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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Eve Online (2003) is a space adventure where you join thousands of other players in a huge open universe to make your fortune, form industrial empires or conquer new frontiers. Play involves battling other players to control star systems and build star bases. It stands out for the huge number of people playing in the same universe, and how you issue orders rather than directly controlling your craft.

You start by choosing one of the four races and jumping in your initial ship. Unlike other space games, you don't directly pilot your craft but issue orders of where to go or who to attack. As you go your aim is to earn skill points by performing these different actions and work through different career paths.

As you progress you gain enough currency to build and improve your ship (or ships) with enhanced shields, better equipment and weapons. Along the way you build deep alliances with others, form factions and plan how to overthrow enemy groups. It's huge on many fronts, with 7,000 solar systems and over 25 years of player-created history.

This is underpinned by the player economy that spreads across thousands of space stations. Whether you want to trade on the local markets, produce new ships and equipment, or make cunning investments based on knowledge of player politics, it's all possible.

The result is a game that has evolved a life and history of its own. Getting started can be confusing and bewildering, but those who push past this hard exterior find a living breathing community within. It's interesting because of the people and groups who play it as much as the game itself. There's even a group in the game who have organised themselves to help new players get started.

Our examiner, Jo Robertson, first checked Eve Online 9 months ago. It was re-examined by Ellen Robertson and updated 4 months ago.
Kids not old enough for this yet? There are lots of games similar to Eve Online. Here are some similar younger-rated games:

Play StylePlay Style

This is a Communication, Simulation and Strategy game with Adventure, Collecting, Sequencing, Shooting, Traversal and World Building elements. This is a 7000-player online game.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 100 hours and 200 hours to complete. You can play Eve Online for as long as you want as the game doesn't have an end and is continuously evolving. Many players stick with it for over 1000 hours (spread over many years).

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for Violence.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Skill Level

13+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. You need to be able to deal with multiple systems at once to navigate, fight and build. You also need to be willing for other players to be ruthless and lose cargo and currency you have worked hard for.


Eve Online

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App Store Mac Free
This game is free to play, but there are other costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Subscription: Subscribe to get regular content or game currency and access to special items.
To access the full lineup of ships, gameplay and quicker progress you need a monthly subscription:
  1. -month-plan $ 19.99
  2. -month-plan $ 35.98 ($ 17.99/month
  3. -month-plan $ 47.98 ($ 15.99/month)
  4. -month-plan $ 86.95 ($ 14.49/month)
  5. -month-plan $ 149.90 ($12.49/month)
  6. -month-plan $ 270.99 ($11.29/month)

It's worth noting that while the limitations without a subscription are fairly strict they don't keep you from being involved at some level with just about every area of the game. 
It's important to set up your accounts and devices appropriately. More information is on our Financial Resources page.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 06/05/2003

Price: Free

Out Now: Mac and PC

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Players: 7000 online

Genres: Communication, Simulation, Strategy (Adventure, Collecting, Sequencing, Shooting, Traversal and World Building)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 3D First-Person, Day and Night, Open World and Persistant World

Developer: CCP Games (@CCPGames)

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