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Star Citizen
Star Citizen

Simulation TBA

A space simulator created by Chris Roberts and the Cloud Imperium Games developer team. The plot of Star Citizen is set in the 30th century. Humanity, united under the banner of United Earth Empire, has begun the colonization of the universe, encountering many alien races in its course. It is a unique opportunity for adventurous pilots to gain fame and wealth, as well as the treasured status of an intergalactic empire citizen. The gameplay combines elements of spaceship simulator, shooter, cRPG, as well as economic strategy. The game offers two modes. Squadron 42 is an offline campaign, in which the player-controlled character joins an elite squadron of star fighters. For MMO aficionados, the developers have created the Galaxy Mode, allowing them to play with thousands of others. Spectacular visuals of Star Citizen are generated by the CryEngine 3 engine.

Elite: Dangerous
Elite: Dangerous

Simulation 16 December 2014

The fourth installment in the Elite series. The game is a space simulator created again by David Braben and the Frontier studio. Elite: Dangerous is set in the far future; after humanity had colonized countless star systems, the Universe is dominated by three superpowers: the Empire, the Federation, and the Alliance. Brave pilots seek easy money working beyond the territories controlled by these entities. The open-world game structure offers the players large amounts of freedom when it comes to exploration, trading or completing military assignments. Instead of the classic division into the solo and multiplayer modes, the creators of Elite: Dangerous allow the player to join their friends or return to single-player experience at any time.

X4: Foundations
X4: Foundations

Simulation 30 November 2018

A sandbox space simulator developed by Egosoft. It is the fourth full-fledged installment of the popular series X. Similarly to its predecessors, X4: Foundations focuses mostly on giving the players a freedom in how they want to play. At the beginning the player takes control of a cheap space ship with weak specifications. He is being thrown into the middle of an open galaxy. Depending on their choices, they can become a space merchant, a pirate, a soldier, a bounty hunter, an assassin, an explorer or a miner. The gameplay mechanics are more faithful to the first games in the series than to the newest installments. Many simplifications were removed in favor of mechanics known from X3: Terran Conflict, now improved and upgraded with some novelties. The player can pilot many types of ships that can be freely upgraded and modified. The dynamical game world is constantly shaped by player’s actions.

FTL: Faster Than Light
FTL: Faster Than Light

Strategy 14 September 2012

A strategy set in sci-fi reality telling the story of a lonely ship trying to escape a huge war armada. The flight route is planned in turn-based mode and the fights are played in real time. In addition, we need to manage the crew and improve our unit. An additional attraction is the fact that every time you start a new game, the world is generated randomly.

Everspace 2
Everspace 2

Action 2021

Everspace 2 is a continuation of the 2017 space shooter. The player sits at the helm of his own ship. The title is based on great freedom and allows you to freely discover the secrets of the universe. Rockfish Games is responsible for production and release.

Infinity: Battlescape
Infinity: Battlescape

Simulation 2020

A space simulator which offers the players an opportunity to participate in huge battles involving hundreds of players and stretching across entire planetary system. Three powerful factions compete against one another in the war-ridden world of Infinity: Battlescape. Each of the factions has a network of space stations and defensive systems, as well as fleets comprised of combat ships. The ships come in various types, such as fighters, bombers, corvettes, huge cruisers or carriers - all of them can be controlled by the players. The goal of each party involved in the conflict is to destroy enemy forces and infrastructure. However, because the fighting takes place both in outer space and within atmospheres of different planets, achieving the ultimate victory is quite time-consuming. The game offers realistic flight physics, as the game takes such factors into account as density of atmosphere or gravitational phenomena. As an addition to the multiplayer experience, the creators included a single player sandbox mode. Infinity: Battlescape utilizes the in-house I-Novae Engine, which made it possible to create an enormous, open and procedurally-generated universe.

Kerbal Space Program
Kerbal Space Program

Simulation 27 April 2015

This is the debut from the independent developer Squad. The game is an unusual simulator requiring the player to develop their own space program from scratch. Kerbal Space Program combines features of many genres, but the most important part here is an extensive ship editor, which allows the player to design and build their own, unique spacecraft. The ship is then supposed to fly and land safely on a moon of the Kerbin planet. The spaceship is built from various elements - each of them affects it in flight and serves a specific purpose. Thanks to a realistic flight model, the player is capable of observing the effects of their work and monitoring a set of parameters describing the ship. Apart from the basic, sandbox mode, the game offers a set of story missions requiring the player to recruit a team, conduct research, build bases and visit dozens of planets.

Starpoint Gemini 3
Starpoint Gemini 3

Action 2021

The third main part of the space saga combining the features of action RPG and space simulator. At Starpoint Gemini 3 we have an even bigger galaxy and NPCs to talk to. The game is created by the independent studio Little Green Men.

Kerbal Space Program 2
Kerbal Space Program 2

Simulation 2020

The second installment of an extremely popular space conquering simulator, which allows to construct and pilot rockets and spaceships in a realistic way. Sequel offers many new possibilities, including building extraterrestrial colonies and discovering the secrets behind our solar system.

X3 Terran Conflict
X3 Terran Conflict

Simulation 17 October 2008

X3: Terran Conflict is the next installment of a well-known series of space-sims, i.e. simulators whose action takes place in the distant future, and the player's task is to explore space in a broad sense.

Starsector
Starsector

Simulation TBA

Starsector is a powerful space simulator developed by Fractal Softworks. During the adventure, the player sits at the helm of his own ship; the game does not impose specific objectives, opting for free exploration and character development.

Sunless Skies
Sunless Skies

RPG 31 January 2019

A continuation of the popular Sunless Sea developed by Failbetter Games. This time around, the action of the game is set not in the depths of an underground ocean but in the mysterious cosmic space known as “The High Wilderness”, which Queen Victoria wanted to use as a foundation for the New British Empire. The main protagonist of this story is an outcast, who objects the rule of the iron fist imposed by the Queen. During the game, a player observes the action from the top-down perspective. Gameplay revolves around exploring new locations, gathering supplies, fighting encountered enemies, and maintaining more or less friendly relationships with diverse groupings inhabiting the vast space. Similarly to the previous installment, in Sunless Skies a player has to mind his decisions, as even a small mistake might lead to the mission’s end and the death of the main protagonist. Player’s actions affect the direction of the story. Additionally, all the visited locations are procedurally generated – this makes each playthrough different and filled with diverse challenges.

Dreadnought
Dreadnought

Action 06 December 2017

A competitive free-to-play multiplayer game that combines the characteristics of a space simulation, action game, and strategy. It was created by Yager Development, a team known for the FPS Spec Ops: The Line. The game takes you into the future, putting you amid a heated rivalry between powerful factions that aim to colonize space. As a mercenary you pick up various jobs from whoever pays the most. Gameplay focuses on battles fought between the players both in space and in the atmosphere of nearby planets. One of the title’s characteristic features, is the fact that instead of a fast and agile fighter you command a massive space dreadnought and are given the control of every element of your vessel: starting from individual mechanical parts through weapons to her crew. You can also assembly squads of smaller ships and command them in battles. Dreadnought boasts excellent graphics that translate into great visual experience.

Squadron 42
Squadron 42

Simulation 2021

A combination of space simulator and action adventure game, referring to such titles as Wing Commander. The production was initally designed as a solo campaign in Star Citizen, a game from Cloud Imperium Games - a company founded by the famous game developer Chris Roberts.

EVE Echoes
EVE Echoes

Simulation 2021

Extended MMO, prepared for mobile devices. EVE: Echoes tries to offer on the screen of a phone or tablet the depth that is associated with EVE: Online. The production was created by NetEase Games studio (in cooperation with CCP Games).

Star Conflict
Star Conflict

Simulation 04 September 2014

Starpoint Gemini 2
Starpoint Gemini 2

Strategy 26 September 2014

End Space
End Space

Simulation 21 April 2016

A space simulator created specifically for VR headsets. The player assumes the role of a pilot working for the powerful United Trade Consortium. Aboard a spaceship, the player defends the company's resources against rebels that try to sabotage actions of the UTC. The player controls a combat ship and fights their foes while observing the events from the first-person view. The game uses the player's body movements, as one targets their enemies by moving their head. The player makes use of an extensive weaponry that includes mainly laser guns and rocket launchers. Completing subsequent contracts, the player gradually climbs the military ladder, gaining access to both completely new weapons and different upgrades increasing the player's combat potential. End Space comes with high-quality visuals - what is especially worth noticing are the advanced special effects and detailed ship models.

X4: Split Vendetta
X4: Split Vendetta

Simulation December 2019

A mobile metroidvania game, resembling classic productions for fourth generation consoles, such as the cult series that were its predecessors: Metroid and Castlevania. Into the Rift takes place in a fantasy world of Sky Valley, in which two opposing factions of traditionalists and revolutionaries wage war for influence. The protagonist is a warrior, whose task is to end the never-ending conflict and reconcile both sides. During the game, he visits various locations, from forests, through interiors of buildings, to underground caves. The game utilizes a 2D side view, and the gameplay focuses on exploration, searching for new paths, and fighting enemies. You also often have have to avoid traps and solve puzzles. The game features a complex combat system and controls, which is based on parkour.

X3: Albion Prelude
X3: Albion Prelude

Simulation 15 December 2011

X3: Albion Prelude is the next installment of the well-known cycle of space simulators, in which the player's task is to trade, fight and explore dozens of star systems. The title is a fictional introduction to X Rebrith and presents the events preceding the story presented in it.

Star Trek: Bridge Crew
Star Trek: Bridge Crew

Simulation 30 May 2017

A spaceflight simulator game developed mainly for virtual reality headsets by Ubisoft Red Storm, best known for many action games based on Tom Clancy's works. Star Trek: Bridge Crew is set in the cinematic universe based on the popular science-fiction TV series. During the game, you explore a previously unknown region of the galaxy, known as the Trench, in search for a new home for the Vulcan race. The gameplay was designed with a co-op mode for four players in mind, and each player becomes a different crew member of the ship. The positions to choose from are: Captain, Helmsman, Engineer, and Tactical Officer. Each of them has unique duties, which you perform by using the ship's equipment in the virtual world. Star Trek: Bridge Crew features attractive 3D visuals, stylized to resemble the game's movie predecessor.

Starpoint Gemini Warlords
Starpoint Gemini Warlords

Strategy 23 May 2017

A spin-off to the space strategy series Starpoint Gemini, developed by creators from Little Green Man studio. The ideas for the game were based on players’ feedback gathered during Steam Early Stage. The action of Starpoint Gemini Warlords takes place in the same universe as the former titles of the series, and concentrates on rivalry between the ruling Empire and the resistance calling themselves the Gemini League. Gameplay is very similar to that in the title’s former parts. You assume the role of a space ship captain who tries to survive in the world ravaged by conflicts by trading in resources, hunting down various criminals, and fighting space pirates. The game features a universe almost eight times bigger, where the players can create and develop their space bases. It is worth mentioning that this installment introduces a more diverse world and space ship kinds, more upgrades and weapons, and an option of conquering another territories.

Shortest Trip to Earth
Shortest Trip to Earth

Simulation 15 August 2019

Shortest Trip to Earth is a combination of a spacecraft simulator and a roguelike. During the game, the player explores the procedurally generated universe. Interactive Fate studio is responsible for the production and Iceberg Interactive is responsible for the release.

Hellion
Hellion

Action 2020

A survival sandbox with space sim features focused on online play. Hellion invites the players to a distant future in which humanity organized an intergalactic colonization mission. Together with a million of other colonizers, the player is sent to a distant star system. After awakening from a decades-long cryogenic sleep, the protagonist finds only ruined space stations and shipwrecks. Together with a small group of other survivors, he must survive in hostile environment and find the reasons for the failure of his mission. Since the fight for survival takes place in space, in addition to searching for resources, crafting and maintaining good health, one must also maintain his ship. Hellion offers high level of realism when it comes to physics, sound dispersion and impact of damage on equipment behavior. Both exploration and controlling larger ships requires the players to cooperate with each other. Some players can turn out to be traitors. When fights happen, one can use advanced weapons.

Mars Simulator 2011
Mars Simulator 2011

Simulation 22 August 2011

Mars Simulator 2011 is a Stonehill Games simulator that lets you steer your space rover. Thanks to the game we can face an unfriendly environment and get to know the history of Mars.

Universe Sandbox
Universe Sandbox

Simulation 29 April 2011

Space simulator. We change the orbits of planets, create black holes, lead to collisions between galaxies and observe how decisions affect the entire Universe.