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Steam Bandits: Outpost is a free-to-play RPG inspired by games like Final Fantasy and Chrono Trigger. Explore dungeons and strange new lands, while combating a variety of foes with your party. Build up an outpost to serve as your base for crafting and send your captains out on missions.
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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iPhone/iPad alpha testing has begun!

August 5

Patch Notes: 8/3/2014 - v0.2.9
New Stuff
  • iOS alpha testing has begun! Check the forums for info on how to apply!
  • Introducing Griffin’s Roost, a new island using our latest storytelling and dungeon systems. It is available just after players complete the tutorial (level 5). Explore the mystery of a flox research station and uncover a dastardly conspiracy! Exciting! :-D
  • AoE abilities like Cleave are now in the game. Ever run into multiple enemies that you wish you could attack all at once? Now you can!
  • More ability effects have been added.
  • Combat desyncs should be fixed now (unless there’s more we didn’t find…)
  • Various balance changes.

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The alpha is now on Android devices!

July 14

If you have access to the game already and would like to check it out on your Android device, check out this post on our forums to join in the alpha test.

We also released a new patch!

Update: 7/14/2014 - v0.2.8
New Stuff
  • Android testing is good to go! Check the SBO forums for joining in the test!
  • We have meticulously tweaked and modified existing stat formulas behind items to bring about better combat. On top of this, several items have been tweaked since the stats weren’t quite up to par. Combat should feel better across the board.
  • Just about everything relating to monsters has been changed behind the scenes. We now have a lot more control when balancing them.
  • Fixed some quest icons not appearing.
  • Ability balancing for lower level items and monsters.
  • The tutorial sword was unable to be crafted, has been fixed.
  • Captain default equipment and weapons were not set to their initial unlock level, making them underpowered.

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About the Game

Steam Bandits: Outpost is a free-to-play RPG inspired by games like Final Fantasy 6/7 and Chrono Trigger. It's NOT pay-to-win. Instead, the microtransaction model follows games like Path of Exile and League of Legends, where it's pure cosmetic. In the game, you'll assemble a party. Explore dungeons and strange new lands, while combating a variety of foes. When you've had your fill of adventuring, you can build up an outpost to serve as your base of operations for crafting and sending your captains out on missions while you're away. Your friends can also set up outposts which you can visit and help out. Oh, and did we mention that your game can be resumed from Android/iOS devices? Yeah, it's pretty slick.

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 a character wipe before open beta

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 - September

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

Open Beta - 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
54 of 62 people (87%) found this review helpful
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 29
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29 of 43 people (67%) found this review helpful
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 21
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6 of 18 people (33%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Defently worth it so Far. It's still early in development but it's quite the fun little building/exploring game. I'm looking forward to when it's released fully!.
Posted: June 11
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10 of 27 people (37%) found this review helpful
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 18
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6 of 20 people (30%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
What a nice game! As you can see, I have only started to play, but I'm already drawn into by cool graphics. I only have two complaints for now: there is no music and it's kind of annoying to have another account to log in.
Posted: May 30
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