Spore-like space games?
April 18, 2015 6:17 PM   Subscribe

I really dug the space stage in Spore, and I'm looking to scratch that itch. Are there any awesome low-intensity, exploration based space games out there?

I liked the ease of control. I liked the exploration. I like that it rewarded whatever you chose to do by making you better at doing that thing. I liked tooling around the galaxy dropping some animals here, selling some spice there, and so on. It definitely lacked depth but the openness and lowkey, simple gameplay made it fun to zone out in.

I'm looking for something similar, preferably with a bit more depth. I'm scanning the Space tag on Steam but just seeing lots of what either appear to be tactical focused games or unforgiving simulations. I just want to zoom around and do missions or trade or terraform. I don't hate combat but the less intensely tactical the better.
posted by yellowbinder to Computers & Internet (6 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
Elite: Dangerous
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 7:50 PM on April 18, 2015

Space Engine isn't a game exactly but I love it and you might too. It's just a gigantic, procedurally-generated model of the universe you can explore at your leisure.
posted by theodolite at 6:53 AM on April 19, 2015

It's a little older, but I love Freelancer. There's a lot of mods available as well with additional content and to strip out the storyline, leaving you with a vast universe to explore, resources to mine, relics to find, and faction relations to balance.

You're a single ship that you upgrade over time. No terraforming, but there's plenty of trading available. The original missions get old quick, but again there are mods with much more variation.

I ended up also using a mod so I didn't have to worry about dying, which lets you pretty much ignore space battles if you don't enjoy them.
posted by bookdragoness at 8:12 AM on April 19, 2015

Best answer: Keep your eye on No Man's Sky.
posted by humboldt32 at 9:39 AM on April 19, 2015 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: Oh... Oh my. That will destroy my life. Thanks!
posted by yellowbinder at 1:50 PM on April 19, 2015

Elite:Dangerous models the entire galaxy. Yep, 400 billion star systems to explore. It's... pretty amazing, and a bunch of us over at MefightClub have been playing it (although I've kind of dropped away recently, thanks to GTA V and limited gaming time available).

But yeah, No Man's Sky is hopefully going to be at least as astonishing.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 9:33 PM on April 27, 2015

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