List of space flight simulation games

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This is a sourced index of commercial, indie and freeware space flight simulation 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 of 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.

See Lists of video games for related lists.

Space flight simulation games[edit]

Title Release year Developer Publisher Platform Notes References
Artemis: Spaceship Bridge Simulator 2010 Thom Robertson Thom Robertson Windows, Android, iOS, WINE Multiplayer co-operative spaceship bridge simulator. [1]
Astroneer 2016 System Era Softworks System Era Softworks Windows, Xbox One, Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch (January 2022) Outer space mining resources on planets. [2]
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. [3]
Dreadnought 2016 Yager Development Grey Box Windows [4]
Eagle Lander 3D 2002 Ron Monsen Ron Monsen Windows [5]
Hellion 2017 ZeroGravity Games Windows Survival with PvP and PvE elements. [6]
Iron Sky: Invasion 2012 Reality Pump TopWare Interactive Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, iOS, Android, Mac OS Official video game expansion of the 2012 sci-fi film "Iron Sky". Combines space combat simulation with strategy and RPG elements. [7]
Kerbal Space Program 2015 Squad Private Division Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Xbox one Released in 2015 following 2 years of early access development. Features game modes allowing the player to either administrate their own space program or freely explore the fictional star system. Extremely moddable. The Kerbol system is 1/10th the size of the Solar System. [8]
Kinetic Void 2014 Badland Studio Valve Microsoft Windows, Mac OS and Linux [9]
Liftoff 2002 Entertainment Technologies, Inc. Entertainment Technologies, Inc. Windows, Mac OS X [10]
Microsoft Space Simulator 1994 Bruce Artwick Organization Ltd. Microsoft DOS [11]
Noctis 2002 Alessandro Ghignola Alessandro Ghignola Windows, DOS Occurs in an imaginary universe with futuristic/fictional aspects such as planetary landings and sentient aliens; no weapons or combat. [citation needed]
Orbiter 2000 Martin Schweiger Martin Schweiger Windows Accurately simulates the physics and it is moddable. Released as freeware. [12]
Project Space Station 1985 HESware HESware Commodore 64, Apple II, DOS Four-part gameplay: administration of a space station program; shuttle launches, using a highly abstracted navigation system; assembling space station parts using an EVA pod; and shuttle landings using a 2D representation. [citation needed]
Rendezvous: A Space Shuttle Simulation 1982 Wes Huntress Edu-Ware Services Apple II Simulates shuttle launch, rendezvous with space station, and docking. [13]
Shuttle: the Space Flight Simulator 1992 Vektor Grafix Virgin Interactive DOS, Amiga, Atari ST [citation needed]
Space Shuttle: A Journey into Space 1983 Steve Kitchen Activision Amstrad CPC, Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Atari 8-bit, Commodore 64, MSX, ZX Spectrum [14][15]
Space Shuttle Mission 2007 2008 Exciting Simulations Simsquared Ltd. Windows [citation needed]

Space flight simulation games under development[edit]

Title Release year Developer Publisher Platform Notes References
Age of Ascent TBA Illyriad Games Illyriad Games Multiplatform, Windows, Macintosh Space MMO with real-time dog fighting. [citation needed]
Kerbal Space Program 2 2022 Private Division, Intercept Games Intercept Games Windows, Xbox, PlayStation Sequel to the critically acclaimed game Kerbal Space Program. [16]
Star Citizen TBA Cloud Imperium Games (Chris Roberts) Cloud Imperium Games Linux, Windows MMO Space trading and combat simulator, FPS [17]

Space flight simulation games cancelled[edit]

Title Release year Developer Publisher Platform Notes References
Jumpgate Evolution NetDevil Codemasters Windows MMORPG [citation needed]

Space combat games[edit]

Title Release year Developer Publisher Platform Notes References
3D Star Racer 1994 BlazeDev ClickGamer Windows Mobile FMV-style simulator [citation needed]
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 2012, developed and maintained by volunteers and free to download from their official site.
Ambush 1983 Nippon Amuse Co. Ltd Nippon Amuse Co. Ltd. Arcade [citation needed]
Anthelion: The Galactic Alliance 2003 PDAmill PDAmill Windows Mobile
Anthelion 2: Celestial Vigilance 2006 PDAmill PDAmill Windows Mobile [citation needed]
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; reviews state the feel is that of a space combat sim [18][19]
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 [20]
Ares Rising 1998 Imagine Studios Imagine Studios Windows
Argon 3D 2006 Mediaplazza Clickgamer Java ME [citation needed]
Arvoch Alliance 2011 StarWraith 3D Games StarWraith 3D Games Windows
Astron Belt 1983 Sega Sega Arcade Considered the first laserdisc video game [21]
A/X-101 1994 Absolute Entertainment, Micronet Sega Sega CD FMV-style simulator
Backlash: A Turret Gunner Simulation 1995 Sanctuary Software Studio Sanctuary Software Studio DOS Also known as Backlash: Assault on Omicron Station
Babylon 5: I've Found Her 2004 Space Dream Factory Space Dream Factory Windows, Mac OS X, Linux Freeware; uses its own game engine; set in the universe of Babylon 5 [22]
The Babylon Project 2004 The Babylon Project The Babylon Project Windows Freeware mod to Volition's FreeSpace 2 [23]
Bang! Gunship Elite 2000 RayLand Red Storm Entertainment Dreamcast, Windows
BattleSphere 2000 4Play/ScatoLogic 4Play/ScatoLogic Atari Jaguar First video game with a 32-player network ability; one of the most rare and expensive games to find
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
Battlestar Galactica Online 2011 Bigpoint, Artplant Bigpoint Windows, Mac OS X Browser based MMO
Battlezone 1998 Activision Activision Windows, Nintendo 64 First-person RTS/Tank Commander. Expansion 'The Red Odyssey' - requires original game.
Black Prophecy 2011 Reakktor Media GMBH Reakktor Media GMBH Windows MMORPG with a maximum number of players on each server limited to 300 [24]
Blast Radius 1999 Pitbull Syndicate Psygnosis PlayStation [citation needed]
Cellblock Squadrons 2005 Super Furious Software Super Furious Software Windows
Codename MAT 1984 Derek Brewster Micromega ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC sub-system damage and repair simulation.
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; these parts are omitted from the PlayStation, Saturn, and CD-i versions
Darklight Conflict 1997 Rage Software Electronic Arts Windows
DarkSpace 2000–2014 Palestar Palestar Inc Windows
DarkStar One 2006 Ascaron cdv Software Entertainment AG Windows, Xbox 360
Darxide EMP 2003 Frontier Developments Frontier Developments Windows Mobile, Symbian, Sega 32X, Windows
Death Star 1970s Gene Ball University of Rochester Xerox Alto Described in 1982 as "you pilot your Alto down a trench in the Death Star and fire a torpedo in its only vulnerable spot to save the Federation ... No still photograph can describe the fine graphic detail". [25]
Deep Space Attack 2003 Pimap ClickGamer Java ME [citation needed]
Descent: FreeSpace – The Great War 1998 Volition Interplay Windows, Amiga
Destination Earthstar 1990 Imagineering Acclaim Nintendo Entertainment System
Destiny 2006 Black Bull Studios ClickGamer Symbian [citation needed]
Diaspora: Shattered Armistice 2012 Diaspora Development team Diaspora Development team Windows, Linux, Mac OS X Freeware game based on FreeSpace Open set in the reimagined Battlestar Galactica universe
Drift: When Worlds Collide 2002 Redward Studios Cosmi Corporation Windows
Endless Space 2 2017 AMPLITUDE Studios Sega Windows, Mac OS X Endless Space 2 is a strategic space opera set in a mysterious universe.

Your story unfolds in a galaxy that was first colonized by God-like beings known as the "Endless", who rose and fell eons ago. All that remains of them are mystical ruins, powerful artifacts, and a strange, near-magical substance known as Dust.

Epic 1992 Digital Image Design Ocean Software Amiga, Atari ST, MS-DOS, NEC PC-9801
Everspace 2017 Rockfish Games Rockfish Games Microsoft Windows, macOS, Linux, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch Single-player 3D space shooter with rogue-like elements and non-linear storytelling.
Eve: Valkyrie 2016 CCP Games CCP Games Windows, PlayStation 4 Uses virtual reality headsets
FreeSpace 2 1999 Volition 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 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 [citation needed]
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 2004 Radivoj Radivojevic AM-Games Windows [citation needed]
Galactic Gunner 2009 Ezone.com iTunes Store iOS Rail shooter style combat [citation needed]
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 [26]
House of the Dying Sun 2016 Marauder Interactive Marauder Interactive Windows
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
Inferno 1994 Digital Image Design Ocean Software MS-DOS Sequel to Epic
Interstellar Flames 2002 Xen Games, Eon Games Xen Games Windows Mobile, Linux, Palm OS, Symbian [citation needed]
Independence War 1997 Particle Systems Infogrames Windows Released in Europe as I-War
Independence War - Deluxe Edition 1998 Particle Systems Infogrames Windows Released in Europe as I-War Special Edition this installment has the Defiance Expansion Pack; the expansion pack was never released alone
Independence War 2: Edge of Chaos 2001 Particle Systems Infogrames Entertainment SA Windows
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 2007 Leopoldo Bueno Castillo Leopoldo Bueno Castillo Windows Mobile This game is freeware [citation needed]
The Last Dynasty 1995 Coktel Vision Sierra Entertainment Windows Contains a Myst-like FMV graphic adventure game that occurs aboard a giant space station [27]
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 [28]
Mercenary series 1985 Novagen Software Novagen Software Atari 400/800/XL/XE, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore Amiga, Commodore 16/116/Plus/4 3D open world action-adventure. The second and third parts of the series involved interplanetary travel within a solar system.
Metalion 2002 ZIO Interactive ZIO Interactive Windows Mobile [citation needed]
Metalion 2: Mutant Uprising 2003 ZIO Interactive ZIO Interactive Windows Mobile [citation needed]
Mobile Suit Gundam: Last Shooting 1984 Bandai MSX
Mobile Suit Z-Gundam: Hot Scramble 1986 Game Studio Bandai NES
N-Space 2005 Monkey Business Nokia SNAP Mobile Java ME One of the few MMOG space combat sim games for mobile phones [citation needed]
Nexus: The Jupiter Incident 2004 Mithis Entertainment Vivendi Universal / HD Interactive Windows Focuses on tactics and ship management instead of resource collection and base construction. Previously "Imperium Galactica 3".
Nihilist 1996 Bits Corporation Philips Windows [citation needed]
Phoenix 1999 Team17 Titus Interactive Windows Has a dynamic campaign structure
Phoenix 3 1995 Gray Matter Inc. Studio 3DO 3DO Combination of Flashback/Another World platforming with Wing Commander-esque flight sequences
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, iTunes App Store PSP, iOS Sequel to No Gravity produced 10 years after original title
Project Sylpheed 2006 Game Arts, SETA Corporation Microsoft, Square Enix Xbox 360
Psi-5 Trading Company 1985 Distinctive Software Accolade Amstrad CPC, DOS, Commodore 64, Apple II, ZX Spectrum
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 2003 Skwork Studis Astraware Windows Mobile, Palm OS [citation needed]
Shattered Worlds - Planet Assault 2004 Skwork Studio Astraware Windows Mobile, Palm OS [citation needed]
Shadow Squadron 1995 Sega Sega Sega 32X
Shockwave Assault 1994 Dice Electronic Arts 3DO, Saturn, PlayStation, Mac OS, Windows FMV style simulator, released on the 3DO as simply Shockwave
Shockwave: Operation Jumpgate 1995 Dice Electronic Arts 3DO, Playstation FMV style simulator expansion pack, included as a bonus in most versions of Shockwave Assault
Shockwave 2: Beyond The Gate 1997 Dice Electronic Arts Saturn, PlayStation, Mac OS, Windows, 3DO FMV style simulator
Silent Threat: Reborn 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 [citation needed]
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 1993 Stone Interactive Media Epic MegaGames DOS Chapter 1 shareware version
Solar Winds: Galaxy 1993 Stone Interactive Media Epic MegaGames DOS Chapter 2
SOL: Exodus 2012 Seamless Entertainment Seamless Entertainment Windows
Space Encounters 1980 Namco Namco Arcade [citation needed]
Space Seeker 1981 Taito Taito Arcade
Space Tactics 1980 Sega Sega Arcade [citation needed]
Star Assault 2007 Kalypso GamesArk Windows
StarBlade 1991 Namco Namco Arcade, Sega CD, 3DO, PlayStation Early full 3D polygonal game
Star Conflict 2012 StarGem Inc Gaijin Entertainment Windows, Macintosh, Linux Free to play 3D arcade space-shooter, MMO elements.
Star Cruiser 1988 Arsys Software Arsys Software NEC PC-8801, Sharp X68000, Sega Mega Drive Early full 3D polygonal game [29][30]
Star Crusader 1994 Take-Two Interactive Take-Two Publishing Amiga, CD32, MS-DOS
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
StarMade 2013 Schema Schema Windows, Macintosh, Linux Freeware. Currently in Alpha. Voxel based, spaceship building game. [31]
Star Quest I: In the 27th Century 1995 Paul Lauzon Virtual Adventures Inc. DOS 3D space combat, exploration and race Simulator
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 [32][33]
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 Trek: Tactical Assault 2006 Quicksilver Software Bethesda Softworks Nintendo DS, PSP
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Advanced Holodeck Tutorial 1994 Imagineering Absolute Entertainment Nintendo Entertainment System, Game Boy, Game Gear
Star Voyager 1986 ASCII Entertainment Acclaim Nintendo Entertainment System Released in Japan as Cosmo Genesis
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, PlayStation 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 Edition) 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 Fighter 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
Star Wars: Squadrons 2020 Motive Studios Electronic Arts Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
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 II 2000 StarWraith 3D Games StarWraith 3D Games Windows Released as freeware
Star Wraith III: Shadows of Orion 2000 StarWraith 3D Games StarWraith 3D Games Windows Released as freeware
Star Wraith IV: Reviction 2002 StarWraith 3D Games StarWraith 3D Games Windows Released as freeware
Strike Suit Zero 2013 Born Ready Games Born Ready Games Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Nintendo Switch
Sublevel Zero 2015 Sigtrap Games Sigtrap Games Windows, Mac OS, SteamOS Features 6-DOF gameplay across procedurally-generated levels
SubSpace 1997 Burst Studios Virgin Interactive 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 Earth Dies Screaming 1983 Sirius Software 20th Century Fox Atari 2600 Also was released for Commodore VIC-20 and Atari 8-bit family computers under the name Final Orbit
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 [34]
Virtual Impact 2003 Erik Koenig VirtualImpactGames Windows Described as space combat sim plus sports match [35]
Void Destroyer 2015 Paul Zakrzewski Paul Zakrzewski Windows RTS/sim hybrid. Pilot a single ship in first-person combat, or control the entire fleet using the mouse.
WarpSpeed 1993 Accolade Accolade Sega Mega Drive
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 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
Jupiter Strike 1995 Taito Interplay Windows, PlayStation
Renegade: The Battle for Jacob's Star 1995 Midnight Software Strategic Simulations Inc Windows
Warhead 1989 Motion Picture House Activision Amiga OS, Atari ST Mission based. Newtonian flight model. Designed by Glyn Williams.
Heat Signature 2017 Suspicious Developments Suspicious Developments PC Top-down shooter which lets players fly through space to board ships and take down factions through killing and strategy.

Space trading and space combat games[edit]

Title Release year Developer Publisher Platform Notes References
3030 Deathwar 2007 Bird in Sky Crunchy Leaf Games Windows [citation needed]
Archimedean Dynasty 1996 Massive Development Blue Byte 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. [36][37]
Battlecruiser 3000AD 1996 3000AD Take Two Interactive Software, GameTek Windows All Battlecruiser and Universal Combat games feature trade. [38]
Starpoint Gemini 2 2014 LGM Games Iceberg Interactive Microsoft Windows, Xbox One Space trading and combat sim / RPG. [citation needed]
DarkStar One 2006 Ascaron Entertainment cdv Software Entertainment Windows [citation needed]
DarkStar One: Broken Alliance 2010 Gaming Minds Studios Kalypso Media Xbox 360 Enhanced and extended from its predecessor, on Xbox 360 only. [39]
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. [40]
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. [citation needed]
Elite Dangerous 2014 Frontier Developments Frontier Developments Windows, OS X, PS4, Xbox One The fourth game in the Elite series featuring a persistent universe and online multiplayer. [citation needed]
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. [citation needed]
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 [citation needed]
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 [citation needed]
Eve Online 2003 CCP Games CCP Games Mac OS X, Windows Player-driven, persistent-world MMORPG set in a science fiction space setting [citation needed]
Rebel Galaxy 2015 Double Damage Games Double Damage Games Mac OS X, Windows Modern freeform set in a dynamic science fiction space setting [citation needed]
Evochron Alliance 2005 StarWraith 3D Games StarWraith 3D Games Windows [citation needed]
Evochron Renegades 2007 StarWraith 3D Games StarWraith 3D Games Windows [citation needed]
Evochron Legends 2009 StarWraith 3D Games StarWraith 3D Games Windows [citation needed]
Frontier: Elite II 1993 Frontier Developments Konami, GameTek Commodore Amiga, Amiga CD32, Atari ST, DOS [citation needed]
Frontier: First Encounters 1995 Frontier Developments Konami, GameTek DOS Often called Elite III. [41]
Flatspace 2003 Cornutopia Software Cornutopia Software Windows Play is open-ended: activities available include trading, missions, exploration, bounty hunting, space piracy, and police work. [citation needed]
Freelancer 2003 Digital Anvil Microsoft Windows Supports keyboard/mouse controls, no joysticks. [citation needed]
Hardwar 1998 The Software Refinery Gremlin Interactive, Interplay Windows Ships never leave the planet, yet this futuristic sim is very similar to Elite. [citation needed]
Independence War 2: Edge of Chaos 2001 Particle Systems Ltd. Infogrames Windows Like its predecessor, features a Newtonian flight model. [citation needed]
Infinite Space 2010 PlatinumGames Sega Nintendo DS First space combat sim with trading to become available for the DS. [citation needed]
Jumpgate: The Reconstruction Initiative 2001 NetDevil 3DO, Mightygames, NetDevil Windows Prequel to Jumpgate Evolution [citation needed]
Lightspeed 1990 MicroProse MicroProse Tandy, DOS [citation needed]
Moonfall 1991 Jukka Tapanimäki 21st Century Entertainment Ltd. Commodore 64, Amiga [citation needed]
No Man's Sky 2016 Hello Games Hello Games PS4, PS5, Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S [citation needed]
Nomad 1993 Intense Interactive GameTek DOS [citation needed]
Omnitrend's Universe 1983 William G. M. Leslie, Thomas R. Carbone Omnitrend Software Atari 8-bit, Apple II series, DOS [42]
Oolite 2006 Giles Williams aegidian.org Windows, Linux, Mac OS X Free software remake of original 1984 Elite [citation needed]
The Precursors 2010 Deep Shadows Game Factory Interactive Windows Was released in English on Gamersgate [43]
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, original Starflight and Starflight 2 are not included in this list as they are strategy/role-playing video game oriented and the view of the ship is a top down perspective [44]
RiftSpace 2004 StarWraith 3D Games StarWraith 3D Games Windows Released as freeware [citation needed]
Rebel Galaxy Outlaw 2019 Double Damage Games Double Damage Games Windows, Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One Prequel to Rebel Galaxy. [citation needed]
Space Vikings 1982 Mitchell Robbins SubLOGIC Apple II series [45]
Universal Combat 2004 3000AD DreamCatcher Interactive, Inc. Windows The follow-up to the Battlecruiser series from Darek Smart [citation needed]
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X Rebirth 2013 Egosoft Egosoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux Continuation and reboot of the X series of space simulation games [citation needed]
X4: Foundations 2018 Egosoft Egosoft Windows, Linux Continuation of the rebooted X series of space simulation games [citation needed]
Xiphos 1990 Voodoo Electronic Zoo Windows, Amiga, Atari ST Play resembles Elite, involving first-person space shooting and trading [47]

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