I freely confess my affection for short little computer games. Well, the following violates that rule a bit, as the playing sessions are closer to about 15-20 minutes in length, and thus not precisely in conformation with my previously stated guidelines of a ten minute work break.
Yet, how could I, as a Caledonian Steam Punk citizen ignore the obligation to show you this little gem, called Steam Brigade?
Essentially, you play the brave young lad who is in command of his father's Steam Brigade, fighting the evil someone or another, who is no doubt interested in destruction of the world as we know it and putting up ad farms. Or some such. There's a bit of a story line (with admittedly atrocious poetry), and to be honest, I didn't really pay it much mind. I was far too distracted by the lovely blimp the boy gets to fly about, the steam helicopters and the stout engineers who bravely man all the emplacements.
It's essentially a 2D tug of war: aforementioned lad makes steamy vehicles and whatnot with his limited funds, sends them out, and is confronted by the Evil Sorts. Chaos ensues, and hopefully you push your lines far enough forward to sneak a Clever Engineer into the opposition's factory and have done with it. I must admit, there is a lot of plaintive "omphs!" from the pixel fellows, which unnerved me for a bit. But it's only a game, as they say, and you don't see little pixel corpses or anything nasty like that. They simply disappear, and if you are like me, you entertain phantasies that they all were safely shipped back home, perhaps with a limp and a tedious story to tell to the Grand Children. Well, yes, that is unrealistic, but this is hardly a historic reproduction game!
The chief draws for me were the lovely graphics with a sky that Windlight might find itself proud of, and cheerful background music. I should add that one need download the demo, and most sensible people will find themselves done with this silly game after that. The foolish might actually order the full version, which is not terribly expensive, but still more than a lunch at the local. Well, speaking of the foolish, I think I want to play the scenario against the Mad Sea Captain again, as I am sure I can do better than Cadet level.