Classic Games – Frontier Elite II

Frontier Elite II Loading Title Screen
Frontier Elite II Loading Title Screen

THE STORY

Frontier Elite II was released in 1984 as a sequel to Elite. It was a massive step forward in gaming and the first realistic + enjoyable space simulator made. It was not just about shooting other spaceships, the main aim was to build up your wealth and status as a spaceship commander.

FRONTIER ELITE II INTRO SEQUENCE

Frontier Elite II Game Cover

The Music

One of the main things I remember from playing Frontier Elites II as a child is the music and how well it fitted in with space travel. It changed depending on what you were doing like when docking Blue Danube would play reminding you of the film 2001: A Space Odyssey while leaving hyperspace would play Grieg – Hall of the Mountain King making you feel a bit uneasy as you jetted away from your hyperspace cloud before pirates could track you down and open fire! Here is the full list:
-In The Hall of the Mountain King – Edvard Grieg
-Frontier Main Theme – David Lowe (original music)
-Baba Yaga – Modest Mussorgsky
-Night on Bare Mountain – Modest Mussorgsky
-Frontier Second Theme – David Lowe (original music)
-Ride of the Valkyries – Richard Wagner
-The Blue Danube – Johann Strauss II
-The Great Gates of Kiev – Modest Mussorgsky

FRONTIER ELITE II TIPS

At the beginning of the game sell everything on your ship including the drive, scanner, automatic pilot etc… Then fit a passenger cabin. Go to the bulletin board and take on the first job for transporting someone somewhere. When They are on board your ship, go to the new and reconditioned ships section and select to buy a ship that costs less then yours is worth (you’ll know this because the price will be a minus figure). Then click on buy and the message ‘You can not buy a new ship with passengers on board’ will appear. But they will give you the trade in price anyway. If you keep clicking on the buy button they will keep giving you the money for the ship and you can get really rich!

Frontier Elite II Game Cover

Frontier Elite II Game Cover

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