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 (767 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 13, 2014
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"Space Run is a fast-paced twist on the regular tower defense genre, as you attempt to carry cargo through space while being attacked."
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June 12

Want to discover Space Run?

Invite your friends to join the Livestream of Space Run on Twitch, on Friday 13 June, at 7PM GMT+2 (10 PDT, 6pm GMT+1)!

Come for a chat session with Sylvain from Passtech Game, the “one-man studio”.

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June 3

SPACE RUN UNVEILS ITS GAME MECHANICS IN A VIDEO!

Space Run will be available on PC in just under two weeks, is it going to be this summer’s indie surprise?

Space Run is the work of “one-man studio” Passtech Games and pays true homage to 1980s sci-fi using its codes and references. The game is a smart mix of strategy, vessel construction and tower defense mechanisms, interweaving numerous twists, intensity and a hyper dynamic gameplay.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUPEP9hzBUg

A Space Runner doesn’t just deliver goods from one end of the galaxy to the other - you’ll need a large dose of ingenuity, intuition and ability to react if you want to complete the various missions you are offered. But although your main task is to make intergalactic deliveries as fast as possible while keeping your merchandise (and your vessel) intact, countless external elements will come to hamper your progress: asteroid belts, fleets of pursuing pirates and particularly nasty interstellar corsairs... the threats are everywhere!

Load your cargo, charge up your laser cannons, shields and reactors and set out on the missions that have been assigned to you. The construction phase of your vessel will form the core of the gameplay: find the right balance of speed, defense and firepower! The more successful you are, the higher your reputation will soar, and this will be reflected in your bank account. This will enable you to unlock new modules for your ship and additional upgrades to increase your tactical options, either to embark on new and more dangerous missions or to replay a mission to improve your score!

All this is superbly demonstrated in today’s video!

Space Run will be released on PC (Steam and digital stores) on June 13, 2014.

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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

PC
Mac
    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
9 of 10 people (90%) 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 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 analytic attitude;
  • there's no "tactical pause" mode (available only as a special and costly equipment's feature) - it's not only 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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2 of 2 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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2 of 2 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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1 of 1 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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
Great game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
21.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
Its tower defense with lots of new twists.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
47.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
Addictive! I want more!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
Space Run is just incredible. Bought it on sale, would have paid full price.

It's a tower defense of course, but the tactics and obstacles make it pretty unique. Plus the fact that it's set on a space ship.

Not quite long enough for me (i've done all but one mission and i'm 10 hours in) but would consider paying for DLC/exploring Steam Workshop.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
31.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
very addicting game that moves cargo in space useing tower defense
needs hot runs which pays more and more rewards for next time by how you place
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
Good game, great rules. good balance. I like it.

This is one game I like to play on my tablet.

6 out of 10
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1 of 1 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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1 of 6 people (17%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
Game won't start.
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0 of 5 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
Very dated graphics, unispired dialogue, poor story telling, no zooming in or out, no pause button, no fast forward.
Think a 3D tower defense flash game that seems to honestly believe it has an interesting story.
The mechanics are nothing to write home about (and having the enemies along the path has been done to exaustion in on-the-rails-shooting games), the "modules" are bland and the upgrades are uninteresting for the most part (nevermid rotating the turret so that it covers another angle is an upgrade) The enemies are also amazing at grabbing your attention since they're essentially: flies, pebbles and other ships biult not unlike yours.
It's relatively slow paced after positioning the first few towers and before the final wave (so surprising!) and did I mention there's no zoom?
It feels like an attempt at mobile gaming (and the way the currecncy system works makes it seem like it was designed for microtransactions that were scrapped in this version).
Oh, and the cheesy-yet-not-cheesy-enough -to-be-funny voice acting is another thing to suffer through.
Avoid if possible.
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0 of 6 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
Too much text, not too exciting. Might try it again later and change my opinion.
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18.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
Fun but unfogiving. Having to micro your turret positions gets old fast, but it keeps you on your toes. Some levels are a chore to get through requiring trial and error while you memorise the directions the spawns come from (you are attacked from all sides but it takes several waves before you can afford guns covering all areas)

It definitly needs a planning mode before you start as its impossible to plan your layout without seeing firing arcs and shield radii

I got this on sale and had fun playing it. If you want something a bit different from the usual maze style TD's then give this a go.
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5.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
You could put this game next to some of the more popular towre defense games that are a must-have for those who are into this genre, but this puts things to a whole new level, making it far more interesting and intense in terms of management and combat.
As usual, check out some youtube videos on it and see if it falls under your taste. I personally found SR to be very challenging and invigorating as a TD game. It builds up on the concepts and throw everything at you with the premise that you will use whatever you've learned so far to win each map. Fast, fluid, and exhilarating tower defense--worth having.
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25.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
Great new spin on the tower defense genre. Instead of stopping enemies from getting to your gate, you outfit a spaceship to keep space raiders from getting to your cargo (or destroying your ship!).

It's not your A+ title brand game, but it's a heck of a lot of fun!

Pros:
It's in space!
Decent tech tree
Good pacing with upgrades
Each round only take 10-15min
Storyline - there is one

Cons:
Storyline is a bit simple
Shorter than expected (total game play time)
No speed up button

For the tower defense fan, a definite buy when on sale.
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4.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
Cool attempt on the "reverse tower defense" mechanic - i like it. Graphic are good, feels spacy - the controls are a bit strange but you'll get used to them. A good game for in between.
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2.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
Fun game. Much like FTL Faster Than Light with its own twist. orth the money.
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16.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
Ugh, the jockular "fratboy" protagonist is infuriating, but the game is fun despite it. Just pretend you're playing as his android assistant and mocking his complete and utter douchiness.
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