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.
User reviews: Mixed (192 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 29, 2013
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"It's a steampunk Gauntlet 'em up Amiga game from 1993 with added online co-op and optional bloom. A good one though with great old-school pixel work."
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About This Game

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

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • 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
    • Hard Drive: 400 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible, 16-bit
    Recommended:
    • 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
    • Hard Drive: 400 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible, 16-bit
    Minimum:
    • 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
    • Hard Drive: 400 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • 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
    • Hard Drive: 400 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
57.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 21, 2014
I always was a huge fan of The Chaos Engine back in the Commodore Amiga 500 days. I thought the Music was fantastic, very steampunk and in some parts intimidating, the gameplay was enjoyable and simple to understand, the characters were clever and well designed and the worlds were also very well designed. The story is easy to understand and plays well through the campaign. This re-release is about as good as it gets as far as The Chaos Engine is concerned, they have correctly identified the positives in the game, such as the Music, and amplified them to be better on newer systems, the controls are smooth and simple, as was the case back on the old Amiga, the achievements are entertaining and though there may be a small glitch when it comes to fully upgrading your character, I would strongly recommend this game to anybody out there who a) Wants a challenge, this game is tough as nails. b) Enjoys the typical run and gun style game. and c) Want a nostalgia trip.

I have played the Co-op mode through Steam and it is alright, does take a while to adjust to the slight delays but soon it wears off and plays very well. Those of you who remember this game will know that the co-op mode was always difficult to follow and takes alot of practice, I regularly play the game with my borther over Steam and we do enjoy the challenge.

10/10

Steven Owen
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 24, 2014
I'm not sure if I am missing a large issue with this re-issue of this classic game, but the low metascore and bad reviews are something I just can not relate to or agree with at all. The Chaos Engine is a fantastic game that has a rock solid design, it is also one of the first games I ever played on the Amiga and was thrilled to see a remastered version released on Steam. Playing this again for the first time in about 18 years was the ultimate nostalgia trip. This game was way ahead of it's time, as was it's music.

Even though the game is still hard as hell, that isn't an issue to me, it just makes me even more determined to try and beat it again. With the addition of online play, leaderboards and achievements, the Steam version of this game gives you more of a reason to keep coming back to have a go at it.

There are some small issues with this port however, none of which are truly game-breaking but can be annoying. The main issue is the co-op play. 9 times out of 10 the game play is extremely choppy and make it very difficult to play properly, I believe a patch was promised for this and I really hope it comes along soon.
Another thing that bothers me are some sound bugs that weren't present im the Amiga version. The sound of the the computer player teleporting to your location is elongated and high-pitched, it goes right through you now, especially after hearing it so frequently. The theme after completing a level is also bugged and doesn't play properly, instead it just cuts straight to the menu music, not a big deal at all but it's just something I noticed. It could just be my memory, but I'm sure that the monsters use the wrong death and pain sounds too, I don't ever recall the monsters using the same sounds as the player characters.

All in all, this is a good port of a great game and I definitely recommend it to old and new fans alike. There are some small issues but it doesn't make it any less of a great game. If nothing else in this game does anything for you, play it just for the soundtrack.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2014
Played this a lot on sega mega drive but on steam i feel it's lacking something not sure what it is but i will recommend it because in the day it was a great game and when i seen it in steam i had to buy it.

Total carnage on Sega mega drive.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 9
A no nonsense re-release of the classic Amiga game. The main difference is that you can now move and fire in more directions than the original, which actually improves the game and makes it feel more modern and fluid. (And don't worry if you're a purist; it's an option that can be turned off.)

However, I quickly turned off the bloom and filter effects. Why do they insist on butchering the beautiful pixel art by applying this awful filter that blurs everything to hell? Mastertronic, your screenshots posted on the Steam store for this game look like garbage! Repost them with the filter turned off and you'll probably sell more copies of this game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 1
Thumbs up for bringing this great classic to Steam (played it countless of time), though I really would like to see it a little bit remastered, because this game deserves it.
Though I get the feeling game is little buggy (especially sound and controls, which I problems I don't have on emulator).
Too bad you can't rebind keyboard buttons, but playing it with controller fixes all.
Overall, a classic that youngsters must try. :)
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
13.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 13, 2014
Old classic from the amiga days online doesnt work but its worth playing through
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 7, 2014
The Chaos Engine: Remastered

This is a worthy remastering of the Amiga/SNES/Genesis classic from the early-mid 90's

If you're looking for the definitive version of the Chaos Engine (Soldiers of Fortune in the US), then this is that version. Of the three classic versions, the Amiga CD32 version had the best graphics and sound while the consoles had much snappier loading times. With the Steam version, you not only get the Amiga version of the graphics (more advanced color palette and animation detail) and sound, you also get the incredibly fast loading times.

Also, the Steam version comes with achievements, cards, matchmaking and some image enhancement options. I highly recommend playing this game at the original, intended resolution. Scaling it up to "HD" will only blow up the pixels to a size that is nearly unbearable to look at. However, if kept at the original size, one can really appreciate the exquisite pixel art of the Bitmap Brothers. Smoothing can enhance the visuals even more, but, again, it is best left at the original resolution. As for the added bloom effects, they are successful at enhancing the already impressive original explosion animations and other elements of the game world. I would put this game on a list of examples of games that use bloom to great effect without overdoing it.

My review is really focused on whether or not this is a good port. If you're unfamiliar with the Chaos Engine, I recommend checking out some of the other reviews here to find out if its your kind of game.

yogen
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 8, 2014
A fun Amiga classic top down shooter in the vain of Gauntlet set in a Steampunk setting. It has got an oldschool difficulty but it will save your game between levels and you have passwords. The online coop could be more stable, I hope they will work on it. Otherwise a good port. I hope we will see more Amiga games here.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 18, 2014
Nostalgia sets in when I play this old gem.. It was so ahead of it's time back then, and you can even tell now aswell. It's got rock solid mechanics, amazing pixel art, music you will always remember and a progress system with quite a lot of depth to it for it's age. It's best played on a controller though, as it's very fast paced and unforgiving. Lots of powerups and extra lifes, so no excuse not to hit that continiue button.
It is dated, naturally.. But in a good way. Just wish someone would take over the reins and make a solid sequel, it's about bloody time! The nostalgia runs dry eventually when you play it a while. Good game to knock off a few hours here and there. 8/10
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
14.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 5, 2014
Despite the subpar port, it's still a great game after all these years.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
I don't know the original game, but:
- it's fun
- controls are hard to master but after a while you get used to it
- cool retro gaming
- nice soundtrack
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2014
Remember the Amiga? You like bit music? And you think todays isometric shooters are too easy. Then get down with this old school classic, that in many ways was ahead of its time.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 18
Oh god, the Chaos Engine. The controls are just terrible, moreso even if you play with two players rather than just plop in an NPC to help you out. An NPC Preacher/Scientist can help more than another player can, simply because of the terrible controls. I thought a controller would make it better than if I were to play with keyboard controls, but I was wrong. So very, very wrong.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 21
It was a great game on AMIGA. It was not remastered in any form that would warrant the word remastered. And as much as i liked the music back then, the nostalgic feelings wore off fast and guess what: after more than a year it still don't have a volume control! Shame on the devs.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 25
This isn't Chaos Engine. It's a game that looks like Chaos Engine, developed by people who aren't Bitmap Brothers.

It's not "remastered", either. The graphics and sounds are exactly the same as in the original, save for a bloom shader effect you can apply.

Unless you want to support Mastertronic or Abstraction Games or believe that some of the profits are going to Bitmap Brothers, I would recommend against buying this, and instead playing the Amiga original.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 6
I would never pay 8 euros for this game. I don't even know how I got it, probably some bundle or something.

It is not a bad game, but it is very arcade. I could play it, but after 5-10 minutes it feels like a drag to be honest. The music is interesting, but there is no easy way to mute it when you do not want a looped song the whole time...

If arcade kinda games are your thing, then this might be something for you. However, I find the 8 euro price tag to be quite hefty for an old game.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 31
A lazy port full of bugs. Devs have given up and there will be no bug fixes.
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81 of 96 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.1 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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80 of 95 people (84%) found this review helpful
3.5 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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33 of 38 people (87%) found this review helpful
26.7 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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