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 in March 2013. In the game, players take control of their own newly developed space program which is operated by the Kerbals (a species of small green humanoids). These Kerbal...[Read Review]

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8.8 User Avg (98 votes)
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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 elements of building resulting in a Minecraft like experience. Lego Worlds starts your Master Builder adventure after a less than stellar landing into Pirate Playground where ...[Read Review]

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8.8 User Avg (43 votes)
starbound

Starbound

Starbound is a 2D side-scrolling game that weaves together creativity, adventure, exploration and action into a galactic adventure. Not limiting itself to a single world Starbound encourages players to explore multiple procedural generated planets where you’ll find varied resources, inhabitants and other challenges. While Starbound features a number of sandbox design features the core experience still provides significant structure for those that want an overarching purpose to their advent...[Read Review]

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8.7 User Avg (58 votes)
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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 much more. You’ll start off your Starmade adventure on a lonely planet and slowly gather the necessary resources to build your own space ship and take to the skies. Once outside ...[Read Review]

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8.5 User Avg (66 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 and the galaxy. The shining star of Spore though is the creation system that gives players a huge amount of options when creating their creatures which has led to plenty of crea...[Read Review]

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8.4 User Avg (37 votes)
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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 mind of Julian from the previous game. The game is set fair into the future in the year 2935 at a time where the entire galaxy has opened up to humans through space travel. X3: ...[Read Review]

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8.4 User Avg (9 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 players will be travelling around the game world as Grayson Burrows a mercenary like character that travels around Gemini Sector taking on work. As the player isn’t part of the navy...[Read Review]

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8.4 User Avg (10 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 civil war society where the losing side fled their original star system and headed for the Sirius sector. In total there were five colony ships sent with four ships arriving at...[Read Review]

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8.4 User Avg (50 votes)
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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 merchant, exploring, mining, racing, crafting, protecting and much more. This gives players ample choice  to decide on their current objective and make plenty of in game currency t...[Read Review]

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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 with what the Borderlands or Fallout series has to offer. On paper it’s a weird mix of mechanics and settings but it all feels perfectly blended once you start your own 3079 ...[Read Review]

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8.1 User Avg (15 votes)
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Out There

Choose your own space adventure in Out There a game that challenges you to survive in the vastness of space as you travel between planets and acquire resources. Originally released for iOS and Android device the title was eventually brought across toe PC, Mac and Linux with an enhanced version for the Nintendo Switch in 2019. 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 cryo...[Read Review]

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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 and the one that players will be thrown into. The issue with exploring the lost planet of Arcania is that while it once sustained human life it was long abandoned after the dron...[Read Review]

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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 with it’s science fiction theme and freedom orientated mechanics that encourage you to explore the galaxy on your own path. Evochron Mercenary belongs to the same universe as the popular Star Wraith series of space simulators that first started in 2000 with various titles in the franchise released since allowing for some cross-nostalgia experiences for fans of both titles. In this space sandbox style game you wi...[Read Review]

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7.9 User Avg (10 votes)
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DarkStar One

DarkStar One focuses on space trading and combat as players explore the universe before them and carve their own path through the stars and planets. It launched in 2006 for Windows with an improved edition (Darkstar One: Broken Alliance) released two years later for the Xbox 360 platform providing console players the opportunity explore the universe of DarkStar One. In addition to a diverse range of planets and space anomalies your DarkStar One journey will feature half a dozen races with their ...[Read Review]

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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 computer gamers (paid game only) Galaxy on Fire 2 is particularly a stand out experience on mobile where games with the same level and polish to features are rare particularly wit...[Read Review]

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7.8 User Avg (13 votes)
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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 the year 2016). Borrowing on the primary game mechanics of the original (Frontier: First Encounters) players are thrown into the open galaxy with a spaceship and small stash ...[Read Review]

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7.6 User Avg (9 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 that encompasses the same premise as other sandbox games focusing on infinite exploration, crafting and random discoveries. In the story mode of Lunacraft you’ll explore ...[Read Review]

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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 by humans. How you got here and the story of its original inhabitants slowly unfolds throughout your adventure by logs that were left behind. It quickly becomes apparent that a...[Read Review]

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7.5 User Avg (19 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 an occasion of joy also created many new tensions and conflicts which is what the main story line of X3: Terran Conflict explores. X3: Terran Conflict is a single player only...[Read Review]

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7.3 User Avg (13 votes)