Prepare for the dark world of The Chaos Engine, a steampunk Victorian age in which one or two players must fight the hostile creations of the Chaos Engine across four dynamic landscapes and take part in the ultimate battle. Choose from six hard-nailed mercenaries each with their own unique weapons and skills.
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Release Date: Aug 29, 2013

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Prepare for the dark world of The Chaos Engine, a steampunk Victorian age in which one or two players must fight the hostile creations of the Chaos Engine across four dynamic landscapes and take part in the ultimate battle.

Choose from six hard-nailed mercenaries each with their own unique weapons and skills.

Those who have the strength and skill to overturn the Chaos Engine will be remembered.

(The Chaos Engine was originally known as Soldiers of Fortune in North America)

Game Features

  • Battle through four unique worlds in single player or online and local co-op modes.
  • Play in ‘Enhanced mode’ or ‘Classic mode’ with its original graphics and controls for the true Amiga experience.
  • Gamepad support with optional 16-directional movement.
  • Steam achievements to test the mettle of both new players and old fans.
  • Relive the classic 90’s Richard Joseph soundtrack.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista/7/8
    • Processor: Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon 64 (minimum 2.5 GHz)
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 6200 or ATI Radeon X300
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 400 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible, 16-bit
    • OS: Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista/7/8
    • Processor: Quad Core CPU
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 9600 or ATI Radeon HD 3650
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 400 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible, 16-bit
    • OS: OS X 10.7 or later
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 6200 or ATI Radeon X300
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 400 MB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04
    • Processor: Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon 64 (minimum 2.5 GHz)
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 6200 or ATI Radeon X300
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 400 MB available space
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98 of 115 people (85%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2013
I absolutely loved the original Amiga version of this game. It still ranks among my all-time favourites. This version, however, does NOT do it justice. Rather than being emulated, this version was fully ported to Windows and adapted to support modern machines. Normally this would be the preferred approach to 'modernizing' a game such as this one, but through porting the game the developers introduced a number of bugs and timing issues that did not exist in the original version. In a game where twitch-response movement and firing is key, this can be a HUGE problem.

Graphically there's not much to complain about if you turn the pixel smoother / bloom-effect off, but there is still a complaint to be made: The developers based this port off the AGA version of the game rather than the original ECS version, and as such they adopted the AGA version's heavily critisized over-saturated colour palette and modified sprites. The ECS version, despite having a lower colour depth, actuall had better sprite detail which was sadly lost in the AGA version.

Achievements and net-play have been added to this port, which is appreciated, however the achievements are broken and the net play is laggy to the point of being almost unplayable. The devs attempted to fix the netplay code and some of the sound/timing issues, however in doing so their latest patch created other more annoying sound issues which in my opinion actually make the single player campaign unplayable (unless you like a constant distorted screeching sound effect playing at all times after the computer-controlled character teleports to you.)

Normally I wouldn't hold such bugs against the developers if they were still actively working to fix it, however they seem to have given up after the most recent patch (which broke way more than it fixed) and have abandoned the game in its unfinished state. This really upsets me, as I at least found the game playable before the last patch.

I highly recommend playing The Chaos Engine (Soldiers of Fortune on the Genesis/SNES) but steer clear of this lazy, buggy, abandoned port. It's not worth the money at all. Just go download WinUAE and emulate the original ECS Amiga version instead.
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94 of 114 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 24, 2014
This is more a rant that a review so bear with me...

Chaos Engine year 1993. Reactions "This game is too hard whine whine whine"

Chaos Engine year 2013. Reactions "This game is too hard whine i want this whine i want that what a shame i have been a fan my whole life whine".

I have not yet read any good points why this truly original HD remake game would suck. this game is rock solid in design. I can't even name another game that would be like it and have the same level of thought used to design it. And dont even start on the graphics. they are bitmap brothers style graphics. Their trade mark. Whoever wants to mess with that needs to jump into an icy lake.

Remake adds some functionality but doesn't try to add too much to the mix so it's just 'a HD remake'. Skip the HD jokes. it's 1920x1080 resolution so it's enough to qualify for the 'HD' title in my books. You can even add filters to make it look different - something that can be usefull when played on large TV screens. I personally don't need the extra gimmicks but i don't condemn the game for including them.

Since i dont have a amiga lying around nor will i download pirated images of this game then bying this game is the only way to go. No, i will also not get an amiga just to 'compare the original to the HD remake'. I have fond memories of the original and thats the way i want to keep it. Nitpicking about details that just doesnt matter and then degrading this game furiously is plain stupid.

No advances in game mechanics in 20 years? Really? New players dont need that and veterans will play it with nostalgia anyway. Formula was perfect then and it's perfect for new players too. Don't spoil it for them. Too many classics have been spoiled by trying to make them 'better'.

Remakes are always a bit risky for the buyer. some are money grabs. others are cultural events where good games of the past are resurrected and passed on to the next generation. This game (along with another Bitmap Brothers game on steam) is not counted in the money grab games section.
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39 of 45 people (87%) found this review helpful
49.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 5, 2013
I didn't realise just how much the difficulty level has dropped in games over the years until I saw the reaction to this release from younger gamers. The Chaos Engine is from a time when players were expected to practice until their skills improved enough to progress. If that doesn't sound appealing, then you really won't enjoy this game, nor a great many others from the same era.

I loved this game twenty years ago, and nothing has changed. Literally - despite talk of improvements, this is a thinly veiled emulation job of the Amiga A1200 version of the game. It's a tad disappointing, but the game itself is still as much fun as it ever was. Hopefully one day we'll see some proper Bitmap Brothers remakes, but I don't regret having paid the £6.99 for this in the meantime.
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34 of 41 people (83%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 30, 2014
I for one am happy that Steam brought this game back from the 90s. Not only that, but they upgraded it with achievements! For those that don't know, Chaos Engine is a difficult cooperative top down 8 way shooter known as Soldiers of Fortune on the Super Nintendo. You select from six mercenaries each with their own weapons, special talents and stats. The stats can even be upgraded every 2 levels by spending currency that you find on the ground and from killing enemies.

Speaking of killing enemies, don't think this is some cake walk. Every enemy is deadly and can kill you. Your mercenaries body is just as chunky as the enemies, so if they can't dodge your bullets, you can't dodge theirs without some quick reflexes. That alone is a warning, if that's not you, turn around and find another game.

The controls feel stiff, using the special abilities feels odd, you need to hold one button to prime it and press another when it is ready. Sadly this takes a while, to top that off you can often use two when you only mean to use one. The shooting forces your character to a stand still. This is not a dual stick shooter like Smash TV, you need to face the enemies before you shoot at them. On top of that collision detection seems off in terms of things hitting you when they shouldn't. Even with all of these issues, somehow it all works, its fun and entertaining. Map design is good, each level is almost a maze of staircases and walls that open up to reveal other paths. You'll never get lost and everything seems bite sized in the maze. Finding gold keys will open walls, silver keys will move objects. The object of the game really seems to destroy nodes / towers in each level to open up the exit door.

Chaos Engine is a quick game, each world has 4 levels and they feel like a healthy size, just because you can't just run through it, you need to take it slow. The game has limited lives, and you'll find lives along the way, but you can also buy lives and health every 2 levels as well. When you die, you restart at the last checkpoint, but lose all of your lives, you'll need to restart from the last save at the beginning of each level. The gun upgrades are nice and offer more bullets for a wider gun.

This game is also a forced cooperative game, meaning, even if you're one player alone, the game will stick you with an AI partner. The AI seems competent enough, but you'll still be doing the majority of the work and pushing forward. You can still use 2 player cooperative on the same computer and also 2 player cooperative over Steam, but honestly, I can't find anyone whenever I try to host game or join a game. You can invite friends, but alas no friends have this game. You can make use of your partner's special abilities as long as they're alive. Its a nice feature.

I was lucky enough to pick up this gem of a game in a bundle, and Steam has had it on sale for $2. While I can recommend the game at a full $10, its best that you wait.
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27 of 33 people (82%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2013
I loved this game as a kid. I could never complete this game when I was younger, and I still can't now; but that is what I loved about it. The level of mechanics for such an old game is amazing. The diverse characters adds a lot of replayability. Steamworks integration allows Online Coop however, if you want to feel like a kid again, hook up two controllers and play locally.

Would definitely recommend picking up this game if you ever had it on older platforms, for those nostalgia trips and for those who love a good shooter.

Special power, FOOD!
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26 of 33 people (79%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 19, 2014
I got this on a great discount, from Humble bundle store.
I was still taking a risk.
But I will never regret buying that.
Back when I had my Amiga 500 as my main computer, this game was one of my favorite ones.
Also the game was a great challenge.

Amiga version had the best music - sound fx and voice.
The game is NOT Steam punk. This is bullcrap.
People must not use terms just because they are trendy and catchy.
It is cyber punk though, as it meant to be back then.
A great cyber punk game with post apocalyptic atmosphere.

It is a shoot em up platformer game that has the camera above the player sprites.
The limited view the players have, will challenge them not only NOT to be hasty,
but also to be extra careful. Two player game needs great collaboration by both players.
This is not a vanilla shoot em up platformer, no.

The game has secrets, it has many ways to do things and many paths to pass.
Different paths, different choices, have different rewards.
An extra life, a power up, everyrthing counts when it comes to Chaos Engine.
So it has great replayability.

The game has 4 Worlds. Each world has 4 levels.

The final boss was great and the whole game was also incredible.

Graphics were well made.

Let's go to music now.
That was the strongest advantage of this game in Amiga version.
The music was just eight OUTSTANDING pieces of art.
Remember Techno and Industrial, genres? Add some dark ambience and you got what the soundtrack was.

In Commodore Amiga 500, the music was outstanding and I believe it was the best version.

So what did these guys did with the remaster?

The Chaos engine was released also for
Atari ST,
Sega Mega Drive,
Super NES...
and more...


So they did the right thing!!!

The Chaos engine has Amiga version sound, some minor bugs exist but don't ruin the whole experience,
there are some welcome changes on coloring and voice sound fx that are really welcome as the game is more polished now.

It is still as challenging as it was.
I remember myself looking at the screen after beating it the ending and feeling that awesome satisfaction that the good old school games were giving you.
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23 of 28 people (82%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 30, 2015
I played the Sega Mega Drive version. It was fun.

This is not. It's not fun, it's not worth the money I paid for it. The only reasons that I haven't uninstalled it are due to the nostalgia I get from playing it every now and then, as well as it's not taking up a lot of hard disk space. But seriously, you're better off downloading an emulator for the consoles and getting the rom if you're planning to play the game at all.

It's supposed to be a "remastered" version of the original game, but little about this game seems "remastered". Pointless and useless features don't count, especially those that make the game look worse.

Online multiplayer is poorly optimized. The framerate drops drastically even if you're playing with a teammate sitting right next to you in the same room. As I have mentioned earlier, if you want to play with a friend, get the emulator and play local co-op. Unless playing Chaos Engine on 0.5x speed is a fine thing for you.

1/10 Would download Sega Mega Drive emulator and Chaos Engine rom again
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20 of 23 people (87%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 19, 2014
This is a return of an old classical 2 players game. This is not a new remake. As I noticed they changed only three things:
1. Added a filter that makes pixels look smoother. Can be disabled, but I really liked it (steam store screenshots have it turned on).
2. Added autosave of the last unlocked password. No need to write them down on a sheet of paper. Handy.
3. Not only local, but also a network multiplayer (2 players coop campaign).

None of these features really make this game better or worser than it was before. I hightly recommend it to those who played this game years ago and liked it. It's still the very same fun game. On the other hand, mashing Fire is still a need as this way you shoot faster than if you just hold Fire key/button.

For those of you who didn't... Well, it's a good 2 players coop game, played good if using the same computer (keyboard or controller for each player). The game is of average difficulty. It can kill you really quick if you are careless, but not unbeatable and doesn't require super reaction or precision. No combos, dirty tricks, you can play it straight out of the box. A lot of guessing elements appear later in the game and make you life easier or harder depending on your choices. This game will not take much time, it has autosave every half an hour or an hour at later stages when you reach a new world.. or if you loose all your lives before that :D. If everything goes good, you'll be able to complete it in one go in somehting like 3-4 hours. Six different characters and different special power (unlocked later) give this game some replayability, but not too much. Finishing it 1-3 times will probably be enough for most players.

If this sounds fun - you should try it. If not - pass by, this game is quite good, but not a must see.
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21 of 25 people (84%) found this review helpful
24.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 26, 2014
What a great game, I think I actually enjoyed it more now, then I did back in the day. I highly recommend this game to anyone who was gaming in the early 90s for a good dose of nostalgic rage (when then CPU player takes all your food/power ups!). The majority of the game is flawless but there are still issues which have not been addressed. Like for instance the online multiplayer being laggy to the point of unplayability and some of the achievements are inaccessible/broken. Apprantly there are "minor sound issues" and a friend has also mentioned "laggy menus" but I myself have not experienced these problems or neglected to notice them. All in all this is a great remake and was worth every penny, do yourself a favor and buy this classic masterpiece.
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20 of 26 people (77%) found this review helpful
28.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 10, 2013
This classic Amiga game contains some minor enhancements and gameplay improvements like the 360 direction aim and the render options to make the GFX less eye straining.

It maybe a old game, but Bitmap Bros. made a lot of amazing games with a lot of hidden bonuses and plenty of surprises that, made that game addictive in the 1990s.
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2.2 hrs
Posted: October 1
SEGA Genesis music when
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Mongoloid Mike
1.4 hrs
Posted: September 4
An old game that should have been forgotten
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1.5 hrs
Posted: August 17
A classic!
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6.1 hrs
Posted: June 24
This all the this.
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0.2 hrs
Posted: June 16
Now usually with games I review now I beat the game once. But I simply can't (not because of the difficulty), probably one of the worst remasters I've ever played! I was expecting a great experience, I had always wanted to play The Chaos Engine, and after playing a quite shoddy port to the DOS, I was really excited and wanted to play the version most accossiate with. So I got this thinking it would be the original Amiga version enhanced. But I was wrong, becuase I COULDN'T EVEN RUN IT!! There are limited video settings only allowing you to scale the screen and remove/put bloom from your game. It's absolute ♥♥♥♥, meaning the game is terribly optimised, my game runs at 5 frames-per-♥♥♥♥ing-seconds. That's completely abysmal and ruined what seemed like a great game. Like what Kimble Justice said about this "save your money and buy something else". 3/10
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2.7 hrs
Posted: June 3
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2.3 hrs
Posted: May 18
Product received for free
This is super hard! it's like the arcade game in the old times!
I love it but I hate it too :/ TOO HARD

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4.2 hrs
Posted: May 11
Used to love this game on the Amiga 1200, cracking title.
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1.6 hrs
Posted: April 16
It's... Chaos Engine. Nothing more, nothing less. Whatever you got on Amiga, you will get here. Well the only things added is one graphical filter and an option of having character turning/shooting in more than 8 directions using analogue pad. The pad option kills the purpose in a way IMO, as entire game mechanics is built on 8 ways shooting degree. That all being said, it's a great game and still very playable but if you didn't get it in any sort of bundle package, rather than paying 7 GBP go and start your WinUAE...
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1.3 hrs
Posted: February 23
Repetitive, little depth, and bad quality port. It's not utterly terrible, but there are many better games of this type to try out there. Cheaper, even.
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