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List of Space simulation games[edit]

This is a list of free/libre space simulation games:

Game Screenshot Last Release Genres Description
Adanaxis Adanaxis 1.2.5 level 4.png A single-player 4D first person shooter in outer space
Adanaxis 1.2.5 level 4.png
Adanaxis 1.2.5, level 4 (low detail). Note the transparency levels and colorful dot angles.
GenreA single-player 4D first person shooter in outer space
Latest release1.2.5
DeveloperMushware Limited (Andy Southgate)
Code licensesGPLv2; an irrelevant non-free file in the commercial version ($18.95)
Media licensesGPLv2; non-free files in the commercial version
P. languagesC++

Adanaxis is a deep space first-person shooter game in four spatial dimensions, written by Andy Southgate. The latest version of the game is 1.2.5. It is written in the C++ programming language using the GLUT library.

Endless Sky Endless sky fight.jpg 2017-08-15 Space

Endless Sky
Endless sky fight.jpg
A fight in Endless Sky
Latest release0.9.8  (Announcement)
Release dateAugust 15th, 2017
Code licenseGPLv3[1]
Media licenseVarious (CC-BY-SA-4.0, CC-BY-SA-3.0, CC-BY-3.0 and public-domain)[2]

Endless Sky is a space exploration, trading and combat game inspired by the old proprietary game Escape Velocity. Players can earn money by trading, carrying passengers, and completing missions. It is also possible to go pirate hunting and participate in a civil-war. Or one can go exploring, leave human space behind, and hope to find some friendly aliens whose culture is more civilized than your own...[3]

Naev Naev.png 2017-07-08 Space, Shooting
GenreSpace, Shooting
Latest release0.7.0  (Announcement)
Release dateJuly 8th, 2017
DeveloperEdgar "bobbens" Simo
Code licenseGPLv3
Media licenseVaries (Generally CC-by-sa 3 or later)
P. languageC, lua
LibrarySDL , OpenGL , OpenAL , libxml2 , freetype

Naev is a 2D space top-down shooting and trading game primarily developed by Edgar "Bobbens" Simo.[4] It requires SDL, OpenGL, and OpenAL. The source code is licensed under the GPLv3.[5] The project was inspired by the proprietary game Escape Velocity.

Oolite Oolite-debian-2441.png 2018-10-27 Space simulation

Oolite is a space simulation game inspired by the game Elite. Both the source code and media are licensed under the GPL (version 2 or later).[6] Oolite is programmed in the Objective-C programming language and uses OpenGL. It is available for the Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows operating systems. This game requires 3D hardware acceleration.

Pioneer Pioneerspacesim.png 2018-02-01 Adventure, Space simulation
GenreAdventure, Space simulation
Latest release20180203  (Announcement)
Release dateFebruary 1st, 2018
Code licenseGPL v3 [7]
Media licenseCC-BY-SA 3.0[7]
P. languageC++

Pioneer is a space adventure game set in the far future in our galaxy.

Players may choose their path as traders, explorers, pirates or bounty hunters. There are several factions, each faction having an extensive history and social system described on the Pioneer Wiki.

Once being a clone of Elite II: Frontier, the game is now becoming a new game, still in the spirit of Frontier but with new ships, stations, factions and improvements in the GUI and other areas of the game.

SpaceZero Space 05.png 2013-12-21 RTS
Space 05.png
Latest release0.86.00  (Announcement)
Release dateDecember 21Template:Sth, 2013
Code licenseGPLv3
Media licenseGPL
P. languageC

SpaceZero is a RTS 2D space combat, multiplayer (two players by now) net game.

Starfighter Starfighter13.png 2017-03-03 Arcade
Project: Starfighter
Project: Starfighter 1.3
Latest release1.7  (Announcement)
Release dateMarch 3rd, 2017
DeveloperParallel Realities
Code licenseGPL[6]
Media licensesvarious[8]
P. languageC++

Project: Starfighter is a 2D shoot'em up game by Stephen Sweeney and Richard Sweeney of Parallel Realities. It can run on Mac and Linux platforms. It relies on the SDL library. It is licensed under the GNU General Public License.[6]

StressFreeZone Stressfreezone screenshot.png Space simulation game, Online
Space simulation games
Stressfreezone screenshot.png
GenresSpace simulation game, Online
Latest release1.0.955
Code licenseGPL[9]
P. languagesC++, Lua

StressFreeZone is a space simulation focused on cooperative (non-massive)-multiplayer and intuitive gameplay, that is fun to play in short bursts, e.g. on LAN parties. It is written in the C++ and Lua programming language and uses the Lugre engine. The source code is licensed under the GPL (version 3 or later). The media are licensed under various liberal licenses.

The game is incomplete and has not been developed further since October 2008.

Vega Strike Vega Strike - Final Docking Approach.jpg 2012-04-01 Space simulation game
Vega Strike
Vega Strike - Final Docking Approach.jpg
Final docking approach
GenreSpace simulation game
Latest release0.5.1 r1
Release dateApril 1st, 2012
Code licenseGPL v2
Media licenseGPL v2
P. languageC++, Python, XML

Vega Strike is an action space simulation game. The game, including its media, is licensed under the GPL.[10][11] The latest stable release is Version 0.5.1 r1 on April 1st, 2012.