There are many reasons why people play video games. For fun, to socialize and meet people, or just to escape for a few hours. As time has passed, the locations and settings of games have become more outlandish, and some have even gone away from the Earth and into space. Here are some of the best games set in space over the years.

It’s important to note that this videogame setting didn’t begin with the invention of the mainstream console, and actually stretches back to the days of the arcade. One of the most famous space games out there is the arcade classic Space Invaders which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2018. It set a precedent for the shoot-em’-up genre, and what was, in reality, a simple concept became one of the biggest runaway successes in gaming history. Interestingly, with sales of all versions over time exceeding $13 billion (inflation-adjusted), Space Invaders is the highest-grossing video game of all time. The arcade age was kind to space games made by other developers such as Atari spearheading the galactic gaming era thanks to other classics such as Lunar Lander and Asteroids. Both games were released in 1979, a full ten years after the Apollo 11 mission landed on the Moon.

As we’ve moved into the 21st century, games have obviously come a long way since those heady days back in the seventies and eighties. The continued innovation in both console and PC spheres has seen the rise of both open-world and simulation games based on not just space but also branching out into sci-fi too. When it comes to simulation, the likes of Kerbal Space Program offers a light-hearted look at space exploration on the surface, but with a game literally about rocket science, it is rather detailed. Furthermore, open-world games like No Man’s Sky or Destiny in the last few years have given way to the idea of space being a canvas ready to be explored, not just somewhere outside to play games within. No Man’s Sky is based on a partially user-generated world with a seemingly infinite number of planets.

Space is a subject that hasn’t been limited to the traditional form of games and has, with the advent of the internet, extended into the likes of online casinos and also pushed some of those arcade games to a wider audience. It’s seen the aforementioned Lunar Lander and Space Invaders become browser games, whilst galactic themed casino games can be played at Space Casino, as well as other providers. They offer a wide range of games, including slots based around numerous different themes, as well as live casinos where you can play classic games such as roulette with a live dealer online from the comfort of your own home.

Due to its awe-inspiring nature, it’s easy to see why space has such a universal appeal when it comes to games. With such a wide variety of games available, there’s sure to be something out there for everyone to enjoy, as well as new titles to get stuck into.