AirMech is fast paced Action RTS that can be played like Dota or Starcraft--you can battle on the ground or command from the skies! Practice solo, or jump into coop or even pvp modes. 1v1, 2v2, or 3v3 plus the army you build to fight alongside you.
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Release Date: Nov 8, 2012

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Play for free, keep your stuff! No resets at the end of Beta!

All purchases and unlocks are permanent. We call it Beta because we're still adding some pretty big features, but so far we have:

- Training and Solo play - for learning how to play, or casual fun
- Coop and PvP Matchmaking - quickly get matched against others
- Custom games and rules - when you want total control
- Player driven economy - didn't need that drop? Sell it to other players!
- Quests with ingame rewards - like Achievements, but better
- Leveling, progression, unlocks - level yourself, your AirMechs, expand your army
- NOT "pay2win" at all - check our reviews or ask players ingame
- Global chat, Factions, parties - integrated directly into the core UI
- Crafting system - added due to player demands
- VIP/Premium for LIFE with any purchase - because we're cool like that

Carbon Games is a small indie developer that is funded by YOU the players. That's why we are very reactive to giving players what they want to help the game grow in a positive direction. Learn more about Carbon here:
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"An interesting mix of DOTA-style and strategy games with arcade "Desert Strike" style action. Fair f2p model."
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May 6

Update #208 - Shocking Discovery: Tesla Tower!

We have an exciting new unit for this patch: the Tesla Tower! A great defensive structure it does electrical arc damage as well as applying a stasis effect to all the units it hits. Lots of fun to watch it in action--share your best screenshots in the forums!

Cinco de Mayo content is live, so be sure to unlock Zara and pick up any of the limited time pets like the Pinata or Sombrero. Don't forget about the Maracas item if you want to get those infantry moving a bit faster! Enjoy the holiday everyone!

In other news, AirMech Arena (the console version of AirMech) is in beta today for PS4 and Xbox One! PS4 players with PSN+ are able to get the game right now, and Xbox One players can use a key for access. Ask around if you need one, and DVIPs can check the forums for instructions on where to get theirs if they want it. Full release should be next week!

We've also been looking into lag/disconnect reports and decided to retire some of our less reliable hosting providers. These areas were already well covered by other server locations, so this should not affect server availability for most players--we expect this will lead to better games for everyone.

General Updates:
  • New Unit: Tesla Tower - damage plus stasis effect!
  • Cinco de Mayo content is live
  • new badge for owning the entire Cake set
  • more updates to menu backgrounds
  • PeanutLabs survey links removed
  • tweaks to Striker sword/shield effects
  • new model for Ultimate Moneymaker
  • updates to Erik, Goh, and Natasha art
  • added support for specifying individual latched units in outposts in the Map Editor

Bug Fixes:
  • fixed melee units targeting cloaked Neo
  • fixed unit pickup ring showing for the enemy team
  • fixed Play menus getting stuck on screen
  • added auto-deploy pads for bottom fortress on Sandrim
  • fixed endgame UI not appearing if UI was toggled off when the matched ended
  • fix for Ultimate Generator not playing animation when being auto-deployed
  • fix for replays not loading
  • fix for Angel using running animation while gliding
  • fix for typing decimals in Editor text boxes
  • fix for free cam getting stuck in Sandbox/Editor
  • fixed Bird Frame recipe
  • fixed fort health bars causing mouse cursor to lose focus while firing
  • fixed timing issue with market/leaderboard refresh while being pulled into a match

Balance Changes:
  • T45 build time decreased from 6 to 3
  • T45 build cost increased from 4000 to 4500
  • T45 aim turn rate increased from 100 to 125
  • removed ground-to-air missiles from T45
  • stat changes to Flak Ammo and Blueprinted Turbine series of parts
  • repair units will attempt to heal while moving
  • Patcher move speed increased from 5 to 6
  • Rebel carry weight decreased from 920 to 720
  • Warthog spin-down rate increased from 650 to 800
  • Warthog Spin Up ability move speed bonus decreased from 4% to 2%
  • 1v1 income decreased by 15%
  • 3v3 income increased by 15%
  • 1v1 energy increased by 20%
  • 3v3 energy decreased by 30%

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April 19

Update #207 - Mega Update

Big patch time! We've got new things, improvements, fixes, balance changes and more. We'll briefly touch on the fun stuff, but be sure to dig into the sections below for all the details.

What's new? How about some Ultimate Bombs to start? Almost tactical nukes I'd say--new explosion effects were needed to convey the destructive power. Do you love Bucky? Of course you do, and now there's a little pet version of him that becomes Bucky Head in ground mode! In the running for most awesome thing ever. Want more Diamonds? Well the Diamond Mine Blueprint is now available for any VIP to unlock. There's also a Swift Butcher alternate, and you can play your own maps in Custom games.

Wait what?! Yes, the first version of playing your custom maps with others is in this build! It's still very "alpha", but if you have Prime you can use the map editor to customize or create your own map, then "publish" it to the server. Create a Custom game, check the option to use it (make sure you edited a map first), cross your fingers, and you might end up in it! On the serious side, let us know how that works for you in the forums.

General Updates:
  • New: Ultimate Bombs! Lets just say we had a lot of fun testing these.
  • New: Bucky Head pet, head, thing? Bucky is so meta. ːbuckyː
  • New: Diamond Mine Blueprint now available for VIPs to purchase
  • tweaks to Striker sword impact effects
  • tweaks to Bomber Whirlwind effects and added team color support
  • added plans for crafting unit alternates (plans required to craft)
  • integrated Basecamp into the main menu
  • added Swift Butcher alternate
  • added generated prop icons for Map Editor
  • added unique icons for blueprints
  • added glow effects for Leveler
  • updated destruction effects/models for turrets and socketables
  • tweaked Blue/Cyan contrail colors
  • new Watch tab background

Bug Fixes:
  • fixed Unit Aim Rotate Speed stat working in reverse
  • fixes for landing in trees on Duel
  • fixed being able to un-ignore players
  • fixed PAX Helix missiles not showing
  • fix to Spiral prop collision allowing you to get on top of a building
  • fixed a few spots on Duel where players could land on trees
  • fixed frame part icons in mail attachments
  • fixed melee units moving back to old positions when a group select Hold order is issued
  • fix for tap-fire exploits (most common with Warthog)
  • fix for infantry accepting orders while inside an outpost
  • fixed dragging player profile cards also moving camera view in spectate
  • fixed Basecamp blueprints not showing in the Shop
  • fixed deploy animation for Stinger
  • potential fix for drop dialog getting loaded in an empty state
  • fixed the Back button on Play menus
  • fixed Safebox using the wrong model in game
  • fixed Lunchbox scale issues
  • fixed colors for team colored electric effects

Balance Changes:
  • T99 missile damage reduced from 80 to 72
  • T99 setup time doubled
  • Hero movement acceleration increased from 2 to 8
  • Bombs build cost increased from 1400 to 1800
  • Arty build cost increased from 5000 to 6000
  • Archy build cost increased from 5200 to 6000
  • Arty reload time increased from 2.8 to 3.2
  • Archy reload time increased from 2.8 to 3.2
  • Bertha reload time increased from 3.8 to 4.4
  • Bucky accuracy increased
  • Gemini build cost increased from 5900 to 6000
  • Gemini turret aim speed rotate speed decreased from 110 to 90
  • Stinger build time decreased from 8 to 7
  • Stinger build cost decreased from 4500 to 3000
  • Stinger hit points decreased from 1800 to 1250
  • Stinger upkeep decreased from 2 to 1
  • Stinger shot damage decreased from 61.4 to 50
  • Stinger fire delay increased from 0.2 to 0.6
  • Stinger sustained fire time increased from 0.8 to 1.2
  • Stinger reload time decreased from 1.6 to 0.6
  • Stinger range increased from 20 to 22
  • Stinger missile speed increased from 19 to 22
  • Warthog fuel use when firing decreased from 1.2 to 0.9
  • Warthog fuel use when flying decreased from 0.6 to 0.55
  • Warthog spin-down rate increased from 500 to 650

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Steam Exclusive Offer

Two Portal themed items are now available to all Steam players:

Companion Cube - Found in the ruins of a long abandoned facility, there's something about this utilitarian cube that compels you to keep it at your side. It follows your AirMech in battle acting as a faithful companion Pet until the end! Can be equipped in a Flair slot on any AirMech.

Sentry Turret - Blueprints for this turret were found in a large underground facility in use before the War. They seem to have been designed for use against humans, so this version is equipped with armor piercing rounds to make it more viable against the robot armies used in battle today. They are light and cheap, only effective against weaker units, but you can build a lot quickly to make them useful.

About This Game

AirMech is fast paced Action RTS that can be played like Dota or Starcraft--you can battle on the ground or command from the skies! Practice solo, or jump into coop or even pvp modes. 1v1, 2v2, or 3v3 plus the army you build to fight alongside you. Either command from above, dogfight with other players, or wreck things on the ground in mech mode. Level up ingame similar to Dota style games, build your army as if you were playing an RTS, or anything in between! Team play means every player can play a role while still helping their side win.


In the future, the last survivors of the Great War continue their fight with the ultimate war machine: the AirMech®. Created using lost technology, Pilots have found, salvaged, or stolen AirMechs that they use to protect the weak, or to pillage. Which side do you fight for?

AirMech® is a fast paced Action-RTS game that can be played online competitively or cooperatively. Earn Kudos and Experience in battle and unlock a wide collection of AirMechs, Pilots, Units and Items to customize your army to suit your own strategy.

Key Features:

  • Action-RTS Transformed: DotA-style gameplay with transforming robots each with their own unique stats and abilities. Fast paced action and shorter game lengths keep the battle intense!
  • Customize Your Army: Choose your AirMech and your Units to take into battle and help your team claim victory. Also unlock custom Variant AirMechs (skins) to have a unique look ingame.
  • Different Game Modes: Play PvP from 1v1 to 3v3, or play Coop vs AI. Survival mode puts up to 4 players working together to fight off incoming hordes of enemies. Challenge modes let you test your skills in time trials.
  • Control Options: Supports both mouse/keyboard and Xbox 360 gamepad. Controls can also be completely customized for personal preference.

System Requirements

    • OS:Windows Vista
    • Processor:Core 2 Duo
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:8800 GT
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:500 MB HD space
    • Sound:Yes
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • OS:Windows 7
    • Processor:Intel i5 (quad core or better)
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:8800 GT
    • DirectX®:10.0
    • Hard Drive:2 GB HD space
    • Sound:Yes
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
91.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
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I loved Herzog Zwei on the Sega. Here it is...with lots of strange and interesting extras.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
117.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 2
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Review In Short:

Airmech is an Action RTS game taht takes a twist on the genere of RTS gaming. This game is a mix of DOTA/LoL with a game like Starcraft. You control a character/hero that is your Airmech and there are creeps that spawn from your main base every so often. You can build your own units to fight by your side from a vast selection of units. Gameplay is usually fast and intense with plenty of aerial dog fighting and battlfield micro. This game is casual player friendly with opportunities for the more competetive player.

Only problems are if you're an Aussie, finding people to play with can be quite difficult. Lag is also an issue if you are an Oceanic player.

Feel free to add me in game and set me as your referrer (shameless self-promotion :P ). My name is VIRUSALPHA and I'm one of the few Australian players.

+ Fair Business Model
+ Not pay to win
+ Casual player friendly
+ Intense gameplay
+ Frequent updates, balance changes and bug fixes

- Not many Oceanic players
- Meta shifts frequently post updates (which may or maynot be a good thing)
- Meta meta meta. A lot of high tier players use the same tactic, strategy and loadout. People like to use the best units, best setup and best strategy. However if you're skilled enough you can work around it. Can be stale.

Slightly Longer Review:

(Adding on to the above)

The meta shifts A LOT when big updates come and rapidly change after balance changes. This is probably a good thing, however the game can become borning when everyone adopts the meta. There is a tremendous selection of pilots, airmechs, parts and units. The problem is balance. Achiving perfect balance and harmony is far from near. Thier are hunderds of units to use but generally high tier players pick the same 8-10. Why? because those units are best. There's tons of pilots but players tend to choose 3 because they are the best. There's 9 airmech classes but professional mainly use 3. This is just one of my dissatisfactions of the game. There are units/mechs/items that completely outclass others which is sad. Balance is yet to be achived in this game which is forgiveable because it's still in BETA.

The game's busienss model is fair, or even great. Everything can be purchased for in game currency which is amazing. A casual player can unlock plenty of items in 1 day. You can unlock all units, pilots and items for in game currency which is amazing. This currency is called Kudos. The premium currency in this game is Diamonds and the game gives you 500 to start with. With thos amount you can buy whatever you please but you CANNOT BUY POWER. You can earn diamonds through quests but these diamonds are locked until you make a purchase of anything in game and obtain silver VIP or higher. It's an incentive for you to invest money in the game with the smallest purchase avaiable being $5USD.

Generally diamonds are used to buy cosmetics to look fancy and ultra classy. You can buy Ultimate Variants of units which are UNBALANCED AND SUPER OVERPOWERED "BUT" these can only be used in solo play, player vs AI (co-op) and custom games. These units cannot be used in regualr (unranked or ranked) PvP. Generally these items are for noobs :P Hence, upon starting the game you receive a random ultimate unit in your inventory.

New players these days are VERY LUCKY. You get free items and cosmetics as you play the game. This is just a taste of what you get when you purchase diamonds. It's an incentive to purchase diamonds and if you do I suggest gettin the starter pack as it gives you best value for your money. So try out this game if you havent already. If you don't like it, simply uninstall.

This game has a drop system. In this drop systems you can receive crates, cosmtics, pets, consumale items, stuff and rare unit alternatives which cannot be purchased normally. This drop system is fair and gives you cool stuff which you can sell on the player market if you wish.

The market is acessable when you reach level 10 which isn't hard at all even for a casual player. At this level you can purchase stuff on the market. At level 50 you can sell stuff on the market. All items on the market are sold for premium currency. Unfortunately reaching level 50 is gonna take A LONG TIME. However after a purchase and obtaining silver VIP the marketis instanly acessable and for use. If you are not a VIP after selling an item you only get 30% of the diamonds you sold your item for with the rest being locked. So for instance if you sell a hat for 100 diamonds, you only get 30. There is also an in-game tax of 15%. So if you want to sell and earn 100 diamonds, your item will be listed for 115 diamonds. Once sold you get you 100 diamonds.

There's loadouts in which you can customise evrything you need for a game. You can choose up to 8 different types of units to put into your loadout. There are infantry, light vechicles, trucks, tanks, big tanks, even bigger tanks, artillery, healing, radar units, traps, turrets and socket units that provide speical effects. You have a 9th slot for a guardian that provides unquie effects such as healing, radar and for extra damage out put. In your loadout you can customise your airmech. You can change airmechs, customise its parts, change cosmetics and a whole lot of other stuff. You have a slot for an item which provide small buffs. Finally there is a space for your pilot which is very important as pilots usually depeict your play style.

The game has a crafting system which lets you craft a wide range of items but is restricted on current items you habe and your level.

In terms of gameplay you will always be using your airmech to carry your units across the map. You can pick your units up and micro them. There are mass commands for macroing. Tanks are the main unit composition with support units such as healing and radar/artillery jamming. There are many ways to play this game. This game features outposts. Once captured they provide different effects and raise your upkeep. Yes you have upkeep. You use hot keys to build units and collect them from eitehr your fortress or outpost to place on the ground and assign commands. Outposts and fortresses provide healing. Outposts are occupied by 4 infantry/creeps and can be neutralised by killing all 4. You can capture an outpost by filling it with 4 of your own infantry or creeps. You can use the outpost to your advantage by healing from it and producing units and deploying them from there. Generally if you have more outposts than the other guy you're well ahead in winning the game. There some sockets on your fortress and sometimes a few on your outposts. You can socket your "socket" units onto these to activate them or provide buffs to turrets. To are 2 ways of winning a game. The first is by having your opponent leave :P The other way is by reducing your opponent/s fortress health to 0. There 2 ways to go about it. You can do it traditionally by knocking on their door with an army/convoy of tanks or by capturing all outposts on the map putting you into the dominating postition. While the enemy in in domination their fortress slowly takes adamage after a 30 second warning. This game mechanic promotes movining out and not slwo turely gameplay.

This game often referrences other games and has special events often. For example you can find the Portal Cube, Sentry Turret, and Minecraft Creeper in game. Also the game also features a referral system in which you receive rewards. That's why you can find Total Biscuit, The Cynical Brit, HuskyStarcraft and Chimmney Swift in the game. Oh yeah about these events, special seasonal items are sold. Such as in Easter you can buy a Jesus pilot and during Christmas you can buy Santa.

If RTS is not your thing the game is often called FarmMech as you have a basecamp.... You can grow and builds stuff... It's like Farmville... heh. Bunny Farm OP
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
20.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
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new future cop
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 17
Early Access Review
Get's pretty repetitive.
How to play:
Send troops.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
47.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 19
Early Access Review
Love it. I guess I'd call it a fast-paced "full map" tactical RTS. Classic in style but you really gotta be everywhere not just building in one section on the map. Teamwork really is essential. Now you really have to actively defend in melee with your AirMech. An awesome little transformer looking machine and pilot (inside). I think it's great. Very addicting if you're into this type of game. With the new ability to build your own map it's even better. Free to play. Loyalty capsules could have gotten me mostly everything but I just bought the pack with everything in it cause... I think it's totally worth it.

Not everyone's type of game.
But if you dig the style... it comes Highly Recommended.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
566.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
Early Access Review
Great community but some of them developers can just be dirtbags 7/10 would r8 higher if the developers would get off their asses and get this ♥♥♥♥ out of beta, they've had 3 years and what do they have to show for it? A prettier screen, a ♥♥♥♥♥♥ matchmaking system, and they still act like ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥s. I still recommend it because the community consists of decent people.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
24.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 19
Early Access Review
Great game, a fun RTS that lets you be a more hands on stratagist then just a point and click hero.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
18.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 19
Early Access Review
if you like a fast paced rts...this is the game for you!!! airmech is an extremely fun game that doesn't require you to spend money on it. it is easy to level up, and the controls are easy to adapt to. 10/10
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
35.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 19
Early Access Review
Its a great cross between a MOBA and an RTS. Have had lots of fun playing this game.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
366.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 19
Early Access Review
This game is a sexy blend of DOTA style combat and RTS that can be played 1 v 1, 2 v 2 or 3 v 3. Survival mode makes the game play like a tower defence game.
You control an Airmech which is basically a transformer. When in your air form you move fast and can carry units, issue commands to groups of units and more. When grounded you take the form of a combat robot to dispatch enemies and boost allies depending on the Airmech you chose.
All Airmechs provide different gameplay experience. Your load out from mech, pilot, item, optional parts and the units you will be able to build in game is your choice. There is also many cosmetic items from alternate skins to little critters that follow you around.
Game is true F2P with only player market and cosmetics blocked for non-cashers. The game can be purchased for a 1 time fee called Airmech Prime which unlocks most units, all mechs many parts and much more.

Airmech is a blend of genres that does enough to become a new genre in its own right. Best RTS game in years imo, very smart game from a small dedicated dev team.
Do yourself a favor and download it today. Great to play with friends or alone. if you don't have a referral put 'Morbenzo' as the player name and we will both get fat loots. Muhahaha!

4 Stars. 5 if they did match making better
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90 of 104 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1,078.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
Early Access Review
AirMech is, without a doubt, the best game I have ever played.

AirMech is an Action RTS set in the near future. Following a power war that destroyed nearly all global infrastructure, society has collapsed and a tiny fraction of humanity survives. The most skilled of them pilot the transforming vessels that caused this war, the AirMechs. These hybrids of planes and mechs are capable of causing destruction unparalleled by any other combat vehicle and then transforming to escape, pickup reinforcements, order a few light vehicles to attack, and return to continue the mayhem.

The basic gameplay of AirMech revolves around using one of nine different transforming mechs to carry around and order eight types of units that the player has taken into battle to capture outposts which serve as deploy points for new units and refuel stations for your airmech, as well as increasing the amount of units that you can field at a time and increasing the rate at which the credits used to purchase units are accumulated. Your ultimate goal is to destroy the enemy fortress while of course preventing the destruction of your own.

AirMech has been called a MOBA, but I think it far more accurate to think of AirMech as an RTS where your cursor can itself damage and be damaged by enemy units. This mechanic allows in AirMech for gameplay and strategy to occur that is not found in any other game. Destroy the enemy airmech, and they'll be unable to route reinforcements to the outpost that you're attacking until they get back in. You'll be able to stage a surprise assault elsewhere that they won't be able to deal with until they respawn. Destroying the enemy airmech greatly expands your tactical options and adds a new layer of strategy to RTS.

There are nine AirMechs in the game. The Striker is an all around mech good at most tasks but inferior in almost all of them to some more specialized mech. The Helix is slow but great for ferrying units around and forcing enemy AirMechs to GTFO. The Bomber is great for killing clumped units like that jackal rush some hunk of cheese is throwing at you, while the Warthog specializes at taking down high health units one unit at a time and surviving long enough to do it. The Saucer is a versatile yet paper thin mech that can destroy large number of enemy units using its death ray or exploit a negligible amount of anti-air and turn the enemy armies to your side. The Osprey specializes in healing your units and is great for defending outposts that are under attack. The Neo is used to stage ambushes using its cloaking abilities and can slow enemy movement and prevent enemy mechs from escaping using its stasis blast. The Paladin is used to strength unit clusters using its attack, defense, and speed auras. Lastly, the Angel is used to snipe enemy units from a distance and then escape before you can be destroyed.

There are nearly 70 types of units in the game, ranging from infantry, the only unit type that can capture and occupy outposts, to light vehicles useful for fast assaults on enemy outposts and a variety of cheese strats revolving around massing a couple dozen of them and sending them all to destroy the enemy fortress, to tanks, the mainstays of your armies, to anti-air built for the express purpose of destroying the enemy airmech, to healing units for all of you turtles, to a variety of turrets (most of which aren't useless, especially the T45... don't use it, even though you'll feel like it, it's bad, just save yourself some grief, resist the temptation and don't do it, whatever you do don't do it!). Also in the mix are bombs that your airmechs can drop on the enemy units, mines, and artillery to deal with those pesky turtles. The game also features roughly 30 different pilots to provide large stat boosts to your airmech in exchange for some downside along with a host of items and parts, which provide smaller boosts to your airmech. This host of combinations of mechs, units, pilots, parts, and items allows you to play almost any way you feel like. I don't think that there's a play style that isn't supported in AirMech, the possibilities you have are virtually endless.

Some might worry about AirMech being a pay to win game. These worries are not entirely unjustified given how many other games have gone down this path. AirMech, however, stays clear of it, employing the best free to play model I have yet seen in any game. The premium currency, diamonds, can only be used to purchase cosmetics, kudos, XP, and drop boosts, things on the player market, and ultimate items that cannot be used in PvP. Everything that affects the PvP game can only be purchased with kudos, excepting items that player put up on the player market. A 10 minute match will earn you roughly 150 kudos, and most things in the game cost anywhere from 500 to around 3600 kudos. The grind in the game is thus very light, almost non-existent compared to most other "Non Pay to Win" games out there such as League of Legends or Warframe. Don't want the grind? Purchase AirMech Prime for $20 USD, which will unlock every unit and AirMech in the game, refunding you kudos on anything that you already owned. Purchasing diamonds in AirMech also gives you more value comparatively than in app purchases in other games, with $5 giving you enough to buy 1-3 skins, depending on the skins, and $10 being enough to buy 4-11 skins, once again depending on the skins. Try seeing how much you can get from that much in LoL... I can tell you that it will be quite a bit less.

The community in AirMech is arguably the best in online gaming. Our global chat is full of people eager to answer questions, and it is rare to go half an hour without someone doing a giveaway known as a diamond roll, where someone spends 500 diamonds (Around a dollar in value) to start a diamond giveaway, where one random entrant will receive 360 diamonds and another 60. Recently the developers have implemented Black Diamond Rolls, which cost 5000 diamonds (around $10) and multiply the amount of recipients of diamonds by 10 compared to a normal roll. This variety too is surprisingly common. On what other game will people spend $10 to give away stuff to random players of the game? The AirMech community is simply amazing.

What truly makes AirMech the greatness that it is is the developers. Carbon, a small studio of nine devs have worked tirelessly on AirMech for 3 and a half years. Their dedication is simply amazing, from working on Christmas Eve to get a patch out to hanging out in chat to answer player's questions to crafting the game to be free to play even though a pay to win game would likely have gotten them much more money. These developers work harder than just about any other developer you'll find and have done everything to make a fair game where you could spend a day grinding and be able to create a competitive loadout, where it doesn't matter in pvp if you've spent $5, or $140, or $600, or $0. Fostering the creation of a community where every day dozens of dollars are given away to random people through diamond rolls. Carbon is one of those few developers, and AirMech one of those few games where you can spend over a hundred and forty USD and not feel bad, for with AirMech Carbon has earned it. Few developers have put so much effort into creating such a fair gameplay experience, and a fun one, and few games have communities as friendly, helpful, and generous as that of AirMech. To say that AirMech is a game which you will probably have fun playing and which you could probably justify shelling out $5 for is like saying that if you want to live it's probably a good idea to breathe. AirMech is an experience like no other with devs virtually unparalleled in dedication. I wholeheartedly recommend it, and encourage you to help carbon out by buying a thousand diamonds or two, not because it's necessary, but because Carbon has deserved it with the experience that they've crafted.

AirMech is simply a masterpiece.
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49 of 58 people (84%) found this review helpful
54.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
Early Access Review
Free2Play without unfair purchases. Very interesting spin on the real-time strategy gameplay.
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33 of 38 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
79.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 2
Early Access Review
This is like Dota set in future. Where your cursor is a transformer.
This is is like StarCraft or C&C. Except no Tiberium or crystals. And your cursor is a transformer.
This is a Tower defence game. Yeah, where your cursor is a transformer.

Have you ever seen a tank the size of a shopping mall with 6 cannons, being abducted by a UFO made out of cogs and clockwork?
Or maybe you would be interested in a stealth bomber that transforms into a giant robot humanoid praying mantis?
You will see much more than that. And that you will see too.
These are the droids you are looking for. The cake is not a lie after all.
Amazing game! 12/10!
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139 of 217 people (64%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
13.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
Early Access Review
If This game was a potato it would be a good potato
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34 of 47 people (72%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
508.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 10
Early Access Review
What can i say? This game has become my life.
Too shame i discovered this in 2013 because i was wasting my time on other games.
Play it, its not even a question. Just do it.
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48 of 72 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 12, 2014
Early Access Review
Like Dota in the future? this game for you
Like Be transformer? this game for you
Like great battles? this game for you
Like put your army in anywhere you want? this game for you
Like Flying? This game for you
Like Free games? this game for you

Like Video Games? this game for you
i give this game 100/10
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18 of 21 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
17.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2014
Early Access Review
When I first started playing AirMech one weird thing was it opened in a window instead of full screen.. and then I saw the graphics and I wondered why a game in this day and age would be so pixelated and resembling old game graphics when this game is still early access. Even in the lobby chat the words were blocky and straining to the eyes. BUT.. then I found the settings and switched to full screen with 1080p resolution and everything looked smooth and normal as it should be. I actually went through the starting tutorial with pixelated graphics but it seems the default settings need to be changed right away for a normal viewing experience.

So each match you play (Solo, Co-Op, PvP) you choose a Mech to be your on field commander that can build units, collect and drop them on the map, research upgrades for your mech (each has different abilities) and fight the enemy in the air or transform and fight on land. The objective is to capture the outposts with creeps so you can gain territory and build more offensive and defensive units and in the end, destroy the enemy fortress with your units. I can't say the idea is original since I've played a game with a mode like this since the 1st generation Playstation days. However the different Mechs and playstyles is interesting and you need to be fast to control the situation.

For each Mech you also need a pilot character which has different bonuses but also negatives for your setup. For example a higher defense bonus might give you a cost to Air Speed (Mech flying speed). These bonuses and negatives apply through the items you can equip to your Mech as well. You can play and earn favor to buy units, pilots, items from the shop. Some items are only purchasable with gems in which you can get by some quests you complete, dice rolls that other players can offer on chat to win gems with highest and lowest number.. or paying for it. After each match it shows you how much more you could've earned in favor and experience if you were a VIP member, which might get annoying. Some diamonds from quests you couldn't unlock unless you're a VIP member.

When there's lag in a Co-op/PvP match it could get annoying as it's very noticeable. Your Mech stops.. then moves... then might stop... then move. But the experience will of course vary depending on location, ping, connection, etc. It's fun and satisfying when you're fighting the enemy Mech in the air and watching them explode when you finish them off. I'm not sure if solo play is really time limited or just means you'll stop gaining XP and Favor after a certain amount of solo play unless you have VIP. It's an interesting game to play at first but there might be some repetition and grinding involved. Nice to try out but sticking around depends on the player. I haven't really been playing though..
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18 of 22 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
20.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 10
Early Access Review
Its fun, its free, and not pay to win. These are what it takes for a free to play game to get a positive review from me, and this game easily passes that test.

A little about the game:

Think MOBA like, only you choose what creeps you spawn, what those creeps do, and where to place those creeps. Sure you're a giant flying transformer (air and ground modes for every mech) but placing units tactically will win you the game. There is a great deal of strategy involved.

Additionally, there is a GREAT tutorial that goes over everything.

All in all, a refreshing new look on MOBAs in a market flooded with LoL and DOTA clones.

10/10, well worth the $0 it will cost you to try it.
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19 of 24 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
303.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2014
Early Access Review
I say that this game is an immense amount of fun. It's an RTS where the strategist also participates in the fight. I've played > 200 hrs so far....

I think this game uses good ideas for additional strategy in the loadout decison process.
Being able to make choices of weapons or upgrades, with varying benefits and costs, adds to the game. But I also think that the developers attempt to balance upgrades with negtive affects is too sucessful. It seems that there is nearly as much to lose in every upgrade as there is to gain. It almost negates reasons to upgrade. C'mon, you can offer highly desireable upgrades that don't have a sucky side to them and make us work really hard to get them, or pay if we are willing. Give us something really worth fighting for :-)

There are a couple of bugs that I have noticed. The first is a strange yellow arrow that suddenly appears surrounding one of the pads at a controlled base. This causes your spawing units to not appear at the top tof the base but at the pad. Since there is no documentation regarding this, I assume that it is a feature intended for a future release. Once it appears this seriously disrupts gameplay and there is no way to get rid of it except to quit the match and restart. Similarly, a persistent green 'patrol route' guide sometimes appears on it's own near a base and stays there for the duration of the match, annoying and distracting but harmless.

[Update Mar 4 2015: I found the yellow arrow around the pad can be turned off pushing down the right joystickon a gamepad, probably how it gets accidentally turned on. Don't know which key to press for those not using the gamepad. Again, I've yet to find any documentation for this behavior.]

The second bug is a sudden and rapid drop in framerate. I have a machine and graphics card far above what this game requires, by multiples. Yet sometimes after playing for a while, the framerate drops severely and the game is rendered unplayable until you restart. That's no exageration, we are talking 2-3 fps [Update Mar 4 2015: I have not seen this in quite a while, may have been fixed,]

Neither issue is frequent, only occasional. I expect they will be worked out in time.

Regardless; With the starter pack, this is a bargain and then some. It might be DOTA like, but this kicks DOTA's butt for sheer intensity.
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
71.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 17
Early Access Review
This game handles free-to-play very well, and it is certainly not a pay-to-win game, basically the only thing you can get with cash in this game is cosmetic items, and honestly, I find myself buying a lot of these to deck out my airmechs and make them look cool, but another great thing about this game's economy is the pricing, you can get about 3 new airmechs for 5$ depending on how expensive they are.

On to the gameplay, there are a wide variety of units to choose from which I think makes this game pretty interesting, I love unlocking new units and playing around with them. There are also a wide variety of airmechs, pilots and parts, each with their own advantages and disadvantages, and there is a very large amount of customization in this game, which I love.

I spend a lot of time playing this game now, and it's quite addicting, if you get this game, I would highly reccomend getting the starter kit for 10$ to get the full experience, but you should play the game a bit for yourself first to see if you yourself really like this game, because this game also does not push you into buying the premium version (Silver VIP), for example, when you have premium, you get diamonds (Cash currency) for getting cetain achievments, but if you get Silver VIP, any diamonds from achievments you would have obtained before you got Silver VIP will be stockpiled up, and you can collect all of them after getting Silver VIP. Probably one of the best parts about the starter kit is that you get enough diamonds to buy practically anything you want which is great.

Overall this is a very fun and interesting strategy game, and I would highly reccomend playing it.

After reading through this, I've realized that it almost sounds like I was payed to write this review, but I wasn't, it's just that good, Carbon Games is a great company, thank you very much for making this great game, and not being stingy with the pricing either!

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