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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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Eve Online is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked
Eve Online 2003

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

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14 4
FreeSpace 2 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked

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10 1
Space Engineers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked
Space Engineers

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10 2
Star Wars: X-Wing vs. TIE Figh... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked

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

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9 3
Wing Commander III: Heart of t... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked

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10 4
X3: Reunion is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked
X3: Reunion Oct 28 2005

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Star Wars: TIE Fighter is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked

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8 3
Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked

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8 3
Descent: FreeSpace – The Great... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked

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X3: Terran Conflict is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked

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8 4
Wing Commander II: Vengeance o... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked

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8 4
Universe Sandbox is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked
Universe Sandbox 2011

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X2: The Threat is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked

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6 2
Wing Commander: Privateer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked

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7 4
Strike Suit Zero is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked
Strike Suit Zero

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7 4
Wing Commander is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked

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5 2
Strike Suit Infinity is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked
Strike Suit Infinity

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5 2
Drifter is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked
Drifter

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5 2
StarMade is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked
StarMade

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Starpoint Gemini 2 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked
Starpoint Gemini 2

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

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4 1
Moonbase Alpha is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked
Moonbase Alpha

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4 1
Gratuitous Space Battles is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked
Gratuitous Space Battles

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4 1
Iron Sky: Invasion is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked
Iron Sky: Invasion

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4 1
Masterspace is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked
Masterspace

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Wing Commander IV: The Price o... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked

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

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Celestial Command is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked
Celestial Command

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X-Tension is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked
X-Tension 2000

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

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Galaxy on Fire 2 Full HD is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked
Galaxy on Fire 2 Full HD

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6 4
Star Conflict is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked
Star Conflict

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5 3
Solar 2 is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked
Solar 2

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5 3
Spore is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked
Spore 2008

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5 3
Mars Colony:Challenger is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked
Mars Colony:Challenger

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5 3
X: Beyond the Frontier is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked

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5 3
The Battle of Sol is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked
The Battle of Sol

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4 2
Buzz Aldrin's Space Progra... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked
Buzz Aldrin's Space Program Manager

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3 1
Gates of Horizon is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked
Gates of Horizon

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3 1
GoD Factory: Wingmen is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked
GoD Factory: Wingmen

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3 1
Space Shuttle Mission 2007 is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked
Space Shuttle Mission 2007 2008

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3 1
Evochron Mercenary is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked
Evochron Mercenary 2010

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Buzz Aldrin's Race Into Space is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked

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SpaceForce Rogue Universe is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked
SpaceForce Rogue Universe

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Strike Vector is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked
Strike Vector

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

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4 3
Star Wars: Starfighter is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked

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4 3
Light of Altair is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked
Light of Altair 2009