Space Run is a «real-time spaceship construction strategy game». Space Run takes the well-known Tower Defense-style gameplay and twists it, challenging you to manage and protect a spaceship and its cargo against the hazards of deep space!
User reviews: Very Positive (871 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 13, 2014

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"If you want a fun, engaging tower defense game with a good story, and above average voice acting, then yes, Space Run is worth your time and money."
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Reviews

“Space Run shines from the depths of space, from the challenging gameplay to the deep strategy mechanics.”
8/10 – GameSpot

“A brilliant piece of design and a polished experience”
Rock Paper Shotgun

“Really good spin on tower defense! Really enjoyable, fun game with a lot of depth and a great deal of challenge.”
TotalBiscuit

About This Game

Space Run is a «real-time spaceship construction strategy game». Space Run takes the well-known Tower Defense-style gameplay and twists it, challenging you to manage and protect a spaceship and its cargo against the hazards of deep space!

Space can be a dangerous place. You’re one of the most daring «Space Transporters», people who carry the dangerous task of transporting valuable shipments from one place to another across hazardous space. This supposedly simple task gets tricky once you add dense asteroid fields that regularly cross the space lanes, the armed-to-the-teeth pirate starfighters and spaceships all too willing to shred your ship for your cargo, as well as the other Space Transporters you are competing against!

Take on increasingly difficult missions as your reputation grows: bringing more expensive cargo to their destination will earn you credits to unlock new ship modules and upgrades that will help you survive the lethal threats of space: laser turrets, missile launchers, protection shields, thrusters, power generators... you name it! You’ll have to quickly adapt to every new situations if you wish to survive, building modules on your ship as you fly across space. The faster you fly and reach your destination, the better your reputation, allowing you to unlock more difficult delivery missions!
Space Run boasts high replay value: replay earlier missions with the new modules you unlocked in order to complete them faster and score higher... and show your friends you’re the fastest, most daring Space Transporter ever!

Main Features:
• Accessible and extremely dynamic gameplay that puts a new twist on the well-known Tower Defense genre

• Build your spaceship on the fly to adapt to every situation, protecting your valuable cargo and beating your competitor in deadly delivery races

• Earn credits to Unlock & Upgrade new ship modules, allowing you to better defend yourself, attack other cargo, and complete your missions faster to gain higher reputation

• High replay value: replay earlier missions with the modules you unlocked to best your friends’ and your own scores!!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: WINDOWS XP SP3/WINDOWS VISTA SP2/WINDOWS 7/WINDOWS 8
    • Processor: AMD/INTEL DUAL-CORE 2.4 GHZ
    • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB 100% OPENGL 2.1 COMPATIBLE NVIDIA GEFORCE 8600/ATI RADEON HD 2600/INTEL HD 2000
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: FMOD COMPATIBLE
    • Additional Notes: INTERNET CONNECTION REQUIRED FOR THE GAME ACTIVATION
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X 10.7.5 or later
    • Processor: INTEL CORE 2 DUO 2.4 GHZ
    • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB 100% OPENGL 2.1 COMPATIBLE INTEL HD 3000 OR HIGHER
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: FMOD COMPATIBLE
    • Additional Notes: INTERNET CONNECTION REQUIRED FOR THE GAME ACTIVATION
Helpful customer reviews
29 of 31 people (94%) found this review helpful
27.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
Amazing tower-defense game, rough diamond in stagnant genre.

It's about:
  • delivering goods to its destination through waves of space pirates;
  • finding a compromise between weapon power and speed to deliver goods fast, but keep them "safe & sound" at the same time;
  • searching the best rational way to position goods on your ship;
  • searching the best rational way to install equipment among the goods on space which has left with a limited amount resources you get;
  • reposition the equipment during the fight, recycling "obsolete" one to position more powerful or change it with another kind which fits more for the new conditions and enviroment.

Why you should play this:
  • you've never played tower-defence games before because they look too "static" or even boring for you - this one certainly won't let you be bored;
  • you like tower-defence games, but looking for "new experience" in this genre;
  • you like planning or developing strategy, choose tactic and do not consider such things boring;
  • finding a solution being limited in time and resources brings you as much satisfaction as headshot after which your team wins;
  • you like space setting, but don't have much time to spend on 4X strategies;
  • you don't mind to repeat the same levels few times or more;
  • unlike in many others tower-defence games here going through the same level is still fun, it's not morphing into working even after some amount of failures;
  • game encourages you to think on-the-fly and out-of-box;
  • game makes you react fast, but calm and implement options you have not off the top of your head, but with a forward-looking solution.

Why you may not like it:
  • irritating loading screen each time you launch the game: have no idea what kind of data files game aggregates every time, but 30-45 seconds for the game where no extraordinary graphic or complex / generating-from-scratch levels or other sophisticated features is way too much;
  • late stages rather difficult to get perfect score, but what's worse, searching for the right approach looks more like stab in the dark than an analytical attitude;
  • there's no "tactical pause" mode (available only as a special and costly equipment's feature) - it's not just tower defence, it's also a real-time strategy: here you will have to click a lot and do it quickly.

Try, earn some money, upgrade, repeat - here you won't get tired of that unlike in most of other tower-defence games.
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24 of 30 people (80%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
Move over Han Solo and Malcolm Reynolds, meet Buck Mann.

Space Run puts you in Buck's pilot's chair, and lets you try your luck at taking on (sometimes dubious) delivery jobs for cash. As you pour your earnings back into technology and upgrades for your ship, the jobs you successfully complete will increase your reputation, which will let you earn even more. Meanwhile, your android business partner will give you helpful advice and constantly let you know how badly you are doing at any given moment along your runs.

This game is a great little twist on tower defense that has you fitting out spaceships in order to hold cargo, passengers, engines, and of course, weapons. As you carry your cargo from one space dock to the next, your ship will be attacked by other ships, pirates, and asteroids. You can mine resources from the scraps of the stuff you destroy on the trip, and that lets you build and upgrade more weapons and engine power.

There are a lot of different components involved, and figuring out how to best layout your ship's "deck" with the stuff you need to take is definitely a challenge. To add to the challenge, you generally launch with very little equipment in play and you have to add the rest on the fly (literally).

My only complaint is that weapons have a limited wedge of fire and rotating the turrets manually can be a bit tedious in the midst of a pitched battle.

Overall, Space Run is a lot of fun. I mean, really who hasn't dreamed of being a rogueish space pirate? And have fun spotting all the sci-fi references in this one because they're all over this game.
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17 of 20 people (85%) found this review helpful
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 30
+ Different take on the tower defense genre
+ Towers/guns and upgrades
+ Protecting cargo in addition to your ship
+ Choice between speed and/or protection

- Earning money, zzzzz
- Some of the later missions can be hard, and frustrating
- Memorizing what enemies will attack from what angle/Fail, learn, repeat (you can't always prepare properly)

[Rating: 77/100]
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16 of 23 people (70%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
Trailer made it seem like you'd be taking missions and permanently upgrading your ship. Sorta like an open-ended FTL.

In reality, your ship starts from a blank state of a set size at the beginning of each level. The levels aren't randomly generated either; outside of the esthetic, this is a straight-up tower defense game. Not necessarily a bad TD, but not a great one either
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
A clever twist on tower defense that mixes traditional tower defense with a bit of Gratuitous Space Battles.

You are the rakish captain of a delivery ship that is built out of blank platforms that, upon launching into space, can have various traditional tower defense modules (canons, shields) built upon them along with engines to increase thrust. The game consists of starting at a port, accepting a delivery assignment, buying upgrades, launching your ship, then racing from the starting point to the destination with your deliveries intact, while defending your ship against asteroids and other ships and drones that you'll pass along your way. You'll acquire currency for upgrades and repairs by mousing-over floating golden nuts which appear in space after things are destroyed.

Once you reach your destination, you'll have rather long dialog scenes with your ship's droid, CEOs of the companies you are delivering cargo for, and others. These have a basic level of humor, but can drag on for a bit too long. Fortunately, they are fully voiced, which makes a big difference. If you were forced to click through these long bits of text, otherwise, it would detract a lot from the overall game.

If you're a big fan of tower defense games, this is worth checking out.
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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
21.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 19
The most fun tower defense game I have found on steam, highly recommended! Its a fun and unique take on the genre, that isn't like any other game. 10/10
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 27
Recommended: While the price might be a little steep for a game that doesn't revolutionise the formula, since it's appreciably higher than most other games in the genre, one can't deny that it is a well-designed and good-looking entry into the genre that adds it's unique spin on things. Definitely one to pick up on a sale, at least, however.

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11 of 18 people (61%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
I regret buying this game.

I love the tower defense genre - having played Fieldrunners 1 & 2, Gemcraft Labriynth, Anomaly, and various other free / paid games.
Space Run is a good game with a good concept, decent graphics, and a sizeable tech tree with a single big problem - it uses the same arcade mechanics that I used to play / like on my Spectrum ZX.

To state it explicitly:
1. Every time you kill an enemy, you get the game currency - only you have to hover over it to get it. I am not the kid I was 10 years back. I don't like the repetitive part of games.

2. There is no pause functionality. The developer has explicitly stated that they will not introduce one.
Lots of people have asked for it.
Without a pause, the game becomes un-necessarily difficult, stressful. And this is not a RTS. You are not playing aganist your friends.

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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
15.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 7
Space Run is great; a very enjoyable tower defence type game! The concept of the spaceship works well, that resonated with me, and I liked the added depth of not only needing to fend off the onslaught of other space craft, but also sometimes ramp up the engine power to beat the clock. The learning curve is well balanced, giving you time to get used to the concepts, before making it more involving and frantic with numerous different types of structures and needing to adjust turret angles and so on. Don't think you can go far wrong with this for at least a few hours of quality entertainment.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
20.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
Han Solo the game. 10/10. Amazing tower defense game with a lot of interactivity as opposed to the click start wave and watch everything work. Lots of special abilities, you'll use laser blades a lot in later stages... You ever wondered what life as Han was like before the rebellion, probably like this.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 3
An objectively solid game. Decent voice acting, nice graphics, and so on.

What the game description doesn't mention is that Space Run is the most irritating type of puzzle game; the player must build exactly the right type of turret in exactly the right spot at the right time, or fail the mission. After about 4 hours of play time, you'll just be restarting missions until you figure out the sequence the level designers want you to follow, or looking up the solutions on YouTube; this is where it stops being fun and starts feeling like work.
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8 of 13 people (62%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
This isn't a bad game, but eventually it becomes too chaotic to be fun. A tactical pause, similar to that found in FTL, would make the game much more enjoyable, but for a while it's a good time. You can see a video review I did when I was still having fun with it here:

http://youtu.be/kaqTRN3UlLg

I'd say if you have an interest in Tower Defense, this might work for ya. It's definitely entertaining, just know it gets really chaotic as it goes on.
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8 of 13 people (62%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 30
This is one of the few games I regret buying on steam.

This game requires a lot of micro management which would be fine except for the fact this game has one of the worst control systems ever. You have to click several times and use the mouse wheel to point your turrets (which is something you need to do al the the time). It just feels a very overcomplicated and unsatisfying way to work.

Also the level intro cut scene can't be skipped so you have to watch it everytime you restart a level. Blurgh.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
Tower defense at its core, Space Run is well executed in terms of gameplay and polish. The construction is fairly dynamic and stratigical and it is fun and satisfying to blow up baddies piece by piece. Other than that it is standard get-stars-to-unlock-upgrades which works just fine overall and doesn't feel grindy.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
46.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
★★★★☆

What a wonderful atypical tower defense & strategic game !
The difficulty increases gradually until it blows your mind.
But it's purely addictive. I'd like more to play !
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 4
Best tower defense game I've played in a very long time, graphics are really well polished and the whole experience felt very smooth.

Micromanaging of towers is simple and rewarding, keyboard shortcuts are well thought out and easy to use... the only thing that I can fault is that some of the lines that get said by the Android character grated against me a bit. Even then, totally passable.

I would recommend this to anyone looking for a tower defense game that pushes you to do better, encourages intelligent resource spending and well timed micro management.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 4
Bigger jobs, bigger risk, if it was easy everybody would do it.

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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
While I like this, I was hoping for something a little slower paced in terms of tower defense. Also usually I'm fine on normal settings but I've been playing on easy. Now, while I 5 star things on the first try, I still have to put in a lot of attention.

Normally my experience with TD games is it's fairly laid back, and you can speed up when you're confident and just sit and watch or take more of an active role while the towers do their job.

With this it's more frantic and while it's not bad, it's not what I was really hoping for.

No real graphics options either, which is disappointing. Looks like it'd be better as a phone game than a pc game, it certainly has the UI for it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
33.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 13
An exciting and fast-paced inverse tower defense game. One of the best I've played.

Many tower defense games have you set up towers and then watch as they do their thing while you have minimal interaction with them. This is quite different - every tower has one or more abilities that can be activated, and you will constantly be triggering abilities and building things during the game. There is no downtime. Personally, I find most TD games a little dull and found the frenetic gameplay of this one to be a refreshing relief. However, people who like more traditional TD games may be turned off by the micromanagement.

Much of the technique involves memorizing the build order -- you play a mission once, lose, then try it again while knowing what will attack when.

Normal mode was fun but a bit easy. Hard mode was poorly balanced - you gain resources so slowly that you need to replay missions a lot to unlock new ones and the grind is not fun.

There is about 20 hours of content here, which will stretch out to about 30 if you want to get a perfect score in each level. It is well worth the purchase price.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 14
THe only thing I don't like about this game, is how short it is. It really needs a built in level designer.
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