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In Steam Bandits: Outpost, you play as the newly-hired skyrunner of a burgeoning trade outpost in the floating world of Stratos. It’s up to you to manage your outpost and assemble your party to explore the furthest reaches of the skies.
Release Date: Jan 14, 2014
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“In Steam Bandits: Outpost, you launch into the world of Stratos as a Skyrunner in search of fortune and glory. This is an Early Access title that is just entering its Alpha stage, so please understand that there will be bugs and lots of content updates! Joining us in Early Access will help us refine the game and add cool features. Eventually the game will be Free-To-Play, but right now we are limiting players to only those that get an Early Access pack below. We're not quite ready to let everyone in the world into the game yet. The packs have some great stuff in there, so it's worth it :-)

While we are making a Free-To-Play game, we are not Pay-To-Win; any purchasable content will be strictly for personalization rather than gameplay. Using our Cloud-Based RPG system, you can switch seamlessly between your PC, Tablet, and Smart Phone without the worry of losing your progress and having to start over. Adventure is our name; mischief is our game. Join us and build your fame!”
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Patch 0.2.7 is LIVE!

June 30th, 2014

Hello, Steam Bandits!

We looked at all your feedback and changed a few things for Patch 0.2.7

New Stuff:
First phase of the new main menu is up. You’ll need to select Log In to get to the old login area.
Starting gear and prologue items stats/attacks fixed.
We have resumed testing on mobile devices.
How combat functions behind the scenes has been improved and is being balanced. Much more to come on this.
Combat health bars changed for better clarity.
New combat abilities are now being phased into the game. Look for many new abilities in the coming patches.
New music has been added to a few areas..

Island load times should be significantly faster.
When respawning, captains would only have partial health.
Combat islands are being improved.
Some enemies in the prologue had incorrect attacks and stats, making them much too difficult.
Minor game performance improvements.
Enemy stat tweaks on a variety of islands.
Other minor island fixes.

We hope you have a great time in Stratos! ^_^


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Update: 5/5/2014 - v0.2.6

May 9th, 2014

New Stuff

  • The inventory button now does something! You can find it in the top menu. We’re still working on it, but you’ll be able to view your inventory and remove stuff. In later patches, you’ll be able to get some resources back after disassembling an item.
  • The combat changes we’re planning are trickling in. No significant changes just yet, but there’s some minor cosmetic stuff.
  • Folks that were stuck after Snake Grass Enclave can talk to Archi to get some extra XP. We plan on adding more routes to gain xp later, but for now Archi’s got you covered.
  • Skirmish islands have been rebalanced slightly.
  • Other minor island fixes.
  • Under the hood fixes to help the mobile version of the game.

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About the Game

In Steam Bandits: Outpost, you play as the newly-hired skyrunner of a burgeoning trade outpost in the floating world of Stratos. It’s up to you to manage your outpost and assemble your party to explore the furthest reaches of the skies. Armed with only a handful of gold, your dashing good looks, and a kindly clockbot assistant, you’ll run into obstacles and misadventure, but success will earn you a place as one of the wealthiest, most stylish denizens of Stratos. Fortune favors the bold!

Known Issues in This Phase

  • Bugs. Definitely bugs.
  • No pathing for NPC/Monsters except random wandering.
  • No full tutorial.
  • Lack of some sounds.
  • Combat needs improvement.
  • Minimal variety of weapons/ships/monsters.
  • Ability diversity for normal attacks, no buff/debuff spells.
  • GUI for captain missions.
  • GUI systems for crafting.
  • No Encyclopedia (Button still in-game).
  • No Social (Button still in-game).
  • Many clothing assets are simply Captain Equipment..
  • Requires Steam Bandits account to play (no guest mode yet)

Also, there will be character wipes every few months.

Alpha v2 - June

  • Tier2 Content
  • All Backer Captains
  • Color dyes/paints
  • T1-3 Captain Missions
  • More combat abilities
  • Multi-monster combat
  • Lots of combat updates
  • UI updates

Closed Beta - August

  • Tier3 Content
  • Dungeons/Interiors
  • Social stuff like friending players, visiting their islands, and social rewards
  • (More details later)

Open Beta - Sept/Oct

  • Companion party combat
  • Berry farming
  • (More details later)

Launch - Oct/Nov

  • Absolutely no bugs
  • (More details later)

Expansion1 - 2015

  • Tier4 Content
  • Northlands areas
  • (More details later)

Expansion2 - 2015

  • Tier5 Content
  • Pirate bases
  • PvP!!!
  • (More details later)

While traversing the world of Stratos, you will:

  • Explore a world filled with exciting adventures!
  • Recruit airship captains on your path to fortune and glory.
  • Engage in combat against pirates and fierce creatures.
  • Customize your character and outpost with thousands of combinations.
  • Collect tons of unique companions.
  • Show off your outpost to friends and strangers.
  • Build several outposts in exotic locations.
  • Much more will be announced soon!

Steam Bandits: Outpost brings a new outlook to casual games.

The first and most important thing to know is that you will never have to expect to “pay to win,” nor will you ever have to bother your friends to progress through the game. You can play as long or as little as you want without having to beg for help.

You’ll be exploring the world and embarking on story-driven quests. At any given time, you may find yourself harvesting the fruitful crop of your outpost, or taking on jobs from NPCs visiting your island in the sky. Utilizing our cloud-based system, you can play on desktop, tablet, and mobile devices during a single gameplay session.

We at Iocaine Studios want you to view Steam Bandits as more than just a free-to-play game; we want you to truly feel that you belong with us among the clouds.


Stratos is a world of floating islands, fragmented and strewn across a seemingly-infinite sea of clouds. Although it is unknown whether it has always been this way or whether the islands were once a part of something far below, Stratians are well-adapted to their setting. Societies have been established on the largest of the sky islands, and their peoples have learned to use flox--the very mineral that keeps their world afloat--and other natural resources to their advantage.

PC System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP SP2 or later
    • Processor: 1.6Ghz or Higher
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.0 compatible video card with 256 MB shared or dedicated RAM (ATI or NVIDIA)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 700 MB available space
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c

Mac System Requirements

    • OS: 10.6 Snow Leopard or later
    • Processor: Intel Mac
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.0 compatible video card with 256 MB shared or dedicated RAM (ATI or NVIDIA)
    • Hard Drive: 700 MB available space

Linux System Requirements

    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 or later
    • Processor: 1.6Ghz or Higher
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.0 compatible video card with 256 MB shared or dedicated RAM (ATI or NVIDIA)
    • Hard Drive: 700 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
34 of 57 people (60%) found this review helpful
88 products in account
9 reviews
30.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
When reading, keep in mind this is not a finished game! I am giving it a thumbs up based on the direction I see it heading and its potential. Never buy an early access game if you want a bug-free, totally polished experience.

That being said, Steam Bandits: Outpost has great potential. It plays a like a mix between Kingdom for Keflings/World of Keflings and Torchlight/TL2, but with a good old fashioned turn-based fighting system. I like real time fighting as much as the next gamer, but it's been a while since I played a game with turn-based fights so it's a fun change.

The art is lovely. The quests (past the tutorial) have a nice sense of humor. In fact, the whole game has a lighthearted feel that I enjoy. The writing, combat, and parts of the UI need some work, and sometimes it feels a little too much like a Zynga game (such as weird wait times for things to complete), but remember, this is still in beta.

For things that need improvement, the dev team is extremely responsive to suggestions and bug reports.

Do get this game if you like town-building and questing, and want to be part of the development process. Your feedback very literally will shape the direction of the game. That's pretty cool.
Posted: January 14th, 2014
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
2,681 products in account
83 reviews
20.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Steam Bandits: Outpost shows promise in its town-building elements and customization opportunities, but is otherwise a waste of time in its current form; wait on it unless you want to participate in the alpha. Yes, it is very much in alpha.

-Movement speed that would make you think the grass is not grass at all, but sticky green Jello.
-Combat is an abomination: Do you like pressing a button, watching agonizingly slow animations for both you and the enemy, then repeating it many times over—half of them being misses?
-Imbalanced: Do you like doing the above again, after you die, over and over? Movement speed makes the trip back to where you died an obnoxious one. After a main quest that killed me repeatedly in the early game, I finally closed it out for good in frustration.
-The UI, while not terrible, is unintuitive and can be useless at times. It's also giant and in your face, because lolmobilephones.
-Single-player but always online, because of "social elements". You have to create an account on their website and sign into the game.
-Facebook game, plain and simple. Think Farmville, without the farm and without the fun (I don't know if it was actually fun). Townville? Islandville? Dullsville.
-Paced too slowly and not rewarding in general. Exploration must be fixed to redeem the game.
-No music.

It has potential but seems far from realizing it. The art is nice, the world definitely has character, and the game engine itself runs smoothly. Piloting airships around and exploring floating islands is fun in theory; who doesn't like airships? You can even send pilots out on missions to explore them for you. Customization of the placement, color and accents of structures is promising. Cute pets.

Will revise if necessary. Alpha.
Posted: May 29th, 2014
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
550 products in account
14 reviews
1.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
In it's current form, it is a no from me. It HOWEVER, is a GOOD game, but the lack of features and the issues it has make it not yet ready to be an outstanding game. Some issues include

-no music in background. (silence a lot)
-slow paced battles. (intentional? it is a turn based RPG.. but i thought it was rather sluggish)
-not everything yet has sound effects.
-point and clicking for movement (intenetional) doesnt always go where you want to or correct interaction.
-missing various things that have buttons in game but do not function yet from lack of an update

but the game is an RPG and City Growth/Builde, and more things unlock as you go, like buildings thast give you more ojects, and moving to other planets for quests and exploration (collecting resources too!)

so when this updates a bit more, i would recommend it to people.
Posted: May 21st, 2014
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
34 products in account
2 reviews
226.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
The town building is great, the entire premise is great (Floating Crystal-Powered Islands?! :D :D ), customization is great, etc. This game is still in Alpha so there is stuff being added/changed all the time. It'll be really interesting to see what shape the game takes over the coming months as it goes into Beta and all the bugs are ironed out :)
Posted: May 28th, 2014
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
169 products in account
2 reviews
2.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Although I have spent little over an hour as of yet playing, I can see that it is a great game. Yes there are bugs and it feels quite minimul at the minute, but do you expect with an Alpha game? The game itself has a nice light hearted feel to it, a nice casual turn based RPG with town building. What else can I say? In the future it will be free to play, but as it is it's worth the money to watch it develop and I am glad that I have invested in it. One of the better early access games I have played.
Posted: May 18th, 2014
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