Command your Cobra space ship in a fantastic voyage of discovery and adventure, a supreme test of your combat, navigational and entrepreneurial skills.
Trade between countless planets, using the proceeds to equip your ship with heat-seeking missiles, beam lasers and other weapons – corporate states can be approached without risk, but unruly anarchies may be swarming with space pirates.
Black market trading can be lucrative but could result in skirmishes with local police and a price on your head!
However you make your money, by fair means or foul, you must blast onwards through space annihilating pirate ships and hostile aliens as you strive to earn your reputation as one of the Elite!
The following statement is by no means an exageration, or solely my opinion:
Elite is quite possibly the best game ever created, a masterpiece of design and gameplay.
While the game is immense (remember that word!) the concept is simple: you are a freelance space pilot… that’s it! The game has 8 galaxies to explore, each containing approximately 500 unique planets. You can be a choose to be a trader and ferry goods between worlds, or a pirate who attacks ships and takes their cargo. Or a bounty hunter, or an asteroid miner or… you get the idea 😉 Earn money, upgrade your ship, undertake missions, maybe even go after the evil Thargoids (the big bad aliens in the game). What you do is entirely up to you.
Emulation fans may want to try out the original BBC Micro version of the game, or the Archimedes version – regarded by many (myself included) as the best version. Or if you’d rather stick to the PC version then get a copy of Elite +, the remake that has updated graphics and sound.
This game truly is a classic, two thumbs and a leg up!
- MobyGames: Elite
Read all about it on MobyGames.
- Wikipedia: Elite
Read all about it on Wikipedia.
- Ian Bell's Elite Pages
Ian Bell (along with David Braben) are responsible for the original elite. From his page you can get downloads of every official version ever made along with tons of information.
- Frontier Developments
David Braben's development company. Here you can find inormation on Elite and it's sequels (Frontier and First Encounters) as well as the upcoming Elite IV. You'll also find he's done other games you will know and love (psssst Rollercoaster Tycoon).
- The Elite Club
The Elite Club is a project which aims to bring new life to the Elite series of games, particularly Frontier and First Encounters - in advance of the release of Elite 4. Despite it being many years since their release, there is still a great deal of interest in them, confirmed by the number of mails we at Frontier Developments received following the original Elite Club announcement. The idea is to allow people to freely download the games as shareware, and also allow people to access the source code and legitimately update the games - bringing them up to date with current technology. We also hope that the creators of some of the Elite/Frontier tribute games will join the Club, as this will provide a support network for developers, and also allow these games to be set in the Elite universe.
- Elite - The New Kind
Reverse engineered version of the BBC game, rewritten in C with better graphics for the PC.
Great Elite related site
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