George Doss reminded us that we haven't yet mentioned Galaxy on Fire 2 for iOS. It's a recent follow-up to the extremely popular original and is the current go-to space sim for mobile devices. Comparisons to Elite and Privateer abound. The game is full of ship customization options, a rich commodity trading economy and a huge universe to explore. Textures snap up in high resolution on the iPhone 4 or iPad, and a single $9.99 purchase enables the game for both. A "lite" version is also available to try for free. Galaxy on Fire is available in the App Store.
Featuring a living galaxy with over 20 inhabited solar systems and 100 space stations, Galaxy on Fire 2 allows you to travel using hyperspace and wormholes to visit the far reaches of this fully 3D, war-torn galaxy.
Follow the rich and engrossing storyline for over 10-hours of action-packed gameplay, or head off at any time on an interplanetary journey of your own design; mining asteroids, trading ore and supplies, taking on mercenary missions, working as a pirate and manufacturing new weapons and equipment.
Buy and customize more than 30 different types of space ship to aid you in a variety of heart-pounding missions, including escorting convoys under pirate attack, capturing intergalactic criminals, rescuing alien VIPs, transporting valuable goods between systems, commanding mercenaries on dangerous tactical assignment, and recovering alien technology from distant parts of the galaxy.