Obtaining and running Frontier Elite 2/Frontier First Encounters

Frontier Elite 2 was released in 1993 and Frontier First Encounters was released in 1995. Therefore, these games are not easy to get hold of. However, as both have now been released as shareware by Frontier Developments, you can run them on your computer quite easily and for a very small cost.

Frontier Elite 2

Frontier Elite 2 - PC

• Download the shareware version of FE2 from FrontierAstro If you continue to play this game for more than 30 days you should send a 5 registration fee to Frontier Developments

• Frontier Elite 2 may run on your computer simply by double-clicking on the game icon. If not, you will need to refer to the read-me file included in the download.

• A good alternative is to visit the Frontier Elite 2 DOSBox Page. There you can download a program which sets up a DOS environment on your desktop. This is an effective way of getting FE2 to run on those machines - usually running Windows XP - which refuse to co-operate with any other method.

There is now a hi-res version of FE2 which can be run on modern PCs. A complete guide to obtaining and playing this game can be found at the glFrontier page.

Frontier Elite 2 - Commodore Amiga

• Download the shareware version of FE2 from FrontierAstro If you continue to play this game for more than 30 days you should send a 5 registration fee to Frontier Developments

• The ADF file in the download should work both on an Amiga, and on an Amiga emulator such as WinUAE

Frontier Elite 2 - Atari ST

• Download the shareware version of FE2 from FrontierAstro If you continue to play this game for more than 30 days you should send a 5 registration fee to Frontier Developments

• The ST file in the download should work both on an Atari, and on an Atari emulator such as Steem



Frontier First Encounters

FFE was released on floppy disk and CD back in 1995; the only difference being the Full Motion Video on the CD version. This is not present in the shareware download so if you want this particular feature you will need to obtain a copy of the actual game CD.

Frontier First Encounters - PC

• Download the shareware version of FFE from FrontierAstro If you continue to play this game for more than 30 days you should send a 5 registration fee to Frontier Developments

• Visit the Frontier First Encounters DOSBox Page. There you can download a program which sets up a DOS environment on your desktop. This is an effective way of getting FFE to run on modern Windows-based machines.

• Shareware FFE still has some bugs remaining, so download JJ-FFE which is a replacement for the main executable FFE file. Then simply copy it into your FFE game directory and run it from there. It is compatible with all versions of Windows and almost all the bugs have been removed. This file is not a replacement for the entire game; you will still need to download shareware FFE first. If you don't do this, many features will be unavailable, such as the newspapers, music etc.

There is now a hi-res version of FFE called FFED3D which can be run on modern PCs. A complete guide to obtaining and playing this game can be found at the FFED3D page.

Frontier First Encounters - Apple Mac

• First Encounters can now be played on an Apple Mac thanks to MacFFE, which is an adaptation of JJFFE for the PC

• If you haven't already, register an account at Space Sim Central (it's free) and use the WP File Manager in your profile area. The file you want is in the JJFFE folder



Originals of FE2 and FFE

• FE2 and FFE were released in the good old days of PC gaming, when games came in large boxes rather than the uniform DVD boxes of today. Both games were crammed with manuals, story books, posters etc and are much sought after by Frontier fans

• The only reliable way of obtaining these now is searching for Frontier Elite on Ebay Usually there will be a number of copies of FE2 and a few copies of FFE for sale. Read the ad carefully (don't get the Amiga version of FE2 if you haven't got an Amiga to run it on!) and place a bid if you see something you like. Expect to pay more for the CD versions of each game, even though CD FE2 is identical to floppy FE2 bar a few foreign language versions. CD FFE has the FMV, though that has amusement value only!

• FE2 should have the following items present:-
Game Box
2 floppies or 1 CD
Frontier Manual
Stories of Life on the Frontier
Gazetteer
Fold-Out Galactic Map
Quick Start Guide


• FFE should have the following items present:-
Game Box
3 floppies or 1 CD
Frontier FFE Manual
Further Stories of Life on the Frontier
Icon Menu / Installation Guide