What is a good free or cheap space simulator that works with Windows 7 and has joystick support?

John Paul Wohlschied September 21, 2012

I’m a big fan of World War II combat simulators and I would like to try something sci-fi. I have a USB joystick that I would love to use to control a space fighter or a starship. I don’t have much money to spend, so I’m looking for cheap or free. I am open to suggestions.

  1. Macgyver
    September 23, 2012 at 12:42 am

    Well Decent FreeSpace was a good Space Flight sim per say and you can probably get it really cheap. X-Wing Alliance was a Star wars space flight battle sim. Pretty good too. Both are older games with decent graphics and can probably found cheap.

  2. Ravi Meena
    September 21, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    not related to what you want, but once check out "Universe Sandbox" when you have spare time :)

  3. Saurav Azad
    September 21, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    go for orbiter

  4. HLJonnalagadda
    September 21, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Orbiter, and if you would like something of the same genre, Microsoft Flight. It's free.

  5. vasu gupta
    September 21, 2012 at 10:55 am

    you can try orbiter or else just visit a science fair

  6. Bruce Epper
    September 21, 2012 at 8:03 am

    You can give Orbiter a shot. It can utilize a joystick controller and it is free. There are additional downloads for higher detail textures and maps if you have a decent system & video card.

    • Vishal Mishra
      September 21, 2012 at 8:42 am

      i had the same question. can you please tell me some more options becasue i have tried Orbiter and no doubt it's great but i want to know some more space and aircraft simulators.


      • Mike
        September 21, 2012 at 12:04 pm

        Maybe this list can help

        Can't give you any recommendation as the only thing I have played in that regard was Wing Commander IV which is ~not really a simulation.

        • John Paul Wohlschied
          September 21, 2012 at 4:35 pm

          Good advice. There are several freeware games listed on that page, including a Babylon 5 fan game. Thanks.

        • John Paul Wohlschied
          September 21, 2012 at 4:47 pm

          I'm looking for a space combat simulator.

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