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 (44 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 1, 2014
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November 6

Major Bug Fix

We're pleased to announce the release of our latest patch which now includes a fix for the level 18 bug which was stopping players from progressing past the level.

Thanks to community member Marauder2k9 for identifying a fix for the issue. We'd been scouring the code for any issues related to the use of Lassar and Tech Centres, but as it turns out we could fix the bug by editing the level definition file!

We're now looking in to the crashes some people are experiencing in heavy fire-fights and will have a fix for that in our next patch.

Thanks for playing and please remember to use the forum to leave feedback :)

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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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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
45 of 53 people (85%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
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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64 of 101 people (63%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
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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40 of 61 people (66%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
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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21 of 29 people (72%) found this review helpful
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
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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32 of 49 people (65%) found this review helpful
37.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
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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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
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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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
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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30 of 49 people (61%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
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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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
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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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
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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22 of 38 people (58%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
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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15 of 25 people (60%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
the original was great game, this does it justice :)
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
Amzing game. But a terrible remake.
- game crashes a lot
- mouse doesn't bind to the screen with dual monitor setup
- no fullscreen windowed mode
- no keybinding option
- actualy no keybind this game at all
- loads of bugs

This is what happens when you give a great game to a ♥♥♥♥ indi developer.
First and last game i will ever buy from TickTock Games
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
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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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
12.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 14
They took a classic game and screwed it up - cant believe I wasted money on this update when Ive got the original disks upstairs. Full of bugs and many otrhers, like me, cant get past mission 12 because of a real basic bug which didnt exist in the first game. Several original features missing also.
Come on guys fix this game! Oh... and thanks for the support pages on the web... you know... the ones that arent there yet!
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 5
I originally had a negative review, thinking (in my blissful ignorance) that no developers ever checked the comments on games, I was pleasantly surprise I must say, my original review pointed out that there was no skirmish or multiplayer game modes and that there wasn't an options menu, which still holds true, however I have been corrected and skirmish and multiplayer are on the way. I am enjoying the singleplayer campaign (for some reason the steam didn't record how long i've played for but it's definitely more than 0 minutes) and with the addition of skirmish and multiplayer my review now holds at 3/5. A fair middle ground until implementation.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60Czy40rTIA

Z Steel Soldiers is an updated version of the classic Bitmap Brothers game from the mid 1990's
A story based comedy RTS about corporations figting out for control with robots.

+ Great Single Player Story
+ Simple Learning Curve
+ Fun Characterisation

- No Multiplayer
- Easy to confuse rotate and and scroll around map controls.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 3
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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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 6
First thing out of the way- the only thing in this game right now is the campaign mode, the same from the original SS.

It's definitely a work-in-progress. I just popped my old copy of SS in and played it, and then played this version. It's much more touch-friendly for touch devices since it was just released on Google Play (and maybe the App Store?) very recently. This is very evident in the UI. Being able to scale the size of the game would be very helpful, as for having a 1080p monitor I should be able to zoom out far more.

Keeping in mind it's a work-in-progress, here are my observations after having played through the first world of the game:

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Pros:

+ Same great gameplay from the original.
+ The cutscenes are back, as are the original voices. None of that has changed.
+ Campaign now "rates" you out of 3 stars (a la Angry Birds) for your performance. It has no effect on unlocking campaign levels.
+ Textures look much nicer. Not all of them, however (see below)

Cons:
- Skirmish is not here (but coming, as the developer has announced)
- not optimized for large displays (the icons are huge, perhaps for touch device friendliness?)
- No MP (yet)
- Can't customize controls as far as I've seen so far
- Music has very noticeable looping
- Can't use Build Repeat on buildings
- Too many unnecessary animations in the menus (hiding loading times, perhaps?)
- Textures are updated, which means a very different art style. Others have likened this to looking like "crash dummies" and for some parts I would agree. I personally prefered the older art style because they looked more like off-the-line robots rather than things with personality (which the hero units should have!) but to each their own.
- Units run on the air. Or at least, that's what it looks like. Their feet and shadows don't line up and it looks really odd.

Other thoughts:

= I would really love it if the developer could also include the nice build animation from the original (or something like it!) because it was really cool to see the lines slowly build and the "walls" slowly form on buildings. It's a much more jarring animation now but is still in stages. A decrease in the animations for "right-clicking" on units would be great, too. It just seems like it makes it take more time than it needs to.

= The menu background graphic is kind of odd- I'm not sure why it's there, as it doesn't really have a lot to do with the game's setting.

= The globe is nice for giving a sense of perspective for where the battles are taking place in the campaign, but it's HUGE. Seeing all the levels/making the transition better would be cool.

= PLEASE try to find a way to bring back the old economy UI! Being able to see your income differential was much better than just having a ticker with how much money you currently have.

Bugs so far- Bunkers having HUGE amounts of health/it not being hit properly; units climbing up cliffs when they should not be able to jump that distance; Units not being able to be hit when standing next to (but not blocked by) a building.

It's also hard sometimes to select certain units in a group. At times units will clump up and then you can't ever select one, it selects all.

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That all being said, I still do enjoy the game. Is it as enjoyable as the previous incarnation? Not yet. Hopefully it will be! I'm looking forward to seeing how things turn out. I don't regret purchasing this *yet*, but I'll check back in a couple of months to see how it's progressed.

Recommendation: YES, though be prepared to be disappointed a little, especially if you expect the exact same game with a facelift. The developers are sincerely looking at feedback and that's reassuring.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
This remastered version of Z: Steel Soldiers brings back alot of memories from my childhood, Z: Steel Soldiers was my second ever PC game and so i've put alot of hours into it.

When this remasteed version hit the STEAM stores i just had to buy it, seeing as how many hours i put into he old classic. Below are my thoughts about this remastered version...

- The developers have kept almost everything from the base game intact but have updated the game with new visuals, new models, UI etc. to match that of, for example, the older C&C Generals games instead of keeping the very old and outdated graphics from 2001.
(By the way, all sounds are that from the base game.)

- The devs are constantly updating this game, some features from the old classic game wasn't compatible with newer systems and so the devs are working around the clock to roll out updates frequently, just about two days ago the old cinematics were re-added to the game.
(Skrimish is due around this month.)

Based on my own personal opinion i recommend this game, the only flaw i've encountered is that some of the later Campaign missions are extremely difficult but aside from that this is a solid return of an old classic!

Zod is back!!!
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