In the aftermath of the terrible war that brought Europe to its knees, civilisation struggles to rebuild. Standing in their way is a barren landscape made feral and dangerous by roaming bands of pirates in massive steam tanks, and standing up for them is one lone mercenary tank commander in all of New Britannia...
It's just you, a bunch of junk parts, and your trusty engineer in Nitrome's upcoming steampunk strategy/combat game, Steamlands. As you prowl about the dusty streets, you'll encounter pirates and fellow scavengers driving their own patchwork machinations. Using blocks, guns, and other bits of discovered salvage, piece together your own tank, placing weapons in strategic spots and keeping a strong front to protect your coal-shoveling engineer. As the battles wage on, you've got to work to keep shielding strong where it counts, all the while directing your weapons to send your opponent's tank to the scrap heap. When the combat dust settles, you get to pick up the pieces and strengthen your machine.
We had a chance to get our hands on a pre-release version of Steamlands, and we've basically decided we're in love with it. Steamlands is like a building game crossed with a strategy title, combining on-the-fly ship repair and construction with smart weapon and defense placement, sort of like the Captain Forever games. You dispatch foes with brilliant tactics as well as strong defenses, and between levels you get to visit an upgrades store to keep the core of your machine healthy and strong. It's just the right balance between action and cerebral thinking, so you'll never feel overwhelmed by too much activity or bored by too little.
So far, Steamlands looks and plays like a steampunk dream. The combat is wonderful, mixing genres with elegant finesse and allowing you to satisfy your need for visceral battle as well as tactical construction. Driving a huge tank is beyond awesome, as we all have imagined once or twice in our lives, and being able to attach scraps you blow off of enemy vehicles makes you feel like a boss. Any game that looks this good, plays this well, and lets you build and drive patchwork steampunk tanks will earn a permanent place in our browser window!
Steamlands is coming soon from Nitrome, and you can be sure we'll be all over it the minute it's released!
Design your own tank using materials gathered from the field, applying bonuses and defenses to your vechile in order to withstand attack, generate income, and more! Support your stumbling dystopian economy by buying new uprades, fancy flags, or even just the latest gossip... you never know what you might find out!
Take part in harrowing real-time strategy battles against enemy forces, fighting for power-ups and rebuilding your own defenses before they can bring you down, and then bring out the big guns when things get hairy.