Manga-inspired spaceship runner ‘Space Heads’ arrives for Windows Phone 8, powered by Unity

Let’s get this out of the way: endless runners are the new weather apps, the new puzzler fad in mobile gaming. They’re free, have great 3D graphics and more importantly, you can play them in under a few minutes. That’s why they’re popular and that’s why we love ‘em. It’s futile to resist (and fruitless to complain).

Space Heads is a new game available for Windows Phone 8 developed by Unity Studios, and yes, even the 512 MB crowd can get in on the action. Take that, Subway Surfers and Temple Run 2.  So why is this game worth your time? We’ll tell you.

Space Heads is described as a “manga-inspired spaceship runner”. It’s actually inspired by the Japanese anime film ‘Tekkon kinkurîto’, which is kind of neat, we have to admit. But here’s why WE like it:

  • More dimensions for moving up and down and side-flipping, instead of just right, left, center
  • Really good electronica music reminiscent of Daft Punk (think ‘Tron Legacy’)
  • Impressive graphics as it’s powered by the Unity gaming engine
  • Facebook integration to compare scores against friends

In short, Space Heads brings something new to the table. It’s not even so much a ‘runner’ since you’re in a ship, blasting through tunnels. There are even black holes that take you on special gem/coin runs, which gives a nice mini-game feel to it. 

The ability to move up and down and flip the ship on the side in addition to moving left-right-center, brings on an extra challenge. It can be a little tough at first, since your brain has to think in more dimensions than typical endless-runners, but that’s the fun in it—it’s different. We also dig the thumping tunes, which match nicely with the game’s theme.

The game is free and yes, there are optional in-app purchases for “boost” options. We actually like the boosts as they blend nicely with the game’s style.

Check out our quick video above to see the game in action, but seeing as this is free and all Windows Phone 8 devices can participate, we think you should just download it and try it for yourself. What do you have to lose?

Pick up Space Heads here to the Store or scan the QR code below. All Windows Phone 8 devices. Free (optional IAP).

Via: WPScoops

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.

  • Wp on roll!
  • lol so many runners lately. Like 9 or 10 of them last couple weeks.
  • What is everybody running away from?
  • I'm guessing a flock of seagulls...
  • Lol
  • what are they running to?
  • The light. 
  • Stop complaining about it. When it's not there, you yell for it, when it's there, you said too many of them. Be such a good person for the WP ecosystem. You like it, you play it and praised it. If you don't like it, stay away from it. Do not bash cause this is a good thing. A good piece of app coming and welcome them dude ! Thanks (:
  • They aren't really bashing it? Read their comment again, just a simple statement of how many of this type of game have come out lately. Me saying "we have had a couple of racing games in the last week" isn't really bashing car games?
  • Like Shantek said, nobody was bashing or complaining.
  • To many apps have been dropping...what is going on here?
  • Why 512mb not supported? Just kidding nice game :D
  • Let's not forget about the "commas". Or else someone will misunderstand what you said there.
  • Or else someone? You mean: or someone else , btw english is not primary language so pls respect it
  • Yeah alot of apps dropping but none of them are the right ones! Where is GTA!
  • Don´t hate bro!
  • I kno GTA supposed Tu came out last week
  • Like the uniqueness to it compared to other runners I've played. At least you're moving around the screen instead just on a track\path. And for the love of god will the kids quit blasting every friggin post with, where's GTA, get over it. It will come when it comes. Crying on WPCentral every time someone post an article isn't going to get it any sooner.
  • Where's GTA
  • Yeah, where's GTA? You sound like you know where it might be. Quit holding out on us!
  • I promise you, if I had control over it I'd release it just to shut the crying up.
  • Lol
  • Upvote! :)
  • Guys we know that we get games later than ios and android. Be patient we will get GTA San Andreas soon in Jan and gta's game play will be better than ios and definitely better than android. I know everyone's curious but keep calm. On the other side we 512mb ram owners are waiting for ss,tr2, and angry birds go to get compatible.
  • +1
  • Subway Surfers copy style but with spaceship. Still a nice game, subway surfers is my favorite so far.
  • Cool game huh
  • Apart from all other needed apps and games, Daniel can u tell us when is wp central app getting an update???
  • Soon.
  • Cool. I still face login issue whenever i have to comment on the posts☹
  • Shoot. When Daniel said soon, he meant it.
  • Haha I know
  • This is my favorite already! Amazing graphics and look at that frame rate even on a 512mb device !
  • But will it blend?
  • Try it :p
  • Loving the speed at which unity based games are hitting the platform.
  • Love it
  • so far minion rush and this one are my favorite endless runner games
  • This would be cool as a Star Wars game. Just think about the X-Wing Fighter flying through the narrow passageways of the Deathstar.
  • Waited and waited for san Andreas but did not come when stated so got it on my nexus 7.2
  • Great game!
  • Why wreck it Ralph now showing compatible only for 1gb ram after the latest update?Before update it was for 512mb ram also.
  • Ya wp on roll !
  • Wow, great game! New favorite.
  • Cool graphics!! Love it....
  • You had me at "Unity Engine".  Looks good.
  • I love this game, just wish some friends had wp8 :/