A downloadable game for Windows, macOS, and Linux

Naev is a game about space exploration, trade and combat. Players travel the galaxy and earn money by trading, fighting and performing missions.

Main features:

  • A large galaxy with hundreds of planets and moons to explore.
  • Real-time, semi-Newtonian gameplay reminiscent of the Escape Velocity games.
  • Many different ships to buy and pilot, and many ways to customize each of them.
  • Multiple factions, each with unique ship designs and personalities.
  • Open-source, meaning ultimate freedom of modding.

Currently Naev is a playable game, but it is far from being a complete one. To further mature the game, we, the developers, need you. Yes, you. All it takes is the motivation to be creative in some way! Probably the easiest way to help, as well as one of the most valuable ones, is by coming up with new stories for the game, and by shaping those stories into playable missions. Other ways to help include making art or sounds, improving gameplay via balancing work, or (if you have the ability) even a bit of coding on the main program.

A few things to keep in mind:

  • This game is a hobby project, not an indie development project. There is no final plan, no time frame for the "finished game".
  • The dev team does not accept monetary donations, only direct contributions to the game itself.
  • The game engine is written in C. Missions are written in Lua.
  • No, there is no multiplayer, and there probably won't be. Unless you add it!
Updated 3 hours ago
StatusIn development
PlatformsWindows, macOS, Linux
Release date Sep 24, 2008
Rated 4.0 out of 5 stars
GenreRole Playing, Action, Simulation
Made withSDL
Tags2D, Singleplayer, Space
Code licenseGNU General Public License v3.0 (GPL)
Asset licenseCreative Commons Attribution_ShareAlike v4.0 International
Average sessionAbout a half-hour
LanguagesGerman, English, Japanese
InputsKeyboard, Mouse
AccessibilityColor-blind friendly, Subtitles, Configurable controls
LinksSteam, Blog, Homepage, Source code


Linux (x86_64) 395 MB
Version 0.9.4 75 days ago
Windows (x86_64) 406 MB
Version 0.9.4 75 days ago
macOS (x86_64) 396 MB
Soundtrack 168 MB
Version 0.9.4 75 days ago
Linux Nightly (x86_64) 435 MB
Version 0.10.0-alpha.1+4815.g87a8874ca+DEBUG.20221004 3 hours ago
Windows Nightly (x86_64) 447 MB
Version 0.10.0-alpha.1+4815.g87a8874ca+DEBUG.20221004 3 hours ago
macOS Nightly (x86_64) 437 MB
Version 0.10.0-alpha.1+4815.g87a8874ca+DEBUG.20221004 3 hours ago

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a wonderfull game, 4/5 stars

my only problem is that after you play the game for a while, crashes happen more often