The Battle Simulator is a hidden utility which uses the built-in combat engine to accurately simulate a single engagement between either two ships or one ship and one planet. It can be accessed from the screen opened by the VCR button on the left-side menu of the game dashboard.
The Battle Simulator utility has two screens. The first is a setup screen, which permits the user to select and modify the weapons and statistics of the two combatants. All variants of ship construction are selectable, including weapon loads and the player's race (to accurately simulate racial combat advantages ). Clicking the Run Sim button in the top right opens and activates the Simulator screen. This second screen uses a duplicate of the Host's combat engine to fight a mock engagement between your selections.