Hope has a new name – Space Hack
User reviews: Mixed (360 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 15, 2005

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"Space RPG that's a Diablo-esq type game. Found this little gem a long time ago and was happy to see it available on Steam finally."
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The colony ship, Maximus XV was on course. This was supposed to be an uneventful trip. No one on board expected the gravitational entity. It quickly swallowed Maximus XV.

The colony ship and its passengers were trapped but not alone. Ships loaded with creatures of unknown species have been trapped for years. They have learned how to survive by feeding on newcomers.

They quickly attacked Maximus XV, taking over one colony biosphere after another. The passengers were caught unaware and barely put up any resistance against the merciless invaders.

The last biosphere was different. With impromptu weapons colonists managed to fight off the attack, but they were still under siege, surrounded by countless enemies. Now, the only way to get out of this alive is to get to the emergency capsule and use their powerful engines to break free from the Nebula. But the capsule is at the other end of the ship and the path leads through all the biospheres, now colonized by alien creatures.

This is a one person job. Only the best of the best will have any hope. Hope has a new name – Space Hack

  • Over 50 hours of gameplay
  • 45 levels with Earth-like environments, futuristic interiors, post-catastrophic locations, deserts and frozen lands
  • Over 80 different alien creatures from 3 unique breeds
  • 40 different weapons including a variety of melee and shooting weapons
  • 13 hi-tech items including holograms, mind control, teleportation, invisibility...
  • 45 bio-chips allowing you to enhance your hero
  • Diverse paths of character development - smash your way through problems, become quick and elusive or gain advantage with sophisticated technology
  • Real-time 3D graphics with 360 degree panoramic views
  • Atmospheric industrial ambient music and sound effects

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX compatible Video Card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible Sound Card
    • Additional Notes: Windows compatible mouse and keyboard. Be sure to add main.exe to DEP list. If you are experiencing technical difficulties please email support@meridian4.com
Helpful customer reviews
20 of 21 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2014
A very cheap hack and slash Diablo clone with a space setting. Some of the controls are weird, but not too weird where it stops the game from being fun. The UI takes some getting used to, easily to get a handle of. The options menu is very simplistic. The Diablo in space setting is a nice change of pace.
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24 of 30 people (80%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 23, 2014
After saw so many bad reviews on this game, plus this was lend free about 24h by his dev/editor, I thought this game will be a really pain in the.... but I'm really impressed because I'm playing it taking the idea that it is a game about a decade ago (so don't expect great gfx) but is funny and playable as RPG on space them like Diablo.

Yep, I recommend it if you want to play a RPG with a cost value of one buck and can afford this backward graphics.
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17 of 23 people (74%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 7, 2014
its not bad its actualy a good game its a rip-off of diablo but with space theme its actually fun have some very good atmosphere and music so if you have this game grab your plasma gun and lets kill some monsters
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2014
For 2005 game, this is above great game. And also, for sales it's only 0.19€. Do not buy at regular price, cause this game is very often on sale. Thou, even the regular price is only 0.99€.

Really fun, really fast, great graphics for 2005, and hack&slash Sci-Fi MOBA RPG. You start on planet, and your name is Hack. You get quests, and kill monsters. They drop great gear, for example Plasma Rifle, armours, helmets... What I LOVE at game is that it's very hardcore. It autosaves, when you die, you load your autosave and spawn a bit back before you died. And also, game has no Tutorial, which I LOVE, so the game is more hardcore. It includes some Tool tips thou. But, the complainers about no tutorial, what would make game interesting if there WAS tutorial and path arrows? I mean, game is about being on Lost Planet, trying to survive. You get simple goals: Kill aliens&Survive. That's all you have to do. This game is way beyond my rating. It deserves a great rate.

10/10
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 12
Please Note the following: I don’t recommend or discourage playing this game, my opinion falls right in-between the lines on this game, ergo, I could thumbs it up, or thumbs it down. I am thumbing it down because the majority of my friends reading this review probably wouldn’t want to waste time with it.
-Quick Review-
Space Hack is a very old looking Diablo throw back, “Sci-fi, RPG/Action” game. This game simply has the feeling of an “old game”, mostly because of its inspiration from Diablo. This game was released in 2005, so do keep in mind that, that reflects on the controls and the graphics.
-Detailed breakdown review-
Story: Basically you are humanity’s old hope for survival, you start the game standing inside an enclave called a “biosphere”, it’s your job to help these other humans to be able to survive this strange new world. Naturally, in a sci-fi game the enemies you encounter are various form of Alien.

Game Play: You can equip different weapons, and armor, as well as use various other types of items that are pictured up as loot from aliens you kill (or objects you find). This game also utilizes a questing system to help give you tasks and keep you active.
Something should be mentioned about the controls of this game. I have never adjusted the camera angle in a 3D game with my scroll wheel before, additionally there are several other key bindings that confused me, if you intend to try this game out, I highly suggest checking out the bindings BEFORE you jump into the game; Or else you’ll find yourself out of laser charges and franticly trying to find your inventory to equip a baseball bat to murder with.

Achievements: There are no steam achievements for Space Hack.

Price: Space Hack is $0.99, what else is there to say? Usually I say wait for a sale, but this game is already purchasable by shaking down a little kid for his lunch money. No further comments.

Conclusion: This type of game will appeal to a very select “flavor” of gamer, again, the game was released in 2005, the graphics reflect that, I haven’t been able to figure out if the majority of the people who played the original Diablo like or dislike this game, it seems pretty much split even.
To be honest, most people on steam have tons of games in their steam library, most people will probably enjoy playing other games then this one, but if you’re feeling retro, and liked Diablo (or the dungeon crawler genre in general) this might be worth picking up.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
14.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 3, 2014
This game was released back in late 2005 but it aged very well. You will enjoy hacking and slashing your way through hordes of bug-like aliens, finding new items to become a better slaying machine and ultimately saving the lives of the people who crash landed on this strange world for some obscure reasons. The story is simple but well tought off, the music is repetitive but catchy and add to the ambiance, the level design is childish looking but challenging from time to time, the graphics are polygonal but artsy-looking (Set the resolution to the highest windowed one if you can't see it).

Monsters never respawn and once you've cleared a path the instances available on the map are yours forever. The feeling of satisfaction when you rid an area of a huge group of aliens is real. There are also events that occurs from time to time where you have to accomplish a few tasks and quests given by your fellow crewmembers who are stuck with you on this planet.

The more you progress trough the game the fiercer, bigger and smarter the ennemies gets so be sure to check your equipments for repairs because you don't want to suffer a weapon break in the middle of a fight with one of the big guy.

I give Space Hack a 7/10
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
36.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 13, 2014
How to get bored on space station. Never again.
Space Hack is a sci-fi RPG/action, which was released in 2004. All players and even developers describe this game like Diablo-inspired gameplay mechanics clone.
All your walkthrough will consist of grinding alien monsters. All 40+ locations you will slaying hundreds of monsters. Sad thing is that your enemies differ from each others only in stats. With your way to "Mother" Module monsters become only fatter and hit harder. They have nothing something like special unique abilities. Just melee and ranged attack. Ranged attack can be one of four types. So all game you won't face any new creature, which has different fight mechanics you haven't seen in first 3-5 locations. I've completed this game on hard difficulty, cleared all locations. For 40+ locations I've met only 2 unique bosses.
There is no stash in this game. So all items you can't wear at current stats you need to carry in inventory.
At last locations when I tried to change locations with teleport game crashed a few times. Every biosphere had at least one location with lightnings on my screen, I don't know - it was graphical bug or not, but it was disturbing. Steam version has no voice sound over dialogues and missions.
So if you are looking for interesting action rpg, better skip this game. Maybe Space Hack was good game for 2004. But in 2014 it was painful for me to complete this game. Yes, it has storyline, but you'll face 45 locations of grinding same monsters. Worth it?
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 26, 2014
OK, IF you have played Diablo II, and you are expecting to get a similar satisfaction from this game, don't try it. Better go buy Torchlight II.

First of all i must say that i got this game in a bundle for free, not even with that i managed to like this game. I wanted to like it because, c'mon, is you vs lots of monster aliens to kill. But the flaws are just to much for me to even enjoy it.

First, the curiosity is what makes you play the first levels. But after a while, you realize the game is just walk-kill, and is not even that rewarding, most of the time you will get items you can't even use, and most of your money will be spent in repairing. And when you got the money, there is actually not much to buy. There are not many weapons.

The mechanics of the technological weapons are not explained at all. And that reminds me, the interface is... not really good. You will be guessing what all those numbers and symbols on screen means in the first 40 minutes of play.

i didn't get as far as 3 biospheres or whatever they are called, not a single boss. Pity.

The mouse interface is a pain too, sometimes you will be fighting to get a tiny pistol or med kit that was droped on the floor. And that reminds me that if you are not carefull, you will be missing some items on the floor because they are hard to spot most of the time, i wish the had left the "alt" key as a toggle key.

No stashes, no place to keep things stored, no secrets or hidden places.

Story is not good, if there is any.

Music goes with the mood of the game but is not good either. i belive there is only two background music pieces.

After a while of playing it, you will be playing with some kind of strategy using run/walk, hiding behind objects to ambush the aliens coming for you, but after a while of doing it, it gets awfully boring.

I know the developers put a lot of effort in this game, it can be noted, but is just a big "no" for me. The graphics are probably the best thing here. And for me, thats exactly the problem. It lacks good gameplay, good story, good music, even good ambient, i didn't feel inside a spaceship, neither a biodome.

If you don't give a damn about the things i mentioned, and just want good graphics (for 2005) and just go around maps killing everything at your path and destroying objects to complete your missions, feel free to play it. I strongly advice playing a demo, or looking at gameplays before buying it.

If you care about any of the details i mentioned, you won't be able to play this game a lot, is just plain boring and repetitive, no surprises, no misteries, just go around killing. Once again, if you played Diablo and you are looking for a similar experience, go for Torchlight II.
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13 of 21 people (62%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 19, 2014
Not fun but hey atleast I got it for free.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2014
This one takes place in a Sci-Fi environment with nods of its proverbial hat to the space cult classics of yesteryear.

If you're looking for something that you can play for a half an hour here and there when you've got a bit of spare time that plays and feels like Diablo 2, then this is a good bet for you.

The gameplay is simple hack and slash much like D2 with similar loot drops and power ups. You have a simple variety of stats that you can upgrade when you level for better abilities. Health for your life force and Energy (which roughly equates to mana in D2) for your energy weapons.

Instead of gems, you have Biochips which upgrade your character`s skills directly. There`s a fair bit of variety and game play is good enough in short doses between your other daily tasks or for a quick break.

The graphics are a little dated but go well with its simple stylized visuals. It will likely run well on a modest to low powered computer.

My recommendation goes to those with slower computers that want something that plays like Diablo 2, or for those who want a good "break game" that's engaging in short play sessions.
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14 of 25 people (56%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 7, 2014
A slightly below average ARPG, akin to Diablo, Torchlight, Titan Quest and the like. The game suffers from being dull and really brings nothing new to the genre.

Bottom line is: if it's on sale, it may be worth a stab for diehard fans of the genre. Otherwise, there really is nothing here that is worth your time and money.

Jimbo Rating: 4/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 20
Prepare to die ... a lot
One could describe this game as the Dark Souls of poorly done Diablo Clones.

The story is told through text windows but it all comes down to "you are the only hope to save humanity" so don't expect too much. The gameplay itself is something you need to get used to. Leftcklick to move & attack and Mousewheel to turn/ rotate the camera.
When you die you have to reload. You can and should activate "auto save" in the options menu.

Get it if you are a hardcore fan of Diablo Style games elsewise spent your dollar on something else.


Important Note: When you start a new game there's stuff on the ground you need to pick up
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 20, 2014
I can't recommend this game at all. Kinda wish I could but there are just too many barriers. They don't explain things very well at all. Most of the time you are just shooting and running, and when you aren't doing that, you are travelling long distances to get to where you THINK you need to go. All that time, you are fighting the camera.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 8
Wow. Purchased this masterpiece when it was on sale and I have to say, it was well worth $0.19. I played this game for a full 11 minutes, the best 11 minutes of my life. Let me start of by saying the graphics are just wow. Very comparible to modern games as in CoD: Advanced Warfare, and Dragon Age: Inquisition as well. The story is just phenomenal, I absolutely love the part where space gets hacked (oops didn't mean to spoil that).

Pros:
-Whopping 11 minutes of story time.
-Amazing graphics
-The best voice acting since 2004
-The music in this game will literally make you bust a nut.

Cons:
-Once you play this game, any other game will look like complete sh*t

In conclusion, if you have $0.99 to buy this game, I suggest you do it, I can't get enough of it!

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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 11, 2014
Hey! Want to play a game that's as familiar like diablo, but looks blocky and annoying, has an interface that SCREAMS for you to ignore any information it gives you, and is wildly unintuitive despite being likely the 500th in 1000 games almost exactly like it? LOOK NO FURTHER. Your character may not start with any equipment, but HE DOES start with sideburns. The sum total of my experience with this game is as follows: I accidentally quit out of the intro cinematic when it paused for so long at some flavor text I assumed you had to click to advance it (nope -- it quits the cinematic!) then I contemplated why my head looked like a box until I figured out how to confirm that yep... despite having quests to go out into dangerous territory I had literally NO equipment. Guess they want me to earn some, or find some, or cut my teeth on weak enemies before they introduce me to the inventory aspects of the game. Wrong-O. Went outside, was beset by bug creatures and devoured. Then I deleted the game. If I was much younger and felt I had the time to waste I'd have given it what some might have considered a fairer shake. However, my time is honestly more valuable than anything I feel this game might have to offer me. Sad too, as I was in the mood for a futuristic diablo clone. If you want something like this that doesn't look like an angler-fish abortion, I suggest you take a look at "Space Siege."
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
Fun little game for a very cheap price of 20c. 8/10
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 14, 2014
English:
I had this game in my library a long time ago (it was free), had never played, I decided to download it and then play around these are my views of this game:

Pros:
- It was free.
- The soundtrack is not so bad.
- The intention of the developers was good, but apparently no effort almost nothing.

Cons:
- The game looks like it was the epoch of 2000.
- The interface looks very bad.
- No clear instructions on what to do.
- The game is very poorly optimized.

If you want to spend a dollar, do not use it in this game.


Español:
Tenía este juego en mi biblioteca desde hace mucho tiempo (fue gratis), nunca lo había jugado, me decidí a descargarlo y luego de jugar un rato estos son mis puntos de vista de este juego:

Pros:
- Fue gratis.
- El soundtrack no esta tan mal.
- La intención de los desarrolladores era buena, pero al parecer no se esforzaron casi nada.

Contras:
- El juego luce como si fuera de la época del 2000.
- La interfaz se ve muy mal.
- Sin instrucciones claras sobre lo que hay que hacer.
- El juego esta muy mal optimizado.

Si quieres gastar un dolar, no lo uses en este juego.

1 / 10
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 15, 2014
it's an all right game. but not very engaging or extremely fun not even any cards for those who want a few cents from the game LOL. Anyways just 6/10 on all categories for a critical review. and Personally a 4/10 just very dull to me at least. Not a must have.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 23, 2014
7/10

Pretty fun and addicting game, it reminds me of those WarCraft 3 mods, but with an story. The Graphics are nothing special, really, but the game is kinda old so i have to consider that, gameplay is pretty solid and will leave you playing for some time trying to figure out how everything works. It took me an hour to find out what i had to do, i recommend this game if you like stuff like Diablo or Warcraft. And the price is pretty nice too for such a game!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 20, 2014
it's actually pretty fun, i'd say it could do with a little more introduction than just bam you're in the game, and maybe put the starting items in your inv instead of on the ground because i didn't see them at first


Otherwise it's a pretty fun sci-fi diablo clone. Needs multiplayer, i would play this with bros
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