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Explore the final frontier

List of Space simulation games[edit]

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



Game Screenshot Last Release Genres Description
Vega Strike Vega Strike - Final Docking Approach.jpg 2021-04-21 Space simulation game
Vega Strike
Vega Strike - Final Docking Approach.jpg
Final docking approach
GenreSpace simulation game
Latest release0.7.0  (Announcement)
Release dateApril 21st, 2021
Code licenseGPL v2[1]
Media licenseGPL v2[2]
P. languageC++, Python, XML
LibraryOpenGL
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Vega Strike is a free game. This means that the source code is available to be studied, modified, and distributed. Most projects look for help with testing, documentation, graphics, etc., as well.
Available as a package in:  
Archlinux-icon-crystal-64.svg Arch AUR: vegastrike-git

Vega Strike is an action space simulation game.

Oolite Oolite-debian-2441.png 2020-08-30 Space simulation
Oolite
Oolite-debian-2441.png
Oolite
GenreSpace simulation
Latest release1.90  (Announcement)
Release dateAugust 30th, 2020
DeveloperGiles Williams, Jens Ayton
Code licenseGPLv2+[3]
Media licenseGPLv2+[3]
P. languageObjective-C
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Oolite is a free game. This means that the source code is available to be studied, modified, and distributed. Most projects look for help with testing, documentation, graphics, etc., as well.
Available as a package in:  
Slackware logo.svg Slackware: oolite 
Archlinux-icon-crystal-64.svg Arch AUR: oolite  
UbuntuCoF.svg Ubuntu: oolite 
24px FreeBSD: oolite

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).[3] 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.

Adanaxis Adanaxis 1.2.5 level 4.png 2020-10-03 A single-player 4D first person shooter in outer space
Adanaxis
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 release1.5.14  (Announcement)
Release dateOctober 3rd, 2020
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++
LibrariesGLUT
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Adanaxis is a free game. This means that the source code is available to be studied, modified, and distributed. Most projects look for help with testing, documentation, graphics, etc., as well.

Adanaxis is a deep space first-person shooter game in four spatial dimensions, written by Andy Southgate. The latest version of the game is 1.5.14, released on October 3, 2020. It is written in the C++ programming language using the GLUT library.

StressFreeZone Stressfreezone screenshot.png Space simulation game, Online
Space simulation games
Stressfreezone screenshot.png
StressFreeZone
GenresSpace simulation game, Online
Latest release1.0.955
Code licenseGPL[4]
EngineLugre
P. languagesC++, Lua
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Space simulation games is a free game. This means that the source code is available to be studied, modified, and distributed. Most projects look for help with testing, documentation, graphics, etc., as well.

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.

Pioneer Pioneerspacesim.png 2021-07-23 Adventure, Space simulation
Pioneer
Pioneerspacesim.png
Pioneer
GenreAdventure, Space simulation
Latest release20210723  (Announcement)
Release dateJuly 23rd, 2021
Code licenseGPL v3 [5]
Media licenseCC-BY-SA 3.0[5]
P. languageC++
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Pioneer is a free game. This means that the source code is available to be studied, modified, and distributed. Most projects look for help with testing, documentation, graphics, etc., as well.
Available as a package in:  
Slackware logo.svg Slackware: pioneer 
Archlinux-icon-crystal-64.svg Arch AUR: pioneer 
Fedora logo.svg Fedora: pioneer  
OpenSUSE Logo.svg OpenSUSE: pioneer 
Flatpak logo.png Flatpak: net.pioneerspacesim.Pioneer

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.

Starfighter Starfighter13.png 2020-12-26 Arcade
Project: Starfighter
Starfighter13.png
Project: Starfighter 1.3
GenreArcade
Latest release2.4  (Announcement)
Release dateDecember 26th, 2020
DeveloperParallel Realities
Code licenseGPL[3]
Media licensesvarious[6]
P. languageC
LibrarySDL
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Project: Starfighter is a free game. This means that the source code is available to be studied, modified, and distributed. Most projects look for help with testing, documentation, graphics, etc., as well.
Available as a package in:  
Archlinux-icon-crystal-64.svg Arch AUR: starfighter


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.[3]

Endless Sky Endless sky fight.jpg 2021-07-11 Space
Endless Sky
Endless sky fight.jpg
A fight in Endless Sky
GenreSpace
Latest release0.9.14  (Announcement)
Release dateJuly 11th, 2021
Code licenseGPLv3[7]
Media licenseVarious (CC-BY-SA-4.0, CC-BY-SA-3.0, CC-BY-3.0 and public-domain)[8]
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Endless Sky is a free game. This means that the source code is available to be studied, modified, and distributed. Most projects look for help with testing, documentation, graphics, etc., as well.

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...[9]

SpaceZero Space 05.png 2013-12-21 RTS
SpaceZero
Space 05.png
SpaceZero
GenreRTS
Latest release0.86.00  (Announcement)
Release dateDecember 21st, 2013
DeveloperMRevenga
Code licenseGPLv3
Media licenseGPL
P. languageC
Librarygtk
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SpaceZero is a free game. This means that the source code is available to be studied, modified, and distributed. Most projects look for help with testing, documentation, graphics, etc., as well.

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

Naev Naev.png 2021-12-23 Space, Shooting
Naev
Naev.png
Naev
GenreSpace, Shooting
Latest release0.9.0  (Announcement)
Release dateDecember 23rd, 2021
DeveloperEdgar "bobbens" Simo
Code licenseGPLv3[3]
Media licenseVaries[10] (Generally CC-by-sa 3 or later)
P. languageC, lua
LibrarySDL , OpenGL , OpenAL , libxml2 , freetype
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Naev is a free game. This means that the source code is available to be studied, modified, and distributed. Most projects look for help with testing, documentation, graphics, etc., as well.

Naev is a 2D space top-down shooting and trading game primarily developed by Edgar "Bobbens" Simo.[11] It requires SDL, OpenGL, and OpenAL. The source code is licensed under the GPLv3.[3] The project was inspired by the proprietary game Escape Velocity.



  1. Vega Strike game code copyright file
  2. Vega Strike data copyright file
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 Oolite's copyright file at Debian Packages Invalid <ref> tag; name "lic" defined multiple times with different content Invalid <ref> tag; name "lic" defined multiple times with different content
  4. COPYING file in trunk
  5. 5.0 5.1 http://pioneerwiki.com/wiki/Licensing
  6. http://git.savannah.gnu.org/cgit/starfighter.git/tree/LICENSES
  7. Copyright file accessed on November 14th, 2015
  8. Copyright file accessed on November 14th, 2015
  9. Description of game on the Endless Sky website accessed on November 14th, 2015
  10. https://github.com/naev/naev/blob/master/dat/gfx/ARTWORK_LICENSE
  11. AUTHORS file in Naev's github repository accessed on June 6th, 2011