Space Giraffe is an abstract action arcade style game that takes place in a succession of beautiful environments generated by an advanced graphics synthesizer. It presents itself as a shooter but the more you play the more you discover the hidden depths and strategies that make the gameplay satisfyingly rich and rewarding.
User reviews: Mixed (24 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 19, 2009
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Space Giraffe is an abstract action arcade style game that takes place in a succession of beautiful environments generated by an advanced graphics synthesizer. It presents itself as a shooter but the more you play the more you discover the hidden depths and strategies that make the gameplay satisfyingly rich and rewarding. This is the boldest evolution of the trance-shooter, created by the company that helped to define the genre with the groundbreaking “Tempest 2000”.

  • 200 levels of trancetastic action.
  • Beautiful abstract graphics that respond to audio input.
  • Deep gameplay that rewards strategic and thoughtful play.
  • Accessible enough to entertain a novice player, but deep enough to satisfy the arcade expert.
  • Intense, satisfying, synaesthesiac shooting action that you'll return to again and again in search of ever higher scores.

System Requirements

    • OS: Microsoft Windows® XP SP2 / Windows Vista ™
    • Processor: Intel® or AMD™ Processor 1.9 Ghz or higher
    • Memory: 256MB
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0c compliant video card with 256MB RAM ( Shader Model 2.0 )
    • DirectX®: DirectX 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 80MB of free space
    • Sound: 100% DirectX 9.0c compliant sound card
    • Controller Support: Generic HID controller DirectX compatible, XBOX 360 for Windows Controller, keyboard
Helpful customer reviews
12 of 19 people (63%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
It's Tempest 2000 on LSD. What's not to like?

11 ⅓ / 10
Posted: May 15
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
27.9 hrs on record
Just friggin awesome!

Have been playing for years on the 360 but bought the PC version recently as my ancient Xbox is having issues.
The PC version is way better (and I love the 360 version) playing in 1080p makes everything so much clearer.

As for the actual game, well it's one of the greatest twitch games of all time.
At first it can be really daunting with all the effects and deliberate obstructions but when it all starts to flow there's nothing like it.

It's all about the sound effects! In most games SFX are there as punctuation to the gameplay to just have something to accompany the explosions. With Space Giraffe the effects blend with the gameplay to really immerse you.
The ping as a flower leaves its stork can fill you with dread.

Also once it all starts to come together and you get into 'Bulling' there's nothing like it, probably the single most satisfying gameplay mechanic I have come across.

Basically it's just wonderful, give it a fair crack and you'll find something really special!

Posted: September 19
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
literally what
Posted: August 21
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
What is there to tell about Space Giraffe? Well you'll be controlling a weird thing, i guess it should be a Space Giraffe... you will be shooting all kinds of other weird things who also shoot back at you. You don't even have to press a button to shoot because the Space Giraffe shoots out of its own and the only thing you'll be doing is moving left and right.

To be fairly this isn't my kind of game and I knew it wasn't before I even started the game. I'm sure there are some people who enjoy shooting things in a trippy space kind of environment with spacey trance music on the background but I'm not one of them.

Also, the current Steam price is 9,- Euro which is way too much for a game like this.
Posted: October 15
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6 of 14 people (43%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
A thoroughly underwhelming Tempest-like. Weird for the sake of being weird, and not in a good way, this just isn't that engaging. The mechanics don't feel great, the visuals are so overdone that it's hard to follow what's going on, sound effects are annoying. Not only are there better games in this genre, but there are better games than this that are freeware. Even if you like Tempest, which I do, there's just no compelling reason to pick this one up, it's a poor variant on the genre with little original on offer (and what is original generally isn't good). Found this to be a sore disappointment when I first bought it and my opinion hasn't changed since.
Posted: May 26
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
A novel and innovative sequel of sorts to the legendary Tempest 2000 (T2K) that was a system seller on the Atari Jaguar and returned on the original PSX as Tempest X.

In Space Giraffe players are rewarded for getting into the zone and using not just visual cues but also the rich audio to survive.

Recommended.
Posted: April 4
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