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 (819 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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“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
230 of 300 people (77%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
This game had promise, but later levels become a function of tedium with constant need to adjust turrets. I enjoy the premise and I enjoy Tower Defense style games, but I don't find micromanaging turrets any fun. If they add in a tactical pause option I may find myself going back to those levels and changing my review accordingly. If you happen to enjoy that sort of gameplay mechanic you will probably enjoy the games later levels, but if not I really couldn't recommend the game. There is also the problem of gamebreaking bugs, see below for details here. That is the short summary of why I can't recommend the game personally. For further details keep reading.

Pros

+Great premise which freshens the stale Tower Defense genre.
+Voice acting is generally humerous.
+Variety of turrets/upgrades is relatively small, but generally each feel unique.

Cons

-Micromanaging turrets, which may be a plus for some people but not for me. Also, here a tactical pause would alleviate this con.
-Gamebreaking bugs, after my 6 or so hours playing the game the game froze and or exited to windows a dozen times. This usually happened when a new unit was introduced and then it would freeze/exit and I would then have to start all over on that level.
-Turrets/Upgrades while unique feeling would benefit from more upgrades or options. Also, the idea that all the later turrets take up more space on the ship and thus generally undoing what benefits the stronger turret gave.

That is the overview of the game, in my opinion. I will update my review, if/when they update patch fixes for the tactical pause and gamebreaking bugs.
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22 of 26 people (85%) 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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15 of 16 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 becuase 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 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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10 of 12 people (83%) 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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11 of 14 people (79%) 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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8 of 10 people (80%) 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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6 of 7 people (86%) 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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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
31.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
A great indie tower defense / starship buidling game with lots of polish. The game starts you off gently, but quickly adds lots of cunning strategies and varied options. The joys of meticulously configuring your pre-launch build are equaled by the sweat-wiping satisfaction of limping into port with bits (or most) of your ship blasted off.

If you've ever played the board game "Galaxy Trucker", you'll feel right at home with this title, but this game takes frantic decision-making and starship loadouts to the next level.

$10 wisely invested; highly recommended.


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4 of 4 people (100%) 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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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.

Full review is available here
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7 of 10 people (70%) 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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7 of 10 people (70%) 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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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
Space Run is a fantastic twist on classic tower defence games.

Instead of placing towers along a path or building a maze, you fly through space, building shields and turrets to protect your engines and precious cargo from threats at all angles, as you race the clock to impress your clientelle and move on to greater challenges with bigger rewards.

The ships you fly are built out of hexagonal pieces, which add a nice layer of strategy to how you place your structures and cargo. Certain parts need open angles, and are optimized (or require) being next to other parts, so you really need to think about how you want to build and have a general goal in mind, instead of placing things carelessly and winning with a lot of firepower.

Smooth UI & graphics, fantastic voice-acting, and generally a fun way to kill some time if you enjoy tower defence games, with a decent challenge provided during the later levels.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
This is a long review, so if you want a brief summary of why I recommend Space Run skip to Results and read from there.

Passtech Games pushes out a rather unique tower-defense game that draws upon all new features. Space Run offers a unique combination of space tactics, tower defense, and arcade combat systems.

Story:
You play a rather cocky captain Buck Mann, a space runner, whose mission is to deliver goods across the universe. He normally doesn’t chase the credits, but some debits with the notorious gangsters has caused a change of heart. Buck is given a chance to by Big Cargo executive Susan to delivery some highly important cargo. This first mission unlocks the opportunity to prove himself as a reputable Space Runner. As the deliveries continue Buck Mann gains new clients Nuclear Star, VIP Travel, Out of This World, and AI Squared. Can he make all the deliveries and become the best Space Running in the Galaxy?

Campaign:
The campaign is composed of 30-missions, each company offers Buck Mann six missions each. Throughout each of your clients you’ll face ever stronger foes and have to fight off fearsome pirate lords: Captain Black and Brownbeard the Pirate. Not only do you have to fight off meddlesome pirates, but you need to protect your ship through asteroid belts and ever more deadly cargo. The campaign is ever changing as every mission new enemies and challenges are introduced keeping the game fresh and entertaining.

Gameplay:
Space Run plays like a traditional tower defense, in that you place turrets in your base and they target enemies without your control. Each tower has special abilities you can unlock with can give you a higher degree of control over them. Every tower has its usage and you’ll notice as you play you will be switching out between them continuously. A mixture of anti-ballistic missile systems, machine gun turrets, mass rocket launchers, super shields, engines that can control the space-time-continuum, and much more. This game has a fantastic difficulty curve from Easy to Hard offering gaming for all player-types. Hard is more difficult and will require repeat plays to get 5-star while on the other hand easy is so simple you can gun through it on one run and get a perfect game.

Hints:
>Anti-ballistic missile systems are going to be incredibly useful and in-fact may be more important than your shields.
>The maximum laser turret is worth every penny and if you place them right you won’t need to worry about other laser turrets.
>In order to get 5-stars you will need all the engine upgrades.
>Play this game on easy for achievements, as you are not limited by difficulty.
>Make sure your ship has got lots of engines early on boss levels, as they stop your ship in its tracks. If you are not far enough ahead of the timer you will get pulled behind and lose the 5-star rating.


Results:
Space Run is an incredibly interesting new take onto Tower Defense games that puts high speed micro-managing with unique map concepts to provide a fantastic gaming experience. Each map requires speed as well as a protecting cargo which requires proper management of the player’s resources. The unique bosses pose new threats not just on the players cargo, but they also stop the player meaning if he/she is not far enough ahead of the timer they may get pulled back and lose the 5-star delivery. If you like Tower Defense Games, like micromanaging, enjoy space combat, or want a unique gaming experience then Space Run is the game for you. I definitely recommend this game and based on how you play it you can easily get 10-20 hours of gameplay out of it before repeating yourself.

Pros:
+Unique enemies that keep the game interesting.
+Interesting ship dynamics and management.
+Loads of engineering upgrades and abilities.
+Awesome boss battles and strategies.
+Clean graphics and smooth user interface.
+Fast paced space simulator with highly diversified playing methods.
+Smooth difficulty curve – made for all players.
+Cargo dynamics that require the player to have to play in unique ways.

Cons:
-Sadly no survival mode.
-Turrets almost always annoyingly target enemy ship engines rather than their weaponry. Seeing as Engines do nothing for enemy ships it almost always results in your turrets getting beat up a lot more than they need to.
-Enemy EMP weapon seem to always seem to switch targets while your EMP weapons shoot the same thing over and over. Result is all your systems are down and the enemy only has an engine down.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
24.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
Fantastic Tower defence game, a lot of fun and very under promoted.
If you like games like DG, DG2 you'll love this one.

It's a new spin on tower defence, turning your base into a moving space ship, you have cargo to
protect and some times it's people! the different types of cargo adds a twist to your tower placements.

It's challenging! As you play you'll unlock more and more moduals and upgrade them, but the game will also
get harder as you go. So it evens out instead of the unlocked items making it easier, they are instead almost
"needed" to succeed with the highest ratings.

I could play it for free through the family share here with STEAM, still bought it just to support the dev.

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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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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
too much micro management and no pause option.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
38.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
This game is tower defense with a rather unusual twist: Your spaceship is the center of attention and from all planar directions, pirates and asteroids come in to bombard you. As if that weren't enough, you have to balance speed (one more engine) with defense (one more shield) and aggressive defense (one more weapon).
Those decisions are made on your hex-based ship, different weapons, defenses, engines and generators feeding the former having increasingly complicated shapes to fit. It's all about finding the right combination of modules in the right places at the right times.
In your first tries, you may fail, but later come back with a vengeance, after having reinvested your earnings for fast and possibly safe delivery of goods into the newest technology upgrades. Still, especially the later missions will keep you occupied for quite a while.
For the perfectionists, there's a good 30 hours of gameplay, until you unlocked every achievement, doing everything perfectly.

Definitely recommended.
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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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