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.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (217 reviews) - 79% of the 217 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 1, 2012

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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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August 22, 2015

Backyard BBQ Talent Preview

/throws down hammer, for no reason.

Backyard BBQ's talents are 100% feature complete, and apparently working (cross your toes.) There is undoubtedly some balancing and tweakage much later down the road-- especially once players start kicking the tires, but for now, I'm calling this a major milestone. There are just a few more gaps to fill in before releasing a test candidate for those who have opted in for beta releases. Best case is a few weeks out. Worst case is heat death of universe. So close.

As a reminder, we're doing a feature release first (just features, no major content changes.) A public test build for the feature release is what's close. An engine update will follow, and finally, the expansion content will hit. These are further out. I don't mean to sell the feature release short, though, this bugger is huge.

A full writeup of all the available talents is now available here:


There are a great number of cherry picked dev screenshots on the @zigfrak twitter feed, check them out and give us a follow!


Thank you for flying with Zigfrak. We know you have your choice of space games to fly with, and your decision to fly with Zigfrak brings us a warm fuzzy every time. Also, radiation sickness.

Zigfrak Dev

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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.


  • 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

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
16 of 22 people (73%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
50.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 24, 2015
"A shoot-and-loot action RPG in space!"
Well, honestly, it is not as much RPG as I hoped. And certainly, that's not an Elite. You fly in space, that's for sure. And there could be a lot of shooting and yeah, looting. Problem is, the thing you're flying on, it's like smoothing-iron. A drag.
And space... well, that's a thing where you can easily be lost. In a bad way.
Being a fan of indie projects, I admire Zigfrak. I see very much effort a single man put in this game. And being a fan of open-worlds and RPG... I'm scared and depressed. Space. Such a lonely place. I will tell my kids, that being an astronaut is not such a good idea. I'd better encourage them to become firefighters.

Space - check, many of loot - check, crafting - check, shooting - check. In short, that game does everything it promises. And the game is still updating! The developer is adding new stuff now and then, fixing some issues. Cool man!

Controls are not perfect, but acceptable. But the fact you need to control that Thing which is called spaceship here... makes me wish to return to Darkstar. And to bring flowers on the memorial of Yuri Gagarin.
Also, I repeat, space is just a vacuum, there is no life in there. And even with all abilities and challenges that game gives you... You'll probably be bored and distracted very soon.
Well, maybe not. I'm just not a space sim guy, so I'm pretty biased here.

Give it a shot, if you do not afraid of a slow flight in the emptyness between stars. My score is 6.7/10.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
44.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 9, 2015
This is definitly a underestimated game.
The beginning seemed a bit extreme because the impact of flashes and effects tends to cause additional panic on the battlefield. But as soon as the player realizes, that it is not as critical as it seem,s it begins to make real fun. This game lives of the extremes! The missions are quite interesting and different (more than go to and rescue protect or kill XYZ). Many interesting kinds of tasks ensure that even the last missions and the engame (after campaign) are still interesting and entertaining. The graphics are unique and due its overload of effects really beautiful. The huge amount of different weapons hava LOTS of different graphics, behaviors and effects!!!!! I suggest to grind during the campaign some time outside of the missions to get the level a bit up and shorten in this way the time to the alien stuff (the way seems a bit long, but you need to get the requirement just once and not for every item and stronger weapons in later game shorten the way even more). For people, who like to loot, this game is definitly worth buying.
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36 of 39 people (92%) found this review helpful
14 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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58 of 76 people (76%) 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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42 of 51 people (82%) found this review helpful
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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