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Frontier: First Encounters is the third part of Elite series. You are a space pirate and you fly around through the universe in your space craft to fulfill different missions. You can also earn money by trading cargo with other races.


Frontier: First Encounters DOS External side view of ship.
Frontier: First Encounters DOS Star map.
Frontier: First Encounters DOS Ship info,
Frontier: First Encounters DOS Bulletin Board System.

Promo Images

Frontier: First Encounters Magazine Advertisement

Alternate Titles

  • "FFE" -- Common Abbreviation
  • "Elite 3" -- Informal Name

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User Reviews

Quite a bit better than Frontier : Elite 2 after you patch it. A lot. Longwalker (768) 4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars
Good but flawed, 33rd century space action as you partake the role of an interstellar mercenary. Stuart Stocks (7) unrated
Fascinating and complex robotriot (9068) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars
A mess, how could the co-creator of the classic Elite create such a monster? woods01 (163) 1.25 Stars1.25 Stars1.25 Stars1.25 Stars1.25 Stars
Somewhat Horrendous Irritating Trash Martin Smith (78) 0.5 Stars0.5 Stars0.5 Stars0.5 Stars0.5 Stars
Frustrating at times, but occasionally brilliant Stargazer (105) 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars
An Elite Fan from the Beginning StimuL8 (4) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars

Critic Reviews

PC Joker May, 1995 88 out of 100 88 Aug 10, 2011 17 out of 20 85
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Jun, 1995 85 out of 100 85
Score May, 1995 8 out of 10 80
The Retro Spirit Dec 15, 2009 4.5 out of 6 75
PC Gamer Aug, 1995 70 out of 100 70
High Score Jun, 1995 3 out of 5 60
Datormagazin Jul, 1995 3 out of 5 60
PC Player (Germany) May, 1995 59 out of 100 59
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Aug, 1995 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40


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David Braben and Ian Bell were the original authors of the first Elite back in the 80s. Braben made this third game without giving Bell credit or royalties for the space ships and other ideas he created that were reused. Bell had to sue Braben for payment.


Frontier: First Encounters was originally intended to be an add-on disk for the second game, Frontier: Elite II. However, because they rushed that game, its engine could not handle expansion disks effectively. The engine was rewritten and the game was released standalone. Unfortunately, it was also rushed and filled with numerous bugs that made its initial release unplayable.


  • PC Player (Germany)
    • Issue 01/1996 - Most Annoying Bugs in 1995
Information also contributed by woods01 .

Related Web Sites

  • Frontier: First Encounters FAQ (First Encounters Frequently Asked Questions (Answers from David Braben))
  • JJFFE Central (A conversion of the game for Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems, which additionally includes minor improvements and bug fixes.)
  • Space: The Final Frontier (An elite fansite covering everything elite.)
  • The Elite Club (Where you can download Frontier: Elite II and Frontier: First Encounters, now released as shareware)
robotriot (9068) added Frontier: First Encounters (DOS) on Nov 01, 1999