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.
User reviews: Mixed (79 reviews) - 53% of the 79 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Aug 1, 2014

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"Z: Steel Soldiers is a great RTS for people who don’t like RTS games. It’s a fun game to play and a welcome break from harder to learn games."
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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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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...


* 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
    • Hard Drive: 900 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Yes
Helpful customer reviews
13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
15.3 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!

EDIT 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.

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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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
Remastered old RTS from the 90s. Needs alot of work right now, many issues, crashes and bugs - my worst issue with the game is the awfully, no painfully slow map scrolling speed. Developers, give us options to change the scrolling speed - for skirmish missions, its a real pain to move around the map at a god awful speed especially when alot of action is taking place and you need to quickly navigate around the map without constantly clicking the mini-map.

Also, in Skirmish Mode - the AI on lower difficulty settings needs nerfing. I didn't see any difference in difficulty from Easy AI to Hard AI. Other RTS games which have AI settings have noticible changes in difficulty, currently the player is at a serious dis-advantage in Skirmish when the AI can easily capture multiple zones, attack and defend all at the same time when the player can only do one of these at once.

Promising, but needs some re-balancing and a few patches.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
103.9 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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7 of 9 people (78%) 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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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 7
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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