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: Positive (18 reviews)
Release Date: May 15, 2014

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Because we want the community to closely participate in the
discussions devoted to our game and to provide the feedback and
reviews to us from early stages onwards.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We've opened the Early Access program in May 2014. Today, in January 2015,
the game is still at the Early Access stage and is going to stay that
way for a few months more. Hence the whole Early Access is going to be
around a year long.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“- Military equipment, such as tanks, trucks, cars.

-Lots of new different weapons apart from casual guns. You'll be able to
equip your soldiers in many different ways.

- 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 multiplayer modes: hotseat, multiplayer, LAN and even pbem

- Achievements manager, social networks support and the score table

- 30 single missions and a lot of multiplayer arenas

- At least three playable fraction”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“- 7 single missions (with the basic equipment only - various kinds of
weapons are still not available)

- 3 hotseat arenas

- Two playable fraction, and one fraction available in hot seat
playable fractions”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“-Since version 0.50b price will be $18.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We've already collected a lot of valuable feedback responses and some
players' ideas were already implemented. In future we will continue
discussions with players inside the community hub and for sure we'll
include the best ideas into the game.”
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Recent updates View all (14)

February 17

Changelog v0.46b

  • Ingame controls settings were added
  • Some bugs in settings were fixed
  • Light system was improved. (Shadows from bonfire etc.)
  • Other fixes

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February 5

Changelog v0.451b

  • The game was re-built for the new version of Unity engine. As a result
    • performance was increased
    • quality of render was improved
    • the problem with the new version of OS X was solved
  • Ingame video quality settings were added
  • AI was improved
  • The second level was rebalanced completely
  • Levels 1,3 and 4 were rebalanced a bit
  • Some small issues with UI were fixed (and some were added probably=)
  • Other fixes

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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
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 17
Early Access Review
The art is great, I can tell they've put a lot of effort into it.

This game has been making regular progress with updates, so I'm confident it will reach final release.
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25 of 27 people (93%) found this review helpful
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 3, 2014
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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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 9, 2014
Early Access Review
Steam squad is a very nice game with very interesting historic backend. How would have gone the history, if some historical events had not been like the ones which had taken place? What if the USA had still been a colony of Great Britain? For people who like me loves history it can be very attractive try to find out the answers to such questions. This game will try to answer some of them. And as soon as it tells us about the Great War we also will find a lot of new about this epoch.
Speaking about the gameplay. This game is a tactic game, I don't play a lot of games of such genre, but it took me a little time to understand the mechanics of Steam Squad, so I feel pleasure in it. As soon as this is an early access, there are still a lot of things, which one can improve. But the guys make a great progress from version to version, so I hope the release version could be great.
I liked the style of the game, the historical backend, the authenticity of the epoch, the game engine, the music.
The things I think the guys should work on is the AI. It could be better.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 8, 2014
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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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
13.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 24, 2014
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:

  • 0.31 June 2014
  • 0.32 July 2014
  • 0.371b October 2014
  • 0.40b November 2014
  • 0.41b December 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.

    7/10
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2014
Early Access Review
The splendid mix of tilt-shift looking landscapes, leisure game-flow, AI, that's just got worthy, fine models and distinctive style, that brings this all together.
If you like turn based tactics / strategies with a bit of challenge, you most likely should give this game a try.
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41 of 51 people (80%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 2, 2014
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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7 of 27 people (26%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 7, 2014
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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6 of 28 people (21%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 19, 2014
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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21 of 82 people (26%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 30, 2014
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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