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Comprehensive list of free 4x space strategy games

Posted: Thu Mar 17, 2005 9:25 pm
by Jonathan
This list has every 4x space strategy game that is available for free. Stars!, Master of Orion, VGA Planets, and other similar classics served as the inspiration for these games.

I'm going to try to keep this list updated. Email me at if you know of a game that should be on the list.

The list is broken up into three sections: games which are Playable, games which are In Development, and Other games.

VGA Planets version 3 -/multi DOS/Windows
Skrupel -/multi web German
Allegiance -/multi Windows real-time
Stars! shareware single/multi Windows
Space Opera single/- Java
Web Space Alliance -/multi Windows
Galactic Conquest -/multi web
Unification Wars -/multi web
Anacreon -/multi DOS/Windows

In Development
FreeStars -/multi Windows
Thousand Parsec -/multi Windows/Linux/Mac
FreeOrion single/multi Windows/Linux
Hyades -/multi Linux
Antares -/multi Windows/Linux/Mac

Stellar Legacy single/multi Windows/Linux
StarsClone single/multi Java
Quasar -/multi Linux
Node Wars ?/? Windows

Posted: Thu Mar 17, 2005 9:44 pm
by Peijen
what does "4x" mean?

Posted: Fri Mar 18, 2005 4:46 am
by Jonathan
eXploration, eXpansion, eXploitation, eXtermination. It means the kind of game where you explore a bunch of stars, colonize those stars, build a bunch of units, and kill your enemies. It's meant to differentiate it from the kind of game where you advance by trading, for example.

Posted: Fri Mar 18, 2005 3:07 pm
by Peijen

Posted: Fri Mar 18, 2005 4:40 pm
by Jonathan
Sure, why not?

Posted: Fri Jun 03, 2005 11:00 pm
by Jonathan
If you want to buy a 4x space strategy game, please try this list: