Survive: Space Attack! utilizes similar base mechanics to the best-selling game Survive: Escape From Atlantis! designed by Julian Courtland-Smith. However, Survive: Space Attack! has been reimagined and redesigned by Brian, Sydney, and Geoff Englestein, the designers of Space Cadets and Space Cadets: Dice Duel and the expansions for these games.
The additional features of the new Survive: Space Attack! include:
- Double-sided Game Board: enables a variety of starting setups each with its own challenges.
- New Fighter Ships: gives players the ability to capture and redeploy alien creatures.
- Laser Turrets: a new weapon system to defend the space station against the aliens.
- New Tile Abilities: new powers that are combinable, plus four different tile thicknesses for a 3-D look.
- New Alien Creature Powers: alien creatures may evolve to become even more powerful.