Oolite – free open-world space opera

Oolite is a retro 3D Space Simulation in the style of the classic Elite. Many aspects of gameplay will be familiar to players of that game. In the tradition of open-world games, there’s no overall story: you can be a millionaire trader, a veteran combateer, a feared pirate, a lonely miner, a notorious smuggler, or all of them, or something else entirely, based on your own actions.

The aim of the game is to fly from planet to planet, buying and selling goods, shooting pirates or committing acts of piracy.

You start the game with a Cobra III multi-role ship, and 100 credits in spare cash. The Cobra III is an excellent ship – or rather, it has the potential to be an excellent ship. The one you own is very under-equipped, lacking basic upgrades for both combat and peaceful activities.

There are several missions, and the game is expandable and many expansion packs and mods are available.

Oolite is designed as a small game that is easy for users to pick up and expand upon. Almost every aspect of the game can be modified using simple, free graphics packages and text editors.

Features include:

  • High resolution collision detection.
  • Large array of equipment to add to ships.
  • Well developed artificial intelligence.

Website: oolite.org
Support: Wiki, Forums, GitHub Code Repository
Developer: Giles Williams, Jens Ayton, and others
License: GNU GPL

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