Explore a randomly generated Galaxy populated with factions, enemies, missions, and items providing you with a unique experience each time you play.
User reviews: Very Positive (1,725 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 15, 2011

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Recommended By Curators

"Very fun, very arcady....though dieing can be extremly costly. This game is a soft grind, doing repeatable type quests while painting a map."

Reviews

“The developers are planning to continue expanding the game in the future, but why wait? It's already great now…”
9/10 – Atomic Gamer
“But suffice to say Space Pirates and Zombies isn't just a grand open-world space action RPG in the tradition of Star Control. It's also a rare expression of zombies that belongs alongside Dead Rising and Atom Zombie Smasher.”
A – Gameshark
“It’s a very solid game that is obviously made out of passion and is a great example of the indie renaissance we’ve been experiencing lately. In my opinion, it’s one of the best things that $15 can buy.”
90/100 – RTS Guru

About This Game

At its core, Space Pirates and Zombies is an action based, skill oriented, top down space combat game. It’s similar to the ones we knew and loved in years past, but now using full physics simulation and modern graphics for those oh so pretty explosions. But as you dig deeper, SPAZ becomes much more.
Instead of flying a single ship, you are in charge of an ever growing and evolving fleet, unlocking the rich tactical elements of SPAZ, all accessed at the touch of a button. Issue orders, change ships, apply fleet AI settings, all on the fly. At any moment the battle can change, and the Tactics Panel gives you the tools to make the battle turn in your favor.
As a layer on top of the action and tactics, we have a detailed technology and levelup system akin to what you would expect from an RPG. Learn to build new ships by destroying your enemies. Explore the galaxy to find components, use your hard earned research points to unlock their potential, and then customize every aspect of your new fleet.
Finally, there is the universe in which all this strife and adventure takes place. SPAZ features a persistent randomly generated Galaxy populated with story elements, factions, enemies, missions, items, to provide you with a unique experience each time you play. While you are struggling to survive, uncover the secret of an ever expanding Zombie infestation that spreads by establishing its own real time multi-tiered ecosystem.

Key features:

  • 33 ships to research, build, outfit and pilot.
  • 70 unique components to discover and customize your fleet’s performance.
  • Totally physics based combat system.
  • Fight Zombie infestations, battling a full zombie ecosystem comprising four stages of un-life.
  • Explore a persistent randomly generated galaxy containing hundreds of star systems.
  • Freedom to explore the galaxy and take on challenges at your own pace.
  • Aid, flee, or exploit the warring factions in each star system.
  • The unique event system lets the player change the balance of power in any star system
  • Carefully spend your hard earned research points on hundreds of upgrades across 15 categories.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows 7/XP/Vista
    • Processor: 2.5 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB Available System Memory
    • Hard Disk Space: 250 MB Available HD Space
    • Video Card: 256MB 3D DirectX 9 Compatible video card
    • DirectX®: 9.0
    • Additional: OpenGL: 3.0
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later
    • Processor: Intel Core Duo Processor (1.8GHz or better)
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 500 MB Free Space
Helpful customer reviews
23 of 26 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
64.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 27
I finished this game in 64 hours. That wasn't a wasted time, not at all. Because I like tactical strategies and I like RPGs. This game is mainly strategy with active pause. RPG elements is mostly for technical purposes like skills and leveling. So don't expect tons of talking.
But be prepared for tons of space explosions, destroyed and captured star bases, lasers, missiles, dozens of skills, upgrades, ships and all that stuff which should be in game like that. Yes, this game has it all. And all of that in open, procedurally generated world.

VERDICT:
If you like space adventures, you will like this one.
If you don't, better change your mind.
If you really don't, why the hell did you start to read this at all?
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
169.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 14
Definitely the strongest point for me was the atmospheric nature of this game which pushed me to complete it twise. The combat gets more exciting after you level up, get larger ships and stronger weapons. It has some strategy elements and the combat will require you to have proper ship set, timing, aiming and moving if you want to complete it on harder difficulties. I personally had some troble getting used to the moving system, but it became natural after little bit.
Unfortunately the story isn't great and the whole moving from system to system gets repetitive after a while because of small amount of intriguing encounters, yet that serves as a push to try new things, like different ship and weapon sets or different relations between forses. In the end it gets you even more interested in it.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
40.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2014
Brings back fond memories of Star Control. Loved every bit of it!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
122.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2014
Great time waster, fun story line. Enjoyed this game quite a bit.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
67.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 8, 2014
as a first time player i must say this is an excellent 2d space shooter with rpg elements... 4 directional thrusters and an all stop button.with the upgradeable ships and the massive starchart, i look forward to spaz 2 in multiplayer.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2014
8/10
Something new and rare. Gets stale after a while but other than that its great.

Could need more story/dialog since you'll feel really alone in space sometimes what makes
it very lengthy/long-winded. Yet Im already waiting for the second installment of this series.
Not bad at all. Recommended for action/strategy fans.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
130.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
Customization and privateering. Looking forward to SPAZ 2
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
139.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW!

....(Mining)....

PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
37.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
Really Nice Game well thought through , having hour's of fun Great Workv !
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
42.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
This 2D space shooter gives you quick, fun gameplay and ship modification that allows for unique approaches to beating the game's many challenges. Overall it isn't all too complicated, and would make a great game for those who aren't looking for something complicated for the sake of being complicated.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 19
This game is very expansive and may get a while for new players to figure out how stuff works, however if you invest time into this game you can find it very fun because you get to customize ships, upgrade thing,etc. This does require grinding levels, so if you don't have time to keep repeating quests, start out in a smaller universe.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 10
SPAZ is a fun space strategy game with nice graphics and satisfying gameplay. I recommend to anyone who likes the genre. 7/10
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
66.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
A very enjoyable game. Reminds me of Star Control, but now with the freedom to mod your ship. Tons of different hull types to pick from and a variety of modules to fill them with.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 4
One of best, if not the best game in genere. Great game for on-the-go devices(laptops, netbooks).
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
23.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2014
good fun cant wait for the new one
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
Very very fun and so much to do. I also really like the simple but nice looking graphics.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
184.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
great game to play helps me to lose myself in the game at least lol cant wait till the second one comes out
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68 of 78 people (87%) found this review helpful
24.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 9, 2014
SPAZ is an awesome game, you gather resources and manage your own fleet of starships, everything can be customized, from engines to missiles. Took me about 22 hours to finish the campaign, the map is huge, the more you explore the more ships and technologies you unlock, and to complete the package the game support mods, you can simply download a Star Trek or Battlestar Galactica mod that will customize all your ships!
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58 of 64 people (91%) found this review helpful
37.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 8, 2013
SPAZ does almost everything right as a 2D arcade space shooter. The game is fun, features a considerably deep ship designer; as challenging as you wish it to be and it looks good. The low points are the dialogue, which is thankfully sparse; early balance (good luck getting anywhere if you choose to research beam weapons instead of cannons!); lack of information regarding the effectiveness of your ship design and, for some, though not for me, the control scheme. These issues, however, do not detract from the experience in a significant way. 8/10, looking forward to the sequel.
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40 of 44 people (91%) found this review helpful
19.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 9, 2014
Awesome top-down shooter space game! Free space to fly with highly customizable spacecraft. Lots of tech-tree skills to upgrade and tons of weapons, ship components, hull to discover. Gorgeous graphic makes combat seem so cool!
Definitely a masterpiece for a 2-man work!

Generally review:
+Gorgeous graphic
+Random generated space system and events
+Highly customizable space ship
+Various skill trees
+Command a whole fleet with tactical view
+Fractions, and more, such as zombies and bounty hunters


超棒的俯視射擊太空遊戲!高自由度的太空世界與完全可自訂的太空船,大量可升級的科技樹技能與多樣武器裝備等待發掘,而精美的畫面讓戰鬥看起來更加酷炫!
以兩人開發的遊戲來看絕對是一款佳作!

簡評:
+精緻畫質
+隨機生成的宇宙星系與事件
+高度可自訂船艦
+多樣技能樹
+使用戰術地圖指揮整個艦隊
+派系勢力,還有殭屍和賞金獵人

完整的中文心得與介紹
http://www.ptt.cc/bbs/Steam/M.1407589912.A.759.html
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