Found a great little game for under $10 on Steam.
Was made from a kickstarter project and although the graphics are basic, the gameplay is very engrossing and addictive.
I'd consider it more of a ship management sim than a space combat sim. There is no dog fighting as such but you have to keep on top of a lot of systems. Crew members rush around to put out fires or repel hostile boarding parties, etc... It's also very unforgiving. No going back a few saves. Dead is DEAD.
At $9 it's less than the cost of a movie ticket and will probably entertain you for longer than 90 minutes.
How much "saving" is involved in saving the galaxy? I'm all for scifi sims, but I like more mellow and mercenary premises.
Well the premise is that you are carrying information vital to the "federation" and are being chased by "the rebels". You are followed by an ever advancing rebel fleet so you are forced to constantly move forward. You have to get through 8 "sectors" to get to the end boss (I have yet to do that on Normal mode). Even with the ever advancing rebel fleet after you, I never felt pressed or under the gun time-wise.
Plot wise that's about it.
You can run your ship however you see fit, deal with pirates, slavers civilians or w/e however you see fit.
Watch the review, it gives a good idea what gameplay is like.
This is an extraordinarily good game.
It's also going for a ridiculous $2.50 on GOG at the moment. You can get it from the developer's website for the same price with a Steam key if you want it on there.
HOTLINE MIAMI, the other major indie success of last year, is also just $3.33 on GOG.