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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“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...


* 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...


System Requirements

    • 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
    • Storage: 900 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Yes
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107 of 124 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.6 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)
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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24 of 26 people (92%) found this review helpful
24.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 17, 2015
I'd like to say, first of all, that most of the negative reviews for this game are very out of date; most are from 2014, immediately after the game was released. Most of the complaints about the cinematics/cutscenes have been addressed; you now have the good old, funny, comic-styled cutscenes in between chapters and briefings again.

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.

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; return the original visual style for old times sake to preserve the work the original developers had done on it, and 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. The PIP-window, alerting you about certain events, needs to have its own window, or at the very least have a toggle on/off option.

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.

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

UPDATE 18/08/2015
The devs have listened to the players and there has now been some changes to the balance of units. A bug with the Disruptor unit, which was present even in the original version, has now been fixed.

UPDATE 09/11/2015
Massive update has added quite a few new features which were not a part of the original version:
• Visual FoW system added - Previously, you had to click on units to see how far they could see. Now, at a glance (as in most RTS games), you can see the extent to how far all of your units can see portions of the map without having to click on each one.
• Higher resolution options - Some resolutions were not working before, now they do.
• Cinematic Mode - Can press F12 to enter a cinematic / no HUD view mode (good for capturing videos / screenshots)
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A developer has responded on May 19, 2015 @ 12:32pm
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51 of 75 people (68%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
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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24 of 33 people (73%) 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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26 of 37 people (70%) 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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A developer has responded on Nov 9, 2015 @ 11:26am
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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 7, 2015
Good game, and the devs are on point with sorting the issues that do crop up, now working on windows 10 aswel so bonus points there.

Compared to the original i would say that this isnt a new version but a different version now, its more C&C than it is Z

Will update review once i have played more but so far its all good
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 7, 2015
I've been playing this game for years, and its predecessor. This game makes no pretentions, it is a stripped down RTS, but it is stripped down in a good way. The map is divided into territories, holding territories increases your income, denying territories to your opponent denies them theirs. It's all about moving tactically between these zones and defending your command centre. You have land, sea and air units, it's all quite simple and that is basically the (very addictive) game.

As for the story: it is very zany, comic book style and darkly humorous. It's a sci-fi storyline which is told between levels in cutscenes (and also via radio chatter while you're playing). Now the game is story driven in a very simple way i.e. cutscenes set up the level and your objectives form a part of the overall storyline. You could skip all the story without really affecting the game, but it's worth watching if you get the humour.

This is a remastered edition but don't expect AAA graphics, it's the simplicity of this while remaining challenging is what makes it an enduring classic for me. You can just pick it up and play, you don't need to invest time in learning how to control it. An absolute classic, great for scratching a quick strategy itch. Well worth getting this remastered edition for this sale price.
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17 of 24 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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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
103.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 14, 2015
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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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
36.9 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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7.8 hrs
Posted: October 22
Z Steel Soldiers is a Good buy. The Story is funny but the game feels like its from 2001 era. Overall I liked the game but again life is short, buy something else.
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The Assassin
0.4 hrs
Posted: September 20
It crashed on me within 5 minutes of playing so I can't really write a review. I'll write one after I've played it for a lot longer.
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Mongoloid Mike
2.7 hrs
Posted: September 12
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BB • =T$E=UnclePootis
0.9 hrs
Posted: August 16
A Verry good Strategy game !

Its complicated at 1st but if u learned everything it makes tons of fun :DD !! Rep++++
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0.6 hrs
Posted: July 19
It's a lot like C&C except not all that fun. Instructions are very unclear (Unless you bought a physical copy of the game and have the 59 page manual), the help menu is not much but the fundamentals of gameplay are as every RTS game and brings nothing new to the genre, the game is 15 years old by the way. It's your generic RTS game with the AI stuck on Blitzkrieg mode. Litterally, prepare to be absolutely swarmed by a AI that doesn't give a damn what difficulty you have it set to. 5 minutes in and if you haven't played such a half ♥♥♥♥♥ game as this in years, you're essentialy a goner. The AI has a great advantage over you in every way shape and form. Here are a few examples: The AI can build everything faster and apparently has thousands of resource units at their disposal, much more than what can be set at the settings screen for the match, they can instantaneously build war units to attack your premature base only 5 minutes into the match while you're still sitting their waiting forever for your own buildings and units be made while using up what little resources you have because the settings don't apply to you, and then when you look around the map in only 5 seconds of th game's begining, the AI already conuered 75% of the map space while you were barely keeping yourself alive. All in all it's essentially a really ♥♥♥♥♥♥ C&C esque game that is barely functional with it missing a lot of options and gameplay mechanics. Don't buy this game unless you want to play a horrible RTS game.
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34.7 hrs
Posted: July 13
The Original ZSteel Soldiers from 2001 was without doubt one of the best action RTS games ever made.
Its downfall was that it was different enough to put people of and had very little hype or follow on support.
I must have played the original on hard and completed it 4 or 5 times so was delighted that this remaster was developed and released. -The first version was awful with dark graphics poor controls no cut scenes and the zoom out field of view was wrong!

I have now revisited this since a huge amount of updates and its fantastic - plays almost like the original but now looks pretty good. It also runs on Win 10 at full resolution.
A must buy for RTS lovers!

Superb game!
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4.8 hrs
Posted: June 8
I was very happy to see that Z Steel Soldies got a makeover and since the original doesnt work on my pc for some reason, i didnt hesitate to buy it. But the flaws of this game are pretty straight-foward:
1) The models look nice, but the moving animation is stiff and cheaply made
2) Some models were scrapped and look just like a regular unit, for example Lassar
3) The units dont stay where you want them to be. Example: i want some GPT`s to stay on a ridge3 to overlook an area, but i cant put them one next to the other without one oif them driving of. I wouldnt complain if this distance would be short but its way too long, so that my tactics dont work
4) The window you can use to select more units is glitchy and doesnt always select units.
5) The construction bots are glitched out while building and have the tendency to run around and get lost, the originals didnt do that
6) The unit production window is uselessly simple, just taking the old one would be better
7) The game crashes pretty often
8) the saving options are weird and dont work properly
9) there is no "retry" option in the pause menu

I think i could come up with more complaints, but i noticed those from just a few hours of gameplay.

Its very sad that this makeover was so dissappointing, maybe just updating the models while using the original animations and skeletons and updating the textures weould have been a better idea.
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8.3 hrs
Posted: May 27
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1.5 hrs
Posted: May 19
In comparission to the original Z game, this one is totally dull and suffers greatly in many aspects like: controls, presentation, boring campaign, interface and so on. I tried to enjoy the game, I really did, but it's just not a good game.
A regular game. 5/10
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blackX811 (CZ)
13.2 hrs
Posted: March 3
Very good game, but I am missing
-subtitles during cutscenes/missions
-LAN+Online multiplayer (with dedicted servers/players servers)
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