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Total Nerd The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked  

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List Rules Games that simulate spaceflight or launching spacecraft.

If you’ve ever wanted to be rocketing through space at a million miles per hours or design an orbital launch system, then you would love playing some of the best space simulation games ever. Best of all, you don’t need to worry about being marooned in space like Major Tom. The best space games simulate what it’s like to be piloting spacecraft, which turns out can be a challenge! Who knew?

In Kerbal Space Program for instance, you take on the role of a mission commander and must design a rocket to get your Kerbal astronauts into space. One misstep and you’ll end up with dead astronauts—and no one wants that. But which space simulator games are the best? See what gamers think, as they have voted for their favorite simulation games about space below.

Don’t agree with the rankings? Voice your opinion and vote up your favorite space simulation games below. If you don’t see a particular space sim that you feel should be on the list, please add it! After all, this is supposed to be a comprehensive list of games that simulate what it’s like to be an astronaut or spaceship designer/commander. If you prefer more combat in your space sims, then you probably should give these space combat sims a closer look.

In many top space simulator games, there’s nothing more exciting than seeing your spaceship hurtle through space at relativistic or near-relativistic speeds. But if the best space simulation games on this list aren’t fun for you, then you should go with something more down to earth, like these amazing war simulation games instead. For those that do love all things space related, vote on the best space simulation games!

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Descent: FreeSpace – The Great... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked

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Eve Online is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked
Eve Online 2003

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FreeSpace 2 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked

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Kerbal Space Program is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked
Kerbal Space Program

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X2: The Threat is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked

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Space Engineers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked
Space Engineers

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Star Wars: X-Wing vs. TIE Figh... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked

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X3: Reunion is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked

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Universe Sandbox is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked

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Strike Suit Zero is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked

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Wing Commander III: Heart of t... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked

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Drifter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked
Drifter

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Strike Suit Infinity is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked
Strike Suit Infinity

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Elite: Dangerous is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked

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Star Conflict is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked
Star Conflict

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Galaxy on Fire 2 Full HD is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked
Galaxy on Fire 2 Full HD

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X3: Terran Conflict is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked

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Gratuitous Space Battles is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked
Gratuitous Space Battles

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Starpoint Gemini 2 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked
Starpoint Gemini 2

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Spore is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked
Spore 2008

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Wing Commander II: Vengeance o... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked

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X: Beyond the Frontier is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked

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The Battle of Sol is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked
The Battle of Sol

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Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked

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Solar 2 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked
Solar 2

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Wing Commander: Privateer is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked

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Moonbase Alpha is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked
Moonbase Alpha

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Space Shuttle Mission 2007 is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked

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Gates of Horizon is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked
Gates of Horizon

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Iron Sky: Invasion is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked
Iron Sky: Invasion

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Evochron Mercenary is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked

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Wing Commander is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked

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Noctis is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked

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Light of Altair is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked
Light of Altair Jun 04 2009

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Mars Colony:Challenger is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked
Mars Colony:Challenger

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Void Destroyer is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked
Void Destroyer

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Masterspace is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked
Masterspace

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Celestial Command is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked
Celestial Command

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Moon Breakers is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked
Moon Breakers May 17 2012

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Microsoft Space Simulator is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked

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Star Wars: TIE Fighter is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked

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Tachyon: The Fringe is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked

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SOL: Exodus is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked
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Cosmonautica is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked
Cosmonautica

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Maia is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked
Maia

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X-Tension is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked
X-Tension Jun 01 2000

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Buzz Aldrin's Space Progra... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked
Buzz Aldrin's Space Program Manager

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StarMade is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked
StarMade

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Star Traders: 4X Empires is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked
Star Traders: 4X Empires

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Startopia is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked
Startopia 2001