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 (34 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 1, 2014
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October 3

Incoming Reinforcements

A new update is here which brings a number of improvements from our graphic artists and a few bug fixes too. We're still looking in to other issues and will keep you informed with our progress with regards to future updates.

The release notes for the latest patch are as follows:

Bug Fixes
- Fixed Technicians not capturing buildings.
- Fixed compatibility issues with certain older video cards.
- Performance improvements to rendering.
- Fixed startup crash on devices with non-Latin characters in username
- Fixed music playback to reduce repeats.
- Fixed minimap in tutorial bug.
- Fixed missing heroes due to case sensitivity bug.
- Fixed corrupted save game bug.
- Extended the new shadow code to work on more machines.

Graphical Improvements
- Robots now show team colours.
- Improved character animations.
- Enhanced particle and environmental effect.
- Bridges enlarged.
- No-go areas updated.
- Animals spread out and added more.
- Fixed various floating objects.
- Added Zod icon.
- More lights on certain buildings.

Thanks again for all your support and please do let us know if you have feedback or suggestion as we make our plans for future updates :)

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August 5

The original cut scenes are back!

Hi fellow Z fans. We're happy to announce that our first game update is now live!

This update includes the following changes:

- Intro videos and cut scenes re-enabled! We know this will please a lot of you who're fans of the original game. We decided not to include them on launch as we found some incompatibilities with certain PC configurations but we have now resolved those issues so you can all enjoy the FMVs which appear at the start of each theatre of war (if you've played through the levels already you can watch the videos by selecting to re-play the first level of each unique type).

- Fixed a bug where the leaderboards would show [unknown] instead of showing names of players.

- Fixed a crash on the leaderboards when switching to some of the later levels.

- Fixed a bug with the Technical Takedown achievement which would award you the achievement after capturing only a single enemy building.

- Added log output to help diagnose issues some players are having.

We're taking note of all feedback that has been given by the community and we're looking in to the issues that have been reported. We hope to keep pushing out updates to maintain the game and improve it over time with the help of the community.

Thanks for playing :)

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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
37 of 45 people (82%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
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.
Posted: August 4
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40 of 59 people (68%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
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!
Posted: August 2
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62 of 99 people (63%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
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.
Posted: August 2
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20 of 27 people (74%) found this review helpful
10.4 hrs on record
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 ? ? ?
Posted: August 2
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30 of 47 people (64%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
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.





Posted: August 2
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