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!
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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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“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.”
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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
SteamOS + Linux
    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
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04/SteamOS
    • 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
Helpful customer reviews
139 of 180 people (77%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 3, 2014
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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44 of 46 people (96%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 23
***This review was written using a Press key provided by the Developer for review purposes***

Space Run is a rather unique Tower Defense/Real-time strategy game where you place your towers on a ship travelling through space to fend off attackers from all directions. In Space Run assume the role of Buck Mann, a freelance Space runner who is now taking jobs for some of the biggest companies in the Universe dealing in anything from hazardous nuclear waste to VIP Space passengers.

+Nice graphics though aliasing looked a bit rough to me sometimes
+Well designed characters who all have interesting appearances
+Quite a lot of towers to unlock over the course of the game using points earned by completing missions, bonus points can be earnt by completing the missions within certain time limits which just requires putting more engines on your ship
+All towers have several upgrades which can be unlocked in the same way as the towers themselves can be unlocked
+Different ship layouts as well as a wide variety of enemies each with their own style of attack keeps you on your toes throughout the game
+This game relies heavily on your ability to effectively plan which is nice to see rather than it just being mindlessly placing towers all over the place, sadly some of the game's negative aspects really take away from this
+Despite not having much of a story the dialogue between characters is very good
+Excellent voice acting
+Some really funny lines
+Each mission is relatively short making a game or two a perfect time killer

+/-Figuring out where you should put your cargo on your ship can sometimes be very challenging especially when a number of different cargo towers have to be placed in close proximity to other towers, personally I found this to be rather irritating but some might see this as another interesting level of gameplay
+/-You start with a blank ship which has a different layout each time, I found this quite disappointing as I would have liked to have had one ship which I carried through the game upgrading it over the course of all the missions

-Weapon re-orientation (for the few weapons which can actually be re-oriented) is quite poor and the towers can only be placed at certain angles, combine this with vision cones which aren't very wide at all and placing and maintaining your weapons as well as making your ship combat effective quickly becomes very tedious
-No way to pause the gameplay without bringing up the menu so if you need to move things around on your ship during a battle you're probably going to take significant damage while doing so
-From what I have played so far unless you're a perfectionist who needs to get the best possible score on each mission this game hasn't got very much replayability but it does have around 20 hours worth of content so perhaps that isn't such a big issue
-Missions very quickly become very repetitive as they are all very similar apart from the order of enemies

Verdict:
7.5

An interesting twist on a classic genre with nice graphics and a lot of unlockables that has a couple of issues regarding gameplay but one I had fun with nonetheless.

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30 of 34 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
26.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 20
Tower Defense on rails....in spaaaaaaace (sorry couldn't resist)

Space Run is a fun little game albeit one that could be aided with a $5 price drop.

Pros:
-Addictive tower defense gameplay, if you like the genre you will probably like this game.
-Different ship layouts as well as enemies keep you on your toes and force players to change strategy.
-Good visuals, the game doens't try to be a graphical powerhouse but lines are sharp, the colors are bright and the almost lego art direction has a happy and poppy feel to it which I enjoyed.
-Quick rounds make this the perfect game to play while just trying to kill 15 minutes.
-A fair amount of levels and a scoring system that adds replayability to each stage.
-Ship layouts pay homeage to classic starships of popular culture.
-Experienced no glitches or technical hiccups.

Cons:
-It's a shade overpriced for what it is. I have a lot of games and I enjoyed this one but I have also paid less for more on other titles. I'm not saying it's a bad deal or the price is a major issue I just think it should probably be a few bucks cheaper.
-Dialogue and story are basically non existent. Just a few text boxes and a shallow plot. Some of the jokes are funny in a cheesy way but I found myself skipping through a lot of it.
-Not enough big ships. The game gives you a smaller playingh field than most TD games which makes you have to change your towers often especially at later levels. This is fine but it would have been cool to have a few more late game ships of a bigger size I think.


All in all I do recommend Space Run and had a very fun time w/it. Tower defense on rails was an interesting concept and one that worked well for the developers. I hope the game ended up profitting as little games like these often get sequels and I wouldn't mind hauling cargo through the galaxy again IF it were on a larger scale next time.
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34 of 44 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
24.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 16
I am a bit mixed about this game, but overall I would not recommend it.

At first, you would expect the game to be possibly Rouge-like or a Tower-defense game with no specific story in mind. After you've realized that this is not the case and you're given a specific ship template per storyline mission, you then think: "Well, even without the sandbox ability to create your own ship, the missions do get progressively harder and you do get cool upgrades as the game progresses." You then realize, that there are only 5 different types of missions and the upgrades become less relevant after completing all of the weapon upgrades.

Mid-way into the game, you start to get frustrated by how unforgiving and repetitive the missions are and it simply becomes a memorization game where you memorize where the waves come first and plan accordingly to achieve the much desired 5 star rating. You start to rely on hotkeys to fend of waves of new enemies that come in every 10 seconds and you have no time to pause the game (no pause button) or just look at your ship in great detail. Only at the end of the mission, do you have any time to realize the beauty of your ship, but by that time you're so frustrated that you just want to get to the next mission.

In the end, I had to view walk-through videos for the last 5 missions since I was simply tired of memorizing when each wave comes in and when to build what structures at what locations accordingly. The upgrades became worthless after the last 10 missions since your guns do not get stronger, but the enemy gets tougher and more numerous.

Overall, it was a cool looking game and a good concept. However, I don't think it was a good idea to leave out the sandbox ability of building your own ships and how tough the time limits are for the 5 star missions.
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31 of 41 people (76%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
13.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2014
One game one mission one scripted way through it.
Replayability = 0
and during the missions you practically have no time to experiment. One misplaced item and you're toast.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
37.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 9
This game is a strange conversion of Astroid Defense and Tower defense.

The sound effect is in this game is awesome but the commentary from your character and robot gets repetitive after a few games. There is nearly no story and you need to spend time farming levels to get enough credit to upgrade your ship.

The action is very intense. Even though i played easiest diffciulty it still seems pretty hard. You just simply don't have enough time to build new component and use ability. To play this game effectivly you must learn to use fast key shortcuts.

To complete each level plan out your ship before it launch. I actually have a piece of scarp paper that i draw the basic layout that i want my ship to look like and set it beside my monitor before ship launch. Depend on where enemy come from just change the pace on what to build first. Planning is very important for this game since action is very fast intense after just a few levels.

I would recommend everyone to try this game out.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
17.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2014
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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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 2
The fact that you can't reorient the weapons more easily, even the guns that are specifically meant to be reorientable, makes the game feel more like whack-a-mole than some kind of strategy neo-tower defense kind of thing that it tries to be. I can't say I enjoyed my time here too terribly much.

That said, the production quality was pretty alright. If you _really_ like tower defense, you might enjoy this more than I did.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
24.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 7, 2014
Great game.

Much funnier than expected, it uses an interesting approach to the tower defense genre. Simple, very well designed, with challenging levels (especially at the end) and a good humor.
Quick missions for those who have limited time or just want a bit more casual game. For the hardcore gamer though it can be somewhat short. Maybe a survival mode, random enemy generation levels or just a limited amount of gold could balance both worlds.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
45.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2014
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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
27.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
A superb mix of construction, tower defense (appropriately hidden) and a small amount of reactive play, this is far from the deepest game released recently, but it is one of the ones I simply cannot delete off of the hard drive. Give me a spare 15 minutes, and I just need to make one more run. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
21.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
Great Game,good balancement for an atypical very good and funny tower defense.Managing turrets directly means no dead-time and no boredom.This game is really frenetic and exciting and you also feel like you're really in charge of your starship.No luck factor only skill can get to you to the end of each voyage.Do a Mission upgrade your ship then redo it trying to obtain better results and to unblock better weapons and systems on your starship and thrust me some results can be obtainable only with advanced upgrades.the game is also really well balanced.Just one advice for new players "tactical break" is very very important and useful do it as soon as you begin each mission and pay attention to the lightning speed delivery indicators behind and to where your starship is.You have to bring cargo safe but also to be fast to get good results. Probably Best tower defense with Plant vs Zombies , far far better then Defense Grid.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
Game is a lot of fun like tower def. !
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2014
Was a little nervous at first, but I've found that this game is very well worth the money if you can get it on sale. Even at full price it's a good game. I found its blend of real time strategy and tower defense to be rewarding, if a bit difficult. I would recommend this to fans of either.

Also, in regards to people saying they had game breaking issues in other reviews, I found that disabling steam overlay works wonders, and I haven't crashed once since my time playing. So overall, get this game if you can.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 5, 2014
Bought this game on a whim. Not quite what I was expecting in some ways, but pleasantly surprised in others. It's more of "mobile tower defense" title. You don't really have any control over the ship and where it's going. Your job is to position your guns, manage repairs, place weapon and shield, etc. to keep your cargo safe from Point A to Point B. Sounds simple enough, doesn't it? Got this one during one of those wonderful Steam sales and I don't regret the purchase. If you're looking for something simple without a lot of complicated controls and playable with just your mouse, this one is a definite buy. Sometimes I just like having something to play while I'm eating lunch. . . It definitely fits that bill. :-)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2014
A very interesting tower defense.

You have to manage you speed, your wepaons and your shield/health.
The gameplay makes the game really addictive. You always have to keep an eye on your ship as you need to change the angle of your canon / boost your speed / repair your ship... to optimize your deliveries.

It worth it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
22.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 13, 2014
A fun twist on the tower defense game. Secondary game of identifing the ship siloettes.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
21.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2014
Space Run a tower defense game with a twist! (Completed the game took me roughly 22 hours) well worth its price tag

This game will bring you comedy, thinking skills, planning, and all that in space!

On a serious note: Space run is a tower defense game in real time, where you have to fight against the clock and pirates and asteroids while all making sure your cargo gets from point A to Point B in time and intact.

Each mission will gradually get harder and harder but happily with the money you get from each run you can buy new modules for your ship, guns, shields, power supplies etc.

While this game requires allot of fast reaction skills (especially later on in the game) there is a module that will slow down time (the best engine)

While not the best in-depth review I would if you have doubts to check out the Playlist I set up on YouTube so you can decide for yourself: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLNCxq2TSuDbCUKvEMDhIfGFUlaMr5LjQR there are a total of 30 missions.

A highly enjoyable game well worth its price tag

Korpah
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
49.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 2014
This is a tower defense game turned on it's head. While it can be a bit fiddly, especially at the earlier levels with the need to manually orient some of the weapons, this is less of an issue at later levels where you have access to more powerful guns with wider fields of fire.

I agree fully with an earlier reviewer who said the game needs a pause button to let you build and adjust things when things get really tense.

I think the difficulty level progresses smoothly and trying to get "5 star" runs on some of the later levels is definitely a challenge that extends the play time for those looking for more.

One thing that bugs me is that once you've built all of the upgrades, there is nothing to do with your money. You hit the fully upgraded point with a few missions left and then the money just keeps piling on (hitting the $99,999 limit fairly quickly). Even if there was some dumb achievment for getting to $1 million, it would give something to do with that excess cash.

7.5/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 17, 2014
Great mix beween tower defense and the board game "galaxy truckers".
There are some tower defense that makes you think that this genre is not as boring and repetitive as it seems.
This game is one of them !
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