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Release Date: Aug 15, 2011
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“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 the 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.

PC System Requirements

    • 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

Mac System Requirements

    • 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
28 of 30 people (93%) found this review helpful
264 products in account
10 reviews
37.6 hrs on record
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.
Posted: December 8th, 2013
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22 of 27 people (81%) found this review helpful
310 products in account
10 reviews
26.7 hrs on record
This game is one of the best games I ever played. The story is nice, simple and well made. But too short. At least they tried to expand it with missions between every story mission. The gameplay is also simple, but full of fun. The graphics are pretty awesome compared to a lot of other games. Nice details and animations. And all those little features. It's funny to see how people pop out of a shell. Too bad this game has no multiplayer. Would be much fun.
At least it offers long-term fun with some pretty achievements. And some of them are really hard.
And even if it becomes boring there are mods to expand the fun. Or you just generate a new universe and enjoy another run.
All in one it's totally worth the money.

Story: 7/10
Gameplay: 9/10
Graphics: 8/10
Physics&Mechanics: 9/10
Multiplayer: none
Achievements: 9/10
Long-Term Fun: 10/10
Posted: November 27th, 2013
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
75 products in account
1 review
70.6 hrs on record
This is a rare gem. Next time I look at a space shooter game, this will be a comparison.
Your ships are fully customizeable, reactors, shields, engine, armor, weapons, you choose whether it'll be powerful but sluggish or nimble but less powerful.
It has upgrades, though higher leveled doesn't mean better - it depend on your playing strategy about how using it.
And of course it has lots of things to blast including starbases if you don't want to pay those upgrades.
Posted: December 5th, 2013
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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
428 products in account
34 reviews
78.1 hrs on record
SPAZ is one hell of an action & strategy game, with you taking command a small ship to eventually a large capital ship you'll be roaming the galaxy, attacking or working with 2 factions and even bounty hunters. Amazing game, if you're a fan of any strategy or top-down action shooters this is a must have!
Posted: October 25th, 2013
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
288 products in account
1 review
106.2 hrs on record
You are a group of mercenaries, traveling through randomly generated galaxy, gathering resources - actually there is only one main resource - "rez". You're trying to reach the galaxy core to discover the origin of "rez". That's how the story looks like, pretty simplistic, but by no means boring. SPAZ is almost completely non-linear - You can visit a lot of galaxy sectors without touching the main storyline.

Gameplay reminds me of another great game "Escape Velocity Nova". You build ships, gather resources, research new technologies, fight against 4 game factions - Civilians, UTA, Zombies and sometimes Bounty Hunters. Built-in tutorial is all You need to learn basics of SPAZ.

SPAZ features top-down 2D graphics, and I find it a big advantage - everything is nice and simple. Sounds are also good, music nicely blends into the gameplay.

To sum this up - If you're a fan of space games, at least try SPAZ - it's a true gem among the genre.

PROS:
Nice 2D graphics
Non-linear gameplay, high replayability
Easy to learn, difficult to master
RPG elements
Lots of ships to discover

CONS:
Combat can be frustrating at higher difficulties
Becomes repetitive at times
Posted: November 28th, 2013
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