Remember 'Elite'? Try Oolite. (in Off-topic)

QBJohnnywas February 27 2007 10:30 AM EST

If you're old enough to remember the game Elite, or you like space trading/combat games then check out the following site: where you can download the game, for Mac or PC.

Oolite is a reworking of the very old game Elite, a space trading game, where you fly around the galaxy buying goods in one place selling them on in another, all the while building up your craft and status. It plays just like the old one did back in the 80s, but with better space flight handling and pretty decent graphics. The game is open source, so there a lot player add ons available, ships and missions mainly.

It's free as well. And strangely addictive. Hmmm. That sounds like another game I know. ;)

Wasp February 27 2007 12:11 PM EST

Woo. I've been looking for Elite games and what not, couldn't get them working on my computer, will definately give this a try. Elite was an excellent game!!

QBJohnnywas February 27 2007 12:56 PM EST

It's very good, especially the add ons; lots and lots of different ships; being able to buy a TIE fighter is kind of interesting.... ;)

AdminQBVerifex [Serenity In Chaos] February 27 2007 1:21 PM EST

Oooh that's like Tradewars! (Except with graphics) I LOOOOVED Tradewars back when I was on BBS's all the time. :)

Eurynome Bartleby [Bartleby's] February 27 2007 1:28 PM EST

Man, I was going to bet on this to pass the afternoon here at school but my computer ain't good enough for all the ''groovy Open GL cutting edge graphics!!!111''.

They need new ones badly.

Anyways, if anyone played it, does this ressemble Ascendancy in any way? That rocked :)

Wasp March 1 2007 3:39 AM EST

The game is very slow to play though, the elite games were faster. Is there any way of turning the speed up, it gets boring trying to get to another planet?

QBJohnnywas March 1 2007 4:59 AM EST

Wasp, I'm presuming you're talking about the length of time to get to the planets when you arrive in their system? There are a couple of ways around it:

1. When you come out of witch space use your hyper drive and head roughly at 90 degrees away from the planet - towards the sun will do it. Then turn back to the planet - you should find you can hyper drive all the way to the station. This bypasses the corridor between the witch drive beacon and the planet. Speeds things up considerably. Also means you don't face any attackers, which can be handy when you're just trying to make some money trading to build up your ship.

2. At high tech worlds you can buy a witch space fuel injector. If you've made a long jump between planets you won't be able to use it for long but it gets you past other ships in the 'corridor'. It's also handy for outrunning difficult attackers.


Wasp March 1 2007 7:14 AM EST

Aye I will give that a try. Thing is, seems the ship speed or game speed is slower then the older version of elite. Seems it takes ages for you to fly lol :P

QBJohnnywas March 1 2007 7:32 AM EST

Get a faster ship!

Wasp March 1 2007 3:18 PM EST

Hah, flying towards the sun sure does the trick, I was messing around with kitted out ships of a lower class... Have you got any saves that you can send me that are decent :P

QBJohnnywas March 1 2007 3:42 PM EST

lol, that's cheating! I'm only up to average myself - about 100 kills.

To build up money find two planets quite close to each other; one agricultural, one industrial. Buy furs from the agricultural, sell to industrial; buy computers from the industrial, sell to the agricultural. Go back and forth and you'll soon build up cash. Try and make sure that the industrial is about tech level 10 or higher.

It won't take long to make the money to trade in your low end ship for a better one, with a bigger hold, better weapons.

Wasp March 1 2007 3:59 PM EST

Yeah I know that. I usually go back and forth between leesti and diso, one agricultural, the other industrial, both corporate state i think (the good planets lol) They are also v. close : )
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