Test: Hardspace Shipbreaker – Everything Else If Abgewrackt

Fresh game concepts are always welcome, and any too Hardspace Shipbreaker can count. The title will soon find its way to PS5, which is why we were able to take a look at it earlier and share our impressions here in the review.

In and out of debt

what is he talking about Hardspace Shipbreaker? As a player, you wake up mired in debt and vow to make yourself available to the LYNX Group as a business and scrape in order to finally get off its billion dollar mountain of debt. This is a very long way to go, and thanks to LYNX technology, it opens up the possibility of its realization.

LYNX specializes in extracting valuable resources from space debris, which is not only a demanding task, but also a high risk. Only a handful of scraping tools are ready to do this. Your chance, so to speak! Fortunately, LYNX gives you all the tools you need right away, but in the end it is a company that only cares about profits and gives you nothing and always will be.

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There is also such a thing as a story that is mostly told in audio logs and emails along the way. However, this does not have any effect on the gameplay. For example, many vandals complain about poor working conditions and want to create a union, which LYNX immediately puts out. At least one proves here and there a narrative sense of humor, which one can use as well outlet We expect it and that puts a smile on your face.

Efficiency is the way

At the beginning of the transformation, the first small spaceship is thrown at your feet, which you can disassemble with the cutter and grabber. Melted scrap is separated into components that can be immediately reused and resources that can be processed. In theory, you could also give the entire spaceship to recycle in one piece, but the return would be very minimal in this case.

Hardspace Cutter Ship Breaker
Hardspace Ship Breaker Cutting Tool

So you have to handle it with some skill and sensitivity while the change timer is running in the background, giving you only 15 minutes to save as many resources as possible. So you have to constantly increase your effectiveness, but you also learn something new with each episode. Later, your tools will become more efficient to successfully restore the smallest circuit board.

skimming in Hardspace Shipbreaker Very boring at first, but it has a steady learning curve as spaceships become more and more challenging in parallel. You can see it at the latest in RACE mode, where you have to rescue and secure a nuclear reactor from the ship’s deepest interior within 30 minutes – with all its attendant complications. Later, for example, aspects like pressure equalization or AI manipulative ship were added in which you have to cheat.

Weightless among space junk

Hardspace Shipbreaker It occurs in weightlessness in space. On the one hand, this is practical because you have complete freedom of movement, but you also need a good sense of direction, which is sometimes the biggest challenge. One slip and you are inadvertently tossed into the depths of space. Controlling the console, in particular, feels a little cumbersome in the long run, as you have to constantly correct your position in order to precisely align yourself, the laser cutter and knob over and over again.

This can be improved later, because all gadgets and space suit can be upgraded with continuous progress. The drive improves, the laser cutter becomes sharper and sharper, the oxygen supply lasts longer, etc. so the scrapping job becomes noticeably more enjoyable over time and you’ll get an accurate sense of progress, even if it’s 1,252,594,441.92 points per Negative movement only slowly in positive.

Basically, everything has a price, because LYNX, as a for-profit company, ruthlessly asks you for everything. Failing a mission is considered a breach of contract, and even if you accidentally vaporize yourself, artificial resuscitation isn’t exactly cheap. Billing is done with each new scrap ring, which should be enough as an incentive to get as much ship as possible in one round.

Every piece of debris counts

What may seem at first a little slow and repetitive pays off later. You don’t have to disassemble spaceships into thousands of individual parts at a time, the exciting thing in the end is the effectiveness you can achieve, along with deceptive logic and puzzle techniques.

Once you have upgraded your tools and completely disassembled the spaceship’s interior, you can use all the competent tools at once. For example, the most important connections of a spaceship between the hull and the core are loosened, in order to send entire parts of the exoskeleton for recycling with a kind of tractor beam. The larger and more profitable this component, the more credits are awarded, which again can be a completely satisfying feeling.

Later demolitions were added as a tool, admittedly a rather primitive method and should be used with extreme caution. But sometimes there is no other way to break the ship first. However, having a nuclear reactor inside is no joke and will eventually cost you your job if it explodes. Hardspace Shipbreaker It is definitely not a game to rush into. Here you can find out what works and what doesn’t in a very comfortable way and spend a lot of time with it without getting bored.

Hardspace Shipbreaker - Hub
Hardspace Shipbreaker – Hub

Developer Blackbird Interactive has already implemented a lot of notes from the PC version with the console version. This includes an adapted user interface, improved physics, optional game modes without a shortage of time and oxygen, as well as a leaderboard where you can compete for the fastest ships to break apart. This should provide enough motivation in the long run.

Technically Hardspace Shipbreaker It is also very round and offers different graphics and performance modes. Unfortunately, the PS5-specific features are still neglected, which especially applies to console vibration or haptic feedback. In my opinion, there is a lack of tuning here, which ironically contradicts the concept of the game.


Test: Hardspace Shipbreaker – everything else if abgewrackt

“Hardspace Shipbreaker at first appears to be relatively simple in its idea. But the magic here is in the details, where you discover step by step how you can do things better and more skilled and where to lose yourself quickly. A refreshingly different game concept in which you can relax and pause, but not You can still challenge. In particular, the improvements carried over from the PC version (more ship types, more game modes, etc.) now make Hardspace Shipbreaker a title definitely worth checking out.”


Refreshing game concept

Comfortable play in a pleasant atmosphere

Logic and puzzle approach


Zero Gravity Controls Can Be Cumbersome

The soundtrack needs more variety

Minor drawing errors (cutting)