Guns of Icarus Online is the premier airship combat game. With a good ship and the right crew, you can conquer the skies!
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Very Positive (173 reviews) - 89% of the 173 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Release Date: Oct 29, 2012

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June 24

Mayday Friday "These details are the devil"

Our process for map making

Hello everyone,

A long slow clap for the beautiful gif above from Tim, our art director. This should show an outline of the process that goes into all of our maps.  We're coming up to the final week for the "Why We Fly" video event, please send in your submissions so you can get exclusive titles that will NEVER be given out again!

Our apologies for last week's stream being missed. We had a pressing press engagement that ran long, but we're back this week! We're be at at 3 pm eastern talking about the hotfix and upcoming Open Alpha that's in the works!

Next what the team has been working on:

Fixing assorted graphics bugs introduced by Unity 5.

-Tweaked sand storm cloud texture/mat to differentiate from normal clouds better.
-Resized base & boss guns and their bullets to increase visibility.
-Tweaked mines to look better with metalmap shader to be more noticeable in the field.

Ambush mode and bugs.

Fix unity 5 bugs, Fixes to AI ship state effects, fixing bugs with the newly added guns.

Marketing content, testing plans, and press engagements.

And now: Our player of the week and winner of a free item!
For being applauded the most in the past week including
"Great communication as fellow captain"
"Excellent at communication and encouraging to the novice players."
"jolly good and enjoyable chap"

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June 22

Version 1.4.6 Hotfix 2

  • Reduce the limit of veterans necessary to open Vet Games
  • Rematch vote logic change: 1~2 DM, 0~1 VIP, 1 CP. Last map will not show anymore.

Bug fixes:
  • Added tutorial loading screen pictures
  • "ChatCrew" correctly binds to ‘L’ by default, default binding of “TaskList” moved to ‘T’ (was conflicting)
  • Fixed TAB Scoreboard data issues in Practice
  • Player popup shows in ESC scoreboard again
  • Fixed an effects leak on the Banshee that was causing lower frame rates

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“This indie gem is in fact funking awesome.”

“Those looking for a team-based challenge will find plenty to love with Guns of Icarus Online.”
Penny Arcade

“Guns of Icarus Online scratches a certain itch that few other games can reach.”

About This Game

Guns of Icarus Alliance Pre-order

Get early access to Guns of Icarus Alliance DLC before official release! To help us test and follow the development, please email us at with your steam receipt. Help us make Alliance the best it can be!

Guns of Icarus Alliance is the PvE Expansion DLC and is now available for Pre-order. From a single pilot to as many as 16 players can unite in their battle for the wasteland, completing objectives in all new PvE/Co-op game modes like capturing cargo or destroying drilling platforms. You just need to grab your friends and go. Choose a faction and unlock their special costumes, weapons, and airships as each victory brings your faction one step closer to their ultimate goal of reshaping the world.

Guns of Icarus Online

Hop aboard a steampunk airship with friends and play as Gunner, Engineer, or Pilot. Gun down dirigibles, repair your way out of danger, pilot the ship into combat. Are you a decisive Captain or dutiful Crew? Teamwork is required to survive the skies of the premier airship combat game: GUNS OF ICARUS ONLINE!

Raising the stakes on team-based PvP combat with an emphasis on strategic competition and truly cooperative play, Guns of Icarus Online is the best airship-to-airship combat game that’s all about teamwork, tactics, and fast-paced action. With a good ship and the right crew, you can conquer the skies!

Key Features

  • Richly crafted steampunk/dieselpunk-inspired world
  • Genre-busting gameplay with strategy, navigation, shooter, and time-management elements
  • Pick a role to suit your play style: Pilot, Gunner, or Engineer
  • Choose your airship and its weaponry to execute the perfect strategy as a Captain
  • Form a group with up to 3 other friends and crew a ship together
  • Integrated voice chat keeps you in constant contact with your teammates
  • Diverse ship classes and tons of weapons to choose from with realistic flight and projectile physics
  • Massive air battles with up to 32 players in a match
  • Multiple game modes including Deathmatch, VIP, King of the Hill, and Crazy King
  • Rise in the ranks! Earn titles and cosmetic items as you progress
  • Achievement system fully integrated with Steam achievements
  • Balanced, competitive matches reward strategic, skillful play, not level grinding
  • Show off your style with a wide range of cosmetic options in the in-game store with an amazing dye system
  • Support Workshop for hats, goggles, and ship decals
  • 1st person and 3rd person camera modes
  • Custom games with spectator mode for streaming and tournament play

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS:Windows 7
    • Processor:2 GHz processor
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Intel HD3000, Nvidia GeForce GT8600 or equivalent
    • DirectX®:dx90c
    • Hard Drive:3 GB HD space
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • OS:Mac OS X 10.6
    • Processor:2 GHz processor
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Intel HD3000, Nvidia GeForce GT8600 or equivalent
    • Hard Drive:3 GB HD space
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • OS:Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, 32-bit (Linux machine configuration not supported)
    • Processor:Dual-core 2 GHz
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Intel HD3000, Nvidia GeForce GT8600 or equivalent, supporting Shader Model 3 equivalent
    • Hard Drive:3 GB HD space
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
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Very Positive (173 reviews)
Very Positive (10,882 reviews)
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( 19.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Guns of Icarus is a great game but is absolutely FANTASTIC with a full crew of friends. There are a lot of microtransactions, but the affects they have are purely cosmetic, so it's not a pay-to-win game. This game requires strategy on every front, from dealing with the enemy ships all the way down to what to repair on your ship first, so whoever has the biggest gun doesn't necessarily win every time (though that does help). The importance of each station (Pilot, gunner, and engineer) in every situation is great so nobody feels left out of the chaos. Overall I love this game and give it a 9.2/10.
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( 197.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
DO NOT BUY ANY GAMES MADE BY MUSE. Im letting everyone know just so they are warned. I purchased this game and played for a while now and found the game to not be what it is worth. First off Muse released dlc every now and then claiming yout get all these items and more if you spend money on the dlc, but really all your buying is the background music in the game and a outfit you can purchase in game alone if you want. I don't like companies that do this, and its almost like they lied just leading there customers up to disapointment when they find out they spent the extra money on things they really didn't want. Also the community is horrible, I made a few friends playing this game but there is so much vulgar and offensive language in game through mic its terrible and made the game experience bad. I never had a match in game yet were people were not screaming at each other and the only way to report it is through text if they even used the chat which most of the time they do not so they get away with it. Not to mention muse support and community ambassadors are very unhelpful anyone can file to become one and if you need help with something they don't respond or are never where they should be when arguments break out. And the main reason my I am writting this review is becuse Of admin abuse I get reported and I was being verbaly abused by another temmate ship calling me very offensive names becuase I can't fly a ship very well and they lost becuase of me. Aparently I am a ♥♥♥ that can't fly a ship and muse is ok with that. I will never play another muse game again.
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( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
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Wireless Bread
( 3.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
I cannot review this game. as I am a piece of bread.
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( 77.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Been playing this game on and off, a great value rly. The community is awesome and it's a really good game to play with friends. The waiting times between matches can be a bit long tho.

9/10 would buy once more
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( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
This game is terrible. About 10 years past its time. Graphics are laughable, not much to do at all. I got this after getting excited for Sea of Thieves. I paid $3.60 for it and still refunded. Not worth a single dollar. I'd probably uninstall even if it were free. Please save yourself the time of purchasing this game, so you can avoid going through the refund process shortly after.
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( 25.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
If u like shooting ♥♥♥♥ will love this
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Rene DesCartes
( 69.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Enemy spoted broad of the staboard bow!
One of the best games I have ever played. A truly unique gamplay expereince! The community is AWESOME. The gameplay is challenging but through good teamwork, you can achieve victory.

If you enjoy cooperative gameplay but also have a competative nature, then this is the game for you!
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Spicy Memeball
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Product received for free
Its actually quite Fun. One of my friends gifted me the game, and so far its a neat mix of different elements that make it quite entertaining.
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( 1,392.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
I bought this game when it was on sale may 2015 for about $4.00. I havn't played much since then, but now i'm starting to get into it.

Its okay.
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169 of 209 people (81%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
202.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
I love this game. Guns of Icarus is an incredibly unique game that is best played with friends. You won't find another game quite like this one.

Now why am I not recommending this game?

Guns of Icarus Online launched three and a half years ago. With that time, Muse has introduced one new ship, a couple of maps, and as of patch 1.46, another PvP mode. Oh and cosmetics for ships. They have been very focused on the tutorial system, which is great to bring in new players, but offers no longetevity of play.

I understand that Muse is not a triple A developer and Guns of Icarus is an indie game, but development time has been at an absolutely agonizingly slow pace. They spent a good amount of money hiring youtubers to play their game which brought in a surge of players for all of a month before the active player count crashed again. Muse also incorporates cosmetics on a regular basis, which is a great way to nickle and dime the player base, but doesn't add any new content to play.

This game still has huge potential and I hope that Muse can turn it around with the release of the Alliance DLC, but as of now, I would not recommend picking up this game.

EDIT 6/1/2016
In response to some of the comments and hate mail that I've received:

The game being three and a half years old does not constitute my opinion on this game.

I'll say it again: I love this game. I've shared many fun hours with friends playing it.

I am disappointed with the game because it has vast amounts of potential that I don't think have been realized yet. The Alliance DLC gives me a lot of hope for the game and when it releases, I may change my recommendation.

I'll even break it down into a list form:

  • Unique, team based play
  • Active developer involvement
  • Balanced and varied ship and gun types
  • Steam workshop items included in the game

  • Lack of new ships, maps, and game modes since launch
  • Very small player base
  • Unbalanced matchmaking (often due to small player base)

In response to Keyvias:
I have definitely gotten my money's worth from the game. Almost 200 hours of game time for a $10 investment is a fantastic return for entertainment. I feel like the game has not lived up to it's potential, yet. Integrating new ships and maps at a steady pace (even through paid DLC) would keep the current player base active and help attract new consumers.

The clan that I was a part of had a solid 50 active members at its peak, but people stopped playing because the game never changed. The joke we had was: "Hey who wants to play deathmatch on Dunes for a couple hours?" because that option came up almost everytime we voted. When the Mobius and later Hades cannon were released, we were very enthusiastic and people started playing again. There was more variety to play and the game didn't feel so static and stale.

The only way to affect change is to state honest opinions. At this time, I would not recommend this game due to the aforementioned reasons. In a reviews page full of thumbs up, I think it is fair to state a negative opinion in order to help gamers decide on whether to buy or not. You have to take the good with the bad.
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40 of 48 people (83%) found this review helpful
51 people found this review funny
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
...You’re a captain sailing on a boat.
...In the sky.
...Your flying boat also has guns.
...BIG guns.
...All of a sudden your guns light on fire.
...Your engines are on fire.
...Everything is BURNING.
...You are dead.
...Your crew is dead.
...Everybody is dead.

10/10 would attempt a Pyramidion loop on a goldfish again
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
60.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 10
This is a truly amazing game that lacks the attention it deserves!

A game where real synergy - through communication, cooperation, delagation and leadership - are the only means for victory, on the ship and on the overall battlefield.

The game brings brilliant graphics in the successful designs of each ship and map. An assortment of ships and guns that suit any crew's style. And a quick and smooth fluidity that will make one forgot that it's all just a computer game.

It is definately a title that must jump into VR!

I recommend everybody to try this game at least once. That will be enough to show the reality of joining a crew.

There is no 'I' in the word 'team'. And this game will demonstrate just that.

So choose your role in the crew and help your shipmates rule the skies!
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
51.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
Can I just say, this game is fantastic. The players have a great sense of humor and, for the most part, are great to be around. And, when they aren't trying to convince rookies that all crew members should switch over to gunners, they are very helpful. One of my favorite things about this game is the fact everyone is on a level playing field. My crew and I have butchered higher level players and yes, we've all been creamed by lower level rookies, but that is what makes this game fun. The art is lovely, the community is a blast, and the game play is a ton of fun. Conclusion: Everyone ought to check this game out.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
45.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 14
I have to admitt I'm always very sceptic about multiplayer games that rely on cooperation that much. This game has proven that teamwork is not about shouting at other people while doing all the work together. Teamwork is a pure pleasure of seeing how communication, trust and loyality work together, giving visble results in a form of spectacular explosions on the enemy's airship.

The key factor and the biggest plus of that game is it's community. Even if I was doing something completely wrong, or when I accidentally rammmed the ship of our allies, I was surprised by the way people react. Usually I meet with friendly advices from better players, or laugh from my fellow newbies.

Basically, the only situation when I saw (or rather heard) someone flaming someone was when the crewmate did whatever he wanted, didn't response to any communications or direct orders. If you want to play as one-man-army, this game is really not for you.

Does the game have any minuses? Of course it does. Small number of players is the biggest one. Small number means inequality, and sometimes you might find yourelf facing a ship of well played elite, from which you can't do much.
Actually, that's not really true, becouse you can always train more, become better, and knock them off with your superiority, but you get the point.
Some people also listed out small number of airships and weapons. I'm not playing that game for long, so I can't tell, but what I saw so far, is enough to provide a lot of diversity and every play is sortof different.
Plus, Devs are working on the new update with planes and more ammo, so I think we're gonna have to put that point away soon.

Overall, the game is really fun, and with good team you can work miracles.
With friendly community that provides good teammates even if noone of your steam-friends play this game, I highly recommend Guns of Icarus Online.

Feel free to invite Clockeye to your crew.
Fly High friends!
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
53.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
I got this game in a Humble Bundle.

This is an online, team-based steampunk game where 4-prople crews battle it out on flying boats for number of kills or capture points.

As a player, you have 3 characters, each with a different role, and can switch them between matches. Customization includes clothing, hairdos, and a series of items/ammo/boosts classified by roles.
The heart of every ship is the captain, who needs to steer the ship, draw strategy and communicate effectively with the rest of the crew and allied captains. A skilled captain is crucial to success. Their items deal with driving the ship and finding enemies.
Meanwhile, Engineers are the lifeblood that keep the makeshift boats flying. While it's usually the dullest role, it's crucial to avoid early termination. Their objects all deal with repairing the ship, with a bit of buffing.
Finally, Gunners are the easiest path to learning the game. While it's very easy to set on a gun and shoot at enemies, the skill ceiling, range finding and ammo selection make it a more nuanced task.
Incomplete crews get manned by AI, who are slightly competent at their jobs but lack the adaptability of actual players.

While the game has everything it needs, there's a slight lack of map variety and game styles.
It would be awesome to have a scavenger hunt match type (digging into the theme of salvaged relics from wastelands), and a boss-style battle against giant ships manned by foreign potencies.
Weapon and ship balance has been an ongoing stuggle, as minmaxers find overpowered matches, and a few ships with proven effective loadouts are the norm. Still, the game gets frequent updates and rebalances.
The worst part is the small playerbase. Would be awesome if this could get more players to populate the server.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 14
Product received for free
Not many people play guns of Icarus anymore because most of them are stuck to one genre. Some like fps, shooters, team based, and strategic games. Well this game is a mix of all of them. in guns of Icarus everyone has an important role and can be both competitive and just to have fun. 9/10
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
59.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 18
Very unique & fun in it's own right. Everything about this game seems very polished to me, the ships are incredibly well designed, & react brilliantly to the world around them.

My only wish is that this game had a bigger playerbase, it certainly deserves one. But with only a few hundred people playing at most given times, it can be tricky to find a game.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 14
Please play this so I can find more matches.

No seriously this game is great for lan-parties and if this game is on sale you can find plenty of multiplayer matches online. But normally matches are scarce. Get 3 other friends to join your crew and this game is golden
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 14
Underrated game. More fun with friends.
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