19 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.
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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, eventually making its way to Steam ...[Read More]

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8.8 User Avg (98 votes)
lego-worlds

Lego Worlds

Pushing the ever increasing number of Lego games into a more sandbox environment, Lego Worlds gives you the goal of becoming a Master Builder as you explore a range of Lego themed worlds. This time around your Lego themed adventure is bigger than ever though with a mostly open world that is also procedurally generated with ...[Read More]

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8.8 User Avg (43 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 adventure ahead: Apex: Ape-lik...[Read More]

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8.7 User Avg (56 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 ships, weapons, shields and muc...[Read More]

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8.5 User Avg (66 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. The game world features a post c...[Read More]

PC
8.5 User Avg (35 votes)
spore

Spore

Spore combines a number of genres together and ultimately unleashes players out to space after starting as a single cell organism. Giving you full control over how your species of creatures evolve throughout their development alongside their overall philosophy and technology Spore is a rare experience to shape the planet an...[Read More]

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8.4 User Avg (37 votes)
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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 Fire) in 1994. In the game player...[Read More]

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8.4 User Avg (10 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 once again jumping into the mi...[Read More]

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8.4 User Avg (9 votes)
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 include things such as being a merch...[Read More]

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8.1 User Avg (14 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 elements that are more aligned...[Read More]

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8.1 User Avg (15 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 from their cryonic sleep. In ...[Read More]

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8 User Avg (8 votes)
sky-break

Sky Break

Sky Break pits players in a world where humanity is on the edge after being ravaged by a virus of world ending proportions. Set on the planet known as Arcania which was once a planet of human colonisation it holds the potential cure, extracting the cure from the now abandoned planet of Arcania though is no easy adventure an...[Read More]

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8 User Avg (11 votes)
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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 in the pilot seat as you travel...[Read More]

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7.9 User Avg (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 against depending on your act...[Read More]

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7.8 User Avg (12 votes)
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Galaxy on Fire 2

Galaxy on Fire 2 builds on the setting and gameplay of the first game sending players back into the void of space as they complete a story driven campaign, accept side missions from aliens and upgrade their ship to be a dominating fighter or large transport vessel. Available for both mobile (free to play base game) and comp...[Read More]

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7.8 User Avg (13 votes)
lunacraft

Lunacraft

Lunacraft joins the rapidly growing number of smartphone games that draw inspiration from Minecraft but alter the formula slightly by offering new settings, new mechanics and more importantly a free to play price tag. Designed solely for iOS devices Lunacraft challenges players to survive and thrive in a space environment t...[Read More]

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7.6 User Avg (58 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 Illuna, a planet long abandoned b...[Read More]

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7.5 User Avg (19 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 with real time (making it 3302 in...[Read More]

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7.4 User Avg (8 votes)
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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. This connection to Earth while...[Read More]

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7.3 User Avg (13 votes)