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Prepare for the dark world of The Chaos Engine, a steampunk Victorian age in which one or two players must fight the hostile creations of the Chaos Engine across four dynamic landscapes and take part in the ultimate battle. Choose from six hard-nailed mercenaries each with their own unique weapons and skills.
Release Date: Aug 29, 2013
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About the Game

Prepare for the dark world of The Chaos Engine, a steampunk Victorian age in which one or two players must fight the hostile creations of the Chaos Engine across four dynamic landscapes and take part in the ultimate battle.

Choose from six hard-nailed mercenaries each with their own unique weapons and skills.

Those who have the strength and skill to overturn the Chaos Engine will be remembered.

(The Chaos Engine was originally known as Soldiers of Fortune in North America)

Game Features

  • Battle through four unique worlds in single player or online and local co-op modes.
  • Play in ‘Enhanced mode’ or ‘Classic mode’ with its original graphics and controls for the true Amiga experience.
  • Gamepad support with optional 16-directional movement.
  • Steam achievements to test the mettle of both new players and old fans.
  • Relive the classic 90’s Richard Joseph soundtrack.

PC System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista/7/8
    • Processor: Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon 64 (minimum 2.5 GHz)
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 6200 or ATI Radeon X300
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 400 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible, 16-bit
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista/7/8
    • Processor: Quad Core CPU
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 9600 or ATI Radeon HD 3650
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 400 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible, 16-bit

Mac System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X 10.7 or later
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 6200 or ATI Radeon X300
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 400 MB available space

Linux System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04
    • Processor: Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon 64 (minimum 2.5 GHz)
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 6200 or ATI Radeon X300
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 400 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
26 of 27 people (96%) found this review helpful
545 products in account
3 reviews
26.7 hrs on record
I didn't realise just how much the difficulty level has dropped in games over the years until I saw the reaction to this release from younger gamers. The Chaos Engine is from a time when players were expected to practice until their skills improved enough to progress. If that doesn't sound appealing, then you really won't enjoy this game, nor a great many others from the same era.

I loved this game twenty years ago, and nothing has changed. Literally - despite talk of improvements, this is a thinly veiled emulation job of the Amiga A1200 version of the game. It's a tad disappointing, but the game itself is still as much fun as it ever was. Hopefully one day we'll see some proper Bitmap Brothers remakes, but I don't regret having paid the £6.99 for this in the meantime.
Posted: December 5th, 2013
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25 of 26 people (96%) found this review helpful
117 products in account
1 review
3.5 hrs on record
I absolutely loved the original Amiga version of this game. It still ranks among my all-time favourites. This version, however, does NOT do it justice. Rather than being emulated, this version was fully ported to Windows and adapted to support modern machines. Normally this would be the preferred approach to 'modernizing' a game such as this one, but through porting the game the developers introduced a number of bugs and timing issues that did not exist in the original version. In a game where twitch-response movement and firing is key, this can be a HUGE problem.

Graphically there's not much to complain about if you turn the pixel smoother / bloom-effect off, but there is still a complaint to be made: The developers based this port off the AGA version of the game rather than the original ECS version, and as such they adopted the AGA version's heavily critisized over-saturated colour palette and modified sprites. The ECS version, despite having a lower colour depth, actuall had better sprite detail which was sadly lost in the AGA version.

Achievements and net-play have been added to this port, which is appreciated, however the achievements are broken and the net play is laggy to the point of being almost unplayable. The devs attempted to fix the netplay code and some of the sound/timing issues, however in doing so their latest patch created other more annoying sound issues which in my opinion actually make the single player campaign unplayable (unless you like a constant distorted screeching sound effect playing at all times after the computer-controlled character teleports to you.)

Normally I wouldn't hold such bugs against the developers if they were still actively working to fix it, however they seem to have given up after the most recent patch (which broke way more than it fixed) and have abandoned the game in its unfinished state. This really upsets me, as I at least found the game playable before the last patch.

I highly recommend playing The Chaos Engine (Soldiers of Fortune on the Genesis/SNES) but steer clear of this lazy, buggy, abandoned port. It's not worth the money at all. Just go download WinUAE and emulate the original ECS Amiga version instead.
Posted: December 23rd, 2013
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23 of 26 people (88%) found this review helpful
344 products in account
1 review
1.4 hrs on record
I loved this game as a kid. I could never complete this game when I was younger, and I still can't now; but that is what I loved about it. The level of mechanics for such an old game is amazing. The diverse characters adds a lot of replayability. Steamworks integration allows Online Coop however, if you want to feel like a kid again, hook up two controllers and play locally.

Would definitely recommend picking up this game if you ever had it on older platforms, for those nostalgia trips and for those who love a good shooter.

Special power, FOOD!
Posted: October 30th, 2013
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17 of 21 people (81%) found this review helpful
388 products in account
3 reviews
1.4 hrs on record
This game was released about 10-15 year ago and created by the bitmap brothers, in case you didn't know that it's the same dudes that did the famous speedball 2. If you don't know about speed ball 2 then slap yourself in the face with a trout really hard because you're probably too young to know any better.

Anyway, this version is a fantastic port of the original, plus it has extra effects in game to alter bloom saturation, smoothing and key bindings.. not to mention 360 direction (which the old one wouldn't do, so I guess this is a slight cheat :P... plus it has 1-2-3-4-5-6x scaling & subtitles... helping you recreate how the original looked.. (shame it doesn't have scan lines and green screen mode...

First of all you select which character you want with what weapon, each has its advantages. If you are doing a single player the CPU controls your team mate or you can have a friend join in to make it a whole lot more fun..

Just a case of wandering around, game is based in the simple future and you shoot baddies that spawn, most of the baddies drop coins or special weapon power ups... these coins allow you to upgrade your stuff (you get to do this when you have reached the end of the level)

What i like about this game is it doesn't take a lot of thinking and isn't difficult to control, (keyboard defaults are WASD and Space..) It's one of those games you can get home from work and just slowly unwind, especially with the good old music..

Lot of younger kids of today may not appreciate this game, i grew up with this game on my Amiga so it's also a nostalgia trip as well as a whole lot of fun.

I snapped up this game when it was on offer for £2.37 ((still BETA)), I'd probably go to about £2.99, I certainly wouldn't pay full price... Thanks to Mastertronic for bringing it to the Steam, i surely thought this game was doomed in the emulation heap...
Posted: November 29th, 2013
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
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36 reviews
16.3 hrs on record
This classic Amiga game contains some minor enhancements and gameplay improvements like the 360 direction aim and the render options to make the GFX less eye straining.

It maybe a old game, but Bitmap Bros. made a lot of amazing games with a lot of hidden bonuses and plenty of surprises that, made that game addictive in the 1990s.
Posted: December 10th, 2013
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