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.
Posted: August 18th, 2014