Steamroll is an adventure and puzzle game with a touch of minigolf gameplay. Help the junior engineer escape a collapsing mine by solving puzzles and shooting steamballs from your vehicle to create ramps, walls, activate triggers, blow things away, and more. Can you handle the pressure?
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Release Date: Feb 19, 2016

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September 19

Updated Russian, French and Ukrainian translations and engine.

Dear community,

We recently pushed a new version of Steamroll with updated translations. There is French now, and we have update dthe Russian and Ukrainian translations. Thank you very much to all the community translators that helped us!

We also updated the engine to Unreal Engine version 4.12. This should improve performance a little bit. This update is also comming to Mac, since we couldn't provide the last one because of an engine issue that has been fixed since (thanks Epic).

Steam on!

j.

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April 29

Free Steamroll Soundtrack DLC and more!

Dear community!

We have added a set of 5 music tracks as free DLC to Steamroll. Our musician has been working hard in putting together some of the game music in standalone tracks for you to listen. Moreover, we have added 2 bonus tracks, with music that was developed and evaluated during the audio concept stages of the game. Pay special attention to "Memories of an ancient steam machine"!



We have also added community-contributed translations for Ukrainian (thanks to Andrey Gusev!), and an initial partial translation to Russian (thanks Essencer!). These are still under development and will be completed/corrected in the following releases. Moreover we have updated the Unreal Engine version to 4.11, with some performance improvements. Unfortunately, this update is not ready for Mac yet, since we are still trying to solve some technical problems with Unreal Engine in that platform, we hope to have it ready soon.

Keep rolling!

The Steamroll Team

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Reviews

“This is a great example of an early access game done right. Steamroll does some unique things, while still being true to the puzzle genre.”
85 – OPN | OverPowered Noobs - PC Gaming by PC Gamers

“Overall, I feel as though Steamroll is a brilliant game. [...] This game has so much potential to work its way in amongst the greats of the puzzle genre.”
8/10 – KeenGamer

About This Game

Steamroll is an adventure and puzzle game with a touch of minigolf. It creates a steampunk atmosphere where you will have to solve puzzles by designing and shooting steamballs from your vehicle to create ramps, walls, activate triggers, blow things away, and more.


In Steamroll you are a young engineer in his first day of work and take control of the Scarabeus, the greatest new steam-fuelled vehicle invention, while you try to survive in a crumbling mine and look for a way out.

The Scarabeus

Half beetle, half armadillo, this amazing rolling vehicle can transform and deploy itself into certain bases. This allows you to fill the steam tank and, most important, to shoot steamballs.


In its shooting form, the Scarabeus is connected to an underground resources tank. From there, you'll have to find out the best angle to solve the puzzles this mine proposes. Precision and calculus are needed to push buttons, activate switches and open doors.

Steamballs

These small spheric devices can be shot in several angles and intensity. You'll have to be careful using them, you'll have a limited amount of resources in each deployment base. Steamballs can be filled with latest technology inventions, which will deploy after the steamball is shot.


Walls will allow you to create surfaces in which steamballs will bounce.

Explosives might be very useful to get rid of garbage and obstacles.

Placed correctly, a ramp is the best way to reach higher places.

Explore this dark steampunk adventure and meet some weird characters in your great and dangerous escape. Use your skills wisely and remember that patience is a virtue.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7 Service Pack 1
    • Processor: Intel i3 1.8GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVidia GeForce 260GTX series card or higher
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 2500 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 Service Pack 1
    • Processor: Intel i5 2Ghz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVidia GeForce 470 GTX or AMD Radeon 6870 HD series card or higher
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 2500 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX 10.9.2 (or later)
    • Processor: Intel i3 2.0Ghz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD 4000, or any graphics card with 768Mb of memory.
    • Storage: 2800 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: In low specs, it is highly recommended to play the game at 720 of vertical resolution maximum.
    Recommended:
    • OS: OSX 10.11.0 (or later)
    • Processor: Intel i5 2.4Ghz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD Radeon R9 M380 (or better)
    • Storage: 2800 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04, Debian 8 (all have to be 64 bit)
    • Processor: Intel i3 1.8GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVidia GeForce 260GTX series card or higher
    • Storage: 2800 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: In low specs, it is highly recommended to play the game at 720 of vertical resolution maximum.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04, Debian 8 (all have to be 64 bit)
    • Processor: Intel i5 2Ghz
    • Memory: 8 MB RAM
    • Graphics: NVidia GeForce 470 GTX or AMD Radeon 6870 HD series card or higher
    • Storage: 2800 MB available space
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hubbusy
2.3 hrs
Posted: June 26
I funded this game when it first appeared on Kickstarter, but unfotunately it didn't reach the funding goal. Happily they succeeded on Greenlight ;)

I bought it this week and I really enjoy playing this game. It's not the typical puzzle game. Fresh air! You are an engineer inside a steam ball-vehicle and you roll inside a mine. You have to shoot and destroy obstacles to be able to move, you construct walls and ramps...

Good story, nice graphics and it works on Linux. Moreover, I can play in my mother tongue, Catalan ;)
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Adeon Hawkwood
7.1 hrs
Posted: May 1
Overall this is an enjoyable puzzle game with an interesting steampunk theme. If you're a fan of physics based puzzle games then this is well worth a look, particuarly if you enjoy the steampunk theme.

The gameplay has an interesting mix of turret based "pinball" shooting combined with a movement mechanic (I'd call it light platforming without jumping if that makes sense). While the sections focused on movement are not the most enjoyable parts of the games they are integrated into the puzzles in a manner that's more integrated into the puzzle than the simple "clear a path to the exit" that you get in a lot of puzzle games.

My primary complaint with this is probably the length. I was able to complete the entire game (including achievements) in just 7 hours the first time through. I'm not opposed to short games in general but the problem with short puzzle games (including steamroll) is that a short game means that you don't really get a chance to build up a repetoire of tactics that you can use in future puzzles. That's particuarly noticeable here, each level feels completly different and for the most part strategys and tactics that work on one have very little impact on another.

Now saying "each level feels different" does sound like an odd complaint but for a puzzle game I like it when later levels build upon skills and tactics that have been taught and used in earlier levels because it generally means that the puzzles have a greater level of depth to them. Steamroll doesn't really have that, each level and to some degree even each turret spot has a single, relatively unique solution to it that probably won't come up again.

Overall though this is still a solid game. The gameplay is fun, the plot is decent and the artwork is solid.
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StackR8
13.4 hrs
Posted: April 13
So far, as a part-time gamer I find this game very good. No lagging in game play (i7, gtx760). I'm only up to level 8 but not bored with it. It works well with the remote XBOX gamepad.
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24 of 26 people (92%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: September 30, 2015
Introduction
Today is the day Steamroll officially rolls onto Steam via their Early Access program. With such a quirky name I just had to find out what it currently has to offer (the name should give you a good idea I think) and to see if it’s actually worth your hard earned digital cash (spoiler: yes, it is).

Gameplay
If you ever played The Ball then you pretty much know what to expect from Steamroll. The setting is different, however, and there’s a bigger focus on puzzles and smaller areas in my opinion. If you have never played that game then I shall try to explain it shortly: you control a ball (which, in turn, is controlled/powered by steam technology) and your goal is to get the ball to the end of the level while solving puzzles. That’s actually a narrow and very shortsighted explanation of the game and saying this in general wouldn’t do the game justice so let me use the next few paragraphs to explain it all better and in a bit more detail.

So generally you control the ball by generating steam, which in turn pushes you forward. There’s a meter on the left side of the screen that shows how much you can still generate and once it’s empty it’s game over. So you have to balance how and when you use it and cannot just keep the button pressed.
You will have to move the ball across (homemade) platforms, while pressing buttons (usually in the form of a puzzle) and blowing things up (which also usually appears in the form of a puzzle).

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=527495816
About these last two points: on the right side of the screen you have your ‘controls’ UI (which could use some work, though). There are specific parts in the levels where you can install the ball and change into a shooting form. From that point of view you can then move the camera around for a better view and, more importantly, shoot balls with portable walls or bombs. It speaks for itself that the bombs blow up things like rocks (and yourself if you’re not careful enough!) and that the portable walls can be shot and installed so that you can ricochet either bombs or ‘regular’ balls off of them (usually for hitting switches).
Alright, enough balls talk.

Now for the puzzle part: the puzzles are nicely balanced, and while there are a few complex(er) puzzles most of them can be solved fairly quick. The levels generally only last between 5-30 minutes, by the way. And while you sometimes might get stuck on a puzzle they can most of the times be solved with some logical thinking. Thus far it always required a mix of setting up bombs and walls while hitting switches and physically moving around.
The camera is a bit low during the static puzzle scenes and I sometimes couldn’t clearly see what I was doing. Some puzzles also depend on trial-and-error gameplay, but this is limited fortunately.

So that was all good stuff. I’m afraid there were also one thing that influenced my experience negatively, with the first being performance issues. There was enormous slowdown in one section where I had to try a part again and again. The game would drop below <5fps and sometimes it would restore itself after a minute or so, but one time it didn’t fully respond anymore and the only option was to ‘hard’ quit the game and restart it. It doesn’t seem to be a memory leak, as far as I can judge, but it does seem to happen if you take a (very) long time somehow.
Other things that caught my attention were the rather basic menus and the fact that when there’s a lot debris the ball doesn’t always roll the way it should (despite the ‘ball prediction’ working normally). Nothing too big - although the debris problem can cause gameplay problems - but as always it’s at least worth mentioning.

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=527495790
Audio & Visuals
The music of the game is kind of peaceful, considering the setting. I expected something with a few more beats but I personally liked it. It also tries to keep your attention on the game itself: there are plenty of games out there with music so loud and in-your-face that I ultimately start to focus more on the music than on the game itself, which is never a good thing. So: ultimately it was a good choice here.

Graphically the game can be considered simple. With simple I mean it’s not overly complex. You can clearly see the details in everything and all of it is nicely modeled, but the levels are very similar to each other and there’s nothing in it that will ‘wow’ you. I agree with you if you say that games are not only about graphics (it’s a cliché argument, though), but I do think it’s usually a combination of the two (with the second being the actual gameplay). So don’t expect any bells and whistles here, but there are plenty of options that can be turned on or up to make the game look even prettier.

Length/Replay Value
First of all: don’t expect a really lengthy game here: the Early Access version currently includes 10 levels, and this is including two levels that act as a tutorial. The levels are rather short. A full playthrough should take you about 4-7 hours I think (max), and this includes puzzles where you might get stuck for a few or tens of minutes. Considering the price it is good value, but like many other puzzle games there isn’t much incentive to replay it again once you’re done. So I hope the developer will gradually release more content to keep players occupied and, of course, to test if everything works as it should.

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=527495869
Conclusion
Steamroll is a good example of Early Access done right. It’s not the biggest or most spectacular game out there but it definitely has its heart in the right place. The setting is done very well, but despite that it certainly would’ve been nice to see a little more variety in its levels. The puzzles are balanced well and everyone should be able to play through it without getting (too) frustrated. It’s a little light on content right now, but I was told the game will offer at least twice as many levels in the full and final release of the game. With that and its current quality in mind I expect that it will be nothing less than a fun, solid game of at least equal quality during the beginning of 2016, when it will release in its final form.

Too long, didn’t read
Pros:
+ Nice Steampunk vibe
+ ‘Simple’ but effective graphics
+ Tight, solid controls (with controller)
+ Puzzles are generally nicely balanced

Mixed:
+/- Sometimes it randomly drops to <5 frames
+/- Menus are still a little basic
+/- ‘Shooting form’ UI could use some work

Cons:
- Camera angle during static puzzles
- Some trial and error puzzles

Please note: a Steam key for this game was provided by the developer.

Rating: 7.6 (out of 10)


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14 of 18 people (78%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: November 27, 2015
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSm-3NCIZwo&feature=youtu.be

Steamroll is a unique puzzle game with echoes of Marble Madness and various contraption type strategy games. The game has a steampunk theme which ties in nicely with the mechanics of the entire experience. Above is a short video of gameplay, and below are my initial thoughts on the game and purchasing recommendations.

TheHiddenLevels.com was provided a preview copy of Steamroll by Antico and for that we thank them.

There is a sense of humor to this game that had me laughing within ten minutes of rolling my ball around. I blew up an entire mineshaft and the operator of my ball reacted appropriately, which I found hilarious and genuine. The gameplay reminds me of a childhood classic in Marble Madness with a slight twist. There are a few hiccups with audio and video that I found, but beyond that this is a solid title with real potential for replay especially if it becomes steam workshop capable after release.

I had to stop and really consider a couple of the puzzles and as you can see in the video, I make mistakes like blocking a follow up shot with a piece of my solution. I found that aspect to be satisfying, and the puzzle completions felt like an accomplishment. There are new mechanics added in as you progress and they really are unique. You can change your steamball to be a wall or bomb early on, and those options in conjunction with one another make up your potential solutions.

The only downside I could find is there are a few graphic and audio stutters here and there, and certain aspects need some finishing touches. That is to be expected from an early access game so I can't see any reason not to pick this one up if you enjoy puzzle games, or were ever a fan of the old Nintendo game "Marble Madness". I personally enjoy this type of game mechanic and motif so this once hit a home run for me.

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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: October 28, 2015
Steamroll isn’t a perfect game, but it is still a very fun diversion that will tax your mind as you try to strategically place objects around the room so that you can bounce your balls around to unlock the exit. I’ll admit that I didn’t get particularly far in the game but what I did experience was very much enjoyable. Maybe eventually I’ll even be able to make it deeper into the mines to uncover whatever mysteries lay below and to rescue any trapped miners. Until then, though, I might need a map…or walkthrough.

http://cliqist.com/2015/10/16/steamroll-perseveres-despite-failed-kickstarter/
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 27
If you like puzzle games like Portal or The Talos Principle you will also like playing this one.
It runs smoothly, has very nice graphics and pleasant background music. The sounds are well done, too. Gameplay is fun - playing against time or resources (or both). I like the leader board feature and I hope there will be some expansion levels in future (or even a map editor?).
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
8.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: October 1, 2015
I had a lot of fun runnig through the first 10 levels on Steamroll, and it shows a great potential for what's to come. I specially liked all the elements introduced on the first levels, the available steamballs and the game mechanics available so far.

As they said on their Greenlight and Kickstarter campaigns, a lot of attention has gone into creating a beautiful environment, both on graphics and music, which makes it really inmersive to play. Too bad to miss the opportunity for downloadable soundtrack and artbook from the kickstarter rewards.

Some parts of the game are indeed still unpolished, like the menu system and maybe some of the transitions between levels, but that is very likely to get more love as the game progresses.

Since some of the first levels are a tutorial, i ended up really looking forward for harder and harder levels. On one of the levels I got stuck and the mix of frustration and "Ohhhhh dammit" moment just left me waiting for the next challenge. Some of the levels get crazier and crazier, and feels like the developers are trying to tell us their plans for the future.

There were also a lot of ideas on the Greenlight campaign like a co-op mode, so I'm really looking forward to seeing what this game might become.


Disclaimer: A key for the game was provided by the developer, as I helped beta test for early access.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: October 24, 2015
I really do like this game. Steam Roll makes you think a couple moves ahead before even shooting one ball.

I am having problems with "meeting point" but that shouldn't be a reason I do not recommend this game.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: December 13, 2015
Great game to each member of the family. Puzzle solving tricks, steampunk art, good music and sounds. If there will be a multiplayer mode thats will be the great fun!
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: October 13, 2015
Really fun puzzle game, enough said. The whole steam punk aspect to it makes it unique. Well done!!!!!
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.0 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: March 13
Simple at first, but really engaging! You won't be able to stop playing it, but be patient! ;D
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 23
Steamroll is a game that has captivated me. I love the idea of this Steampunk world where you have to overcome all the levels with your ingenuity and cleverness. Every puzzle has a different challenge and not done repetitive.
Music wrapped you completely in the mission; it feels that you are in a mine of this steampunk fantasy world.
I recommend this game for lovers of the puzzle games and steampunk world.
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