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DOS - 1987

Also available on: Acorn 32-bit - Amiga - Amstrad CPC - Apple II - Atari ST - BBC Micro - Commodore 64 - MSX - ZX Spectrum

Alt names Classic Elite, Elite Plus
Year 1987
Platform DOS
Released in United Kingdom, United States
Genre Action, Simulation
Theme Managerial, Sci-Fi / Futuristic, Space Flight, Trade
Publisher Firebird Licensees Inc., Firebird Software
Perspective 1st-Person
Dosbox support Playable on 0.72
4.37 / 5 - 52 votes

Description of Elite

Here it is-- the game that started a whole new genre of space trading games. Elite gives you complete freedom to find fame and fortune in a vast universe, as a space mercenary.

It is difficult to find fault with Elite: from the amazing flight model to the intuitive interface, revolutionary graphics (for its time), great variety of ships, and many other novel ideas, Elite is a true classic.

Beside revolutionary 3D engine for its time, Elite also boasts a huge universe to explore with many random elements to ensure virtually unlimited replayability. Trade various cargoes, salvage enemy ships, and take on increasingly difficult missions as a mercenary for hire.

Ian Bell has released the game into the public domain, so go to his site right now for the game and other assorted goodies. Two thumbs up!

Review By HOTUD

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Comments and reviews

trader 2023-09-08 0 point Amiga version

The linked manual for Amiga is auf Deutch, not in English.

ASD 2022-02-26 1 point

Mulla on koneessa Elite ja englanninkielinen opas ^kirja^.

ASD 2022-02-26 1 point

Millon ELITE dossilla ja enkun kielilinen opas ^kirja^

larry 2022-02-06 6 points

Does anyone know, what "Quader's Release" means?

I saw that name on many games' download section.

larry 2020-12-18 1 point Acorn 32-bit version

ian bell once told that the best version of this legendary game was the one for acorn 32-bit.

liamxdon8 2020-12-17 0 point Commodore 64 version

Can this game be played using just the macbook keyboard?

Salsa Boy 2018-02-25 3 points DOS version

Mine doesn't load. I save it without problems, but when I load it just says "ERROR: Retry (Y/N)?". I am running this on DosBox. If anyone could help that would be fantastic.

Wynter 2017-07-27 1 point

The BBC Micro version is at

xlskapl 2017-03-19 1 point

To fix the saving and loading problem, go to

Alp 2017-02-11 2 points

I used to play this on the ax spectrum.... There was a bug so that if you launced then stopped and turned over so you were in line with the space station entrance you could fly right back it and if you hit hyperspace while in the docking tunnel you found yourself docked at the target planets station....I did that u too I could afford a docking Wonder if it works on the other versions?

TAP 2017-01-27 0 point

So where is the BBC Micro version? 1984

LXKSPAL 2016-11-27 2 points

Best game i found for the DOSBox, the gameplay is amazing although there is quite the learning curve. However, i have not yet found a way to save and load my progress.

Maddog 2016-05-31 1 point DOS version

Brilliant, first game that hooked me into the gaming world. Soo many happy hours spent trading Narcotics and shooting down Slargoids!.... Lol.... Brilliant concept, hope it works on my pc.....

von HAllfels 2016-05-03 0 point

My mothers nightmare. Tons of hours on the Computer and out of this world...

FoNUS 2016-04-10 0 point

It was insainly hard until you could afford a docking computer.
And once i actually foud some alien items to buy.

Dooku 2016-03-17 0 point DOS version

just as I remember it! awesome

skullosaurus 2016-02-07 0 point

I've been loving Elite: Dangerous, not it's time to try the game that started it all! :D

Devvy 2015-03-26 0 point DOS version

The best space sim... 600 million hours later.. where's Lave???

Knökenknecht 2014-02-19 1 point DOS version

This is the hammer game in computer history of mankind. Eight NGC's, (rumored a secret ninth) with 256 systems in every galaxy. 8-bit executable. Size 75 kilobytes. 'Elite Dangerous', can you handle this?

zack1 2013-02-18 0 point DOS version

Awesome game I remember playing as a kid on a Commodore 64

baptist001 2008-09-13 0 point DOS version

this is the first game i got hooked .it also got me into classical music. .this is the mother of all space games. hope you try this one out.

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DownloadEnglish version 49 KB DownloadQuader's Release English version 64 MB ManualEnglish version 4 MB

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