OpenGL Frontier will work with modern operating systems, has improved graphics, and is simple to install and set up. Tom Morton's site has the necessary links to download the game (with music and sound effects) for Linux and Windows. Simply download the "windows binary" files, extract them directly to your C:\ drive, add the music and sound effects to the same directory, and then execute the "Hi-Rez" shortcut.
I'm not sure if you've heard this before, but the autopilot in GLFrontier is pretty bad. Really bad. If you target a planet, it'll fly you to that planet, keep you at a very high speed and you can't slow down because of the planet's gravity or something to that extent. The point is, you autopilot to the planet, and end up colliding into it. If you target something you dock with (for instance, a space station) you often end up colliding with the walls directly around the space station's docking entry, or the ground. It makes it so if you're new you have to manually dock to plants, which is (in my opinion) hard to do. Also, when going to planets, you'll fly over them, turn back around, fly over again, turn back around and repeat until it properly courses to it. (leading to the speed bug I mentioned above) In essence, autopilot is broken. Kinda sucks for a new player like me who really prefers playing it natively (I run Windows 7 64-bit) because of the good FPS and how well it runs. I don't like playing in DOSBox because of the framerate sucking (yes, I increase the CPU cycles to ~8000).
Thanks for reading. -Justin L.
For information on how to run Frontier using DOSbox, please check the DOSbox Guide.
The files below are no longer recommended or guaranteed to work. I have received complaints that the password protection has not been removed. I've also been told that the password protection codes provided on this site do not work either. The links below will remain for the time being for the sake of curiosity.
|Frontier: Elite 2 (Shareware)||Frontier Developments||470KB||The shareware version of Frontier: Elite 2 is free to download. See the attached readme files for additional help and information on registering. (This is the official release by Frontier Developments.)|
|Frontier: Elite 2 (Frontierverse)||Frontier Developments||457KB||The Frontierverse version of Frontier: Elite 2 is the latest version of the game, enhanced for easy set up, virtually bug-free and also has had the password protection removed. Included in the pack, as with all other versions other than the Shareware one, are icons to use with the game.|
|Frontier: Elite 2 (Patched)||Frontier Developments||457KB||This the same as the above version, only it starts you off with a comfortable two million credits. Recommended for absolute beginners.|
|Frontier: Elite 2 (UK)||Frontier Developments||476KB||The original UK version of the game, with the wormholes 'feature' and other bugs (see Bugs page for more info). This version has also had the password protection removed, and the mining bug rectified.|
|Frontier: Elite 2 (Amiga)||Frontier Developments||434KB||The original Amiga version of the game, cracked. Thanks to Tony Sśle for providing this.|
|Frontier: Elite 2 (Amiga CD32)||Frontier Developments||854KB||The Amiga CD32 version of the game.|
|Frontier: Elite 2 (Atari)||Frontier Developments||1.09MB||Three Atari versions of the game. Thanks to Michael Asse for providing these.|
|Other language versions|
|Frontier: Elite 2 [French]||Frontier Developments||457KB||The French version of the game. Password protection remains.|
|Frontier: Elite 2 [German]||Frontier Developments||457KB||The German version of the game. Password protection remains.|
|Frontier: Elite 2 [Spanish]||Frontier Developments||456KB||The Spanish version of the game. Password protection remains.|
|Frontier: Elite 2 (Amiga) [French]||Frontier Developments||546KB||The French Amiga version of the game. Thanks to Tourniť for providing this.|
|Frontier: Elite 2 (Amiga) [Polish]||Frontier Developments||514KB||The Polish Amiga version of the game. Thanks to Tourniť for providing this.|
|Frontier: Elite 2 (Amiga) [Czech]||Frontier Developments||510KB||The Czech Amiga version of the game. Thanks to Tourniť for providing this.|