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Screenshot Feature: Steam Squad!

An alt-history wargame with some interesting graphics ~

Michael Eckenfels, 17 August 2016

If you’ve fantasized about a Steampunk game set during an era when humanity was actually just starting to leave steam-powered technology behind, you’re in luck. You’re even more in luck because the game is called “Steam Squad,” and is at heart a point-and-click, real-time tactical combat game set during World War I.




Tuesday Screenshot – Aliens: Colonial Marines

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In space no one can hear you sue. After all the bad press, horrendously negative feedback and legal shenanigans, I decided to pick up Aliens: Colonial Marines anyway. I love the Aliens universe and I got the game very heavily discounted. Three hours into the single player campaign, I so far feel I got my money’s worth.
I have gotten some scares, some challenging levels and even a chuckle or too at the use of the Aliens canon. If you held off on getting Colonial Marines like I did but are still kinda sorta curious, now may be as good a time as any to pick it up…discounted, of course. Tell them Gus sent you. And then after they ask “Who?” you can ask if the game is still discounted.
Ultimately, not a bad way to spend a few dollars and a few hours waiting for one of the biggest PC releases of the year…

Sid Meier’s Ace Patrol

Developer: Firaxis

Publisher: 2K Games

Author: Boggit

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Sid Meier’s Ace Patrol is a game about aerial combat on the Western Front during the First World War. As my prayers so far for a re-release of an updated, and revamped version of Achtung Spitfire, Over the Reich, and Flight Commander 2 have so far gone unanswered, I picked this one up as it seemed somewhat reminiscent of them.


The Interface is intuitive and easy to learn. The game also features a “Baron-o-pedia” for extra information.

For a game about the First World War, it is a surprisingly very “PC” game for the PC. You can’t die, and you can’t kill your opponents. Following the suspension of historical accuracy is that half your pilots are women, you can play the US in 1916, and you don’t seem to have any limits on ammunition. Your opponent pilots seem to acquire combat victories at a surprising rate, even after you shoot them down several times, so that by the late war they often have more kills than your own aces – weird! That’s about the worst of it. It’s definitely NOT a “Grognard game”, but in my opinion it’s fun, and light relief – a good “Beer and Pretzels” game. As to gaming challenge, it offers five levels of difficulty from “Rookie” to “Legend”, which gives victory point multipliers for successful missions.


The game map is clear and informative. Note the different manoeuvre options, cloud, and “Archie” cover (red hexsides). The front line is clearly evident, and can determine the fate of shot down aircrew.