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Federation 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.


FOFT: Federation of Free Traders Atari ST Loading Screen
FOFT: Federation of Free Traders Atari ST Title screen
FOFT: Federation of Free Traders Atari ST Opening game screen
FOFT: Federation of Free Traders Atari ST Scrolling Credits

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Zzap! Amiga Jul, 1989 96 out of 100 96
Amiga Computing Amiga Sep, 1989 90 out of 100 90
The One Amiga Jul, 1989 89 out of 100 89
The One Atari ST Oct, 1988 89 out of 100 89
ST/Amiga Format Atari ST Oct, 1988 85 out of 100 85
Amiga User International Amiga Aug, 1989 7 out of 10 70
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft Atari ST 1990 70 out of 100 70
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


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Withdrew of all copies of the Atari ST version after release

Shortly after release Gremlin had to withdrew all copies of the Atari ST version because of serious bugs: the copy protection prevented the game from saving to disk, which was undetected in quality control. Beside this and other bug fixes also a Quick-Start Guide to bring you to the first mission was added.
Contributed to by kvitkanin (80) and Dietmar Uschkoreit (5946)