In the bloody aftermath of ‘Z’ comes The Bitmap Brothers classic, “Z Steel Soldiers”: a new breed of robot with a taste for war and a warped sense of humour.
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Release Date: Aug 1, 2014
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May 22

The Skirmish Update

It's update time again Z fans!

We've been working hard on fixing graphical issues with skirmish mode and have fixed a number of other issues along the way. Skirmish mode is still under active development while we work on fixing some issues and thus we have marked it as being beta. We've tested it internally and it seems to work well but we're interested in knowing if you have any feedback or suggestions for us for skirmish mode, or for the game in general.

This update include the following changes:

  • Skirmish mode now available for beta testing.
  • Increased maximum zoom level.
  • Fixed bug related to Windows DPI settings (playing on High DPI / 4k monitors).
  • Fixed some objects which rendered all-white.
  • Rewrote shaders to improve performance.
  • Made build grid easier to see.
  • Made joystick selection box easier to see.
  • Now show build timers when buildings are active.
  • Now show armour and shield bars for damaged units at all times.
  • Show white borders round power bars of current selected units.
  • Removed fading on terrain decals.
  • Fixed mouse issue with level 1.
  • Bricks and Mortar achievement now actually achievable.
  • General performance improvements.
Here are a few screenshots showing some of the changes in this build:

Zoom out further:

We've increased the max zoom distance so you can now zoom out much further. This makes the game much easier to play, especially on the larger levels!

Fixed the Bricks and Mortar achievement:

Some players reported they were unable to unlock this achievement. We found out that our code checking that you had built each type of building was flawed. The reason was that you never 'build' a shipyard. Your construction robot actually 'repairs' the shipyard as the frame already exists. We've now handled this and the achievement unlocks correctly.

Enabled skirmish beta:

We've been wanting to enable skirmish mode for a while but there were a number of issues with the graphics and the code in general. We've now fixed most issues and while we're working on improving the mode further we have enabled it for beta testing.

We hope you have fun testing Skirmish mode and hope our other changes have fixed issues that some users reported with the game :).

-TickTock Games

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March 24

Quick Patch

Yesterday we pushed out a small update to the game which fixed a major issue being encountered by some players which would only happen occasionally during heavy firefights.

The patch also included a few new particle effects which should also fix the issue where smoke and fire appeared to use an alternate texture in certain situations.

We're keeping an eye on the crash reporting system while we work on Skirmish mode and hope to have more news soon :)

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About This Game

“Lead your Z: Steel Soldiers into the next century rebooted for the rocket fuelled fans of the classic hard-core strategy game.

In the bloody aftermath of ‘Z’ comes Z: Steel Soldiers. All your favourite strategies and gameplay from the classic version, with graphics that have powered into the 21st century, vivid 3D landscapes, and a state of the art engine that brings your game to life. Meet the new breed of robots, with a taste for war and a warped sense of humour. Z: Steel Soldiers – you’ve never had it so good!”

When you take control of your Steel Soldiers unit, you’d better hit the ground running, as you take some superb war machinery straight into the heat of battle. You can start to build up your forces when this firefight is over. Right now you’d better just dig in!

Every theatre of the war is intertwined with the non-linear plot, revealing more twists and turns than a roller coaster, this is no ordinary battle, and these are no ordinary troops. They are fearless troops who drink rocket fuel and pick fights with saber-tooth snow slugs just for fun. You’ve never met robots quite this screwed-up before...

Features

* 30 Distinct, lush levels spread across 6 unique worlds.
* Air, ground and sea units ranging from WW2 based vehicles through to modern jet fighters.
* Significantly enhanced 3D Graphics packed full of scalable features such as reflections and particle systems providing intense and rich landscapes.
* Real-time environment forces, both local and world forces affect the environment to such detail that even plumes of smoke are split as helicopters come soaring through.
* 9 different robots each with unique abilities.
* Revolutionary fast-resource style gameplay; The more territories you take, the larger the resource ‘flag’ in that territory and the faster and more you can build; leaving you to deal with the real objective – all-out warfare!
* Our most advanced AI yet, that will stop at nothing to rid the universe of Zod and his band of space renegades...

GET READY TO KISS YOUR SHINY METAL BUTT GOODBYE

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Vista SP1, 7 or 8
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 or better, AMD 64 X2 or better
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel GMA 950 GeForce 7 Series Radeon X1000 series
    • Hard Drive: 900 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Yes
Helpful customer reviews
9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 17
The original Z: Steel Soldiers was released back in 2001. The version that has been released here on Steam is a remaster of the original. While there are a few lacking features from the original Z: Steel Soldiers (a game which I loved), such as multiplayer, I am glad that this has finally come to Steam as my old copy had broken some years ago, and that the game is now easily accessible to purchase and play. I am also glad that , despite this game not being that popular on Steam since release, they are still working slowly on re-implementing the skirmish mode and improving the gameplay, as seen on the news section. It shows that the developers truly are dedicated to delivering a good game experience.

EDIT 22/05/2015
Skirmish has now been implemented, rejoice!

The graphics in this game have been improved considerably since the old version, mostly for the better, as it is no longer looking so out of date at first glance, especially to someone who has not heard or seen the game before. However, I will admit that I feel some of the visual charm has been lost from the old game due to the graphical changes; colours are less vibrant and the sense of scale on the units has been skewed a bit through the changes, but that's just my opinion.

The game unfortunately does have issues with its user interface and its controls. For example, the mini-map is sometimes replaced with a PIP-window, so sometimes you won't be able to see your map, therefore taking away some of the control and situational awareness for a short period of time. My suggestions, to make the game that much better, would be to see an improvement to the things I mentioned above; the user interface could be made to not be so clunky and slow by making the UI transitions instant to speed up micro. The controls would benefit from having the option to use WASD to pan the camera up/left/down/right.

Despite these issues, it is still pretty fun and presents itself very well; the voice acting is top quality and the cutscenes/briefings in the campaign are hilariously well written. Some of the missions do present quite a challenge at times. There is a sense of satisfaction in wreaking havoc across the battlefield; infantry, vehicles and buildings all cause explosions. The bigger they are, the bigger the explosion. If you are looking to kill a few hours in a strategy arcade game, I highly recommend you buy it. At this price, it is dirt cheap and well worth it for what it offers. If you're still not convinced and slightly wary of parting your money, buy it during a sale.
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A developer has responded on May 19 @ 12:32pm
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
102.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 14
Happy to report that after all the hard work put in to this Great Old Classic, it is back and kicking. If you have ever played this back in the day you'll remember how much fun it was then, just multiply that by 1000. At the current price it is a great deal and with all the new features coming you may want to get in now. Great forum and support. Great Game!
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 19
Z and Steel Soldiers are among my favourite RTS, so I was a bit wary of this "remake".
After playing a few hours, I must say I am pleasantly surprised. The new gameplay and UI need some time to get used to, but I believe it's actually smoother than in the original and brings Steel Soldiers closer to the simple, arcade, fast-paced gameplay of the first Z, while retaining all the new buildings and units.
The improved graphics are a mixed bag for me. I appreciate the improved textures and FX, but the bots have been redesigned and have lost much of what gave them personnality in the first place.
My biggest complaint is the absence of skirmish and multiplayer modes. The campaign is cool and has a pretty good story, but sometimes you just want to play a map with the full toybox.
All in all, it's a pretty decent port of a great game, that only lacks a few game modes to become a good port.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 16
i have really been enjoying this alot, the core gameplay while simple is addictive and fun, and challenging gameply to boot.
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A developer has responded on Mar 19 @ 2:08pm
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2014
The one and only sequel to Z. Steel Soldiers was not as good as the original, but it was a solid game in it's own right. This port is also amazing, and adds a nice layer of polish to the game. Not to mention there are plenty of new additions which do wonders for it.

If you liked the original Z, buy this. Simple as that!
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11 of 17 people (65%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 17
This game has controller support. 32 hours on record. I know what I'm talking about.
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87 of 99 people (88%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 4, 2014
This remake is garbage.

What they've added:
improved graphics
internet highscore for each map
steam achievments
crash bugs

What they've cut:
campaign + cutscences (now you directly select any of the missions)
skirmish
multiplayer
saving (ok - it just doesn't work right now)

But what is by far the worst:
The controls - No hotkeys, lots of units you have to build individually each (no autobuild like in Z1), bolzy camera control.
You idealy need the apm of an korean Starcraft pro-gamer to beat later missions.

In the current state (04.08.2014) a waste of money - even for a Z-fanboy like me.
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76 of 116 people (66%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 2, 2014
Just a HD remake of the original, no skirmish mode, animations look like they are walking in the air, really disappointed, think I will stick with the original untill this gets updated.
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41 of 61 people (67%) found this review helpful
37.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 2, 2014
Steel soldiers was a really good game when it came out. THIS IS NOT THAT GAME!!!!!! I cannot stress enough how this is totally different from the from version of this game. Cutscenes are gone, visual controls are garbage, all robots, vehicles and buildings appear as being black so it is very hard to tell what is yours and what isn't. Pyros shoot nothing just a flamethrower sound and I can't speak for most of the other units in the game because your technicians won't capture the fort in the beginning of the first forest level and basically the game can't proceed. This game is major leage broken and an absolute crap remake of a really good original.
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43 of 65 people (66%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 2, 2014
Alright, there are not that many reviews for the game yet, so let me write this and explain a few things.

Downsides are:
No Multiplayer
No Skirmish mode
Controls are not adjustable
Some bugs and glitches

BUT and this is a heavy BUT this is also the FIRST BUILD.

The graphics are significantly updated and improved compared to its 2001 counterpart, it may be a little different at first, however I believe they are growing on me. Sounds are a little glitchy, if you have the music too loud you can hear the music loops. However this again will be smoothed out in later builds.

AI pathing (to me at least) has been improved but again a few glitches here and there to work out. Again this is only the first build.

A leaderboard is there so you can still compare your scores and times with that of the global community as well as your friends.

All in all, not bad for the initial build of the game, a few improvements, the addition of multiplayer, and skirmish mode, and this game will be my favorite right up there with the original, which I still play, and on multiplayer for that matter ;) I highly recommend the game while it is on sale, and even when it goes off sale, still buy it, it is a great game, with great improvements on the way, and you will enjoy it just as much as I have and did!
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24 of 34 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 2, 2014
Big fan of the original must have ranked up 1000 hours on it but i am going to review this as a developer and not let my nostalgia get in the way.

-Update 3rd August 12.26-
The developers take an active interest in what the users say as u can see in the comments under my review this is not to be ignored, community interaction with developers is very important!
^^^ Changed my original review to a recommendation for the game simply for this.

This is just first impressions of my first 10 mins with this re-release, and the geist of it is that it needs a lot of work.

-Update- Dev has replied saying that this is a known issue and i will remove it from the review when it is sorted-
The original was definately better im afraid. Had better sound track for some reason in this one you can hear the looping of the music, its far too noticable and dosnt seem to change for me on game states. For example in the original the music changed when a squad of men were under attack but now the music is just stuck on repeat for me.

Secondly what happened to the robots, they used to look like military robots, robots that actually fitted in with what u would expect to see in future combat situations, now they look like gimped out crash dummies?

My advice to anyone is try and find a copy of the original and get it if you can. Otherwise wait for this one to get its problems sorted. Its really great trying to bring the Z series into the new era of gaming i hate to be critical of an old friend of mine but i only want to see it do the best it can and it can do so much more. Please dont give up and take this onboard as constructive criticism i want to see Z steel soldier reach the levels it is capable of.

-Update- Dev has replied and has told in comments this is a known issue and is getting sorted will remove from review when it is-
On playing further - the bunkers in the game do not take damage. Stuck on the lasar mission because i cant destroy the bunker - kinda stupid that ur sitting there with 20 jeeps 20 psychos and 20 pyros all shooting at this bunker and it dosnt drop any health ? ? ?
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18 of 26 people (69%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 11, 2014
Genre - RTS
This is the follow up to Z (also a good game) and was by the Bitmap Brothers (Heroes of their time). It is a fairly standard old skool RTS, unlike the first one, which was more about just holding zones. Now you can choose which buildings and zones to invest in. The humour is still here and the units are varied. The AI can be frustrating at times, for instance I lost several units as they destroyed the bridge they were standing on trying to shoot at a lone Psycho! If you adapt your play style to this though you can soon avoid embarrassing losses. The graphics have also been updated enough to make them look acceptable by today's standards. The comic strip cut scenes were removed but have been put back, which I am also glad about. This is a fun game with nostalgic value but also a good RTS for younger fans.
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15 of 21 people (71%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 4, 2014
I was glad when I saw Z1 on Steam, even more when I noticed this game being released too, I am a fan of both games and I am enjoying both of these updated versions. Now this game has updated visuals which I like, looks more modern, still has the same music/sounds and plays like the original. The main difference like many have said, no hotkeys/shortcuts, cutscenes, skirmish and online multiplayer, main menu is different, plus many other features missing, now remember this is the first build and not the final, the devs have said the features, mainly cutscenes and skirmishes will come in updates in the future.

I am only about 4 missions into the game and like I said above, I am enjoying playing this, I am currently waiting till the cutscenes are added so I can enjoy watching and follow the story. I am grateful of the devs to bring this out so I can finally enjoy this game hassel free and finally complete it, I own the original 2001 release, PC at the time (Win 98 with basic hardware) made the game lag really bad when you get about halfway of the story, my WIn 7 laptop played it but with recurring crashes, and now my current Win 8 just seems to crash before I get to the main menu.

Overall I like the game, nice start with updated visuals with more features to come, if you concerned about the missing features, can wait till the updated version and see what others think, or you are a fan that doesn't mind the changes or lack of content (like me) then go for it.
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32 of 53 people (60%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 2, 2014
This is a very good game, make no mistake about that.

For the little bit of time ive had to play this, i'm liking it a lot already.

I remember the original Z, and the original Z'2' and this reboot is extremely polished, and well worth every penny.

Its WORLDS apart from the version that appeared in circa 2001, in a much better way. Having a solid tutorial alone, has helped me no end, and the all new graphics from what I can see, make this akin to its contemporary peers, and at a price that works well for everybody.

I'm sure there's a lot more to come from this, and the franchise as a whole, and a hearty thanks to the developers for bringing back these games in a modern format.





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13 of 18 people (72%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 4, 2014
Z: Steel Soldies brings back many good memories from the first time playing it quite some years ago...around 2001 or 2002 i think. The remake of the game is a lot of fun. Problems like some other reviewers concerning units shown as black or things like this i didnt have.... graphic, sound etc. work just fine (on gtx 770 nvidia card). The controls are a little tricky but according to the basic game. If you like some fast rts-game with taking over sectors, holding them, relatively small amount of base building (compared command & Conquer for example)..and a little humor in the gameplay..this will be something for you.

Have fun playing Z:Steel Soldiers!

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15 of 22 people (68%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 7, 2014
This game is glitchy, bugged and badly made remake of the 2001 original. AI is dumb as hell, interface is crap, there are no keyboard shortcuts, and what the hell is that options menu? Is this a mobile game or what? First launch was like "Did I buy a mobile port or something?". If this game will get patched and most of it's problems will be gone (crappy interface, no shortcuts etc.) it might be interesing, but in it's current state it crap. AVOID!
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 3, 2014
Zed Steel Soldiers compared to its predecessor namesake does have better graphics and I have completed several levels of this new version. Unfortunately unlike its predecessor, the modern version has no gamma correction and in many cases the graphics are too dark. The GT630 is more then capable of dealing with this modern version, but cannot tweek the gamma. There is a problem with the units as well, there are no individual lables to signify which soldier you selected, I am having trouble telling the difference between a tech-unit and a psycho, I have to listen to the audio to know who I have selected. In a fire fight you have not got the time to zoom back in in order to select individuals, then zoom out on the map to see where the skirmish is and select reinforcements to the area quickly.

The previous version in many cases has certain advantages over its replacement, you know what you are selecting and where you want to put the units at a moments notice; even when you have zoomed out to see the bigger picture. Without scratching your head in a firefight, wondering if you have selected the right unit or not. A gamma correction in the game could make all the difference in detail between winning or losing and seeing who you have selected. If these problems can be resolves, it would be a great game. I played the previous version dozens of times before and after XP came out, and I never get bored with it. For people who love strategy games, this is still my top favourite no matter how old it is.
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24 of 41 people (59%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 2, 2014
I really like this gamen and used to play it back in the time , but only thign i dont understand is , why is there no Skirmish or Multiplayer....
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13 of 21 people (62%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 7, 2014
The game is ok when looking on the gameplay and types of units, etc.
BUT there is some F***ed up glitched that just DESTROYS the game.

Don't buy, it might look ok, but unless there comes a fix-patch (which i don't belive there is), it is NOT worth it.
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17 of 29 people (59%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 2, 2014
the original was great game, this does it justice :)
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