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: Mostly Positive (40 reviews) - 70% of the 40 user reviews for this game are positive.
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
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 10, 2015
This game deserves to be remembered for the incredible classic it is.

Its old school shooter ramped up to the ridiculous by one of the greats of the genre.

The only problem with this game, and probably the reason for the mixed scores, is that the game doesn't do a great job of explaining how to play it well. Sure you can blitz through the levels and enjoy the insanity, but you need to master 'bulling' (ramming enemies) if you want to be top of your leaderboard.

This is a game I so desperately want to see re-discovered and become the success it deserves.

If you know what Tempest 2000 is, if you played Centipede and enjoyed it. Heck if you ever wanted a more psychedelic space invaders or Galaga then buy this game. You will love it.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
great psychedelic retro arcade action. if you are waiting for it to go on sale, don't hold your breath because i have owned this game on steam for six years and not once in that time do i ever recall seeing this game sold at a discounted price.

also i think they ditched the leaderboards like five years ago so don't expect that part of the game to work if you buy it today.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2015
Jeff Minter's a genius and it saddens me we'll never get to experience TxK on the PC.
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21 of 21 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 22, 2015
This is the greatest game that Jeff Minter ever made. And hardly anyone realises this because they don't know how to play it, because they try to play it like some other game.

Let me tell you how to play Space Giraffe, and let that explain why this game is so good.

You need to relax, and pay attention to the game. Give it your full focus. What you do in this game is you don't shoot the basic enemies much, just enough to keep the power zone going, and then ram into the side of them as they reach the rim of the grid. That's the basic idea.

When you ram into enemies like this, it's called "bulling". Try to ram through as many as you can at once. It builds up your score, the multiplier, gives you extra lives... it's the main thing you want to try to do.

The power bar is the horizontal line that keeps coming towards you. You want to keep it away from you, otherwise you can't ram into enemies side-on and they kill you instead. The space between the power bar and you is called the power zone. You can also briefly make the power zone get big by collecting a "pod" power-up and jumping.

You can use the right stick of your joypad to aim your bullets through the power zone - just wiggle it a little and you'll probably hit a few enemies, enough to keep the power bar going. In later levels, you'll be specifically trying to aim for flowers, or spheres, or the other annoying enemies.

Now, this game throws a lot at you. So much that you can hardly see. But the thing is - that is what makes this game so amazing and different. This is a shooter that you don't play by shooting, and this is a game with visuals so intense that you need to play it by ear. Turn the volume up if you need to! Wear headphones if it helps!

Each enemy, each bullet, each power up, each collision has a different and distinct audio sound. Pay attention, listen to the game. Record the sound of each one in your brain.

Turn down the music and turn up the SFX if the music's getting in the way. You can't play this game without sound effects.

For levels where there's too much distortion on screen, you're going to feel your way through the level by sound. Listen for the announcement of each enemy, each bullet. You are endlessly auto-shooting, so you can hear when you've hit a flower, how far away it is, and when it "pings" off its stalk to come towards you.

The overall effect of playing this game with heightened sonic awareness, semi-blinded by the lights, racking up high scores, is that you end up with a feeling that is the nearest thing to "using the Force" you have ever, and possibly will ever feel. At least, that's how it is for me.

This is why this game is so good, so important. It is completely different, but it totally works. You just need to be receptive to the game and let it teach you how to play it, how to improve.

And good luck when you get to level 64. It's going to really mess your brain up and you're going to love it for that. :)
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21 of 28 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 15, 2014
It's Tempest 2000 on LSD. What's not to like?

11 ⅓ / 10
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