THE legendary free online multiplayer space shooter! Addictive, fast-paced, easy to learn, and impossible to master.
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Very Positive (431) - 87% of the 431 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Jul 3, 2015

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March 16

New leagues, improved compatibility, more user-friendly, Mac/Linux!

If you've always wanted to give Subspace Continuum a shot, or have been looking for the right moment to make your triumphant return, the time is now!


Our all-volunteer team has been working hard to beat compatibility issues and improve accessibility. First-time users will find a vastly-improved experience, including tutorials in all major zones. And long-time vets should be pleasantly surprised with the new coat of paint!

The Steam version now packages too many improvements to count, including HD graphics and sound, a key configuration especially designed for laptops, automatic downloads of all major zone files as they are updated, pre-packaged development tools, optimization for modern systems, and more.


Looking for competition? Join an active league! See each zone for details on available leagues.

TSL (Trench Wars)
TSL is the fastest and easiest way to play a competitive match, for new players and vets alike. Just 'show up and play' most nights of the week. The new matchmaking system ensures a fair balance. Watch your personal player rating evolve over time as you work to beat your personal best!
Click here for more information about TSL.

TWD 2.0 (Trench Wars)
It's the perfect time to join a squad and start competitive dueling and basing. A brand new season of TWD is right around the corner, with phenomenal improvements that will reinvent the way the game is played.
Click here for more information about TWD.


Having trouble running the game? Take a look at this troubleshooting guide for resolving problems with newer versions of Windows:

Mac and Linux

Want to run on Mac or Linux? We've got you covered. Unofficial stable versions will let you play on the OS of your choice:

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Thank you!

Thanks to everyone who has worked to keep Subspace alive for 20 years, one of the few truly free-to-play games in existence.

Thanks to everyone who continues to play.

And thanks to those who return now and again to find with surprise and a smile that, against all odds, this incredible game lives on.

See you in space!
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“An easy-to-play, difficult-to-master marvel.”

“Revolutionary, action-packed, and above all, FUN!”

“The online spaceshooter Subspace Continuum has everything in store to become a cult success: old arcade elements, online gaming and addicting gameplay.”

About This Game

Subspace Continuum is a top down multiplayer space shooter, and one of the longest-running online action games in the world. Wonder why?


  • Instantly-addictive fast-paced combat
  • Responsive, nuanced controls
  • Simple, clean interface
  • Active community
  • Totally free, player-run and player-supported!


  • Huge array of weapons and tools, including: 4 bullet and bomb levels, mines, repels, burst shots, cloaking, decoys, walls, and more
  • Attach to your teammates to create super-turrets
  • Game modes: free play, CTF, turf, football/soccer, deathmatch, team deathmatch, base assault, and hundreds of special events
  • Automated leagues with detailed stat tracking
  • Oldschool ambiance with super-high framerates for a smooth and immersive experience
  • Customized zones and arenas each with their own unique ship settings
  • Dedicated community to help you learn the ropes
  • Super-optimized netcode allowing highly accurate positioning (even with 50+ players on screen at once!)

Like any classic, even today, Subspace Continuum still feels fresh. Come see why this is one of the best online multiplayer games ever created.


It's recommended that you watch the tutorial videos linked in the installer if this is your first time playing. To set up your profile:

  • Click the PROFILE button
  • Type a name in the Player Name box
  • Type in a unique password into the Password box
  • Click OK
  • Click PLAY
  • If your name has already been taken, click OK and try a different name. NOTE: There are over 4 million names created, so try something unique!

Default controls
  • Movement: Arrow keys
  • Guns: Ctrl
  • Bombs: Tab
  • Afterburner: Shift
  • Menu: Esc
  • Chat: Start typing, or press Enter

It's time to see what's had everyone hooked for so long! You're about to play your new favorite game.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Intel 2 Duo
    • Memory: 64 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Any
    • DirectX: Version 5.2
    • Storage: 101 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Any
    • Additional Notes: For Windows 8+, under Advanced Options, check the following to fix performance issues: Software Emulation, Avoid Page Flipping, No Framerate Limit, Disable Clipping.
    • OS: OSX Lion
    • Processor: Intel 2 Duo
    • Memory: 64 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Any
    • Storage: 101 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Any
    • OS: Any
    • Processor: Intel 2 Duo
    • Memory: 64 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Any
    • Storage: 101 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Any

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