Hope has a new name – Space Hack
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Mixed (612 reviews) - 43% of the 612 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 15, 2005

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About This Game

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

    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX compatible Video Card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 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
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
My overview and opinions on this game is in my Steam Backlog series:

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146 of 184 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 11, 2014
Space Hack uses the Diablo formula, but it is a lesser derivative that doesn't do anything other than provide a setting in space with alien creatures. The environment is situated in an enormous cargo ship transporting biospheres for planetary colonization.

There are some good things about the game; the science fiction environment and back story created are interesting. Graphically the game looks good and feels convincing. Also, the controls are quite fluid and the game operates smoothly (I loved being able to rotate the map with the mouse scroll wheel). No bugs or crashing to be found; overall, I found no technical reasons to dislike this game.

I played the game for 8.7 hours and finished 2 quests. To finish this game 100% one must visit 15 biospheres; all that time and I only fully explored biospheres A and B. I have a hard time with games that are too fast paced, but even for me this game is too slow. One would need to put in about 50-60 hours which is too long for a game that doesn't have much variety.

The maps are large but feel quite empty. There are too few scripted events, no special spots, or interesting extras, just hundreds of monsters to slay and a lot of space station objects that have no interactivity. To be blunt, after a few hours this game gets boring.

Despite the very reasonable price of this game is not recommended since they forgot to make it fun, This is not a bad game, but it is boring due to the lack of variety.
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120 of 159 people (75%) found this review helpful
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 5, 2014
TL;DR - it's a decent Diablo clone I played some years ago with unusual and appealing setting that I used to like :)

It's actually one of the games I've been waitng to appear on Steam or other digital distribution, as I have a good memories from this game :).

I have to admit, I never finished or even got far in the game and I barely remember much from it, but I used to play it at the time Diablo II was popular and I liked it, and I got the game from the magazine it was attached (which is now lost, so I couldn't play the game afterwards :( ).

The game received mixed reviews, but I decided to try it anyway (partially because the game had Polish origins, me being somewhat patrioric here ;) ) and the short time I played it, I like it! And now I have time to enjoy the game again, on Steam! And initially on Steam (as of 2014-08-05) the game was even free so it won't hurt to try this game anyway, especially if you enjoy diablo-like hack & slash action rpgs!

EDIT: Oh, and try not to set the expectations too high either - I didn't had them high back then either. The game is old by today's standards and if you look at credits, the game was made only by a bunch of people. I also might be wrong, but I have a feeling that the English version on Steam is lacking (I can swear there was an intro in the version I played, and I played the original Polish version of the game), but I might be wrong o.o

EDIT2: After doing some investigation it seems that I was right about the cut content - the original game had both the intro (which is explaining some of the backstory so you actually have an idea what happened on the ship you are), and had Polish voiceovers that probably never got translated to English. Also, unfortunately, the Polish version is not available here on Steam at all and so are the files, which explains the low size of the game,
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68 of 97 people (70%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 12, 2015
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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30 of 35 people (86%) found this review helpful
16 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
38.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 4
Oh my ♥♥♥♥ing GOD! After 38 hours of agony i beat this crap. This is the most boring game I ever played in my life.

- Was free
- Story is related in space, everyone likes space
- Yep

- Gameplay, main story, quests, enemies - EVERYTHING IS ♥♥♥♥ING BORING!
- There are only two types of enemies - fighting and shooting, sometimes they change colours - incredible!
- No respawns
- There are only two cut scenes: Intro and Outro and doesn't work, You have to watch them on YouTube
- A lot of crashes without reason

3/10 - Better buy a Smash Mouth album.
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46 of 63 people (73%) found this review helpful
5 people 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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53 of 75 people (71%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: August 5, 2014
For an old school Diablo-ish game, why not pick up Space Hack?
First Tip: When you start the game there are items you NEED on the ground. Pick them up or you'll spend the next few minutes struggling to stay alive. The guns in the game, like the first little "Magnetic Pistol", need to be recharged (like getting more ammo) from time to time, which is indicated by blue bar across the bottom display area.

The game is an old game that uses a bland "page" type dialogue for text which feels a bit "blah." But they tried to make it worth the read by giving you tidbits of back-story as you talk to each character.
I do like the fact that the mouse wheel turns the camera, and this feature is necessary in order to survive. Some of the sounds are pretty generic and repetitive, but the game seems interesting enough. Worth a couple of bucks if you like these types of click and move simple RPG games, and don't mind a lot of clicking...your fingers will likely take a beating since you have to click each time you shoot. It's a bit too painful with all the clicking for my taste.
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34 of 51 people (67%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
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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47 of 76 people (62%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 9, 2014
More like Space Grind

This game was offered for free for 24 hours but it might as well be free forever. It's a dated game for sure but it has a lot of issues with balance, gear, energy management and the actual element of a game being fun.

When you first start the game, you're given a club (a melee weapon in the game with degradability). I read a review here saying there's other stuff on the floor but I didn't see anything, maybe they meant the monster drops. The problem here is (at least in Normal difficulty), that monsters chop you down very easily, you swing, they hit, you swing, they hit, rinse repeat. Eventually, you will either run of HP or your weapon will break. If a weapon breaks in this game, it is removed entirely from your inventory which is a bit harsh.

Luckily, there's a free doctor at the base but running back and forth between him and to where you want to go is very tedious. You can get healing capsules but they cost about 150 cells (currency in the game) per one use, which is far too expensive as the payout from the first few areas is absymal. Monsters have a small chance to drop cells or random gear. I spent most of my income on repairs and purchasing one helmet. The prices are set way too high and this encourages grinding except this quickly becomes a chore in a game with uninspiring enemies and locale.

Gear-wise, the club is a good option but lacks speed so it leaves you open to a lot of hits. The bow is pretty redundant as there is no stand-and-shoot option and the range is laughable. So much so that once you're in range, you'll deal only a small amount of DPS - might as well keep the club.

The energy guns are a much better option but unfortunately, they rely on energy which is spent very quickly. I think I found an energy refill item but that was when I stopped playing, the game just got a bit too boring after that.

Story-wise, there isn't really much to it. Wall of texts try to flesh out the characters but otherwise not a great deal to say here.

A much better free game is Path of Exile, similar game mechanic but overall, just much better in every department.

It's very difficult to use a Yes or No conclusion to this review, especially for a game that cost nothing but an hour to check it out but if I had a chance to take that hour back, it'd be spent elsewhere.
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29 of 45 people (64%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
50.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 17, 2015
I just finished the game. I had to watch ending on youtube because after killing final boss and entering last teleport game crashed and all my saves were gone.

Its like diablo 1/2 in space, with bad gameplay, bad controls, terrible camera and sound effects that will make your ears bleed ("pew pew pew"), repetitive enemies (in different colors! yay). Loot is terrible - vendors have better equipment, in games like that it is just unforgivable.
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0.4 hrs
Posted: October 5
Product received for free
Not even with my GTX 980 the game will start.

Crash on launch... RIP
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2.0 hrs
Posted: September 27
Product received for free
Got it for free so why the hell not. It's alright. 7.5/10
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0.9 hrs
Posted: August 20
Product received for free
I looked at this games store page for a heads up on the game would be like, it seemed it would be a space Diablo with an interesting storyline. Sadly the store page gives more story then the game itself as it throws you into the deep end with little story. This game is also a grind fest with a slow reward system.

For the new player trying it out remember there is items on the ground next to you, PICK THEM UP you will thank me later.
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Obey the Fist!
0.1 hrs
Posted: July 18
Diablo 2 in space! Not the worst premise for a game I've seen. Unfortunately lack of scaleability for modern systems and terminal bugs make the game unplayable.

Graphics are low poly 3D from a fixed perspective. They still look reasonable enough.

Gameplay is quite fun, it's Diablo 2, which is decent and enjoyable enough.

Technical problems, however, give this the thumbs down. The developer should not be selling this game on Steam. Switching to a 16:9 ratio pushes the game window out of the visible screen area. Setting a resolution higher than 1080P causes an instant crash. This is reprehensible and the game must be fixed or removed.
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0.1 hrs
Posted: July 4
nice game
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0.1 hrs
Posted: July 3
goood games
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5.5 hrs
Posted: June 27
Surprisingly good game for the low price
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0.9 hrs
Posted: June 24
imi place da nu l inteleg
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0.1 hrs
Posted: June 21
No... ju... just ... No.
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