While we are still waiting on the release of EVE Echoes, the mobile version of CCP’s scifi sandbox, there is another option for those craving a similar experience on their smartphones or tablets.
Stellar Invictus offers an expansive space sim in the palm of your hand, and it is out right now. Players can pursue paths that appeal to them, such as being a merchant, miner, pirate, explorer, or manufacturer. It’s not the most visually exciting of games (think menus — lots of menus) but it might hit the spot for those with vivid imaginations.
In an interesting (if somewhat scary) twist, the studio has pledged to obey the whims of the community in terms of game development: “Every major gameplay or UI change has to be approved by the community in order to get into the game. A consent of at least 75% is required.”
It looks like Stellar Invictus is only out for Android right now, which you can grab on Google Play.