Steam Squad is a tactical wargame set in the First World War period. The genre may be classified as steampunk. The storyline is based on an alternate history. The game is filled with tiny little, but important details such as letters, pictures, maps, which help to create a realistic setting.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (13 reviews)
Release Date: May 15, 2014
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“This is the most basic early access version - it contains seven single player missions and one hot-seat multiplayer level, but there is no character creation, progression or anything else yet - this will all come later.”
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October 28

Changelog v0.371b

It’s not our major update, because it is still not ready (we are too waiting to get the major update... ) But we are improving and fixing a lot in Steam Squad. And first place for a fix, is the camera!

  1. Camera control improvement
    a) Add zoom
    b) Decrease inertia
    c) Fix some bugs
  2. Camera follows enemy (please test the current camera behavior, is it better for you?)
  3. GUI in game improvement
  4. “Accept”- button in briefings and “tutorial” changed
  5. Add actor voice for some soldiers
  6. Antialiasing improvement
  7. Rendering performance a little bit increased
  8. 1 - 7 levels rebalanced
  9. Add two new hot-seat arena
  10. AI improvement - alot of improvements with AI behaviour
  11. Some animation's have a small improvements
  12. Other small fixes

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October 24

Veteran gamer's help

Starting yesterday, The Steam Squad Team has enlisted a veteran gamer's help with our forums on Steam, and other areas we need assistance with.

That help was offered by NightMorph, and we have taken him up on that offer.

With so much to do, with developing Steam Squad, in getting the features, fixes and improvements completed and delivered, moderation of the forums, ensuring we are responding to your posts, and paying attention to what our Steam community is telling us - well, we need the help.

It is very important to us that we get your feedback, on Steam Squad as it progresses, and also that we keep you up to date more frequently with our roadmap (more on that later) and, what we are working on. We realise that this has been an area we need to improve on. The community is important to us!

This does not mean that you won't be hearing from the development team, just that the day to day moderation will be looked after by our helper.

So, to begin with, we have created several new sub-forum's under the discussion section, dedicated to the Prehistory of the Steam Squad World and also the essential - Bug Reports. Content was added last night to the Prehistory forum, and more will be added over time. The bug reports section is, where we ask you to post any information relating to the stability of the game. Any feature requests, should be posted to the "General" forum, for the time being.

In the near future we will be creating more sub forums that will cover other topics of interest.

It is fantastic that we are getting help from the steam community, as it is really important for us, to have the players involvement. Support from the gaming community is best motivation for us, like for any other game developer, to deliver a great gaming experience.

As we move closer to the next update, we want to thankyou for your patience and support so far, and hope that you will continue to support Steam Squad.

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About This Game

Steam Squad is a tactical wargame set in the First World War period. The genre may be classified as steampunk. The storyline is based on an alternate history. The game produced by Bretwalda Games in 2014.

During the game you are to manage a squad in a battlefield to complete your current tactical task.
For instance, you can be asked to capture an area, defend a lodgement or a person, attempt to sabotage, etc.
Two main game modes are campaign and game against other users. There are six campaigns evenly distributed between three fighting forces (Tianxia, Britain and Holy Roman Empire). During missions a player will be asked to lead different types of squads and to make history, watch how it evolves with every battle won. Actually the player himself becomes the driving force of the history.

The game is filled with tiny little, but important details such as letters, pictures, maps, which help to create a realistic setting. Steam machinery and armour, steampunk styled architecture and realistic physical models for shooting and riding vehicles make the game more attractive and interesting.


The current build is an early access version. We haven't yet finished all the planned features and those we have done sometimes can still misbehave. Your comments always help us to improve the current version.
We sincerely want you to enjoy it as we tried hard to make an interesting game with a friendly interface. We want you to feel the excitement alike one you feel playing some strategic table games.
The AI is strong, tricky and as courageous that it even can choose suicide as the best option. We wish you'd try to play in Hotseat mode with your friends. We bet you'd just love it!

So now we work on:

- Military technology such as tanks, trucks, cars etc. Eventually it will be possible to ride any of them and even make turns in accordance with actual physics laws!

- Lots of new different weapons apart from casual guns. You'll be able to equip your soldiers in many different ways. The basic weapons are ready to try out right now.

- The landscape and landmarks maybe damaged, which yields the great variety of different strategies. Moreover the units will be able to overcome obstacles such as fences etc.
(At least we already have “realistic” bullets, which means that the underlying model is based on the ballistic laws. This small thing allows you to use landscape features and take benefits of the great variety right now.)


- Different multi-player modes: Hotseat, multiplayer, LAN, online, and even text mode (like in chess, this is made for those who want to play even on the go).

- Achievements manager, social networks support and the score table!

- One of the most important advantages comparing to other tactics games is its pace.
1) The time limit for each turn is set to be 2 mins, so you must think quickly! 2) If you
play along with your allies they do their turn in the same 2 mins.

6 campaigns with the common plot, 2 for each of the rivals.

- We plan to create a mobile version as well as adjustable quality settings to allow playing even on very old machines. Generally the game is friendly towards amateurs of old PCs.

- More sounds and voices.

We do our best to create something more than just a game, we want you to feel its atmosphere and every single day bit by bit we try to improve it and add as many interesting features as we can think of.
Thank you for your support!
Enjoy the game!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP or later
    • Processor: 1.7+ GHz or better
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVidia or ATI graphics card
    • Hard Drive: 1300 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.6 or later
    • Processor: 1.7+ GHz or better
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 1300 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 or later
    • Processor: 1.7+ GHz or better
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 1300 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
36 of 46 people (78%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
Early Access Review
I disagree with many of the complaints being written here, because they forget this is not a complete. Its a beta, so don't expect all those features to be implemented just yet. When you expect a game in its Beta build to be fantastic, youll only end up disapointed.

Take Kenshi as an example. I've been following Kenshi for years, ever since version .2. It was a terrible game back then, with no base building, no crafting, just a bunch of dudes swinging swords. But I didnt not immediately dismiss it, saying the music was terrible (because there was no music), or the AI was the dumbest I had ever seen (because it was) or the fact the it was incredibly ugly (God was it ugly). No, because I did not expect a complete game. I liked what the premise of the game was, so I backed the developer so they could further expand the game into what they wanted it to be.

That being said, the game still needs to have a little bit of work done. But as it is in Beta .3, I can forgive many of the faults I find in it. The music is ok. Not great, but not terrible. The only major complaint I have had thus far is the damn whistleing. And when the biggest fault you can find in a game is the fact they sometimes whistle the begining of the Indian Jones theme song, It cant be that bad of a game.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
Early Access Review
Steam Squad.

What it is:
Squad based turn strategy game, with a Steam Punk, cartoonish WWI setting.

PROS:
  • Solid game mechanics.
  • Easy to learn yet tactic gameplay.
  • Beautiful graphics.
  • Nice, interesting story and setting.
  • Great steam mechas (planes and tanks), that will be usable in the final release (according to developers)
  • Mele weapons (bayonets and swords) will be added in a future release.
  • The developer is VERY involved in the forums, and many of the bugs/fixes/changes adressed there have been taken care of.
  • The developer promised to work on a modding extension after the release.


CONS:
  • Awkward interface (hopefully this will be addressed) EDIT: Fixed in 371b release.
  • Over-sensitive camera movement. EDIT: Fixed in 371b release.
  • No zoom-rotate EDIT: Zoom and better camera movement already fixed in 371b release..
  • Gameplay feels a little light, specially if you compare it to old school tbs games like Silent Storm, JA2 or Fallout tactics. Hopefully the tank play will compensate that.

    What I LIKE:

    • Setting.
    • Graphics and game concept.
    • Game mechanics.
    • Full ballistics engine.
    • Destroyable enviroment (promised by developers, not yet implemented).
    • Interactive fauna.
    • Although the game is cartoonish (which is not my cup of tea) the combat is very crude, and the troops can get killed very easily. I would appreciate a darker, more ironic feel to the game. (Actually, the 371 beta already feels "darker").
    • Graphical display of Action Points, both in the small valve like dial, and in the movement line, where it shows you in easy to read green-amber-red tones how far your character can move before running out of AP.
    • Part of the game is developed in Blender, which is Free and Open Source Software, and it's released for linux.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
Early Access Review
This is a updated review as of 11-5-14

The UI "was" awful, Its much better now with new update. It still has poor sound that is very muffled. It now has better conveyance of who is firing or being fired on. The camera got a major overhaul. The pan smothing is much better now. When someone does get killed they just slump. This game does have potential and is getting better.


This is a updated review as of 11-5-14
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
Early Access Review
-Recommended Title-

Steam Squad is a "Steampunk" Turn Based Strategy game, currently available as early access (in Beta - currently v0.371b)

Whilst the game is based on "The Great War", it's historical content does not include the Entente and Central Powers forces per se, but the British and "Exotic Asian" (Han) forces instead, this dynamic is interesting - and refreshing and sets a very plausible scene.

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=330512716

The main character in the story is a British Captain - Ken Whitehall, and his troop of "Gentlemen", whom are battling the "Han". The storyline follows Ken and his men, through different missions as they undertake the battle and stop the march of the Han.

Versions:

  • 0.32 July 2014
  • 0.371b October 2014 View latest changelog


  • The graphics in Steam Squad are still being developed, they are similar to Men of War in it's current state. The artwork is interesting and fun, with of course a steampunk look.

    The Gameplay is the typical turn based type, where you get to move your troops into position, fire at the enemy and then end the turn,waiting for the enemy to make their move. As always, placement of the troops is important, as the Han are very good shooters!

    Steam Squad will include tanks, artillery and other "steam" powered instuments of war ,which will be drivable. This increases the playability value - and turns this game from a typical strategy shooter. Destructable environments are currently not included, but will be at a later date.

    http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=331276120

    There is no ability to control the camera - other than panning (zoom is not enabled), and the camera does not focus on the enemy when they take their turn. I believe that some camera tweaks are being worked on and will be released in a later version. The camera view is dimetric.

    **Update v 0.371** The camera now follows the actions of the player and npcs. It also includes the zoom function. These improvements have made a big difference to gameplay.

    The UI looks great, but again, some work needs to be done on this to make it more polished and easier to use. Having said that, it does not stop you being able to have an enjoyable game.

    **Update v 0.371**
    There have been tweaks made to the UI, both in the main menu, mission selection, and gameplay screens.


    The music is ok, the background effects lack the atmosphere of explosions and gun fire. . more needs to be done with improving the audio emmersion.

    Overall, Steam Squad performs very well, and is not a walk in the park to play. It's an early beta, so expect that there are going to be things that are missing, don't work, or need improvement. The developer - Bretwalda Games - is constantly working on Steam Squad with an further update v 0.371 just released.

    I think that there is plenty of room for Great War era games such as this, in a overly populated Second World War gaming universe.

    I recommend Steam Squad, even in it's current Beta build, it shows great potential, and whilst Bretwalda Games are a relatively new company on the scene, the quality of their work, and commitment to ensuring that the comunity voice is heard equates to what I hope is a very successful game.

    Definately a strategy title to add to the collection at under $10 doleros, if you don't mind putting up with a few annoyances along the beta journey, until release. And help support smaller develop studio's.

    6.5/10
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5 of 16 people (31%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 7
Early Access Review
I can't believe I paid money for this. The screen pan is really awful. Game play is far too slow. There's no way of telling whether you're damaging the enemy until a soldier dies. Remaining Action Points are virtually invisible, and there's no way to tell how many action points a move will take. the game is virtually unplayable at the moment.
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5 of 18 people (28%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
Early Access Review
The game is still very similar to what it was at the beginning. The slow motion of the game is slowly degrading its value even more.
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18 of 64 people (28%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
Early Access Review
One of worst games I ever played so far. I got this title for free from the developers. I should not complain, right? But really\, this is the worse game I have played since many years. I decided to write this to the developers and tell them that they should stop making this game, because it's horrible.
- Music. Why can't I disable this? I don't like it. But it's ♥♥♥♥♥♥ my ears. Just small single option to disable it, where's it?
- Camera smoothing, why can't I disable this? It's annoying as hell
- Small maps, 6 vs 6 or so?
- Ugly mechanics, there's no option to hide
- Multiplayer? Nope, just hotseat with friend, on one computer
One, freaking, huge, lie.
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