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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Mixed (270 reviews) - 61% of the 270 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Aug 29, 2013

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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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 400 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
This game is very hard, but can be very rewarding and enjoyable once you get a handle on things. Once you get used to how Chaos Engine does stage layout - with lots of walls and stairs appearing or vanishing to create new paths - and get a better handle on positioning, distance and pacing, the game becomes a lot more manageable. But expect your first couple of runs to end in misery - it happens to everybody.

They made some changes to the game with this port but for the most part they are minimalistic and geared mainly towards making the game look and play better. The new save system let's you enjoy the game without having to punch in long passwords for one, but it won't help you cheat like an emulator would.

Picking the Navvie (one of the six playable characters) makes things a little easier for beginners. His initial stats and powerful weapon makes him a very sturdy character, and his special is a no-nonsense smart-bomb. The other characters are more technical and require a little more knowledge of how the game works to use properly.

Playing online with a friend is an absolute blast, but the netcode is so-so.
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2015
Pro:
Cyberpunk
At times fun
Cards & achieves
Captions (a nice bonus)
Low system specs


Con:
Gets repetitive very fast
Port quality is low
$11 or $19 for 2 copies !!!!!!!!!!!!

Overall:
The original game was fun, but I've grown up since then. This is an OK port of a classic game but it just isn't that good of a game anymore. Even with this fact I'd still give it a thumbs up, except for the large problem. The price is just insane. There are many games on steam that are better or more fun to play for the same price.

5/10 +1 classic -1 bad port -2 price = 3/10 Pass unless you can get this for under $1. This is really a $1 - $2 game for a $11 price. Thumbs down for the price not the game.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 13, 2015
I actually still have my copy of Amiga Power with this game on the cover from 1994ish. Unfortunately the nostalgia does not outweigh the fact that the game does not hold up at all. Clunky, inaccurate, frustrating - the hallmarks of a good game in '94 but not something I can recommend today.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 16
"The Chaos Engine" is good.

THIS is an abomination. It's not even a port - just a horrible emulation of the Amiga version. The timing is off so the game doesn't "feel" right, the audio is off, the graphics overlay for the PC version is minimalist - you can't even choose your resolution, just a "scale" factor which leaves you guessing how big "4" is.

Oh, and I'm playing the Linux version which seems to randomly freeze when it feels like it. It's also an INCREDIBLE CPU hog, but I have no idea why.

It also seems that the devs have been going through the discussions and deleting threads about the bugs, rather than y'know...FIXING THEM.

Don't encourage this sort of thing by buying it.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
27.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 7, 2015
Bad port.
It has many bugs and audio glitches that the original Amiga game didn't have.
In the game ending they had to cut-out half of the speech of Baron Fortesque because the video is way faster than the audio.
A great game like this deserves a much better port.
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