Explore a randomly generated Galaxy populated with factions, enemies, missions, and items providing you with a unique experience each time you play.
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Mixed (11 reviews) - 63% of the 11 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (2,137 reviews) - 92% of the 2,137 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Aug 15, 2011

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May 14

SPAZ 2 is coming May 17th 10am PDT, $19.99US and a 10% launch discount

Here is a trailer and a 50 minute gameplay video to get you all prepared.

Please don't forget to tell your friends!

Trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MY_-rIzTMIc

Game Demo/Training:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34G6moZ1BBg

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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
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Myssiv
27.8 hrs
Posted: September 23
This is such an amazingly well built game. It invents a whole new genre by blending classic RPG, top down shooter, and space sim perfectly. Definitely thumbs up for this one.
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Paar'nãhvîx
3.6 hrs
Posted: September 10
Not Recommended !
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Ghost in the Shell
1.5 hrs
Posted: September 8
I liek getting spaced out.
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Peanut Butter Jelly Knight
16.3 hrs
Posted: September 8
Great game would totally recommend!
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dead_inside
22.3 hrs
Posted: September 7
Tried to get into the game but found it very boring.
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JayVee
80.9 hrs
Posted: September 4
Just not as good as escape velocity.
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kingofhobos3
2.7 hrs
Posted: September 4
this is another crap 2d space rpg, cant get a refund because i played a little over 2 hours.

dont get this game
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
221.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 31
SPAZ aptly named as the game play is crazy and adictive. Careful not to put it on hardest difficulty as it is hard and ends up a bit grindy if you have max stars. Otherwise fight for you rights in this galaxy exploring ship combats simulator where you customise almost everything!
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 27
SPAZ is a fantastic example of a game that nither takes itself seriously nor cares what you think. Its a fantastic and fun SCI Fi Cyber punk game with a grat sountrack and tons of humor. If you want something to play all the way through or just to flip on when you are bored, then SPAZ is definitely a great choice.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
56.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 13
I really enjoyed this game - fun, quirky and progresses at a good rate. Some good RPG elements that can sometimes be overshadowed by spam building spaceships and just throwing them at the enemy, hoping it will be enough.
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
34.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 8
This game is cool.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
92 of 98 people (94%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
92.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 15, 2015
“I prefer face-to-face conversations. In case the situation turns bad, I know exactly who needs to be blown up.”

Space Pirates and Zombies (SPAZ) is a hybrid 2-D space simulation crossed with a real-time strategy game developed by the company Minmax Games with emphasis on combat mechanics and tactics.

Atmosphere & presentation:

+ Large amount of ships with creative designs guarantee a lot of variety and enable a corresponding learning curve.
+ The salvage and mining mechanics keep up the motivation to explore new star systems.
+ Size and mass of ships influence movement and inertia of each vehicle.
+ Late game introduces an ever shifting equilibrium of power.

o The faction system adds an interesting dimension to the game, but it has little impact on the behaviour or decision making of the player.

- Amount of side missions and randomly generated events throughout the galaxy are limited and repetitive.
- The musical background lacks variety.

Combat & gameplay:

+ Fluent combat mechanics create a dynamic battlefield with focus on tactical positioning.
+ Each ship offers different customization options for weapon and auxiliary systems, which benefits the tactical spectrum of the game.
+ Easy-to-learn-but-hard-to-master skill tree challenges the player to gain more experience.
+ Late game requires a more strategic approach of the evolving situation.

o Everything on the map can be attacked and destroyed.

Characters & story:

+ Story telling has a surprising and refreshing twist.
+ Well done integration and development of the zombie threat.

o Stereotypical portrayal of characters.

- Very little voice acting during the entire game.

Summary:

Minmax Games succeeded in creating a well-rounded game with only a few rough edges. SPAZ delivers much more action and tactics than one might expect of this indie title. The urge to unlock the next ship class, spending points on the elaborate skill tree or collecting credits for the next weapon upgrade will keep you up late into the night. And the entertaining zombie plot will come around the corner when you least expect it.

Achievements:

Estimated time for 100 % completion: +50 hours

Singleplayer achievements: 48
Multiplayer achievements: none

Chronology:

Space Pirates and Zombies 2 (PC)
3-D space simulation + real-time strategy
(Science-Fiction) – Planed release in 2016

Space Pirates and Zombies (PC)
2-D space simulation + real-time strategy
(Science-Fiction) – 2011
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62 of 68 people (91%) found this review helpful
18 people found this review funny
Recommended
64.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 27, 2015
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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69 of 79 people (87%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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59 of 65 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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61 of 72 people (85%) found this review helpful
81 people found this review funny
Recommended
356.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
Gets repetitive after 350+ hours :'(
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40 of 44 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
52.1 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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