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 (1,824 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
47 of 65 people (72%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
139.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
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15 of 17 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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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 15
Very nice surprise, had it on wishlist for a while. Got and was shcoked when I saw the download size, less than 200meg. So almost lost hope, but when I got into it the game turned out to be remarkebly in depth. lots of goals and HUGE game system you can play with as you dominate a huge universe. Learning how to move the ships can be pretty horrid , especialy if you have sinus/equilibrium problems as the fluid movement can make you dizzy if you take things too fast..lol Highly recommend this game for it's amny fun and in depth aspects. Will most certianly be looking to get the new one when it comes out if it stays true to this formula

And as always a plue....they took the time to make a trading card set for us Badge/card collectors. Always an extra selling point!
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
At first I couldn't stand this game because the controls/ui were a little cryptic and "home made". But once you get past that stuff there are some really good mechanics at the core. The way the game occurs on different "scales" helps this space game not feel so empty (as many space games so often do).

At a large-scale, you are making choices about which system to go to and juggling faction reputation to gain all-important research.

At a mid-scale you are trying to build a diverse set of ships that can deal shield and hull damange.

And at a small-scale you are working with positioning and ship crews to gain an edge in fights.

All-around, an interesting take on the ARPG, and something you should at least consider buying.
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