|
|ASM (Aktueller Software Markt)||Atari ST||Apr, 1989||4.67 out of 12||39|
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Inspiration of EliteThe game's inspiration was an improvement of Elite, what programmer Paul Blythe told The One:
"I love Braben and Bell's Elite. I played it and played it and thought it was brilliant, but there was always a feeling that it could have been taken further - although maybe not within the constraints of 8-bit." (Source: The One, issue #1, 1988/10).