Space Shooter

The classic retro game recreated using Pygame and python.


Follow the youtube video to see how I fared on spaceShooter

Space Shooter Demo - Youtube


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Screen 3 Screen 4

Game Features

  • Health bar for the space ship
  • Score board to show how you are faring so far
  • Power ups like
    • shield: increases the space ships life
    • bolt: increases the shooting capability of the ship by firing 2 to 3 bullets instead of one at time.
  • Custom sounds and sprite animation for things like
    • meteorite explosion
    • bullet shoots
    • player explosion
  • 3 lives per game
  • Fun to play :)


Move Left left
Move right right
Fire bullets spacebar
Quit game Esc


For Windows

  • Download the prebuilt zip file from here and extract the file to your preferred destination by using 7-zip or winzip or any other similar program of your choice.
  • Run the executable named spaceShooter inside the extracted file.


You have to build from source to get it up and running on OS X. Reason? I don't have an OS X system to build the executable! So I would love for a Pull request on that one.

Building from source will do the trick though

$ pip3 install hg+

Install Pygame specific dependencies

$ brew install sdl sdl_image sdl_ttf portmidi libogg libvorbis
$ brew install sdl_mixer --with-libvorbis
Clone the repo
$ git clone
$ cd spaceShooter/ 
$ python

Linux/Debian based systems

Option 1: Download the zipped executable file

If your download was saved on the ~/Downloads folder

Press Ctrl + Alt + T to open the shell if you are on GNU/Linux based systems and type

$ unzip ~/Downloads/ -d ~/Desktop
$ cd ~/Desktop
$ ## navigate to the unzipped file and change the file permissions for the executable
~/Desktop $ chmod +x spaceShooter
~/Desktop $ ./spaceShooter

This will unzip the file on your Desktop, you can replace it with the directory of your choice

NOTE : If it gives you an error, you probably don't have unzip installed in your system.

$ sudo apt-get install unzip

That should fix the error.

  • Run the executable named spaceShooter

A Similar process would be followed for OS X

Option 2: Build from source

You need to have pygame installed for this option.

$ sudo apt-get install python-pygame
Clone the repo
$ git clone
$ cd spaceShooter/ 
$ python

Enjoy the game!

Known issues

  • The game music doesn't play on OS X as described in #1


  • @bardlean86 for adding the third missile powerup and the main menu


  • [x] Add the windows executable file
  • [ ] Add OS X executable file as the Debian based one fails to execute on it
  • [x] Add main menu for the game
  • [x] Fix bug which stops the background music from looping
  • [ ] Add support for WAV game music file as ogg format is not playable as described in #1
  • [ ] add feature to replay the game after all players die


This game was written in one day, so the coding standards might not be up the mark. Don't be shy to make a Pull request :)

For details, please refer the Contributing page


You can report the bugs at the issue tracker


You can tweet me if you can't get it to work. In fact, you should tweet me anyway.



MIT License © Tasdik Rahman

You can find a copy of the License at

License for them is in Public Domain

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