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Frontier: First Encounters

DOS - 1995

Also available on: Amiga CD32

Alt names Elite 3, FFE
Year 1995
Platform DOS
Released in France, Germany, United Kingdom, United States
Genre Action, Simulation
Theme Managerial, Sci-Fi / Futuristic, Space Flight, Trade
Publisher GameTek (FL), Inc., GameTek, Inc.
Developer Frontier Developments Ltd.
Perspective 1st-Person
Dosbox support Playable on current version
4.62 / 5 - 37 votes

Description of Frontier: First Encounters

Despite being recalled from the shelves due to numerous bugs, this last incarnation of Elite still got a large following of very dedicated followers.

FFE (also known as Elite 3) sports new ships, items, missions, and a host of new features. My favorite addition is the overall plotline: particular events happen at specific times in the universe rather than all missions being randomly generated as before, and you could take part in them by taking on "hand-coded" missions. The aliens also make their first appearance in this game to complicate things.

Highly recommended, but don't forget to download the patch.

Great news for fans! David Braben's website, The Elite Club, has released the game and Frontier II, the prequel, as shareware :) Now is your chance to legitimate experience what is one of the most underrated games ever made! Fully patched, of course :)

Review By HOTUD

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Comments and reviews

Trusteft 2023-08-05 -2 points

@CLB1966 WTF is your problem? Why the attitude? Thanks for the info, and RELAX for the rest.

o0pyromancer0o 2023-07-26 0 point Amiga CD32 version

This game was never released for CD32. The files in question, including the manuals, are not this game but Frontier: Elite II.

admin 2023-05-23 2 points

Indeed the Amiga CD32 was added, thus making it pop back on new games

CLB1966 2023-05-22 3 points

In answer to "Trusteft's" question about why this is listed as a "new" item...

That's what this site does when major changes to what's posted are made. For example, a game which was available only in DOS, but gets updated to include a Linux version, will be listed as a "new" item, as well.

Generally, they don't do that if something trivial is added... new screenshots, etc... but they DO if something noteworthy is added. As seems to be the case in this instance. And to ME, that's a very GOOD thing. (If you can't be bothered to look at what's different between a "new" item and an item you've already downloaded previously, that's your own issue, isn't it?)

I hope M.A. keeps doing things this way. So I don't have to miss major new additions to items I've seen previously.

Trusteft 2023-05-14 -1 point

Why is this under latest added?

tomato 2022-05-02 0 point

Please note that the patch listed here is for the floppy version and will disable the videos. You will need to get the CD patch from elsewhere, such as

ACL Stands 2021-05-02 2 points

You will need to imgmount this.Just copy the folder within the zip file (Frontier First Encounters - ISO and just add it to your dosbox root directory (sub directory under "Game" on mine then you can just load that folder as a img
so you would have something like this:

mount c Game

yeetboi 2020-02-21 2 points

how do i install the patch

KC 2019-11-23 0 point

I have tried everything to get this game to work, no luck. I can get it to load into DosBox and Boxer. I can get the game to load after it loads into Boxer. I can get the patch to load, but still no game.

bartmayor 2019-02-12 2 points

You must use Dynamic core on Dosbox 0.74 or above or the game will crash after the demo.

Redbull 2018-04-13 -1 point

Thanks for making this available! Great game

Major 2017-06-18 -9 points

how do i install this??

FoNUS 2016-04-10 0 point

I loved Elite and Frontier but this game i never got to try because i cant get it to start.
If someone knows how, let me know.

tootall197 2011-11-01 4 points DOS version

Loved the first Elite on the ancient C64

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DOS Version

DownloadFloppy version English version 2 MB DownloadISO Version English version 298 MB DownloadPatch 1.06 for CD Version English version 760 KB ManualEnglish version 4 MB

Game Extras

Various files to help you run Frontier: First Encounters, apply patches, fixes, maps or miscellaneous utilities.

PatchPatch 1.06d for Floppy Version English version 759 KB FixWin98 fix English version 637 KB RefcardEnglish version 946 KB MiscFull manual English version 47 MB MiscFurther Stories of Life on the Frontier English version 34 MB MiscCopy Protection Codes English version 3 KB

Amiga CD32 ROM

DownloadAlt Disc Image English version 508 KB DownloadDisc Image English version 386 KB

Game Extras

Various files to help you run Frontier: First Encounters, apply patches, fixes, maps or miscellaneous utilities.

MiscQuick Start Guides English version 2 MB

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