Space Pirates And Zombies
"But suffice to say Space Pirates and Zombies isn't just a grand open-world space action RPG in the tradition of Star Control. It's also a rare expression of zombies that belongs alongside Dead Rising and Atom Zombie Smasher." - Gameshark.com
"A great indie plenty of depth, choices and fun: one of the best mix of genres in a long time." - Multiplayer.it
Space Pirates and Zombies takes place far enough in the future that Earth has become a toxic backwater planet, so potentially not that far in the future. The galaxy has been colonized by humans, and the only means to travel to new star systems is through highly restricted and well defended warp gates. It is well known that systems closer to the galactic core become richer and richer as well as more scientifically advanced. This has led to theories of a secret system with a cache of treasure or knowledge at the galactic core feeding this growth. As a pirate, you must assemble a fleet and discover what treasure awaits you there.
THE GALAXY: There are hundreds of stars to visit in SPAZ, and each game galaxy is uniquely generated.
STAR SYSTEMS: Within each star system there is an ecosystem of events that are influenced by your actions or lack of action. These events will expire over time and represent a War between the factions within the star system. Some events you can even stay out of the way and simply observe, such as fleet battles, and then collect the spoils. Yarr.
FACTIONS: Each system has two factions you can interact with, but they always dislike one another. The hub of activity in each system for each faction is their Starbase. There you can purchase technology, or trade captured crew for resources and other favours. If a faction is not friendly with you, they wont deal with you, but transferring a few workers to the Starbase can usually grease the wheels just enough. Approaching a hostile Starbase to make the trade is another matter entirely.
THE FLEET: As the game progresses, you increase the size of your mothership and thus the size of the fleet which it can maintain. Only your mothership is able to breach the warp gates between systems. The player can fly any of the ships in the fleet real time with AI pilots as wingmen. New ship designs are added to the fleet through combat. Each time a ship is destroyed, some of the knowledge to build that ship becomes available. If you can kill it, eventually you can fly it.
SHIP DESIGN: As the player explores star systems, they will come across new technologies to purchase. Upgrading your ships to use the latest tech is always desirable, but can be expensive. Technologies are usually not “better” than one another in SPAZ, instead they have different uses. A shotgun and a rifle both have a use, but neither is better than the other for all situations. As your technology pool increases, your combat options increase.
TECH REFINEMENT: As the player destroys ships and completes events, they gain technical knowledge. Once enough technical knowledge has been achieved, they gain a level up and can spend points to refine their technology. Technological refinement is required to use some of the higher end components on ships but also makes all components within that category better. There are far fewer points to spend in SPAZ than there are things to spend them on, so specializing will be key.
COMBAT: All of the above boils down to you flying one hell of a powerful customized ship and using it to blow up the enemy (whoever you choose the enemy to be.) Combat in SPAZ is all physics based. This means that if you can avoid a shot, it will not hit you. Ships have inertia and weight plays a major role in maneuverability. Use your thrusters and inertia to strafe as you have seen in Sci-Fi movies. Bullets will ricochet at high angles. Explosions have blast waves that impart impulses and apply damage to nearby ships.
ZOMBIES: Zombies are the fourth faction in SPAZ. As the game progresses, zombies become a more prominent force in the galaxy, altering the nature of the previous events and conflicts. In combat, zombie vessels and critters (dead people) behave a lot differently than human space ships. Zombies infect and eat, instead of destroy. They lay eggs and can quickly change from being a minor pest to a disaster.
Hard but interestingzhack075 | Feb. 25, 2013 | See all zhack075's reviews »
In SPAZ, you start with a few ships and a mothership. During your journey, you'll have to do mission, to buy equipement, to fight bounty hunters and to complete the main quest ( even though you can choose not to do it ).
This game is great. Even though it is quite hard sometimes, it is really fun to play. Graphics are good and even though some of the sprite are a bit "raw" ( character portrait for example. The game is dynamic and the 2D shooter view is really nice. You can customize the hull you unlock with a tons of ship parts too, which is a great thing as you can design your own fleet.
If you enjoyed games such as freelancer for example, you'll love this game even if it's more a shooter than an elitesque game.
Indie game at its finestkokosabre | Feb. 3, 2013 | See all kokosabre's reviews »
This game is great.Even though i completed it several times I still cant find nothing bad to say about it.Storyline makes sense and its good enough for a movie.Game offers you a chance to create your own space fleet during the game course.Game is easy to learn but hard to master but you gonna have a lot of fun.I recommend you to get the game as soon as possible.You won't regret it.
If you can't decide on this one... just get it!numanair | Dec. 9, 2012 | See all numanair's reviews »
When I first heard of S.P.A.Z. I wasn't sure if I wanted to get it. I eventually bought it and am glad I did. It has a somewhat retro gameplay with modern graphics. Not many (if any) games like this are still produced. Once you really get into the gameplay you will spend hours searching out upgrades and fighting enemy fleets. It has a good enough story and the developers clearly have a sense of humor, which added to my appreciation of the game. The missions can be thoroughly challenging, so be prepared! Since its release, mod tools have been made available, which means this game will have a fair amount of replay value.
Great sandbox space shooteroginer | Dec. 7, 2012 | See all oginer's reviews »
You start with a small spaceship with weak weapons and have to advance through the galaxy, getting better equipment and blueprints for better and bigger spaceships. It's a very rewarding game, and you'll spend hours and hours in it. It's not an easy game, either. You have to be cautious about where you go next and piloting your ship skilfully. As you advance you'll also be able to have a squad of ships you own, so you won't pilot alone.
Graphically it's looks pretty good, with some well done graphic effects and particle systems.
One of the bests indie games without any doubt. Highly recommended.
Great game. Small issues but might get fixed.Rumpel123 | Aug. 20, 2012 | See all Rumpel123's reviews »
First of. This is a really good game. It has a few issues but If you like game like Sid Meyers Pirates, I'm sure you will like this one.
Starting with a tiny and poor equiped ship you make your way through the galaxy to get rich. Whoooo!!! The galaxy is huge enough to give you entertainment for a lots and lots of hours (I explored ~10% and have around 13 hours played).
While killing enemy spaceships you learn their technical skills and a while after you can build stronger and bigger ships.
You can mount a lot of different weapons and upgrades on each ship, you can have specialist that give your fleet (you can get morge then one ship early in the game) special bonuses and you have to use research a sciencetree to use new weapons.
Graphics are really nice to look at and the controlls are to the point.
But a big issue is the gamebalance. If you just try to follow the story you soon will be blasted to dust. There is a lot of grinding in this game. But in my opinion the fights are entertaining enough to make this fact less worth.
The games gets free updates from time to time and has a active community. In conclusion Im sure you cant really go wrong for the price!