ThreadSpace: Hyperbol is an action-strategy game set in the distant future. Players battle each other on roads in space as they pilot massive ships capable of firing a wide variety of weapons. Create defenses, coordinate with your team, and launch an assault against your opponents to achieve victory!
User reviews: Mostly Positive (29 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 12, 2007
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"This one's a winner" - Ars Technica

"It's very tactical, it's highly polished and we can pretty much guarantee you've never played anything quite like it. 8 out of 10" - Games Radar

"9 out of 10" - Hooked Gamers

About This Game

ThreadSpace: Hyperbol is an action-strategy game set in the distant future. Players battle each other on roads in space as they pilot massive ships capable of firing a wide variety of weapons. Create defenses, coordinate with your team, and launch an assault against your opponents to achieve victory!
  • Countless strategies: Over 30 unique projectiles are at your disposal to attack the enemy, fortify your defenses, and assist your allies.
  • Tactical team play: Coordinate with a team of players to defeat your opponents where every player can have unique strengths and weaknesses. Up to 16 players online.
  • Customizable ships: Acquire ships to control and customize their design by selecting different parts and colors. Customize the way your ship behaves by installing new components that alter its attributes.
  • Persistent universe: Play as a character you create that can gain levels and credits. Purchase new ships and components with the credits you earn to truly distinguish your character in the universe.
  • Online ladder system: Compete against other players online and see who the best pilots are. Earn rewards for being on top.
  • Awards: Demonstrate your skill by earning in-game awards like "Bounty Hunter" and "Combat Mastery".
  • Voice communication: Talk to your team to plan your attacks and coordinate your abilities.
  • Create custom maps: Make your own maps with the Map Editor to play them online and with your friends.

System Requirements

    Minimum: Windows 2000/XP/Vista, DirectX9.0c or higher, Graphics Accelerator with 32-bit color support (DirectX9-Supported Accelerator recommended), 1.0GHz or faster processor, 256MB of RAM, 400MB of hard disk space
Helpful customer reviews
9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1,248.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 5
Hyperbol is a truly awesome unique game. It has a tutorial which you can play in offline mode or you can join players online.

Support 10/10
This game is still actively supported by the developer. I got a response in a very short time on their discussion forums.

Graphics 8/10

Graphics are unique and interesting.

Sounds and Music 9/10

Sounds and graphics are near perfect for its genre.

Gameplay 9/10

Gameplay is awesome. Always something interesting and it is enough that you will be enjoying it for months to come.

Fun 9/10

Have a lot of spare time because it is fun and somewhat addicting.


Price: I have over 750 hours online with this game so I have to say that the price is definintely good for the amount of fun that you will be getting out of the game.

Bugs and Execution: Occassionally server connection time outs but the game it self has no bugs and runs flawlessly on XP , and windows 7. (I have not tested it on windows 8 or 8.1)

Overall : This game is awesome and worth the price. Take the tutorial and practice a little in offline mode before jumping into action with real players.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2014
I havn't played this game to it's full extent yet but even though I was only able to play skirmish mode (due to lack of players being online), I still love this game.

I wish I played it back in it's heydey because the concept behind this is awesome. Multiple players on the same team are able to have different vehicles. Each vehicle has a moving/shooting/guarding sort of system. You can upgrade these systems accordingly right at the beginning or throughout the game. Careful though, when you do die you do have to upgrade your system again. Right click enables the aim, left click shoots, and space engages the weapon/defense at your will. You can move as you shoot, however moving is done in increments and there is a "refill gas" gauge indicating after moving that a certain amount of time is needed to recover and move again. Shooting is made easier by pressing the number 1 to scroll quicker through the weapons.

If this game is on sale BUY IT! This is a game I'd hate to see be called a graveyard as it isn't because there is a lot here.

PM me if you have this game and want to play!

Rating : 7.8/10.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
37.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 30
After over 10 hours of playing ThreadSpace Hyperbol I feel ready to slowly post a review here.

First of all, TSHB is a polished game, much more so than any other game I've laid my eyes on yet (barring maybe SPAZ considering it has similarly active developers and good support).
I've encountered a few bugs, but given that I seem to be very alone with those bugs it might be something about my system. I've written in the forums and the dev has replied very fast, for a game with pretty much 8 years on it's back that's really something special.

What about the lack of human players? To be honest, there are a bunch of active players, so it's just about getting on at the same time as those. Just post or look on the forums, add the right persons and you're set to have some fun with human players. Not right any second you'd like to but it's really not that much of an issue. And then there is the hyper hour every saturday, during which the game is freely playable with the demo, and apparently at that time there are a lot more players.

The gameplay itself is really smooth and nice. Very often I have the feeling that certain things in games work wrong or weird, or that this and that is just not really my fault. In TSHB? If I die it's either because I'm facing too many enemies at once or because I make mistakes, it's as simple as that. There are no lethal glitches or the likes and the physics system is very straightforward, reliable and understandable.

The tutorials are also made with great care, they're short, fun, and teach you most though not quite everything you should know. Bonus points for having voices in the tutorials which aren't annoying one bit.

I can recommend getting this game, even if it is 8 years old. I got it vastly reduced myself, and to be honest I wouldn't pay the full price because it'd be more money than I can comfortably spend right now, but the game is worth it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 17
The community is dead, so I am writing this review based on when it was alive. This was fantastic and original game. The array of weapons had unique advantages and disadvantages. Many weapons interacted with many others, allowing you to shoot at enemies in crazy ways. I remember bouncing a hyperbol off of a repulsor with a left spin, and it deflected outwards and around a wall, hitting an enemy.

It's a shame it's over.
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19 of 22 people (86%) found this review helpful
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2013
By far one of my favourite games. Extremely tactical, some reflexes required, very skill based, some RPG elements and a massive multiplayer meta-campaign. It was way ahead of its time. I feel it would've shined if it was released these days. I wish more people will get it so there'd be someone to play against!
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 18, 2014
Pre-Release Review
This game is pretty amazing. If you can get some friends together, there's nothing finer than this. The skill ceiling is extremely high, and the variation of crafts and loadouts adds to the depth.

It's a real shame this game didn't take off. Glad I got to be there in the beginning when there was an active community. Some of my greatest gaming memories. Huge shame this didn't take off.
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16 of 23 people (70%) found this review helpful
30.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2013
I love the game, but there's hardly anyone to play with. =(
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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 13, 2014
It would be nice if there were people to play it against. If you buy it, coerce your friends to do the same. Honestly, most of the negative reviews are about how there aren't really players at all times - it's kinda unfair against the game.

BY THE WAY: If you are reading this, there is a chance that I'm still giving out free copies of this game. Check on the forums (discussion board) for the thread with the details.
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 9, 2012
This is literally the saddest story in my steam library. This awesome game went from hundreds of people playing it during the open beta - every server full, every new server instantly filling - to dead in months. Why? Price. Hyperbol was $20 for most of its lifespan, and while it's still not technically dead, it's still also not $5. This game would have been a tremendous success had it come out as a F2P game (something Steam didn't support back in 2007) but instead the developers were stubborn and steadfast in killing their own game.

There is literally no reason for this to be more than $5 right now. I say that as someone who waited for the pre-purchase to end in 2007 so that I could pay the full price for the game. It was worth $20 then, but now? Well, there's not a single active game to be found, unless you like playing with half-baked AI. Should this ever go on sale for less than $2, I'm buying it for 20 people on my friends list. Take that as you will.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
Posted: November 3, 2012
This game is surprisingly fun, combines genres in a way I haven't really seen before or since and is really an unappreciated gem. You should at least go look for some videos of it and play the demo!

Alas, the servers are usually quite empty now, but there should still be a small nugget of community left who organise games.
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
Posted: July 16, 2011
Awesome game with only 1 real drawback - lack of players. Realtime tactics and mayhem at its finest. Highly recommended!
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8 of 15 people (53%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 26, 2014
I was an early supporter of this game and paid a thick price, but its community died pretty quickly. There's no real single player content here, and the AI is pretty bad. It's sad, because it's a very original game, well made, has a great soundtrack, and the online play was perfect. Think tanks in space, on a huge air hockey table. That might get you halfway to a proper idea of what the game is about. If you could get some friends to play with you online or over LAN, you'll have fun. Otherwise, unfortunately, pass.
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7 of 15 people (47%) found this review helpful
18.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 19, 2014
This is how "abilities" should work in a game, none of this lock on insta hit spam spells or +12 damage aura garbage. Every skill has to aimed or placed in position, creating many tactical possiblities. Plenty of weapons/defenses with upgrades, if someone just spams hyberbols at you there are plenty of ways to bounce them back into thier face. Best space tank game ever made. But you shouldn't buy it since theres no one left to play against.
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6 of 13 people (46%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 4, 2014
Amazing game, incredibly deep and strategic.
Too bad more people dont play it though.
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 14, 2014
Great game played it during its heyday. Sadly it is dead at the moment I await a revival.
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1 of 9 people (11%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2012
Game of the year 2007
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2 of 17 people (12%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 3, 2014
Good game
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5 of 69 people (7%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 4, 2014
Pre-Release Review
I haven't played this game but I think it is ♥♥♥♥♥♥.
1/10
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8.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 6
I remember when this game was launched. back when the big players were JackD, Derek.B, TinyTurtle. and many others, the epic moment where at one point we all decided to unleash the max ammo count from all our ships in hyperbols at the gate. it failed but one person ended up recording this and it was put in one of their videos. I have tried time and time again to get people to pick this game back up. Still it is a very small number of players, so spread the word! this game needs to be revived!
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