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 2 hours ago
StatusIn development
PlatformsWindows, macOS, Linux
Release date Sep 24, 2008
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars
(2 total ratings)
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) 460 MB
Version 0.10.6 Jul 09, 2023
Windows (x86_64) 455 MB
Version 0.10.6 Jul 09, 2023
macOS (x86_64) 445 MB
Version 0.10.6 Jul 09, 2023
Soundtrack 168 MB
Version 0.10.6 Jul 09, 2023
Linux Nightly (x86_64) 472 MB
Version 0.11.0-beta.1+145.g4918953c7 2 hours ago
Windows Nightly (x86_64) 465 MB
Version 0.11.0-beta.1+145.g4918953c7 2 hours ago
macOS Nightly (x86_64) 454 MB
Version 0.11.0-beta.1+145.g4918953c7 2 hours ago

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Haven't played it yet, but tell me developer. I played a game that looks REMARKABLY like this a very long time ago..we're talking like 2001. Was only available on apple computers, and the name wasn't easy to remember. Very big map, can jump from planet to planet when done with that area. Can trade, can fight. If you kill someone but their ship isn't destroyed, you were able to take that ship as your own. TELL ME this game is exactly like that! Cuz i miss that game so much!

Escape Velocity Nova most likely.


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unique outfit

activate to convert fuel from commodity cargo

activate to convert fuel from collected asteroid pieces

use file browser on naev folder to locate

.\naev 2\dat\outfits\unique\fuel_recycler


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can you tell me what you are confused about?

hopefully, maybe I can help.

I was confused as to what your post meant; are you recommending a mod? an outfit? questioning it's existence? ...

recommending an outfit

here is a description the outfit:

  <description>While the process of refining fuel for space ships is possible using cheap available materials with the adequate machinery, production is usually limited to large immobile stations or astral bodies. By sacrificing machinery size and complexity, the Fuel Recycler is able to synthesize fuel in a very compact form. The downside is that the device ends up significantly reducing efficiency and requiring large amounts of raw materials to generate fuel. Despite this, such generation can be useful for long space journeys or when in a pinch.</description>

  <desc_extra>#gAllows converting space resources to fuel.#0</desc_extra>

good game 9/10 

tutorial > https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2976509354

Will probably need to be rewritten some after 0.11.0 comes out... have you seen the changes! :D

a wonderfull game, 4/5 stars

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