22 Games Like No Man’s Sky

Games Like No Man's Sky
Our list of games like No Man’s Sky features space titles where you’ll explore a vast galaxy, collect resources, trade with aliens and ultimately survive.

No Man’s Sky released in 2016 for Windows and the PlayStation 4, centred around the objectives of exploration, combat, survival and trading players explore a vast universe of hidden mysteries, resources and alien races with their own languages. With more planets than you could explore in a lifetime each come with their own unique flora and fauna thanks to procedural generation. No Man’s Sky aims to mimic the vastness and uniqueness of the real world on a galactic scale within a video game.

Playing as a lone traveller and uploading their discoveries into the central Atlas database players embark on a journey to the centre of the galaxy. In order to do so upgrades to your environmental suit, jetpack, spaceship, weapons and the all important multi-tool will allow you to jump further and further into space while surviving increasingly harsh environments which house the most rare of minerals and technologies.

The games like No Man’s Sky found below offer similar space based gameplay, in these titles you’ll jump into a space ship to explore the galaxy, mine asteroids, battle aliens, trade and collect resources from multiple planets to achieve your objective.

Games Like No Man's Sky

evochron-legacy

Evochron Legacy

Explore the dark reaches of space in Evochron Legacy a freeform space flight simulation game that expands on the Evochron universe of games. Without a significant focus on story Evochron Legacy lets you craft your own path of survival and whatever that entails. Your choices for this path includ... Read More »

User Score
8.0
(2 votes)
elite-dangerous

Elite: Dangerous

Master the art of trading, combat and exploration in Elite: Dangerous a space simulation title with open ended and multiplayer gameplay where your own actions will impact on the story of the persistent universe. Launching in 2014 Elite: Dangerous started in the year 3300, which runs in sync wit... Read More »

User Score
7.0
(1 votes)
starbound

Starbound

Starbound is a side-scrolling game that weaves together creativity, adventure, exploration and action. In Starbound you’ll cross the galaxy in your spaceship, exploring procedurally generated planets as you flee from your home. In Starbound you get to choose between six different races for the ... Read More »

User Score
8.7
(56 votes)
3079

3079

3079 is a unique and challenging game that blends a number of genres together to create a sci-fi action role playing meets first person shooter experience. On the one hand you’ve got random generation and a voxel game world that feels like Minecraft but then you’ve got role playing and shooter ... Read More »

User Score
8.1
(15 votes)
planet-explorers

Planet Explorers

Ever wondered how you would survive if you crash landed on a strange planet? Well, in Planet Explorers you can experience just that scenario. The game is a voxel based RPG with plenty of open world elements that will have you hooked for hours with its in-depth gameplay. The game allows players ... Read More »

User Score
9.0
(81 votes)
starmade

StarMade

StarMade draws a lot of inspiration from the sandbox genre but takes the game into a space setting. The game is still in early stages of development but is already an amazingly fun experience. StarMade offers you an open universe to explore, in the game you’ll be able to create your own space s... Read More »

User Score
8.5
(63 votes)
xenominer

Xenominer

Xenominer is a Minecraft inspired space survival and sandbox game that is available for your PC or your Xbox. The game has been developed by Gristmill Studios and adds a number of sci-fi themes along with new experiences to the Minecraft/voxel genre. In Xenominer you take on the role of a lone ... Read More »

User Score
8.2
(17 votes)
kerbal-space-program

Kerbal Space Program

The Kerbal Space Program has you leading your own space program in a sandbox environment. The game has great appeal to fans of the sandbox genre and in particular people that have an interest in space travel. The game first launched back in 2011 and has slowly been developed and improved, event... Read More »

User Score
9.1
(90 votes)
lunacraft

Lunacraft

Lunacraft is part of the growing number of smartphone games that draw inspiration from Minecraft and takes the genre into the future for free on your iOS device. The game has been reviewed over 40,000 times on the iTunes app store and holds an average rating of 4.5 stars. In the story mode you’... Read More »

User Score
7.7
(57 votes)
out-there

Out There

Choose your own space adventure in Out There a game that challenges you to survive in the vastness of space on your iOS or Android device. Set in the future as the human race makes a mad dash for resources outside our own planet players find themselves lost outside the solar system as they wake... Read More »

User Score
8.0
(8 votes)
edge-of-space

Edge of Space

Edge of Space lets you explore a strange planet in 2D Terraria style. The game focuses on exploration and combat with plenty of depth to it. With support for both single player and multiplayer gameplay it’s perfect for both solo and team adventurers. While it’s easy to draw comparison to the li... Read More »

User Score
8.7
(25 votes)
darkout

Darkout

Darkout puts you alone on a harsh planet and challenges you to survive in a sandbox world. You’ll get to experience a dark procedurally generated planet while crafting, building and even researching new technologies. You’ll start the game next to your crash landed escape pod on the world of Ill... Read More »

User Score
8.2
(16 votes)
spore

Spore

Spore combines a number of genres together and allows players to take their own creature from a single cell to a space faring race. Players have plenty of choice in how their creature evolves and other aspects of their development. The shining star of the game is the creation system that gives ... Read More »

User Score
9.2
(30 votes)
wing-commander-privateer

Wing Commander: Privateer

Wing Commander: Privateer is a space simulation and adventure game that lets you create your own story in this dog eat dog universe. The game is part of the very popular Wing Commander series and forms part of the overall story. The game launched in 1993 with an additional add on (Righteous Fir... Read More »

User Score
9.3
(4 votes)
evochron-mercenary

Evochron Mercenary

Evochron Mercenary is a game of vast scale that has similarities to Freelancer. The game belongs to the same universe as the popular Star Wraith series of space simulators that first started in 2000. In the game you will see if you have what it takes to survive alone in space. You’ll be right i... Read More »

User Score
7.9
(10 votes)
darkstar-one

DarkStar One

DarkStar One focuses on space trading and combat. It launched in 2006 for Windows with an improved edition (Darkstar One: Broken Alliance) released two years later for the Xbox 360 platform. The universe of DarkStar One features half a dozen other races that you’ll get to interact with or fight... Read More »

User Score
7.6
(11 votes)
x3-terran-conflict

X3: Terran Conflict

X3: Terran Conflict is part of the X series of video games. Just like its predecessors the game is about trading and combat in a space environment. The game is set far into the future (2938) and takes place after Earth has been reconnected with the larger system of jumpgates in the X universe. ... Read More »

User Score
7.3
(13 votes)
x3-reunion

X3: Reunion

X3: Reunion continues the series of X adventure games with the third game in the franchise. Just like the games before it the game is a single player space experience involving trading, combat and plenty of galaxy exploration. The story of X3: Reunion continues from where X2 ended with players ... Read More »

User Score
8.4
(9 votes)
galaxy-on-fire-2

Galaxy on Fire 2

Galaxy on Fire 2 builds on the setting and gameplay of the first game and is available on iOS, Android and Windows. Players will recognise many of the places and mechanics and from the original but has plenty of tweaks that take the game to the next level. While the plot in the sequel continues... Read More »

User Score
8.9
(11 votes)
freelancer

Freelancer

Freelancer is a spaced based game for Windows that lets you take control of a spaceship and travel the galaxy engaging in combat and trading. The events of Freelancer are set 800 years after the events in Starlancer (made by the same developer three years earlier) but is not a direct sequel. Th... Read More »

User Score
9.3
(26 votes)
galaxy-on-fire

Galaxy on Fire

Galaxy on Fire offers a free to play mixture of spaceship combat and space trading to iOS users. The game is the first in the series of games with later versions making their way to the computer platform. It’s important to note that when the game was originally released it was not a free to pla... Read More »

User Score
7.9
(10 votes)
masterspace

Masterspace

Masterspace will have you exploring, mining and enhancing the world around you in a game that takes inspiration from the likes of Minecraft. Originally released in April 2012 and under constant development the game takes the sandbox genre into an entire universe by letting you explore space and... Read More »

User Score
8.0
(27 votes)