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Frontier: Elite II

MobyRank MobyScore
Amiga
85
3.5
Amiga CD32
...
1.9
Atari ST
...
3.2
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Description

Frontier: Elite II is, of course, the sequel to Elite and it continues in much the same way. You have a ship and limited funds, and nowhere to go but out into space. Trade, fight, hunt criminals, work for the various governments, anything goes in Frontier. There are few, if any, limits on what you can do or where you can go. And Frontier's universe (with approx. 100,000,000,000 planets and moons) is so big you'll never see the end of it.

Screenshots

Frontier: Elite II Atari ST Stockmarket
Frontier: Elite II Atari ST The Intro from Elite II is over 2 minutes long.
Frontier: Elite II Atari ST Credits
Frontier: Elite II Atari ST The star map

Alternate Titles

  • "FE2" -- Common Abbreviation

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User Reviews

Elite + realistic physics = Good. DOS Jeremy Johnson (638)
An exercise in frustration. DOS woods01 (154)
Easily the best in the Elite series, although a bit buggy at times DOS Stargazer (99)
Fantastic in vision - lacking in dynamics - but it is 10 yrs old DOS kie kelly (4)
Damn good I'd say DOS Tom Fielder (4)

The Press Says

The DOS Spirit DOS Dec 08, 2009 6 out of 6 100
CU Amiga Amiga Nov, 1993 97 out of 100 97
Power Play Amiga Nov, 1993 88 out of 100 88
PC Games (Germany) DOS Dec, 1993 85 out of 100 85
Power Play Amiga CD32 Jun, 1994 84 out of 100 84
PC Games (Germany) DOS Jun, 1994 81 out of 100 81
Electronic Entertainment DOS Mar, 1994 8 out of 10 80
Electronic Entertainment Amiga Mar, 1994 8 out of 10 80
WIZ DOS Aug, 1994 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PC Player (Germany) DOS Nov, 1993 53 out of 100 53

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
Other games with planetary flight? 14 Rola (7132)
Jun 29, 2013
Free release? 3 MrFlibble (3378)
Nov 19, 2012

Trivia

1001 Video Games

Frontier: Elite II appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Development

It took David Braben five years to develop Frontier: Elite II. He started programming it on Commodore 64 but eventually continued the development on Amiga computers instead, as the C64 was not only becoming out of fashion, but had way too many technical limitations for this type of game.

Extras

The PC version had a huge star map and a coupon for a Frontier: Elite II T-shirt.

References

  • The docking sequence for spaceships in this game is a near perfect imitation of the one showed in the movie 2001 - A Space Odyssey. The "medium"-sized space station (that is: the "circle" or "ring") is nearly identical to the 2001-Station. You may also listen to the same music (Blue Danube waltz) while docking. In addition to the docking sequence at the space stations. Some of the planet bases are identical to the Moon base in 2001.
  • The PC version of contains a reference to the then upcoming Transport Tycoon. Some of the advertising hoardings in space ports announced "Coming soon... Chris Sawyer's Transport Game" ! Why the connection? Well, Chris Sawyer did the PC conversion of Frontier: Elite II back in 1992/3.

Thargoids

Contrary to many peoples beliefs and circulating rumours, the Thargoids (the superior alien race from the first Elite game) and their ships do NOT exist in Frontier: Elite II, and it is not possible to get the Thargoid ship.

David Braben didn't exactly help killing this rumour when he claimed that there indeed was a Thargoid ship to be found somewhere in the galaxy. No-one has ever found the ship however, and it is believed that this was just a trick by Braben to keep people playing the game.

Frontier: Elite II has been both hacked and modified since it's release by players, programmers and hackers, and even the game program code lacks any trace of a Thargoid race or ship, so it's pretty safe to say that there simply doesn't exist one.

Version differences

  • The CD-ROM version of this game was totally bogus. They just took the disk version (700kb), decompressed it (to then 900kb) and pressed it on a CD. Nothing else. No intro cinematics, simply NO bonus material whatsoever - just the 900kb .exe file on a whole CD. They even "forgot" to add the contents of the second floppy which included five or so savegames which could help beginners a lot.
  • The PC version featured added texture-mapping on some polygons for enhanced graphical details, something which did not exist in the original Amiga version.

Awards

  • Amiga Joker
    • Issue 02/1995 – #2 Best Genre Mix in 1994 (Readers' Vote)
  • PC Player (Germany)
    • Issue 01/1995 - Least Quantity of Data on a CD-ROM in 1994
  • Power Play
    • Issue 02/1994 – Dumbest Copy Protection in 1993
  • Retro Gamer
    • October 2004 (Issue #9) – #20 Best Game Of All Time (Readers' Vote)
Information also contributed by Brolin Empey, Imajica, phlux, woods01 and xxxxxxxxxxx

Related Web Sites

  • Frontier: Elite II (Frontier: Elite II Frequently Asked Questions (Answers from David Braben))
  • The Elite Club (Where you can download Frontier: Elite II and Frontier: First Encounters, now released as shareware)
Contributed to by Richard Firth (6), Kabushi (122133), Martin Smith (63159) and faceless (395)