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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.


Frontier: Elite II Amiga CD32 Game logo
Frontier: Elite II Amiga Spaceship from the intro
Frontier: Elite II Amiga Aster system map
Frontier: Elite II Atari ST The star map

Promo Images

Frontier: Elite II Magazine Advertisement

Alternate Titles

  • "FE2" -- Common Abbreviation

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User Reviews

Elite + realistic physics = Good. DOS Longwalker (768)
Easily the best in the Elite series, although a bit buggy at times DOS Stargazer (105)
An exercise in frustration. DOS woods01 (163)
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)

Critic Reviews

ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga CD32 Jun, 1994 4 out of 4 100
The Retro Spirit DOS Dec 08, 2009 6 out of 6 100
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amiga Jan, 1994 96 out of 100 96
Amiga Format Amiga CD32 Jun, 1994 91 out of 100 91
Score DOS Feb, 1994 90 out of 100 90
Power Play DOS Nov, 1993 90 out of 100 90
PC Games (Germany) DOS Jun, 1994 81 out of 100 81
WIZ DOS Aug, 1994 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
All Game Guide DOS 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
PC Player (Germany) DOS Nov, 1993 53 out of 100 53


Topic # Posts Last Post
Other games with planetary flight? 14 Rola (8288)
Jun 29, 2013
Free release? 3 MrFlibble (15273)
Nov 19, 2012


1001 Video Games

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


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.


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


  • 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.


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.


  • 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 Astro (Fanpage with game information, tips and additional materials.)
  • 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 (256018), Martin Smith (74242) and faceless (446)