There was a top-down space exploration game back in the 90s. I don't remember much about it except that it used the Shareware model (I thought it might have been Apogee, but nothing on their wiki page rang a bell) and I played the everloving shit out of the free portion of the game. In my memory it looks sort of like Escape Velocity Nova, but it can't have been the original EV because this was PC not Mac. Any ideas?

Other than that, I really need to stop reading threads that get me interested in new games and game genres that I haven't much played why I'm trying to take part in NNGFAY.