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.