A single-player science fiction strategy game featuring open-ended galaxy exploration, main story arc, ship building and real-time space battles.

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Can I skip the initial settings screen when launching Space Pirates and Zombies?

Playing the Steam version of the game, I find that every time I launch the game a launcher with settings and options for the game will pop up first. While useful for the first few launches, I find the ...
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How can I shoot backwards?

When controlled by AI, I saw one of my ships shooting backwards. (It was fleeing, but the turret the gun was mounted on turned to shoot at the chasing enemy.) Can I do this when controlling my ...
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What are traffic jams for?

I saw some missions with this text: Even the infinite vastness of space is not immune to the odd traffic jam. This could be a good opportunity to take advantage of some Civilian ships. ...
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Are blueprints found on the black market unique?

In other words, if a blueprint for a certain module is in a station and I don't obtain it from there, will any other stations in the galaxy carry it? Obviously if this is the case, then I won't have ...
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How do I collect all the goons?

There's a few pick up pods lying around from my latest confrontation, but all my ships are fully staffed! Do I have to leave these potential goons behind? They're dying to become pirates (literally) ...
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How do the different sizes of modules compare to eachother?

Is there an equivalency between some number of small modules and medium/large/huge? Does 3 small modules equal, in terms of effect/damage, a large perhaps? 2 a medium? Perhaps it scales instead?
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What do the Hull Stats mean?

I've just started playing SPAZ, and I'm trying to work out which ship hulls I should use. More specifically: Stats like "Hull Strength" and "Hull Mass" don't seem to be explained anywhere (unless ...
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Is there a time limit before the zombie apocalypse triggers?

In S.P.A.Z. is it possible to stay in one chapter and collect lots of data to level up before advancing the game, thus not have to deal with any zombies? Or is the zombie attack guaranteed to happen ...
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Why am I losing power after I fire my weapons?

I've started playing Space Pirates and Zombies, and while I am enjoying it immensely, I've come across an issue that I am sure someone here would be able to shed some light on. I have found that with ...
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How can I abandon manual control of all my ships?

Sometimes I'd like to give all my ships orders and let the AI work on them without my manual intervention. So far however, I always had to control one ship manually. Can I give up on that and let the ...
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What is the point of Bounty Hunters in SPAZ?

I wonder what bounty hunters bring to SPAZ other than a couple of new ship hulls. What are they actually useful for? Other than adding targets for me to blow up. I played through SPAZ a couple of ...
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How do I order an attack on friends?

Basically, having many technology blueprints in a single station is a death warrant. I often need to obliterate friendly bases to get my hands on them. I want to order my units to start the attack, ...
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Will I Lose Completed Mission Progress When Mass Retreating?

If I mass-retreat after completing a secondary mission, do I lose any progress from that mission? The popup isn't clear...
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Is it possible to lower the strength of a Tier 3 base without destroying it?

I'm currently attempting to siege a Tier 3 Mining Base that has 6 different blueprints that I want, and I don't want to pay for them. As I'm on veteran, it's proving to be very hard work at my ...
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What is “Fire Group 3” and how can I use it?

In Space Pirates and Zombies, in the options screen I see keybindings for fire groups 1, 2 and 3. By experimentation, group one and two correspond to the normal left-right mouse button weapons, which ...
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At what point in the game should I start taking down Bounty Hunter bases for fun and profit?

In "midgame" an easy way to farm data and goons is to go back to the lowest stars and take down UTA or Civilian outposts. The outposts in the very first star are in an exceptionally sorry state ...
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Is there any reason to ever side with the UTA?

It seems that to transition between each sector, I will need to defeat a group of UTA at the gates, wouldn't this always ruin my relationship with the UTA in that sector? So if that's the case, why ...
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Do shield boosters benefit cloaking modules?

Shield boosters increase the max shield buffer but I am not noticing any changes/benefits when using the cloaking module with shield boosters. Is there a different booster for cloaking? (Shields and ...
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Good Missilebuild for SPAZ?

How would you approach a good missile build in this game and what ships would you use for that? I am currently playing with lasers @ lvl 55, but I have issues surviving. I become a zombie way too ...
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Can I get blackboxes from ships I didn't destroy?

When I kill an enemy ship of unknown type, I can grab a blackbox which enables me to build that ship type myself. Do only the ships I kill drop blackboxes? Or can I get my hands on a blueprint of an ...
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What is the strongest build to beat SPAZ on insane? [closed]

I plan on playing SPAZ on insane for several achievements (Beat on insane + Single Minded) and I wonder if there is some uber power build that is slightly OP and what the important ships are to unlock ...
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What determines barter rates for goons, Rez and data?

Civilian stations trade one type of resource (Goons for Rez, Rez for goons, data for goons) for another depending on the system's type (Colony, Mining, Science). The exchange rate, however, can vary ...
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How can I deploy bombs more effectively?

Having gained access to my first ship with a bomb slot (The Gull) and using it for a while, I realized that I couldn't use the weapon effectively. Ships carrying bomb mounts usually have it dead ...
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Exiting the Arena

With the Bounty Hunter faction there came a possibility of battling in an arena. How can I quit the arena after I win? I've only been able to 'mass retreat'; however, I'd like just to return to the BH ...
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When is using a triple mount a viable strategy?

Turret mounts have the ability to sacrifice weapon size in favor of their increased number. When is this a good thing to do? Is there a general rule I could adhere to? Should I use double or ...