Zigfrak is a space-based action RPG, featuring missions, exploration, and crafting. With an emphasis on loot and over-the-top items, it's not a traditional space sim. Enemy ships explode like loot piñatas, spewing forth useful pickups.
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Mostly Positive (218 reviews) - 78% of the 218 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 1, 2012

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April 2

Price Bump: $8

Zigfrak's base price will be getting a bump from $4.99 to $7.99, pending Steam's approval of the change.

This is a long-planned change based on several factors. In a nutshell, running a small business in California is expensive, and indies should not undersell themselves. That's the cost of a free expansion!

We will be promoting the BBQ feature release to the main public branch soon, pending a little more fix-up of the things it broke.

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December 13, 2015

Backyard BBQ Open Beta is here!

Have a level 40 Zigfrak character with campaign completion? If so, you are cordially invited... to the Backyard BBQ Open Beta!

Visit the BBQ Beta sub-forum for all your Backyard BBQ needs.

To switch to the public test branch (Zigfrak 1.5), right-click on Zigfrak in your collection, and modify your opt-in status under the Betas tab. You may need to restart Steam to make sure it pulls down the right build. The download is about 260 megs, and the start screen says "Zigfrak v1.5.0".

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About This Game

Zigfrak is a space-based action RPG, featuring missions, exploration, and crafting. With an emphasis on loot and over-the-top items, it's not a traditional space sim. Enemy ships explode like loot piñatas, spewing forth useful pickups.

The game employs subtle humor to poke light at a dark situation -- a human civil war on a galactic scale, complicated by the invasion of technologically superior aliens. During the campaign, players encounter clues and artifacts which could reveal ancient secrets of humanity.

Features:

  • Fast-paced space battles
  • Tooth-grinding enemy encounters
  • Expansive open environment
  • Fun, variable gameplay
  • Ludicrous space loot
  • Hundreds of humorous missions
  • Craftable weapons and ammo upgrades

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Vista or newer
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB Graphics Card with Shader Model 4.0
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Required
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.6.8 or newer
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB Graphics Card with Shader Model 4.0
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Required
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu, Mint or similar
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB Graphics Card with Shader Model 4.0
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Required
Helpful customer reviews
36 of 40 people (90%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
29.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 9, 2015
The short review is buy the game, the dev is a hobby dev and you'll probably jump in and out of the game every now and then for your monthly Zigfrak fix. Which is good for addicits because something is always coming and everything adapts/levels with you so you'll need to adapt and change. Every battle is different.

I've a guide http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=232839816
I've a letsplay COMING

Though lets just think a minute ...


Do you care about reading dialogue ?
> if yes, Awesome. Buy this game . go explore and kill or whatever you want to do...while thinking about your decisions
> if no , Awesome. Buy this game . go explore and kill or whatever you want to do...while not thinking ... just destorying

Do you think you'd carry around that lvl 3 Quirky SmartAss Missile until your level 15 because it looks cool?
> if yes, heck yeah its awesome.
> if no, hey look, something else thats not just a reskin of other stuff with better stats but, actually a different item.

Have you seen a spaceship shoot homing mines that actually act as mines that act with proximity to targets?
> obviously not, becuase you're currently reading this review and you probably haven't played this game.

Ever wondered what it'd be like to be stealthed in the middle of a Five Faction Battle ?
> You get a stealth cloak in the third major quest.
Ever wondered how much loot that battle results in ?
> Its alot though you'll have grab what you want quick cos there are always scavagers and Enforcers about.

Ever battled your-AI-self?
> you will, it is a random event, one of you will die.
Confused Painful memorys?
> yeah, you've just killed your self, saving your past self from killing your future self. Yay future self.
You woke up?
> yeah, it was all a dream. Look out! Giant space bats are attacking you from the rear.


Been eaten by a god-like entity?
> you can do that, there is an epic 100 - 1 battle.

Ever played poker in-game against mob-bosses for control of sectors as well as cannolle?
> you can do that, watch them though cos Lenny cheats.
> Sammy the Rat is actually a Rat. you'll need to read that document you just received
Don't want to read?
> ♥♥♥♥ it kill them all and earn glory through bloodshed of possible poker cheaters.
Read the document in the end and had a good laugh?
> sadly i got the joke after killing all the mobsters ... [lie] "its in the mail"

Ever played hide and seek with a non-entity-entity?
> you can do that, it is fun.
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43 of 52 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2013
Picked this game up on a whim for $2.49 because I figured, "Why the hell not?" Let me say, I'm so glad I did! The combat is user-controlled and terrific, the equipment altering interface is very simplified yet is made complex by the innumerable additions and expansions found throughout the game. And if you like loot, well, this game has a TON of it. From someone who played Eve Online and found it to be rather droll and nigh impossible to be an effective addition to the world, Zigfrak "scratched that itch" for me in regards to free-roam space exploration games. I also really appreciate the physics of the game and how they are implemented to provide an engaging starfighter experience. Definitely recommend!
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59 of 79 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2013
Imagine the look and feel of Freespace combined with the mechanics of an ARPG and you will have a good idea of what Zigfrak is all about.

Years ago I was the 18th person to purchase the game and now that he has continued to pour a ton of work into the game and its now made it to Steam I hope that many of you purchase this absolutely spectacular game. I look forward to watching Zigfrak evolve more and more and its just going to get better. Congratulations Alex!

The game has extensive options so you can tweak the game to the point where its the best for your PC and there is only one thing that I wish would be added into the game, and that would be the ability to make the ingame text size larger. Its not crippling microfonts like some games but I wish I could bump it up a little. That being said do not let that discourage you from buying the game--the font is clear and not too tiny.

This is a game that you will be able to get MANY hours of enjoyment out of and if you don't purchase it you will be missing out on a great experience. The controls are wonderful and the interface is intuitive.
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37 of 43 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
22.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2014
Amazing totally underrated game. I have completely no experience of playing such galaxy-freeonroam games, but I had a lot of fun.

It includes brilliant OST, pretty good graphics and all that fits in less ~500 MB game size. It takes some time to learn how to play it, but it definitely worth it.

Must have.
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91 of 133 people (68%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2013
Released in late 2012 and just recently on steam comes Zigfrak. With a name seemingly produced by a name generator, Zigfrak is an action RPG set in space. The game drives the player through a single player story but the player is free to roam off the beaten trail to explore or engage in side-quests.

Zigfrak was a game that I wanted to like as I love space exploration action RPGs ever since Escape Velocity. Unfortunately, in my opinion suffers from some key flaws. Playing this game it's fairly obvious that this game borrows alot from MMOs such as World of Warcraft, which is not something I would necessarily want in a single player game. A lot of quests are tedious and uninteresting "go here and click on this" tasks. There's a lot of loot in the game to collect, which might generate some interest and motivation to play, but this mechanic feel a bit cheap. A lot of sidequests are collection questions that just involve collecting a specified amount of items and cashing them in for a reward.

Since this game is inspiried by MMOs I don't think it really respects the player's time; for example at one point the player must battle a spacestation with a friendly fleet. It took me nearly 45 minutes to deplete half of it's health.

Aside from this, the action is fairly average. The weapons don't have a particularly notable feel and I didn't get a sense that I was actually hitting a target. Instead I just held down the attack buttons until I saw the enemy's health bar lower.

To it's merit, when a 'hacking minigame' came up I was given the option to fight enemies instead. I aprpeciated the option to focus on the game's core gameplay instead of getting pulled off into some minigame.

In terms of production value, the graphics aren't anything to write home about and many things in the game simply don't have any sort of sound effect.

There is no USB controller support for this game.

If you like MMOs and space exploration RPGs and you want a single player game you might find this game fun, otherwise there are better options for you. I played this game a little over 3 hours, giving it a chance to get me interested but it failed to really inspire me to play.

Score: 5/10
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