Steel & Steam takes the best elements from the fantasy JRPG’s of old, such as great stories, awesome characters, and classic monsters, and combines them with a touch of steampunk. It’s like taking Lord of the Rings and mixing in the Wild West.
User reviews: Mostly Negative (61 reviews) - 26% of the 61 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jul 16, 2014

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“I don’t know why I never tried one of these earlier; they’re pretty awesome!”

About This Game

Steel & Steam is a Jrpg Fantasy Steampunk Adventure!

The desert plague is spreading from the East: a reminder of a destructive past.

Man has evolved since the wars of old, creating new ways to combat this deadly expanse.

Using Steel and Steam, man fights this terror, as well as the monsters that spawn from its touch.

Now covering half the continent of Terra Corpus, the desert’s slow and steady hunger is threatening to consume and corrupt all life in the world.

Some of the desperate seek out legends of the past: elemental guardians said to sleep inside the planet. Once resurrected, these powerful beings can be controlled, and guided to stop the desert.

The legends speak of a chosen few who have the ability to tame these elemental beings and reshape the world.

Our story Begins With One Such Person.

Steel & Steam takes the best elements from the fantasy JRPG’s of old, such as great stories, awesome characters, and classic monsters, and combines them with a touch of steampunk. It’s like taking Lord of the Rings and mixing in the Wild West.

It’s a game where you, the player, decide how to interact with the game. The classic games usually had a linear, player-focused story moving the game forward. Steel & Steam follows this model, but also gives you the option of moving the story forward through multiple, intertwined story lines. Any character you meet has the potential to affect the end. Will you or will you not save the world? Who you interact with, and how, will affect the way the ending is played out. Whatever happens in one city or town can affect another. These choices give additional life to the world of Steel & Steam.

Who Are the Main Heroes Of Steel & Steam?

Noah Phoenix, age 19, 5’10, 170 lbs. Favourite weapons: sword, axe or pistol. Protective wear: shirts, light, medium and heavy coats. Noah is an adventure junky; he likes to jump in feet first, while searching for the next mystery around the corner. After a short stint with the Silver Head City Guard, Noah decided to move on as a freelancer. Without Alyssa to watch his back, he probably would have already bitten off more than he could chew.

Alyssa Noble, age 21, 6’3, 180 lbs. Favourite weapons: fists, clubs or rifles. Protective wear: shirts, light, medium, and heavy corsets. Alyssa grew up learning how to fight by protecting her father’s caravans. She likes to step back and assess the situation, before laying it out cold with a good punch. Noah’s best friend and protector, she believes that if she wasn't around to watch Noah’s back, he would have been killed long ago.

Here is an idea of some of the things you can expect from Steel & Steam:

  • A PC release: The game will be released for PC.

  • A huge world to explore: The game is being designed as an immersive fantasy world. Cities and towns will be full of people and buildings to engage with, with story lines that characters can choose to follow regarding the history and current state of affairs that affect the day to day lives of the people who live here.

  • An engaging story: An episodic story that involves two main heroes, with an epic conclusion.

  • Choose your story: You have the chance to complete side missions that change how you interact with the world of Steel & Steam. From changes to the characters you meet, all the way down to changes in the very landscapes you encounter, the side missions provide extra depth that unlocks new stories and opportunities to earn experience without the grind.

  • Retro style gaming at its finest: Remember the glory days when games told epic stories? Steel & Steam is a retro RPG similar to the classic RPG games played on the Sega Genesis, NES and SNES systems. Relive the past, relish the future, and revel in the now.

  • A little side fun: Want to take a break from saving the world? Then you can also play some mini games, such as fishing or arena gambling

  • An Original Soundtrack

System Requirements

    • OS: Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/7
    • Processor: Intel Pentium 4 2.0 GHz or faster
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Video 1024x768 or better video resolution
    • Hard Drive: 400 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
36 of 41 people (88%) found this review helpful
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
"It's like taking Lord of the Rings and mixing in the Wild West!"

Except there's nothing LotR about Steel & Steam, and the closest it comes to Wild West resides with the "evil desert" we're told about, and the guns that the characters use.

This is but an example of how S&S tries to pass itself off at something better than what the sum of its parts actually IS. "Great stories, awesome characters, and classic monsters, with a touch of steampunk!"

Or, slow-paced generic story involving a ton of back tracking and wasted time going through enormous barren towns. Characters that do get a decent bit of writing but fail to fully push the envelope or help to make the experience memorable. Classic monsters, or "RPG Maker monsters, with multiple pallet swaps for each", and steampunk again residing with only a few elements (guns, end-game enemy zeppelins, and Alyssa being from a family of tinkerer / sniper people).

The world map is horrible, entirely far too large for what little content there is; you could cut out everything but the two towns and nearby dungeons and wouldn't suffer a loss. Those two towns are, as other reviews complain, enormous and filled with empty space (kickstarter shoutouts) that hinder the game's fun.

Where the original character portraits and artwork are nice, the battle graphics are either lifted straight out of stock assets from RPGM, or are horribly muddy and blurry. Not even ripping off Phantasy Star IV's style of "behind the hero" can help it look any better than low res garbage.

And the meat of the game, the game play? An Enter / Space fest (because gamepad support is missing) where skills are basic, enemies have tons of HP, and the best/only strategy is "Mash attack until you win".

The sidequests are either this attack mashing or "find some thing in the giant world map / towns", and honestly triple the length of the game. Without the sidequests distracting you, S&S Ep 1 is quickly over.

Short, filled with ugly original and stock assets and tired gameplay mechanics, with little to break the tedium or really lift what had the potential for a really good game. Steel & Steam ain't worth the $9.99 they're asking for by a long shot. It's a shame; a lot more polish and tweaking and this could have been great.
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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
Well for one, I can't even play the game because it keeps minimizing to my task bar. Judging from all the negative reviews, looks like I just saved myself the pain anyways. Good thing it was free.

Oh and the intro song keeps saying Satan. That should be a warning right there.
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 3
RPG maker... We meet again. Ive only played about 10 of these rpg game makers. I only enjoyed about 2 of them. Game made around 9000 on kickstarter and not a single thing was made by the developers all were assets givin to them. (Lazy developers). Still confused on how the developers need a publisher afterall... Rpg maker and the free dlc were all around 14.95 on humblebundle so you really didnt need 9000 for kickstarter.. When i play games like this i actually realise how bad steam greenlight is getting

final fantasy style system
fight style changes view which is nice

No resolution option
Developers are lazy
poor writing
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 20
Where should I start with this game? Its hard to complain due to the cheap price, and the fact I got a free key for it. But the thing that makes me cringe in anger is the fact that this is a Kickstarter game, seriously. Its littered with nothing but premade assets from RPG Maker VX Ace. Theres barely any production value, where did all the money go to? Its not hard to develop in RPG Maker programs because I myself uses it and is making a game with all the visual assets made by me. And there was supposed to be an episode 2 or something to this game so I'm not sure whether the developers are lying and just scammed you out of the donaters' money.
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5 of 10 people (50%) found this review helpful
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
good game but ends so fast
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