ST brings the most intense, tactical-action experience to Steam. Select your custom loadout, plan out strategies and accomplish your objectives. Deep Campaign, Addictive Survival mode and unrivaled multiplayer including Squads (1 vs 1, 2 vs 2, 2 vs...
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Release Date: Apr 26, 2016

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May 8

Custom Matches Time Limit Option

As promised, a new option has been added for Custom Matches with no Planning Stage time limit

so you can take your time to play with a buddy 1 vs 1 or 2 vs 2 with many buddies :)

Matchmaking has reverted back to fall back for a while till we pick up more players. If you dont want to play against a higher rank just back out for now.

Tell your friends and ENJOY

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May 4

Matchmaking

Before, high ranking players would first look for another high rank and if can't fine within X seconds then fall back to find any match.

We have now kept the pools separate with no fall back so you might wait a little longer but be matched with someone closer to your rank.

Also, the default weapon class is GOOD ENOUGH to win. Alternative weapons have their own drawbacks but open up alternate play styles.

enjoy

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“THIS IS SO GOOD!”
YOGSCAST Duncan

“I Love it! I Love it!”
YOGSCAST Sjin

“THIS GAME IS MEGA FUN!”
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About This Game

ST brings the most intense, tactical-action experience to Steam through killer gameplay, streamlined controls and carefully crafted maps. Select your custom loadout, plan out strategies and accomplish your objectives. Earn gold and trophies to unlock custom weapons and attachments! SINGLE PLAYER, MULTIPLAYER, SURVIVAL...TACTICS FOR ALL.

ST is very accessible but with immense, tactical depth:

- Finely tuned and innovative combat system
- Combat system is designed from the ground up to allow many types of engagements and tactics
- Offensive and defensive balance such that pros and cons for both
- Promotes peeking and intelligence gathering
- Carefully designed and tuned "time to kill" and damage model
- Complex underlying code and tracking to expose the most simple and intuitive combat interface to player

- Simultaneous Turn-Based Tactical-Action
- Intense Single Player Campaign
- Epic 1 vs 1 PvP
- Create Squads of 2 with your friends for 2 vs 1 or 2 vs 2
- Create Custom Match Rules with your friends (ie Snipers-only, hardcore mode, etc.)
- Addictive Survival Mode
- 7 Maps: Construct, HQ, Rail, Rush, Gallery, Iceworld, Fall
- 5 main classes: Sniper, Shotgun, Assault, SMG, Shield
- Custom Weapons and Attachments
- 6 Equipment: Smoke, Frag, Flash, Fire/Incendiary, Sonar Detector, Throwing Axe
- 4 Boosters: Armor, Range, Damage, Speed
- Carefully Designed Maps
- Collect trophies to rank up from Recruit->Masters
- Replay Analysis System
- Innovative Controls
- Custom Engine Built from the Ground Up

Intense Single Player Campaign
- You start to work for Vector Securities as the tactical overwatch. You then start to unravel the motivations and extremes the company goes to for profit.
- Puzzle-like take down missions (take down all opponents in under N turns)
- Defense missions where you must survive incoming enemies while protecting a hostage
- Hostage saving where you must take down opponents before the hostage is executed
- Assassination missions where you must take out a specific target
- Escort missions where you must protect a hostage while completing an objective
- Stealth missions where you must eliminate the targets without them firing a shot

Epic 1 vs 1, 2 vs 1 and 2 vs 2 PvP
- Select your specific weapons for each class (i.e. Silenced AK47 for Assault, AWP for Sniper)
- Pick 4 soldier classes (i.e. 2 Snipers + 2 SMGs)
- Either plant the bomb or defuse
- Each match is done over a real-time connection with 50 secs per turn (simultaneous)

Addictive Survival Mode
- The bomb is planted in a random location each round
- Based on the location of the bomb, pick 4 soldier classes
- Defuse the bomb before it blows up while encountering enemies
- Complete the round challenge (i.e. use all Shields or kill 2 enemies with one sniper shot) for 2X points
- Each round enemies are smarter and higher in number
- Your run ends when you fail to defuse the bomb

5 main classes: Sniper, Shotgun, Assault, SMG, Shield

- Assault: Medium range, slow movement, large field of view, weak damage
- SMG: short range, fast movement, large field of view, high damage
- Shotgun: very short range, fast movement, large field of view, very high damage, splash damage
- Sniper: very long range, slow movement, narrow field of view, very high damage, splash damage
- Shield: fast movement, 50 degrees of coverage, can melee

Custom Weapons and Attachments

- Each weapon has its own strengths and weakness
- Silencers hide your position when firing but have decreased damage and/or range
- Foregrips allow for higher fire rate but slower time to first shot
- Sights allow for longer range but smaller field of view
- Weapons are unlocked through Gold earned through Multiplayer and Survival


4 Boosters: Armor, Range, Damage, Speed
- Select one booster per turn to give to a soldier... Choose wisely

6 Equipment: Smoke, Frag, Flash, Fire/Incendiary, Sonar Detector, Throwing Axe
- You get 2 each per game in which any soldier can throw them
- Smoke can change the battlefield in significant ways by blocking line of sight
- Flash can blind and stun multiple soldiers
- Frags are used for focused splash damage
- Fire can slow and block movement paths
- Sonar can detect enemies within a radius through walls
- Throwing Axe requires precision aim but is very lethal

Carefully Designed Maps (more coming!)
- STO_CONSTRUCT, STO_HQ, STO_RAIL, STO_RUSH, STO_GALLERY, FY_ICEWORLD, STO_FALL,

Collect trophies to rank up from Recruit->Masters

Innovative Controls
- Controls and soldier combat AI built around Focus Points
- Setting a Focus Point when moving a soldier will have him aim down sight and move slowly while rotating around the point vs sprinting
- Using Focus Points you can peek around corners without committing:
- Focus Points open up complex tactics with simple controls such as strafing, throwing grenades around corners, moving one way while looking another way, back pedaling etc.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7 and above
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Open GL 3.0 and above support
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 and above
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Open GL 3.0 and above support
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
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Positive (35 reviews)
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Internal Magic
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Pretty good game. Except there isn't a lot of matches which makes it harder to play online. That's why I usually play it with my friends.
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Furrydaus
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 6
My Personal Rating for this game: 8/10

Special Tactics is an amazingly in-depth game. Looking at it head on may not seem like the best thing to do but when you go into the gameplay more, you'll find every decision you make can and will change the outcome of each single player mission.

The tutorial paves a fantastic route for new players to get into the game.

Game Engine wise, it will and CAN play on almost EVERY system (unless you're playing on a really crappy potato machine)

The game has many different mechanics from grenade deployment, boosters (this are free every round. No IAPs), movement, vision tracking and more. The mechanics may look simple but you will slowly and gradually get used to it and find out you can do a lot of more complicated plan adjustment.

Multiplayer seems to be dead at least from my standpoint

The game itself does not look great and may disappoint some of you guys out there (I know I am a bit disappointed at the graphics).

It is priced at a cheap $10.50 but till now, I don't feel like I have my full money's worth just yet. This is probably due to me playing a lot of value based games instead of this. Yes, I paid the full price in case anyone was wondering.
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Seanharrs
( 40.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 5
An interesting way to make a real time game "turn-based". I quite enjoy it, it's just a shame there's few players. I highly recommend if you have a friend who will play with you, or if you don't mind the endless survival modes in games (single player), but otherwise you might have to hold off until the playerbase increases. Hard to find a ranked match, and unranked is only with friends.
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Lord Deathera
( 4.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
Very good game, and very fun. My only complaint is the matchmaking which tends to pitch me (a level 2 noob :3) against level 100 people. It's rather frsutrating as they have a lot more experiance in the game and have therefore learnt what tactics work good and really know how to utilise their guys properly. They also have much better gear an will shred me to pieces.

There's no point in saying "git gud" or "use better tactics" because the fact of the matter is: I only have a few hours on the game, and the people I usually fight have a few hundred hours. Kind of unfair don't you think?

Still, this is a really fun game and tho the matchmaking can screw you over, I have had a few cases where I destroyed a high level player simply by playing better than them. I definately reccomend this to anyone who likes tuen based tactical games.
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Boechtvandunaldy
( 8.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
Very good game. Very tactical and good training for the brain. Not the highest graphical standards, but good enough for the price. Worth the fair price of < 10 € !!!
I did not try the multiplayer yet.
If you like the mechanics of a game like this, don't hesitate to buy.

02/05:
I tried the multiplayer...don't even try to start it, you will get only experienced high level players...there is no fair matching...it's not even something you can call a game...scandalous !!
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nathan6498
( 10.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
It is a lovely cheep game but I think it should show the replay at the end of the round.
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JareBear
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 28
If you have a spare 10 bucks buy it. Otherwise skip it. Mainly because of bad ui design. At first glance i htought the graphics were bad but in game there better than i htought. All it needs to do to justify the purchase alot more is more/better keyboard shortcuts and better ui cause its really bad right now.
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Fattyshow
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 28
I just love it...

Perfect difficulty, keeps challenging
Perfect learning curve
Very strategic
No bugs

I expected way less from this game, thought it would be a puzzle game with a walkthrough for when you got stuck but due to randomized spawns of the enemies in the campaign, you must be smart or it's game over.

Definitely worth the 10 euro, would have bought it for more if I knew how good it was.
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The_Gaming_Bender
( 12.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 27
This game is amazing for the price. The multiplayer is fun, and has the potential to be re♥♥♥♥ed many many times. My only con with the game is that sometimes it can take a while to find an opponent on multiplayer but apart from that the game has been incredibly fun.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
My Personal Rating for this game: 8/10

Special Tactics is an amazingly in-depth game. Looking at it head on may not seem like the best thing to do but when you go into the gameplay more, you'll find every decision you make can and will change the outcome of each single player mission.

The tutorial paves a fantastic route for new players to get into the game.

Game Engine wise, it will and CAN play on almost EVERY system (unless you're playing on a really crappy potato machine)

The game has many different mechanics from grenade deployment, boosters (this are free every round. No IAPs), movement, vision tracking and more. The mechanics may look simple but you will slowly and gradually get used to it and find out you can do a lot of more complicated plan adjustment.

Multiplayer seems to be dead at least from my standpoint

The game itself does not look great and may disappoint some of you guys out there (I know I am a bit disappointed at the graphics).

It is priced at a cheap $10.50 but till now, I don't feel like I have my full money's worth just yet. This is probably due to me playing a lot of value based games instead of this. Yes, I paid the full price in case anyone was wondering.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
40.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
An interesting way to make a real time game "turn-based". I quite enjoy it, it's just a shame there's few players. I highly recommend if you have a friend who will play with you, or if you don't mind the endless survival modes in games (single player), but otherwise you might have to hold off until the playerbase increases. Hard to find a ranked match, and unranked is only with friends.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
16 of 21 people (76%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: April 24
A Strategic Tactical Action Shooter
https://youtu.be/E7POXDIlJWI
+ Very tactical gameplay as each unit has unique weapons and abilities which forces you to play each one a certain way in order to take advantage of their strengths and weaknesses.
+ Gameplay is very fluid and allows you to easily see where you made a mistake and how to correct it next time
+ Easy to learn and quite fun to play once you understand what you are doing
+ The planning phase is quite in depth and allows you to make precise movements like peeking out behing a wall to throw a smoke grenade without getting your head blown off by a sniper.
+ Multiplayer

This game is in Early Access so don't take these too seriously
- The tutorial was a bit too long and could be condensed
- I felt like some of the missions were too short, and some could even be combined together
- I feel like there needs to be more story elements in the early levels
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Devoloper Response:Further missions have exactly what you are saying. 8th or so mission is hostage rescue followed by escort. There are other missions where you assassinate people, protect s bomb from being defused using silenced snipers. Etc.
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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
6.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: April 25
This game is quite fun for being in early access and I would say it's quite worth the money.

Pros:
-The game has a very good tutorial, which makes it easy to learn
-It has a pretty fun campaign
-The multiplayer is also quite fun and even more fun if you play with a friend.
-No lag / connection issues in multiplayer so far

Cons:
-You can't type whatever you'd like to say in multiplayer. (There's a box where you choose phrases to say)

That's pretty much the only con I've found so far.

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28 of 46 people (61%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
10.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: January 27
Special Tactics Online is a tactical/ strategy shooter with addictive gameplay.
This game now in Early Access, but in this stage its also can keep your mind for couple hours.

The gameplay is turn based you sent orders for your squad what contain a four member, after that when you end own turn your opponent do same. In a multiplayer the players have 50 second in each turn, in other modes time is not limited. In a game you can found five different classes, all has different features. You also can use in every round one type of booster (from four available) and you can use three different grenades types. At the moment game has 7 maps, but this amount will be grow up in the future. Also you can change a weapons of your squad members. You can buy weapons, on the store, what you can earn playing, survival mode, and multiplayer.
Control is well solved, you can lean this enough fast with basic tactic elements in well complected tutorial.

Game have a three modes: campaign, survival and multiplayer. In a campaign you should try complete the current missions , the missions are various, for example your main objective can be a kill a target, save hostage etc.
In a survival mode, your objective is to defuse a bomb in so many rounds how you can and hit bigger points. In every round the enemies number grooving and they improve their tactic. Also if you complete extra challenge you can earn more points.
In a multiplayer you play with another player, in this mode one player main objective is to plant the bomb, in this time the other player should try defuse it.

The graphic is well designed and looks good. Sounds are good, and music to. Game also have a leaderboards and replay saving feature.

So my verdict

+Deep tutorial
+Leaderboards
+Addictive gameplay
+Cross-Platform multiplayer
+Deep tactical system
+However its a Early Access, it have enough content right now

-At the moment is hard to find an opponent in multiplayer
-Only one game mode in multiplayer
-No steam achievements and trading cards

I think this game is very promising, its in Early Access, but from the start have enough content what in future be even more. The gameplay is interesting, can keep you mind for longer time. The biggest minus in the moment maybe that, game is less know, so in a multiplayer is very hard to find a opponent, but the developers today released the demo where a multiplayer is available, so this probably resolve the problem with active online players.
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: April 25
If you like Door Kickers or Breach & Clear you should really like this game.

+Great price
+50 Levels of Singleplayer mode on about 8 maps.
+Multiplayer if you are into that, although it may take awhile to find a match.
+Thorough training mode to learn the tricks and ropes.
+Good turn based tactical combat.
+Early access so more to come.

-Didn't see upgrade system, although maybe not necessary since you get some good gear-grenades from the start.
-Lacks a bit of movement on maps at times.
-Graphics are fairly basic and could be improved.

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21 of 36 people (58%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: January 15
Excellent micromanagement of four team members in a tactical strategy game. Gameplay is very solid, a lot of fun to be had in multiplayer. The price may be a smidge expensive for a game in early access and still undevelopment.
But I had fun and will continue you play this title. More details in the video below if required.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ry9bZujTOug
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10 of 15 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
5.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: April 14
This game is really interesting, it take back the principles of a good tactic game with the elements of CS.
The parts multiplayers will never be alike because the composition of the team of your enemy will almost never be the same.
And we have an active developer it's perfect for this game which is a promoter.Nothing is overpowed all classe have him désaventages.
It's a good game.
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11 of 17 people (65%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: March 18
Counterstrike + Doorkickers = STO.

This game is good. It has turn-based tactical combat, an CSGO style multiplayer and a cool campaign.
I've been in contact with the developers, giving feedback, and they have been very appreciative.

So, this game is good. Solid 7/10. Maybe an 8/10 if they continiue updating etc.. :)


Pro: I actually beat the Dev at his own game :D
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12 of 19 people (63%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
14.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: February 21
Legit this game is basically turn based counter strike. Hella fun. I 1v1 my freind on it a lot too. Played the Ipad version before I knew it was on steam. I have this glitch where All the text just appears as boxes which is annoying, but It is still a hella fun game and so worth it.

EDIT: Game developer even contacted me and helped me to fix the glitch in a few days total. Even gave me a sneak peek on what the next update holds :)
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