Steam Squad - tactical wargame at the alternative universe during the times of the Great War. Players acting for one of the superpowers - Britain, Tianxia and the Holy Roman Empires, completes 30 missions with teams of up to 8 units in order to prove its rights to control the planet.
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Release Date: Jul 28, 2016

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July 28

Full Release (version 1.0)

Dear friends, colleagues, combattants,

Thank you for your support, involvement and interest in our game. Bretwalda Games is proud to announce that after almost 2 years in the early access and hard work we have released Steam Squad version 1.0.

See you in the trenches - enemies have landed on the shores of California and are quickly approaching San-Francisco. Only you can stop them, and march your units and machinery over destroyed cities and fallen bodies.



Use cannons, drive tanks or melee combat - you have 30 missions to lead your troops to the victory in the fight over the right to control the planet.

We hope you enjoy this release and we want to reassure you that we will still keep an eye, and be active on the forums for the following weeks. Thank you all for your support during this years and watch out for the next great things to come in Steam Squad!

If you find any bugs or need some technical help, please refer email us at bretwaldagames@gmail.com

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May 27

Changelog v0.9b

  • Five-missions mini campaign were added
    • upgrade of soldiers
    • saving of progress
    • permanent death



  • Heavy mortars were added



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About This Game

Steam Squad - tactical wargame, where gameplay takes place at the alternative universe with steampunk details during the times of the Great War amongst colorful anime like settings as if drawn by Miyazaki himself. Game is posing a question what if? What if Tianxian Empire was able to colonize Siberia before Russia did and later had started war to extend its ownership over the rest of Europe and America?



Players acting for the 3 of the world superpowers - Britain, Tianxia and the Holy Roman Empires have teams of up to 8 units equipped with guns and machinery of the times of WWI in order to complete 30 tactical missions. For instance, you can be asked to capture an area, defend a lodgement or a person, attempt to sabotage, etc.

To succeed in the game, players must:


  • Equip their teams according to the chosen strategy - select the right units, ammunition and armory for the mission;
  • Read mission tactical maps;
  • Lead units in the smart way and accurately - they are so easily killed and you have only few of them;

Key Features


  • Realisticity and complexity - actions in the game are driven by solid physic based combat mechanics and this is what it makes to be similar to the classics of table games - Warhammer, Infinity the Game;
  • Possibility to use its own and take over enemy equipment - tanks, cannons and mortars;
  • Possibility to equip units according to the tasks of the missions and your preferences;
  • Original weaponry that is similar to the one used during the times of Great War;
  • Battlecam with a depth of field effect and nice color correction, that gives an old film feeling;
  • Beautiful settings as if drawn by Miyazaki himself;
  • Nice little perks like - destroyable environment, interactive fauna and melee weapons;

We sincerely want you to enjoy Steam Squad as we tried hard to make it interesting. Your support and feedback is vital for us as they help us to improve and make game even better.

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
    • Storage: 2250 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.6 or later
    • Processor: 1.7+ GHz or better
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 2250 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 or later
    • Processor: 1.7+ GHz or better
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 2250 MB available space
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Positive (33 reviews)
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Dull Skull
( 3.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
Product received for free
I have followed the game for the last couple of years and truly wondered if it would ever be released out of early access. Not seeing anything much in the discussions lately I had pretty much given it up on it. I was very glad to see I was wrong and version 1.0 was released.

I like Steampunk and I really like squad based games. This kind of reminds me of Jagged Alliance, Commandos, Silent Storm and an old PC game called Grom.

So far I have played the tutorial and the first four missions (out of 30 I'm told). The first two are defending a specific area, the third was to escort a general to a certain location, and the fourth is to take an enemy position. Nice variety so far. I can't wait to see the other missions once they become available. You also have a chance to replay any mission once its completed. The first two missions were pretty easy but I actually had to try the escort mission 3 times before I successfully completed it.

The game runs fine. The animations are smooth. I really like the old looking black and white movies between missions. The only complaint I have so far is that the cows in the second misson just stood still while a fire fight was going on around them (must of been some fine tasting hay). Anyway...

Before each mission you get a print out, a map, sometimes a letter and info on the upcoming mission. You also get to choose your troops and their equipment (Infantry, Machine Gunner, Mortar, etc).

So far I'm really liking this game. I can't wait to try all of the missions. I hope there will be more missions added or additional DLC. Will update this review after I've played more missions.
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GoldFinchErs
( 68.3 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: May 27
As a great fan of turn based strategies and everything related to Great war, I have been following developing of this game since its campaign at Kickstarter for a year or so, waiting for it to become usable and interesting. Finally after recent updates - being able to equip its own squad and use heavy machinery, decided to go for into playing in it. If to summarize its pros and contras, here they are:
Difficult to accomplish missions if you do not play accurately and smart. Soldiers are killed with 1-2 shots or grenade and you have just few of them - like it when it is hard :-)
Good looking and high quality graphics, music, game mechanics etc;
Updates are coming every week and as it have been told by developers it is scheduled to be ready in full this summer already. Feels like it is progressing fast to be finalized;
Cons:
Still too few missions :-( and only one is so far with tanks and artillery;
Quite many of the iconic symbols of Great War are missing - barbed wire, gas, cavalry attacks...or at least I did not see it yet - did not find info from developers if they plan to have it
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d_rape
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 1, 2015
Early days yet. I don't really know what an early access beta is supposed to look like, but I can't imagine this is it. Played the first scenario (I guess). There was no tutorial. There was no explanation of the campaign. It is quite obvious that English is a second language. I am hoping the game will get the attention it needs I really like the concept, but right now if I could I'd ask for my money back.
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sail8r
( 76.0 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: May 12, 2015
I would recommend this game for those who like turn-based strategy games. I like graphics and the story very much. The game is stable although it is yet an early beta and I had a lot of fun playing the first mission. According to developers, they are going to add vehicles and cannons soon. I'm waiting for these additions and wish to developers a good luck with all new features.
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Josie Pearl
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: February 17, 2015
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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gregory.false
( 17.1 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: December 19, 2014
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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kas.stepanenko
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: December 9, 2014
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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NightMorph
( 19.0 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: October 24, 2014
-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:



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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Ludeman
( 18.7 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: October 8, 2014
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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finds-them-and-kills-them
( 14.2 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: October 3, 2014
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! Bring out the pitchforks!!
  • 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.
  • Battlecam!! It has been implemented and works great, with a depth of field effect and nice color correction, that gives an old film feeling. Great!


CONS:
  • 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.
  • In order to make the gameplay more fluid, prone/kneel/stand positions have been changed to a more fluid "kneel while standing still, stand while running/shooting for cover - no prone" mechanics. More fluid, but also lighter.

What I LIKE:

  • Setting.
  • Graphics and game concept.
  • Game mechanics.
  • Full ballistics engine.
  • Destroyable enviroment (promised by developers, not yet implemented).
  • Interactive fauna.
  • 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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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past day
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 29
Product received for free
I have followed the game for the last couple of years and truly wondered if it would ever be released out of early access. Not seeing anything much in the discussions lately I had pretty much given it up on it. I was very glad to see I was wrong and version 1.0 was released.

I like Steampunk and I really like squad based games. This kind of reminds me of Jagged Alliance, Commandos, Silent Storm and an old PC game called Grom.

So far I have played the tutorial and the first four missions (out of 30 I'm told). The first two are defending a specific area, the third was to escort a general to a certain location, and the fourth is to take an enemy position. Nice variety so far. I can't wait to see the other missions once they become available. You also have a chance to replay any mission once its completed. The first two missions were pretty easy but I actually had to try the escort mission 3 times before I successfully completed it.

The game runs fine. The animations are smooth. I really like the old looking black and white movies between missions. The only complaint I have so far is that the cows in the second misson just stood still while a fire fight was going on around them (must of been some fine tasting hay). Anyway...

Before each mission you get a print out, a map, sometimes a letter and info on the upcoming mission. You also get to choose your troops and their equipment (Infantry, Machine Gunner, Mortar, etc).

So far I'm really liking this game. I can't wait to try all of the missions. I hope there will be more missions added or additional DLC. Will update this review after I've played more missions.
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55 of 60 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
14.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: October 3, 2014
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! Bring out the pitchforks!!
  • 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.
  • Battlecam!! It has been implemented and works great, with a depth of field effect and nice color correction, that gives an old film feeling. Great!


CONS:
  • 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.
  • In order to make the gameplay more fluid, prone/kneel/stand positions have been changed to a more fluid "kneel while standing still, stand while running/shooting for cover - no prone" mechanics. More fluid, but also lighter.

What I LIKE:

  • Setting.
  • Graphics and game concept.
  • Game mechanics.
  • Full ballistics engine.
  • Destroyable enviroment (promised by developers, not yet implemented).
  • Interactive fauna.
  • 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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46 of 59 people (78%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 2, 2014
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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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
18.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: October 8, 2014
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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16 of 21 people (76%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: December 9, 2014
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 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
76.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: May 12, 2015
I would recommend this game for those who like turn-based strategy games. I like graphics and the story very much. The game is stable although it is yet an early beta and I had a lot of fun playing the first mission. According to developers, they are going to add vehicles and cannons soon. I'm waiting for these additions and wish to developers a good luck with all new features.
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12 of 18 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
19.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: October 24, 2014
-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:



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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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
Recommended
68.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: May 27
As a great fan of turn based strategies and everything related to Great war, I have been following developing of this game since its campaign at Kickstarter for a year or so, waiting for it to become usable and interesting. Finally after recent updates - being able to equip its own squad and use heavy machinery, decided to go for into playing in it. If to summarize its pros and contras, here they are:
Difficult to accomplish missions if you do not play accurately and smart. Soldiers are killed with 1-2 shots or grenade and you have just few of them - like it when it is hard :-)
Good looking and high quality graphics, music, game mechanics etc;
Updates are coming every week and as it have been told by developers it is scheduled to be ready in full this summer already. Feels like it is progressing fast to be finalized;
Cons:
Still too few missions :-( and only one is so far with tanks and artillery;
Quite many of the iconic symbols of Great War are missing - barbed wire, gas, cavalry attacks...or at least I did not see it yet - did not find info from developers if they plan to have it
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10 of 15 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: December 19, 2014
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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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: February 17, 2015
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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