Space En­gine


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An en­tire uni­verse gen­er­ated from com­plex maths and a lit­tle graph­i­cal in­ge­nu­ity, Space En­gine isn’t a game, al­though there’s some rudi­men­tary rock­etry in there if you look for it. In­stead, it’s a sim­u­la­tion of space; if you’ve ever wanted to fol­low a comet, ex­plore the galaxy or land on an­other ce­les­tial body, you can do it here. The en­tire known uni­verse is present, gen­er­ated from as­tral cat­a­logues, and there’s a vast un­known to get to grips with, con­jured up from the afore­men­tioned math­emet­i­cal wiz­ardry.

You’ll need a fairly de­cent PC to run it, with best re­sults com­ing from a ded­i­cated graph­ics card, but once you’re in you can use the built-in wiki to find out more about the worlds you’re vis­it­ing or even mod­ify it with the So­lar Sys­tem HD and Ul­tra packs, which in­crease the level of de­tail avail­able in lo­cal ob­jects.

galaxy quest Ex­plore the known uni­verse with the won­der­fully en­gag­ing Space En­gine.

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