Naev is a 2D space trading and combat game. If you ever played Escape Velocity, then you will find this one very simaliar.


NAEV is played from a top-down perspective, featuring fast-paced combat, many ships, a large variety of equipment and a large galaxy to explore. The game is highly open-ended, letting you proceed at your own pace.

This game also has some RPG Elements to it, so you surely will be hooked. You earn money by completing missions. which from there you buy arms and equipments. Then if you want upgrading the system and other open ended features are involved.

The controls to navigate the ship may seem awkward to some of the users who have not played Escape Velocity earlier. But once you get a hang of it, its quite easy to move your ship around the space. It is highly recommended to go through the tutorial once.

How to install:

  • Get the two files: naev-0.4.2-linux-x86-32/naev-0.4.2-linux-x86-64 and ndata-0.4.2 from here
  • Both the files should be in same folder
  • Install the dependencies by running the following command (Ubuntu 10.10): sudo apt-get install libmikmod2 libsdl-mixer1.2 libsmpeg0
  • Run the file naev-0.4.2-linux-x86-32/naev-0.4.2-linux-x86-64 to launch the game

If you go here you can get this game for windows and mac. Plus source is free to download.