List of space flight simulator games


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This is a comprehensive index of commercial, indie and freeware space flight simulator games. The list is categorized into four sections: space flight simulators, space flight simulators with an added element of combat, space combat simulators with an added element of trading, and unreleased space flight simulators.

A space flight simulator game is software that allows the operator to experience spacecraft space flight in outer space with the added elements of gameplay. There are many different types simulators. These simulators range in purpose from pure simulation to sheer entertainment. Space flight occurs beyond the Earth's atmosphere, and space flight simulators feature the ability to roll, pitch, and yaw. Space flight simulators use flight dynamics in a free environment; this free environment lets the spacecraft move within the three-dimensional coordinate system or the x, y, and z (applicate) axis. Some space flight simulators, such as Wing Commander, have had motion picture spin-offs made based on them.

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Space flight simulator games

Title Release year Developer Publisher Platform Notes
Apollo 18[citation needed] 1987 Artech Digital Entertainment Accolade Commodore 64
Apollo 18: The Moon Missions[citation needed] 1999 AIM Software Project Two Windows
Apollo Simulator[citation needed] 2006 Stephan Guenther SpaceDreamStudios Windows
Buzz Aldrin's Race into Space 1992 Fritz Bronner, Michael McCarty Interplay DOS More of a turn-based strategy/management sim, with no space flight
Eagle Lander 3D[1] 2002 Ron Monsen Ron Monsen Windows
Kerbal Space Program 2011 Squad Squad Windows, Mac OS X Under development as of 2011; alpha releases are available
Liftoff[citation needed] 2002 Entertainment Technologies, Inc. Entertainment Technologies, Inc. Windows, Mac OS X
Lunar Explorer: A Space Flight Simulator[citation needed] 1986 EduWare Electric Transit, Inc. DOS, Macintosh
Lunar Pilot[citation needed] 2004 Things-to-Come Things-to-Come Windows Expansion pack for Microsoft Flight Simulator
Microsoft Space Simulator 1994 Bruce Artwick Organization Ltd. Microsoft DOS
Noctis 2002 Alessandro Ghignola Alessandro Ghignola Windows Occurs in an imaginary universe with futuristic/fictional aspects such as planetary landings and sentient aliens; no weapons or combat
Orbiter 2000 Martin Schweiger Martin Schweiger Windows Released as freeware
Shuttle: the Space Flight Simulator 1992 Vektor Grafix Virgin Interactive DOS, Amiga, Atari ST
Space Shuttle[2] 1983 Rita Jay Microdeal Acorn Electron, Atari 8-bit, BBC Micro, Commodore 64, Dragon 32, Oric-1, TRS-80 CoCo, ZX Spectrum[3]
Space Shuttle: A Journey Into Space[4] 1982[5] Steve Kitchen Activision Amstrad CPC, Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Atari 8-bit, Commodore 64, MSX, ZX Spectrum[6]
Space Shuttle Mission 2007 2008 Exciting Simulations Simsquared Ltd. Windows

Space combat simulator games

Title Release year Developer Publisher Platform Notes
3D Star Racer[citation needed] 1994 BlazeDev ClickGamer Windows Mobile FMV style simulator
A/X-101 1994 Absolute Entertainment, Micronet Sega Sega CD FMV style simulator
Absolute Zero 1995 Domark Domark DOS, Macintosh
Acamar Rising 2005 Beteo Software and Games Beteo Software and Games Windows
Ace Of Angels 2002 Flying Rock Enterprises Flying Rock Enterprises Windows
Aces of the Galaxy 2008 Artech Digital Entertainment Sierra Entertainment Windows, Xbox 360 Live
Allegiance 2000 Microsoft Microsoft Windows Official servers shut down in 2002; as of 2011, developed and maintained by volunteers and free to download from their official site, www.freeallegiance.org
Ambush[citation needed] 1983 Nippon Amuse Co. Ltd Nippon Amuse Co. Ltd. Arcade
Anthelion: The Galactic Alliance 2003 PDAmill PDAmill Windows Mobile
Anthelion 2: Celestial Vigilance[citation needed] 2006 PDAmill PDAmill Windows Mobile
Ares Rising 1998 Imagine Studios Imagine Studios Windows
Argon 3D[citation needed] 2006 Mediaplazza Clickgamer Java ME
AquaNox 2001 Massive Development Fishtank Interactive Windows Sequel to Archimedean Dynasty but abandons much of the trading and privateering for which its predecessor was famous;[7] reviews state the feel is that of a space combat sim[8]
AquaNox 2: Revelation 2003 Massive Development Encore Software, Inc., JoWooD Productions Windows As noted many places, the addition of lasers in an underwater submarine battle makes the look and feel of the game that of a space combat sim[9]
Astron Belt 1983 Sega Sega Arcade Considered the first laserdisc video game[10]
BattleSphere 2000 4Play/ScatoLogic 4Play/ScatoLogic Atari Jaguar First console game with a 32 player network ability; one of the most rare and expensive games to find
Bang! Gunship Elite 2000 RayLand Red Storm Entertainment Dreamcast, Windows
Babylon 5: I've Found Her 2004 Space Dream Factory Space Dream Factory Windows Freeware; uses its own game engine;[11] set in the universe of Babylon 5
The Babylon Project 2004 The Babylon Project The Babylon Project Windows Freeware mod to Volition's FreeSpace 2[12]
Black Prophecy 2011 Reakktor Media GMBH Reakktor Media GMBH Windows MMORPG with a maximum number of players on each server limited to 300[13]
Battlestar Galactica 2003 Warthog Vivendi Universal Games Xbox, PlayStation 2
Battlestar Galactica: Beyond the Red Line 2007 Beyond the Red Line team Beyond the Red Line team Windows, Linux, Mac OS X Freeware mod to FreeSpace Open; in February 2008, it won Mod DB's Mod of the Year Award for Best Indie Game
Blast Radius[citation needed] 1999 Pitbull Syndicate Psygnosis PlayStation
Cellblock Squadrons 2005 Super Furious Software Super Furious Software Windows
Colony Wars 1997 Psygnosis Psygnosis PlayStation
Colony Wars: Vengeance 1998 Psygnosis Psygnosis PlayStation
Colony Wars: Red Sun 2000 Psygnosis Psygnosis PlayStation
Cosmic Conflict 1978 Magnavox Magnavox Magnavox Odyssey
Creature Shock 1994 Argonaut Games Virgin Interactive PC, 3DO, PlayStation, Sega Saturn, CD-i Parts of this FMV game include space combat
Darxide EMP 2003 Frontier Developments Frontier Developments Windows Mobile, Symbian, Sega 32X, Windows
Descent: FreeSpace - The Great War 1998 Volition, Inc. Interplay Windows, Amiga
Darklight Conflict 1997 Rage Software Electronic Arts Windows
Deep Space Attack[citation needed] 2003 Pimap ClickGamer Java ME
FreeSpace 2 1999 Volition, Inc. Interplay Windows,
FS2 SCP was also ported to Linux and Mac OS X
In 2002, Volition released the source code for the game engine which is under development as FreeSpace 2 Source Code Project; FS2 SCP is the base to many user created mods
FreeSpace Port[citation needed] 2003 GalacticEmperor Hard Light Productions Windows, Linux, Mac OS X Allows users to play full campaign of original FreeSpace and Silent Threat using updated graphics engine from FreeSpace 2 Source Code Project
Silent Threat: Reborn[citation needed] 2008 GalacticEmperor & Goober5000 Hard Light Productions Windows, Linux, Mac OS X 18 missions based on the original Silent Threat, 8 of the missions are original; all are made possible using the updated graphics engine from FreeSpace 2 Source Code Project
Destiny[citation needed] 2006 Black Bull Studios ClickGamer Symbian
Drift: When Worlds Collide 2002 Redward Studios Cosmi Corporation Windows
Forced Alliance 1997 Ripcord Games Orbital Studios Windows
FurtherTime 2004 Maxim Vorsobine Maxim Vorsobine Windows
Galactic Command- Echo Squad: Rise Of The Insurgents 2008 3000AD GameTap Windows Also, Echo Squad SE
Galactic Federation[citation needed] 2004 Radivoj Radivojevic AM-Games Windows
Galactic Gunner[citation needed] 2009 Ezone.com iTunes Store iOS Rail shooter style combat
Galactic Realms 2004 Crimson Fire Entertainment Crimson Fire Entertainment Windows
Hellhog XP 2003 StateVector Games StateVector Games Windows
HomePlanet 2003 Revolt Games 3Map Games Windows
Homeplanet: Play with Fire 2004 Revolt Games 3Map Games Windows Expansion to original game, installing the expansion adds multiplayer support to the game[14]
Inca 1993 Coktel Vision Sierra Entertainment Windows Contains a Myst-like FMV graphic adventure game
Inca II: Nations of Immortality 1993 Coktel Vision Sierra Entertainment Windows Also called Inca II: Wiracocha; contains a Myst-like FMV graphic adventure game
Inca I & II (Collector's Edition) 1995 Coktel Vision Sierra Entertainment Windows
Incoming: The Final Conflict 1998 Rage Software InterplayUS, ImagineerJP Dreamcast, Windows
Incoming Forces 2003 Rage Software Interplay Windows
Interstellar Flames[citation needed] 2002 Xen Games, Eon Games Xen Games Windows Mobile, Linux, Palm OS, Symbian
Independence War 1997 Particle Systems Ltd. Infogrames Windows Released in Europe as I-War
Independence War - Deluxe Edition 1998 Particle Systems Ltd. Infogrames Windows Released in Europe as I-War Special Edition this installment has the Defiance Expansion Pack; the expansion pack was never released alone
Lander 1999 Psygnosis Psygnosis Windows Included single and multi-player gameplay; released as a 'Special Edition Pack' which included both CD-ROM and DVD-ROM versions; DVD version included added video cut scenes between missions
Leo's Space Combat Simulator[citation needed] 2007 Leopoldo Bueno Castillo Leopoldo Bueno Castillo Windows Mobile This game is freeware
The Last Dynasty 1995 Coktel Vision Sierra Entertainment Windows Contains a Myst-like FMV graphic adventure game that occurs aboard a giant space station[15]
Lunar Rescue 1979 Taito Taito Arcade
Mace Griffin: Bounty Hunter 2004 Warthog Vivendi Universal Games Xbox, PlayStation 2, Windows Mixed genre game: 80% is first-person shooter, 20% is space combat[16]
Metalion[citation needed] 2002 ZIO Interactive ZIO Interactive Windows Mobile
Metalion 2: Mutant Uprising[citation needed] 2003 ZIO Interactive ZIO Interactive Windows Mobile
Mobile Suit Gundam: Last Shooting 1984 Bandai MSX
Mobile Suit Z-Gundam: Hot Scramble 1986 Game Studio Bandai NES
N-Space[citation needed] 2005 Monkey Business Nokia SNAP Mobile Java ME One of the few MMOG space combat sim games for mobile phones
Nihilist[citation needed] 1996 Bits Corporation Philips Windows
Phoenix 1999 Team 17 Titus Interactive Windows Has a dynamic campaign structure
No Gravity 1998 Realtech VR Titus Interactive Windows, Linux, Mac OS, Amiga OS, BeOS, PSP Is also named Space Girl; released as freeware
No Gravity: The Plague of Mind 2008 Realtech VR PlayStation Store PSP Sequel to No Gravity produced 10 years after original title
Project Sylpheed 2006 Game Arts, SETA Corporation Microsoft, Square Enix Xbox 360
Romanians In Space 2007 2 Bad Design 2 Bad Design Windows Incited controversy in Hungary as it depicts the Romanians having conquered the Earth now beginning to conquer the galaxy; full version released as freeware
Shattered Horizon 2009 Futuremark Games Studio Futuremark Corporation, Steam Windows First-person shooter set in zero gravity
Shattered Worlds - Space Combat[citation needed] 2003 Skwork Studis Astraware Windows Mobile, Palm OS
Shattered Worlds - Planet Assault[citation needed] 2004 Skwork Studio Astraware Windows Mobile, Palm OS
Shadow Squadron 1995 Sega Sega Sega 32X
Shockwave 1995 Dice Electronic Arts 3DO FMV style simulator
Shockwave: Operation Jumpgate 1995 Dice Electronic Arts 3DO FMV style simulator
Shockwave Assault 1996 Dice Electronic Arts Saturn, PlayStation, Mac OS, Windows FMV style simulator; a mix of Shockwave and Operation Jumpgate
Shockwave Assault 2: Beyond The Gate 1997 Dice Electronic Arts Saturn, PlayStation, Mac OS, Windows, 3DO FMV style simulator
Skyfox II: The Cygnus Conflict 1987 Dynamix, Inc. Electronic Arts DOS, Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64 Set in space, may be viewed as a mix of space sim and first-person shooter
Solar Eclipse 1995 Crystal Dynamics Crystal Dynamics Saturn, 3DO FMV style simulator
Solar Winds: The Escape[citation needed] 1993 Stone Interactive Media Epic Megagames DOS Chapter 1 shareware version
Solar Winds: Galaxy[citation needed] 1993 Stone Interactive Media Epic Megagames DOS Chapter 2
Space Alliance[citation needed] 2006 Monkey Business Nokia SNAP Mobile Java ME One of the few MMOG space combat sim games for mobile phones
Space Encounters[citation needed] 1980 Namco Namco Arcade
Space Seeker 1981 Taito Taito Arcade
Space Tactics[citation needed] 1980 Sega Sega Arcade
Star Assault 2007 Kalypso GamesArk Windows
StarBlade 1991 Namco Namco Arcade, Sega CD, 3DO, PlayStation Early full 3D polygonal game
Star Cruiser 1988 [[:jp:ÉTÉCÉoÅ[ÉwÉbÉh (ÉQÅ[ÉÄÉÅÅ[ÉJÅ[)|Arsys Software]] Arsys Software NEC PC-8801, Sharp X68000, Sega Mega Drive Early full 3D polygonal game[17]
Star Fighter 1994 Fednet Krisalis Acclaim Entertainment Acorn Archimedes, 3DO, Saturn, Windows, PlayStation Released in 1996 for the 3DO and the Sega Saturn under the slightly changed name Star Fighter 3000
Star Luster 1985 Namco Namco Nintendo Famicom, Nintendo Vs. Arcade
Star Raiders 1979 Atari, Inc. Atari Atari 8-bit family
Star Rangers 1995 Interactive Magic Interactive Magic Windows
Star Trek 1982 Sega Sega Arcade One of the most elaborate vector graphics games ever released[18]
Star Trek: Invasion 2000 Warthog Activision PlayStation
Star Trek: Klingon Academy 2000 14 Degrees East Interplay Windows
Star Trek: Shattered Universe 2004 Starsphere Interactive TDK Mediactive Xbox, PlayStation 2
Star Trek: Starfleet Academy 1994 High Voltage Software Interplay Windows, Super NES, Mega Drive, Mac OS
Star Wars 1983 Atari, Inc. Atari, Inc. Arcade, Acorn Electron, Amiga, Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Atari 8-bit family , Atari ST, Apple II, Macintosh, BBC Micro, Commodore 64, ColecoVision, DOS, ZX Spectrum
Star Wars: Arcade 1993 Sega LucasArts Arcade, Sega 32X
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back 1985 Atari Games Atari Games Arcade
Star Wars: Trilogy Arcade 1998 AM3 LucasArts Arcade
Star Wars: Battle for Naboo 2001 Factor 5 LucasArts Nintendo 64, Windows
Star Wars: Battlefront 2004 Pandemic Studios LucasArts Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox, Mac OS X, mobile phone, PSP
Star Wars: Battlefront II 2005 Pandemic Studios LucasArts Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox, PSP
Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron 2009 Rebellion Developments (PSP), N-Space (DS) LucasArts Nintendo DS, PSP
Star Wars: Rebel Assault 1993 LucasArts LucasArts DOS (Windows re-release), Sega CD, Macintosh, 3DO FMV style simulator
Star Wars: Rebel Assault II: The Hidden Empire 1995 LucasArts LucasArts DOS, Windows, Sega CD, Macintosh FMV style simulator
Star Wars: Rogue Squadron 1998 Factor 5 LucasArts Windows, Nintendo 64
Star Wars: Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader 2001 Factor 5 LucasArts Nintendo GameCube
Star Wars: Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike 2003 Factor 5 LucasArts Nintendo GameCube
Star Wars: Starfighter 2001 LucasArts LucasArts PlayStation 2, Xbox, Windows
Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter 2002 LucasArts LucasArts PlayStation 2, Xbox Sequel to 2001 Starfighter
Star Wars: TIE Fighter 1994 Totally Games LucasArts DOS, Windows, Mac OS
Star Wars: TIE Fighter - Defender of the Empire 1995 Totally Games LucasArts DOS, Mac OS Expansion pack for the original TIE Fighter
Star Wars: TIE Fighter (collector's CD-ROM) 1995 Totally Games LucasArts DOS, Windows, Mac OS TIE Fighter plus the expansion pack and improved features
Star Wars: X-Wing 1993 Totally Games LucasArts DOS, Macintosh
Star Wars: X-Wing - Imperial Pursuit 1993 Totally Games LucasArts DOS, Macintosh Expansion pack for the original X-Wing
Star Wars: X-Wing - B-Wing 1993 Totally Games LucasArts DOS, Mac OS Expansion pack for the original X-Wing
Star Wars: X-Wing (Collector's CD-ROM Edition) 1994 Totally Games LucasArts DOS, Windows, Mac OS Includes both expansion packs and improved features
Star Wars: X-Wing Collector Series Edition 1998 Totally Games LucasArts Windows Includes both X-Wing, and TIE Figher games with all expansion packs from both games, plus a flight training school add-on; integrated in this game is the X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter 3d accelerated engine
Star Wars: X-Wing Trilogy 2000 Totally Games LucasArts Windows
Star Wars: X-Wing Trilogy Arcade 1998 AM3 LucasArts Arcade Rail shooter style combat
Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance 1999 Totally Games LucasArts Windows
Star Wars: X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter 1997 Totally Games LucasArts Windows
SpaceCombat 2008 Cilcoder Xbox Live Xbox 360 Very basic cartoon styled space combat game
Space Combat 2008 MyRealGames.com MyRealGames.com Windows Freeware
Space Interceptor: Project Freedom 2004 Merscom City Interactive Windows
Space Rebellion 2004 Phoenix Games Phoenix Games PlayStation 2 Released for PlayStation 2 only; a Windows game with the same name was published by Grabituk.com, but it is not a space flight simulator
Starglider 1986 Argonaut Games Rainbird Software Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Atari ST, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum
Starship 1 1977 Atari Atari Arcade
Starship Command 1983 Peter Irvin Acornsoft Acorn Electron, BBC Micro
Starlancer 2000 Digital Anvil Microsoft Windows, Dreamcast
Starmaster 1982 Activision Activision Atari 2600
Starshatter 2004 Destroyer Studios Matrix Games Windows
Starshatter: The Gathering Storm 2006 Destroyer Studios Matrix Games Windows
Starship Conquer 2004 Michael Molkenthin Enjoy Soft Windows
Star Wraith 1999 StarWraith 3D Games StarWraith 3D Games Windows Released as freeware
Star Wraith 2 2000 StarWraith 3D Games StarWraith 3D Games Windows Released as freeware
Star Wraith 3: Shadows of Orion 2000 StarWraith 3D Games StarWraith 3D Games Windows Released as freeware
Star Wraith 4: Reviction 2002 StarWraith 3D Games StarWraith 3D Games Windows Released as freeware
Star Wraith 5: Arvoch Conflict 2006 StarWraith 3D Games StarWraith 3D Games Windows
Tac/Scan 1982 Sega Sega Arcade
Tarr Chronicles 2007 Quazar Studio Akella, cdv Software Entertainment, Paradox Interactive Windows Russian name was Tarr Chronicles: Ghosts of Stars, English release removed words from name
Dark Horizon 2008 Quazar Studio Akella, Paradox Interactive Windows Prequel to Akella's Tarr Chronicles: Ghosts of Stars and set 100 years prior, introduces a new race, new control modes, more advanced ship modification; Russian release is named Tarr Chronicles: Guards of the Frontier, English release is named Dark Horizon
The Tomorrow War 2009 CrioLand 1C, 505 Games Windows Space sim based on a trilogy of novels written by a famous Russian author, Alexander Zorich; game was originally released in Russia in 2006, however the new release suffered from a poor English translation[19]
Virtual Impact 2003 Erik Koenig VirtualImpactGames Windows Described as space combat sim plus sports match[20]
Void War 2004 Rampant Games Rampant Games Windows
Wing Commander 1990 Origin Systems Origin Systems DOS, Amiga, Sega CD, Super NES, 3DO
Wing Commander: The Secret Missions 1990 Origin Systems Origin Systems DOS, Amiga, Super NES Expansion pack for the original Wing Commander
Wing Commander: The Secret Missions 2: Crusade 1991 Origin Systems Origin Systems DOS, Amiga Expansion pack for the original Wing Commander
Super Wing Commander 1994 Origin Systems Origin Systems 3DO, Macintosh Contained Secret Missions, and special third campaign was also created between the two expansions
Wing Commander II: Vengeance of the Kilrathi 1991 Origin Systems Origin Systems DOS
Wing Commander II: Vengeance of the Kilrathi - Special Operations 1 1991 Origin Systems Origin Systems DOS Expansion pack for the original Wing Commander II: Vengeance of the Kilrathi
Wing Commander II: Vengeance of the Kilrathi - Special Operations 2 1991 Origin Systems Origin Systems DOS Expansion pack for the original Wing Commander II: Vengeance of the Kilrathi
Wing Commander II Vengeance of the Kilrathi Deluxe Edition 1993 Origin Systems Origin Systems DOS Contains both expansion packs from the original Wing Commander II: Vengeance of the Kilrathi
Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger 1994 Origin Systems Origin Systems DOS, 3DO, PlayStation, Macintosh
Wing Commander: The Kilrathi Saga 1996 Origin Systems Origin Systems Windows Recompilation of the first three Wing Commander games; expansion packs must be downloaded separately as they were not shipped on the CD but were made available online for free
Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom 1995 Origin Systems Electronic Arts DOS, Windows, PlayStation, Macintosh
Wing Commander: Prophecy 1997 Origin Systems Electronic Arts Windows, GBA
Wing Commander: Secret Ops 1998 Origin Systems Electronic Arts Windows Expansion pack for the original Wing Commander: Prophecy
Wing Commander: Prophecy Gold 1999 Origin Systems Electronic Arts Windows Contains the original Wing Commander: Prophecy and the expansion pack Wing Commander: Secret Ops
Wing Commander Arena 2007 Gaia Industries Electronic Arts Xbox 360 (XBLA)
X-Plane: Space Combat Sim 2004 Laminar Research Laminar Research Windows, Linux, Mac OS X Released as freeware
X-COM: Interceptor 1998 Microprose Microprose Windows
X - Ekkusu 1992 Nintendo Nintendo Game Boy Released in Japan only; to be followed by a DSiWare exclusive sequel, X-Scape
Xenocracy 1998 Simis Grolier Interactive Windows, PlayStation
XF5700 Mantis Experimental Fighter 1992 Microprose Microprose DOS
Zeitgeist: Laser Fighter 1995 Taito Interplay Windows, PlayStation

Free-form space trading and combat flight simulator games

Title Release year Developer Publisher Platform Notes
Archimedean Dynasty 1996 Massive Development Blue Byte Software DOS Play occurs in a submarine and under the ocean; many reviews have stated the look and feel of this game as that of a space sim;[21][22] GameSpot lists it in the space combat simulator category[23]
Battlecruiser 3000AD 1996 3000AD Take Two Interactive Software, GameTek Windows All Battlecruiser and Universal Combat games feature trade[24]
Battlecruiser 3000AD v2.0 1998 3000AD Interplay Windows
Battlecruiser Millennium 2000 3000AD Interplay Windows
Battlecruiser Millennium Gold 2003 3000AD DreamCatcher Interactive, Inc. Windows Includes some extra missions, instant action scenarios
DarkStar One 2006 Ascaron Entertainment cdv Software Entertainment Windows
DarkStar One: Broken Alliance 2010 Gaming Minds Studios Kalypso Media Xbox 360 Enhanced and extended from its predecessor, on Xbox 360 only[25]
Earth & Beyond 2002 Westwood Electronic Arts Windows, Mac OS X, Linux MMORPG; Electronic Arts officially shut down this game's servers in 2004, but as of 2011, a fan-made revival project is working on an emulator[26]
Elite 1984 David Braben, Ian Bell Acornsoft, Firebird Acorn Archimedes, Acorn Electron, Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Atari ST, BBC Micro, Commodore 64, DOS, MSX, NES, ZX Spectrum A seminal work in the genre; many other games on these lists show influence by it
Escape Velocity 1996 Matt Burch, Ambrosia Software Ambrosia Software Mac OS Effectively a modernized shareware Elite clone with RPG elements, with an extensive modding community
EV Override 1998 Matt Burch, Peter Cartwright, Ambrosia Software Ambrosia Software Mac OS Originally a third-party plugin for Escape Velocity, later adopted as an official sequel
EV Nova 2002 Matt Burch, ATMOS Software, Ambrosia Software Ambrosia Software Mac OS, Mac OS X, Windows Third and final game in the Escape Velocity series (like EVO, also originally a third-party plugin), which also spawned a trading card game set in the same universe
Frontier: Elite II 1993 Frontier Developments Konami, GameTek Commodore Amiga, Amiga CD32, Atari ST, DOS
Frontier: First Encounters 1995 Frontier Developments Konami, GameTek DOS Often called Elite III[27]
GLFrontier 2006 Tom Morton Tom Morton Windows, Linux Fan remake of Frontier: Elite II using OpenGL and higher resolution
Elite Starfighter 2004 Michael Molkenthin Novitas Peppergames Windows Tries to be much like Elite, but with updated graphics
Pocket PC Elite 2003 Jon Welch, George Hooper Jon Welch, George Hooper Windows Mobile An Elite for Windows Mobile
Galaxy On Fire 2006 Fishlabs Fishlabs Java ME, iOS One of the only games which support Java ME for mobile phones to include trade in the game[28]
Galaxy On Fire 2 2009 Fishlabs Fishlabs Java ME, Android, iOS Improved graphics, play and trade[29]
Federation of Free Traders 1989 Gremlin Graphics Software Ltd. Gremlin Graphics Software Ltd. Amiga , Atari ST
Flatspace 2003 Cornutopia Software Cornutopia Software Windows Play is open-ended: activities available include trading, missions, exploration, bounty hunting, space piracy, and police work.
Flatspace II: The Rise of the Scarrid 2005 Cornutopia Software Cornutopia Software Windows Play is open-ended: activities available include trading, missions, exploration, bounty hunting, space piracy, and police work.
Freelancer 2003 Digital Anvil Microsoft Windows Supports keyboard/mouse controls, no joysticks
Final Rift 2011 LargeLaser Games Xbox Live Indie Games Xbox 360 Space trading simulator
Hardwar 1998 The Software Refinery Gremlin Interactive, Interplay Windows Ships never leave the planet, yet this futuristic sim is very similar to Elite
Independence War 2: Edge of Chaos 2001 Particle Systems Ltd. Infogrames Windows Like its predecessor, features a Newtonian flight model
Infinite Space 2010 PlatinumGames Sega Nintendo DS First space combat sim with trading to become available for the DS
Jumpgate: The Reconstruction Initiative 2001 NetDevil 3DO, Mightygames, NetDevil Windows Prequel to Jumpgate Evolution
Lightspeed 1990 MicroProse MicroProse Tandy, DOS
Nomad 1993 Intense Interactive GameTek DOS
Oolite 2006 Giles Williams aegidian.org Windows, Linux, Mac OS X Free software remake of original 1984 Elite
Parkan II 2007 Nikita 1C Company Windows Parkan 2 is said to be a very good but very unknown,[30] it is notable as being a mix of space combat sim and FPS;[31] English release is and was ever available via online distribution only[32]
The Precursors 2010 Deep Shadows Game Factory Interactive Windows Was released in English on Gamersgate[33]
Project Alpha 2009 2.0 Studios Xbox Live Indie Games Xbox 360 Space trading simulator on a futuristic version of our solar system
Project Delta 2010 2.0 Studios Xbox Live Indie Games Xbox 360 Sequel-remake of Project Alpha, by the same studio
Protostar: War on the Frontier 1993 Tsunami Media, Inc. Tsunami Media, Inc. DOS Electronic Arts originally contracted Tsunami Media to create Starflight 3: Protostar, this contract was canceled; game was released as Protostar: War on the Frontier;[34] original Starflight and Starflight 2 are not included in this list as they are strategy/RPG oriented and the view of the ship is a top down perspective
Rise: The Vieneo Province 2006 Unistellar Industries Unistellar Industries Windows Virtual world with player-driven economy
Universal Combat 2004 3000AD DreamCatcher Interactive, Inc. Windows The follow-up to the Battlecrusier series from Darek Smart
Universal Combat: Gold 2005 3000AD 3000AD Windows
Universal Combat: A World Apart 2005 3000AD 3000AD Windows
Universal Combat: Special Edition 2006 3000AD 3000AD Windows
Universal Combat: Collectors Edition 2007 3000AD 3000AD Windows Contains the campaigns and instant action scenarios from the prior titles in the Battlecruiser and Universal Combat series of games[35]
Wing Commander: Privateer 1993 Origin Systems Electronic Arts DOS, Macintosh
Wing Commander: Righteous Fire 1994 Origin Systems Electronic Arts DOS, Macintosh Expansion pack for the original Wing Commander: Privateer
Wing Commander: Privateer CD-ROM Classic Edition 1996 Origin Systems Electronic Arts DOS, Macintosh Includes Righteous Fire expansion and full speech
Privateer 2: The Darkening 1996 Origin Systems Electronic Arts DOS, Macintosh
Wing Commander: Privateer Remake 2005 Privateer Remake Team The Vega Strike Team Windows, Mac OS X, Linux Fan remake, includes better graphics and more game play-related features; freeware
Wing Commander: Privateer Gemini Gold 2005 Privateer Gemini Gold Team The Vega Strike Team Windows, Mac OS X, Linux Fan remake, strives to be as true to the original Privateer as possible; freeware
Privateer: Parallel Universe 2005 Parallel Universe Team The Vega Strike Team Windows, Mac OS X, Linux Fan-made project; adds some new ships and fan campaign missions; freeware
Space Force: Rogue Universe 2007 Provox Games DreamCatcher Interactive, Inc., JoWooD Productions Windows
Space Pirates from Tomorrow 2010 MStar Games Xbox Live Indie Games Xbox 360 Open ended space trading simulator
Space Probe 2007 Lars Brandt Stisen Deep Division Windows Real time spacecraft simulator and adventure game; freeware
Space Rogue 1989 Origin Systems Origin Systems DOS, Macintosh, Amiga, Atari ST, FM Towns
Space Treker 3 2005 SundialSoft ClickGamer Windows Mobile
Starpoint Gemini 2011 Little Green Men Games Little Green Men Games, Iceberg Interactive Windows
Starport: Galactic Empires 2004 PlayTechTonics, Inc. PlayTechTonics, Inc. Windows MMORPG, free to play, with optional items able to be bought with real money
Star Wars Galaxies 2003 Sony Online Entertainment, Electronic Arts Japan LucasArts Windows MMORPG
Star Wraith: RiftSpace 2004 StarWraith 3D Games StarWraith 3D Games Windows Released as freeware
Star Wraith: Evochron 2005 StarWraith 3D Games StarWraith 3D Games Windows
Star Wraith: Evochron Alliance 2005 StarWraith 3D Games StarWraith 3D Games Windows
Star Wraith: Evochron Alliance 2.0 2006 StarWraith 3D Games StarWraith 3D Games Windows
Star Wraith: Evochron Renegades 2007 StarWraith 3D Games StarWraith 3D Games Windows
Star Wraith: Evochron Legends 2009 StarWraith 3D Games StarWraith 3D Games Windows
Starglider 2 1988 Argonaut Software Ltd. Rainbird Software Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, ZX Spectrum
SunDog: Frozen Legacy 1984 FTL Games Accolade Apple II, Atari
Tachyon: The Fringe 2000 NovaLogic NovaLogic Windows
Taikodom 2008 Hoplon Infotainment Hoplon Infotainment Windows Considered a MMOG
Terminus 2000 Vicarious Visions Vatical Entertainment Windows, Mac OS, Linux
The Universal 2004 The Universal Team The Universal Team Windows Unique MMORPG set in a virtual universe of realtime 3d worlds, owned and run by players[36]
Vendetta Online 2004 Guild Software Strategy First Windows, Mac OS X, Linux MMORPG
Venture The Void 2007 Kitty Lambda Kitty Lambda Windows MMORPG
X: Beyond the Frontier 1999 Egosoft THQ, SouthPeak Interactive Windows
X: Tension 2000 Egosoft THQ Windows X: Beyond The Frontier is needed to run this expansion
X: Gold 2000 Egosoft THQ Windows Combination of X: Beyond The Frontier and X: Tension
X2: The Threat 2003 Egosoft Deep Silver, QV Software International Windows, Mac OS X, Linux
X3: Reunion 2005 Egosoft Deep Silver, Enlight Windows, Mac OS X, Linux
X3: Reunion 2.0 2007 Egosoft Deep Silver, Enlight Windows, Mac OS X, Linux Updated, patched, working version of the original X3: Reunion with added Bala Gi Missions
X3: Terran Conflict 2008 Egosoft Deep Silver, Enlight Windows, Mac OS X Final chapter in the story of the X series of games[37]
X3: Terran Conflict 2.0 Aldrin Missions 2009 Egosoft IGS Software Publishing Windows
X3: Gold Edition 2009 Egosoft Deep Silver Windows Includes the Reunion 2.0 Bala Gi Mission, Terran Conflict 2.0 Aldrin Missions, soundtrack, poster
Xiphos 1990 Voodoo Electronic Zoo Windows, Amiga, Atari ST Play resembles Elite, involving first-person space shooting and trading[38]
Zombie Smashers X3: Ninjastarmageddon! 2007 Ska Studios Ska Studios Windows

Space flight simulator games under development

Title Release year Developer Publisher Platform Notes
Abyss Lights: Frozen Systems TBA Abyss Lights Studio TBA Windows A demo for this, with a working title of Abyss Lights: Frozen Systems, debuted at E3[39]
Blackstar TBA Spacetime Interactive TBA Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 This MMOG[40] is on the brink of cancellation as of 2008,[41] again[42]
Cold Stars TBA Quazar Studio Akella, Paradox Interactive Windows Third installment in the series of The Tarr Chronicles[43]
Darwin TBA ConstantSUM ConstantSUM Windows, Mac OS X, Linux Browser-based space combat sim
Elite 4 TBA Frontier Developments TBA Windows MMORPG
Galactic Command Online TBA 3000AD TBA Xbox 360, Windows MMOG
Heresy War 2011 Dream Builder Studios TBA Windows
Infinity: The Quest for Earth TBA F. Brebion TBA Windows MMORPG
Jumpgate Evolution 2011 NetDevil Codemasters Windows MMORPG
Naumachia: Space Warfare TBA Naumachia team TBA Windows
NorthStar TBA Kerberos Productions TBA Windows Envisioned as a space trader sim with space and ground combat elements; space combat will not be fighter-based as in Privateer but more like large ship combat as in Kerberos' 4X title Sword of the Stars; ground combat will be squad turn-based, as in X-Com: UFO Defense
Precursors 2 2011 Deep Shadows Play Ten Interactive Windows, Xbox 360 Stand-alone game that continues prior story, but no need to play the original to understand the story[44]
Space Engine 2011 Vladimir Romanuk Vladimir Romanuk Windows As of 2011, simulates stars from Hipparcos catalogue, randomly adds other stars and systems, and generates planets with landscapes, atmospheres and water[45][46]
The Tomorrow War: Factor K 2011 CrioLand 1C, 505 Games Windows Expansion pack to the space combat sim The Tomorrow War[47]
Universe Online TBA Colony Studios Colony Studios Windows MMORPG; not the same as X: Universe Online[48]
Vega Strike TBA The Vega Strike Team The Vega Strike Team Windows, Mac OS X, Linux Free and open source software; development version is downloadable and playable as of 2011
Fringespace TBA The Fringespace Team The Fringespace Team Windows, Mac OS X, Linux Freeware mod to FreeSpace Open; game is not a clone[49] but is designed to duplicate, as nearly as possible, the 'feel' of Tachyon: The Fringe[50]
X: Online Universe TBA Egosoft Egosoft Windows MMORPG; whether or not it comes to be, it is unrelated to the game Universe Online by Colony Studios[51] though both have similar names
X-Rebirth TBA Egosoft Egosoft Windows Continuation of the X series of space simulation games

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  7. ^ AquaNox abandons much of the elements that made Archimedean Dynasty famous http://www.gamespot.com/pc/action/aquanox/review.html
  8. ^ Many reviewers have stated that AquaNox feels like a space combat sim http://archive.gamespy.com/reviews/december01/aquanox/index2.shtm
  9. ^ PC Gamer UK has stated as well that AquaNox 2: Revelation feels like a space combat sim http://www.computerandvideogames.com/article.php?id=82626
  10. ^ Astron Belt at Allgame
  11. ^ Babylon 5 is freeware using its own game engine and set in the Babylon 5 universe http://ifh.firstones.com/project/faq/
  12. ^ The Babylon Project is a mod to FreeSpace 2 http://babylon.hard-light.net/faq.php
  13. ^ Black Prophecy will have a maximum number of players set to 300 http://www.cbsgames.com/games/story/10316994
  14. ^ Information relating to the expansion pack can be found at gamespot here http://www.gamespot.com/pc/sim/homeplanetplaywithfire/
  15. ^ The Last Dynasty has an interesting change of pace http://www.csoon.com/issue6/lastd.html
  16. ^ Twenty percent of Mace Griffin is a space combat sim http://pc.ign.com/articles/499/499618p2.html
  17. ^ ÉXÉ^Å[ÉNÉãÅ[ÉUÅ[ (translation), 4Gamer.net
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  19. ^ The Tomorrow War suffers from translation problems http://www.hookedgamers.com/articles/review/880/the_tomorrow_war
  20. ^ Virtual Impact has been described as a space combat sim and sports match combined http://www.virtualimpactgames.com/index.html
  21. ^ The look and feel of Archimedean Dynasty is that of a space simulation http://www.gamespot.com/pc/sim/archimedeandynasty/player_review.html?id=385746&tag=readerreviews;continue
  22. ^ Another review stating how this is like a space simulation game http://www.gamespot.com/pc/sim/archimedeandynasty/review.html?om_act=convert&om_clk=gssummary&tag=summary;review
  23. ^ GameSpot lists Archimedean Dynasty under the space combat simulation category http://www.gamespot.com/pc/sim/archimedeandynasty/tech_info.html?tag=stats;techinfo
  24. ^ Details of the Battlecruiser and Universal Combat games featuring trade are here http://www.gamersinfo.net/articles/433-interview---universal-combat-a-world-apart
  25. ^ DarkStar One: Broken Alliance has been enhanced and extended from that of its predecessor, exclusively on the Xbox 360. http://ve3d.ign.com/articles/news/53225/DarkStar-One-Broken-Alliance-Announced
  26. ^ The Earth & Beyond emulator is at http://www.enb-emulator.com/
  27. ^ Frontier: First Encounters is often called Elite III http://www.tomatarium.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/yikes/
  28. ^ Galaxy On Fire successfully incorporates trade into the gameplay http://www.fishlabs.net/en/mobile-games/action-games/galaxy-on-fire
  29. ^ Fishlabs wished to improve upon the original Galaxy On Fire in every category http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Mobile/Galaxy+on+Fire+2/news.asp?c=8091
  30. ^ Parkan 2, the game that was never meant to be. http://news.softpedia.com/news/Parkan-II-Un-Unknown-Game-8308.shtml
  31. ^ Parkan 2 is discussed in length about the genre blending within this game http://jaguarusf.blogspot.com/2007/07/parkan-ii-review.html
  32. ^ The only way to get Parkan 2 is via online distribution http://www.1cpublishing.eu/game/parkan-2/overview
  33. ^ The Precursors has been released on Gamersgate http://www.rpgwatch.com/show/newsbit?newsbit=16397
  34. ^ Tsunami media could not legally secure the Starflight name. http://www.mobygames.com/game/dos/protostar-war-on-the-frontier
  35. ^ Information about Universal Combat can be found here http://www.3000ad.com/products/UCCE_PRODUCT_INFO.PDF
  36. ^ The Universal game and info are here http://theuniversal.net/about.php
  37. ^ X3: Terran Conflict will be the final chapter in the X series of games http://x3tc.blogspot.com/2008_08_01_archive.html
  38. ^ Xiphos resembles Elite, involving first-person space shooting and trading http://www.mobygames.com/game/atari-st/xiphos
  39. ^ Untitled Ukrainian Game by Abyss Lights Studio E3 Preview http://www.2404.org/previews/4812/Untitled-Ukrainian-Game-by-Abyss-Lights-Studio-E3-Preview
  40. ^ Blackstar will be a MMOG http://www.gamasutra.com/php-bin/news_index.php?story=18555
  41. ^ Spacetime studios has been without a publisher for more than half a year http://www.spacetimestudios.com/2008/08/26/studio-update/
  42. ^ Publisher NCsoft cancels contract with Spacetime Interactive http://www.gamasutra.com/php-bin/news_index.php?story=16916
  43. ^ Cold Stars will continue the story of The Tarr Chronicles http://www.linkedin.com/pub/timur-lazarenko/a/694/935
  44. ^ Some insight into what we can expect from Precursors 2 http://precursors-game.com/eng/overview/faq.html
  45. ^ Russian site SpaceEngine http://spaceengine.org/
  46. ^ English site SpaceEngine http://en.spaceengine.org/
  47. ^ The Tomorrow War: Factor K information at http://www.1cpublishing.eu/game/the-tomorrow-war-factor-k/overview
  48. ^ Colony Studios is the developer and publisher of Universe Online http://www.colonystudios.com/index.html
  49. ^ The Fringespace project is not a clone of the original Tachyon: The Fringe http://fringespace.org/index.php?name=Sections&req=viewarticle&artid=7
  50. ^ The Fringespace project is designed to duplicate, as closely as possible, the 'feel' of Tachyon: The Fringe http://fringespace.org/index.php?name=Sections&req=viewarticle&artid=1&page=1
  51. ^ The X: Online Universe web page can be found here http://www.online-universe.net/44index.htm

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