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WANTED: Ship captains!

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"If your eyes light up when you hear the word "Elite" in a non-Xbox 360 setting, go buy Dark Nova right now." --gamesradar

***** "Awesome - Completely addicting game. It's really fun to engage in lifelike trading with a space twist."

***** "Get This Game! - I can not explain to you how much I love this game. It uses little battery, doesn't need wifi, and it's addicting!"

***** "Brilliant - Excellent space trader executed with wit and style. I've sunk hours into it already."

This is an old school RPG experience! This game has depth and many hours of entertainment. This is not a mindless shooter!

Dark Nova is the essential single-player role-playing game we’ve all been waiting for on the iPhone. A real-time expansive universe consisting of over 100 star systems, each with many planetary bodies make this a game that you don’t master in short order. Buy and sell goods between star systems, make a profit and try to avoid the Police along the way...if you can. Become a trader, a pirate, or a mercenary for hire. There’s a market for all professions.

Classic SciFi RPG style play. 100's of hours of entertainment. Design your character then work your way up from a small fragile ship to a juggernaut brimming with weapons and gadgets.

Dark Nova is the highly anticipated conversion of the classic Palm Pilot game “Space Trader” for the iPhone. A complete and total graphical overhaul and game flow/design update. Visually stunning graphics, a luscious soundtrack, and an unbeatable auto-saving mechanism make this the game we’ve all been waiting for. Be the first space cadet on the block to get it.

Go on mysterious quests and adventures. With elements from SciFi classics like Elite, Star Control, Privateer, Sundog, Starflight, Trade Wars, Freelancer, and more!

Got an escape pod? You'll need it rookie!

What's New

Version 2.0.0

Upgraded to support IOS 10.3

Ratings and Reviews

2.8 out of 5

52 Ratings

52 Ratings

Love it...


Great game reminds me a bit of Elite. You need MORE (PLEASE?!) hints on where to get rid of fleas and tribbles...it was a real downer after a few hours and no cure. Started over and completed the game. Next time I will NOT buy from that lousy two-bit flea trading looser! :)

Also restock trade supplies sooner as it just gets to thin in the end to find trade supplies unless you warp the entire galaxy (not as fun).

I think a bigger campaign with more story and another galaxy after completing the first would be great!

Overall a definite two thumbs WAY up, thanks and keep the updates coming!!!! :)

April 3rd 2011: Giving homage to the Dark Nova god's...chanting...update please, update please, update please! More content please, more content please, more content please...pretty please, please...please!!! ;)

October 13, 2011: Thank you for the economy fix and restocking commodities. I love this game and hope you continue to update it! It's truly a classic masterpiece! :)

Has potential but buggy


This game has some positive qualities, including the chance to pretend to be a spaceship captain, and some attractive (if two-dimensional) art. Some glitches detract from the experience, however. The slider bars for trading and banking don't work, making moving money around awkward. There were also frequent crashes to desktop. I'm guessing these issues won't be fixed any time soon, because when I went to the App Store and clicked on the publisher's link, it timed out. I'd advise waiting on purchasing this one until someone buys out Dead Jim Studios and resolves the game's problems.

Still need to fix the backgrounds.


I like the game, but I really wish the background images would be screened back so it is easier to READ the %$#@! text. Yes the graphics are fun, but they really detract from the game when played for long periods of time. Please make background images an option to screen or turn off for the next release. Thank you.


Shon Burton
47.4 MB
Requires iOS 10.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 12+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor
Copyright © 2009 Dead Jim Studios. All rights reserved.


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