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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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

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
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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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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
Refreshing tower defense/tower defense like game.
You are a space Runner, your job is to bring your cargo as fast and safe as possible to its destination.
Replayability of missions is kinda high, cause you want to get the five stars.
The game starts very slow and easy. Much time to learn the mechanics and tactics, and cause of the fact that missions are about 10 minutes long, it is no problem to restart them if something goes totally wrong on the way. Later in the game, the difficulty is getting higher.
With money and reputation (stars) earned through the jobs you can unlock new moduls (weapons, shields, booster) and upgrade your old stuff.
Just don't expect too much from the story. Cause there is not really one. There are some dialogues between and before missions, and the synchronization is good, but thats it.

All in all very nice game and worth the money it costs.


Pros:
- fresh tower-defense design
- starts easy but is getting harder later, so you can learn the mechanics pretty well
- replayability of missions
- different mission designs

Cons:
- no real story
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
It is what it is - a way to kill half an hour before doing something else. I enjoy this game for what it is - there is no bs to be found here. No serious storyline and no countless hours of gaming - just pure fun for about half an hour.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
45.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
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
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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
Interesting take on the 'tower defense' game. Also gets brutally tough if you want to get away with full marks. I find many times I only get through by the skin of my teeth. Lots of fun.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
30.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
If you like TD´s and are looking for something new, try this! You will not be dissappointed!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
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
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
18.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
This is one of my favorite games. Simple as that. It reminds me of Galaxy Trucker in real time. The puzzle element was quite enjoyable; each mission follows a set script so you have to tune your strategy untl you can manage 5 stars.
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22.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
Awesome twist to the genre. Has lots of potential. Sandbox mode, survival, or a fixed starting cash amount, etc.

10/10
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18.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Space Run is a tower defense game with many good and thought out twists.

- Your "board" is a ship travelling through space
- Enemies will come in all shapes and sizes from all around the ship
- You race other ships to come first
- Graphics good, Controls good, lots of options.

Really solid technical basis and you will often want to repeat missions to get a perfect result.

But what puts it above and beyond is the humor in the game, which as time passes really will bring a smile to your lips.
I got this on 50% discount and it is a wonderful buy, I easily rank it in enjoyment with the some of best at that price.
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43.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
If you have a limited time to spare on the computer to play games nowadays, then Space Run is a great game to pick up and play. The learning curve is practically nonexistent, the missions are straightforward (literally), and the entertainment comes from the satisfication of blowing stuff up and making it to the final destination in time to earn reputation stars, which are used to gain access to more powerful tech. Simple and fun.
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59.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
Very good game. Quick and intense. Anytime you finish a mission, even if you have already finish twice, you receive money to upgrade your equipment.

Cheap to buy, and many hour to play.
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16.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Great game! Had a ton of fun playing. Maybe a little short, but I'm eagerly awaiting any DLC or updates that may be released.

I love the whole thinking outside of the box that was done with the standard Tower Defense genre. It really works well in Space Run.
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4.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
A very nice space TD game
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7.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
This is a great game i love the mix of tower deffence and strategy. The fact that there is 3 way to finish each mission with an increase in the reward really help the replay value.
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13.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
I really like this game. It is an interesting take on tower defense but it's even more fun to upgrade a spaceship than to just put towers around a map.

The only thing that seems to need work is the progression. Everything is fun and smooth until 53 stars. (Level 53?) It's not the end yet, but it's now almost impossible to get new stars. Furthermore, the currency is so worthless at this point that it's really hard to buy further upgrades. How about allowing unused nuts to become currency at the end of each map? I don't want to keep running the same maps grinding out money to update something insignificant. Without doing so, you'll never get to the true upgrades that will help you progress.

Games don't have to last forever. Artificially preventing me from completing a game by forcing me to grind is not the same as actually building in more hours worth of content. I stopped playing Final Fantasy for just this reason. Let's not pretend this is a good idea.

The game is fun and worth the money I paid for it. The only thing lacking is my sense of accomplishment from finishing the game. Unfortunately, at this point I'm tired of running the same maps over and over....
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