Space Pirates and Zombies

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Space Pirates and Zombies
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MinMax Games
macOS (OS X) Ryan C. Gordon
Linux Ryan C. Gordon
MinMax Games
Release dates
Windows August 15, 2011
macOS (OS X) July 12, 2012
Linux September 18, 2012
Themes Space
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The macOS (OS X) version of this game does not work on macOS Catalina (version 10.15) or later due to the removal of support for 32-bit-only apps.
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General information

Space Pirates and Zombies Official Website Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\MinMaxGames\SpacePiratesAndZombies\
macOS (OS X)
Linux $XDG_DATA_HOME/SpacePiratesAndZombies/
This game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\MinMaxGames\SpacePiratesAndZombies\
macOS (OS X)
Linux $XDG_DATA_HOME/SpacePiratesAndZombies/

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud
Syncs save games.

Video settings[edit]

Launcher options menu.
Launcher options menu.
In-game options menu.
In-game options menu.


Set multi-monitor resolution[1]
  1. Go to %APPDATA%\MinMaxGames\SpacePiratesAndZombies\b_settings
  2. Edit spz_settings.cs and set your resolution.
  3. Save the file and set it to read-only.

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes

Issues fixed[edit]

Black Screen of Death for multi-monitor users[edit]

Users with multiple independent monitors (not combined using Surround/Eyefinity) may encounter a black screen of death upon starting the game, where the system can be heard running in the background but video rendering is stuck on the black screen until the user resets the machine.

Developer Blorfy created a fix that starts the game in DirectX compatibility mode immediately, bypassing this problem. Place canvas.cs.dso into common/gameScripts inside the SPAZ folder, replacing the file inside.

Lag and Stuttering with Catalyst 12.3[edit]

Stuttering is caused by game defaulting to one processor core. Change this by opening task manager, right-click "spazgame.exe" under "processes", set affinity and select at least 2 cores Alternatively, check the "DirectX Compatibility Mode" in the startup options

Steam startup failure[edit]

Some users report putting Steam into to offline mode and launching the game will allow normal use.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 7 Only when running the game in "DirectX Compatibility Mode".
OpenGL 3.0
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)
This 32-bit-only macOS game does not work on macOS Catalina (10.15) or later.


Middleware Notes
Audio OpenAL

System requirements[edit]

Operating system (OS) XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1
Processor (CPU) 2.5 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 250 MB
Video card (GPU) 256 MB of VRAM
OpenGL 3.0 compatible
DirectX 9 compatible
macOS (OS X)
Operating system (OS) 10.6.8
Processor (CPU) Intel Core Duo 1.8 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 500 MB
Video card (GPU) OpenGL 3.0 compatible
Operating system (OS) Ubuntu 14.04, Linux Mint 17
Processor (CPU) 2.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 250 MB
Video card (GPU) 512 MB of VRAM
OpenGL 3.0 compatible
The Linux version requires the following packages to be installed: libc6:i386, libasound2:i386, libasound2-data:i386, libasound2-plugins:i386 and dependencies