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.
Nice 2D graphics
Non-linear gameplay, high replayability
Easy to learn, difficult to master
Lots of ships to discover
Combat can be frustrating at higher difficulties
Becomes repetitive at times
Posted: November 28th, 2013