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The Best Space Trading And Combat Simulation Games of All Time

Updated October 13, 2019 1.1k votes 375 voters 22.1k views31 items

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This is a list of the best space trading and combat simulation games of all time for any console or system, including cover art pictures when available. These highly rated space trading and combat simulation games are ordered by popularity, so only the greatest space trading and combat simulation games are at the top of the list. Spanning the entire history of the genre, these space trading and combat simulation games are considered the best in the genre. This list includes all challenging space trading and combat simulation games that have ever hit the shelves, so it doesn't necessarily have all the more obscure or new space trading and combat simulation games.

Games here include everything from Cool Spot to Elite and more.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best space trading and combat simulation games?" and "What is the greatest space trading and combat simulation games game of all time?

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    DeveloperDigital Anvil

    Freelancer is a space trading and combat simulation video game developed by Digital Anvil and published by Microsoft Game Studios. It is a chronological sequel to Digital Anvil's Starlancer, a combat...  more
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    DeveloperOrigin Systems

    Wing Commander: Privateer is an adventure space flight simulation computer game released by Origin Systems in 1993. Privateer and its storyline is part of the Wing Commander series. Privateer had an...  more
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    X3: Terran Conflict, is a space trading and combat simulator from German developer Egosoft and is the culmination of their X series of computer games. Described as a stand alone game, based on X3:...  more
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    DeveloperFrontier Developments

    Elite: Dangerous is a space adventure, trading, and combat simulator that is the fourth release in the Elite video game series. Piloting a spaceship, the player explores a realistic 1:1 scale open...  more
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    X3: Reunion is a single-player space trading and combat game developed by Egosoft and published by Deep Silver. It is the third installment in the X universe adventure video game series and the...  more
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    DeveloperFTL Games

    SunDog: Frozen Legacy is a 1984 space trading and combat simulator video game. SunDog was first developed for the Apple II, with version 1.0 being released in March 1984, and version 1.1 released...  more
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    DeveloperOrigin Systems

    In this video game/interactive movie, you see the world through the eyes of Lev Arris. Arris wakes up in a hospital after surviving the crash of the space-ship Canera. He has partial amnesia and...
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    DeveloperFreeverse, Egosoft

    X2: The Threat is a computer game developed by Egosoft for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X. It is part of the X Computer Game Series. It was released in 2003 and is a sequel to X: Beyond the Frontier....  more
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    DeveloperFrontier Developments, GameTek

    Frontier: First Encounters, also referred to as FFE or Elite III, is a space trading and combat simulator video game developed by Frontier Developments and published by Gametek in 1995 for DOS. The...  more
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    DeveloperCCP Games

    Eve Online is a player-driven, persistent-world massively multiplayer online role-playing game set in a science fiction space setting, developed and published by CCP Games. Characters pilot...  more
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    Space Rangers 2: Dominators, released in North America with the subtitle Rise of the Dominators, is a multi-genre science fiction computer game developed by Elemental Games for Windows and first...  more
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    DeveloperAmbrosia Software, ATMOS Software

    Escape Velocity Nova is a video game by Ambrosia Software, in collaboration with ATMOS. It is the third game in the Escape Velocity series of space trading & combat games....  more
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    X: Beyond the Frontier is a video game created by Egosoft for Windows. The first of the X series, it is a space trading and combat simulator game, mostly set in the fictional X-Universe. Upon...  more
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    In Prosperous Universe, you are the CEO of your own spacefaring company. Explore the galaxy, design spaceships, forge alliances, and most importantly: produce, trade, transport, and profit. Manage your business through a highly customizable user interface named APEX, accessible via web browser. Contribute to a purely player-driven MMO economy in a persistent universe allowing for unique experiences, a multitude of play styles, and no grind to speak of. With its emphasis on realism in everything from the economy to space travel, Prosperous Universe provides a unique experience to players of all backgrounds.

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    DeveloperBird in Sky

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    DeveloperFrontier Developments, GameTek

    Frontier: Elite II is a space trading and combat simulator video game written by David Braben and published by GameTek in 1993 and released on the Amiga, Atari ST and DOS. It is the first sequel to...  more
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    DeveloperAmbrosia Software

    Escape Velocity is a single-player role-playing space trading and combat video game series first introduced in 1996 by Ambrosia Software for the Apple Macintosh. Two other similar games based on the...  more
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    Space Rangers is a multi-genre computer game by the Russian company Elemental Games, released by 1C Company in 2002. It is critically acclaimed and popular in its home country, Finland and parts of...  more
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    Space Trader is a video game developed by the Canadian developer HermitWorks, for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and iOS. It was released on July 25, 2007. It started development in 2005, headed...  more
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    DeveloperOrigin Systems

    Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger is the critically acclaimed third main game in Chris Roberts' Wing Commander science fiction space combat simulation video game series, developed and released...  more
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    DeveloperIan Bell, David Braben

    Elite is a seminal space trading video game, written and developed by David Braben and Ian Bell and originally published by Acornsoft for the BBC Micro and Acorn Electron computers in September 1984....  more
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    DeveloperVirgin Interactive, Virgin Group

    Global Gladiators is a 1992 platform game by Virgin Interactive, originally programmed by David Perry for the Mega Drive/Genesis and eventually ported by other Virgin Interactive teams in Europe to...  more
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    DeveloperOrigin Systems

    Wing Commander II: Vengeance of the Kilrathi is the first sequel in Chris Roberts' Wing Commander science fiction space combat simulator franchise of computer games, produced by Origin...  more
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    DeveloperKuma Reality Games

    The DinoHunters is an advertisement-supported first-person shooter and machinima series created by Kuma Reality Games. Using Valve's Source for its engine, The Dinohunters is distributed in free...  more