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 (1,710 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
28 of 29 people (97%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
74.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2014
When I first got SPAZ, I remember playing about 5 minutes and just not being interested; I never gave it a chance and now I really regret my initial judgements.
Space Pirates and Zombies is a top-down, twin stick style shooter set in a randomly generated solar system. You operate out of a main “mothership” and tackle quests and missions piloting smaller craft alongside AI Wingmen. The combat is difficult, but rewardingly so, and requires thought and sound tactics especially at the later stages of the game. I definitely judged this book by it’s cover when it was first released, but it is certainly no run of the mill twin stick shooter.
The RPG elements are shockingly deep; you gain levels, rescue crew specialists upgrade weapons, collect ship designs, outfit your wingmen, and participate in a simple but very effective economy trading rez (currency), goons (crew) and data (xp).
Visually the art is great, lots of vibrant colors, really unique ship designs, combat effects are satisfyingly meaty, characters are well drawn and the dialogue, while crude, is interesting and humorous.
The only issue I have come across is playing SPAZ via in home streaming. Considering the visual fidelity of the game, it seems like my gaming rig has an abnormally hard time encoding the video of it. I’ve found that using “DirectX Compatibility” and “Capture Mouse” helps make it playable, but there are still numerous visual artifacts and glitching seen on the remote computer.
Overall a brilliant game, and I’m truly looking forward to the sequel!
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17 of 19 people (89%) 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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20 of 32 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2014
The game started out sounding very nice.
It sounded, and looked, from the trailers, to be very enjoyable.
Then I bought it and played for a little while.
The concepts are all there, they're all done as well as can be expected, and, if it were paced a little better, the game would be pretty good.
The problem is right there, though - pacing. Half of the time I was playing, I was just mining rocks to try and get more money to upgrade my ships. When I finally managed to get into combat, my enemies would take a small amount of damage and just run from me. Over half of my combat time was chasing down enemies in the vast nothingness that exists everywhere in search of that one last ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ needed to complete the mission.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
156.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 7, 2014
Great game

Worth every hour of playing. If you are into simple not complicated 2D space shooters it's game for you. There's a lot of humor mainly in text (unfortunately) but it won't make this game worse.
  • fully customizable ships. You can equip your ship as you like it: (engines, armor, energy shield, any weapon slot, add-ons, crew)
  • every ship in this game is different and almost all obtainable so you won't fly with the same thing until you find the best one
  • easy controls, use WSAD and mouse (Yes you control ship by yourself) ;]
  • not enough resources, or crew? No problem destroy UTA, Civilian station. You also don't have to buy technology from any station, you are the pirate ARRRRRRR :D
  • fight like gladiator with your ship in Bounty Hunters arena
I like the zombie infection idea it reminds me Beast from Homeworld: Cataclysm.

Overall 9/10
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5 of 6 people (83%) 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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3 of 3 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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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
66.0 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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2 of 2 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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2 of 2 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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1 of 1 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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1 of 1 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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1 of 1 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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
27.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2014
Build a ship, customize a ship, build another ship, crash both ships. You'll never get tired of drifting through the wonderfully atmosphere world of SPAZ, where there are plenty of zombies to kill and goons to space.
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1 of 1 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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2 of 3 people (67%) 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
42.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 2014
It's a pretty gun game overall. Sometimes the difficulty curve isn't as smooth as it could be, and late game can be kind of a grind, but when the difficulty is JUUUUUUST right it's super fun.
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2 of 3 people (67%) 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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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
28.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2014
Is a good game
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
17.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 20, 2014
Thought this was great!....then tedium set in...
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
64.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 3
I do not recommend this game because it is so much work and so little fun. Grindy and unrewarding. Invest the hours in something more fun. Sheesh I though it would never end, really really had to force myself through it.
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