Arcade shooter game Steel Storm Episode 1 version 1.0 is released which was only available as beta until now. The game is quite addictive with fast paced action that wants you to annihilate hordes of enemies . Episode 1 is available as free download for Linux, Mac and Windows users.
Steel Storm is an old school top down arcade shooter with score oriented competitive gameplay, and is designed for people who like fast paced action and have limited amounts of time to play computer games.
The events take place in an alternative universe where you control an advanced hovertank, packed with the most advanced and sophisticated weapons. Your task is simple, but, nevertheless, is not trivial. In the fight with presumed extraterrestrial invaders, you must prevail!
- Deathmatch and coop game modes
- Exploration and time-trial gameplay types
- Competition driven gameplay - master your skills to stay ahead
- Intelligent AI knows no mercy
- Hordes of enemies to destroy
- Vast numbers of destroyable structures and obstacles
- Huge territories to reclaim
- 6 missions of various difficulty, for beginners & hardcore gamers, coop oriented
- Edit or create your own missions with Sand Storm in-game real time multi-user editor
- Nice Background score and sound effects
The game as a whole is released under proprietary license, which refers to GNU GPL v2 license for the engine binaries and it's source code, and CC-BY-NC-SA 3.0 license for the art assets. Full license details here.
While Episode 1 is free, you have to pay a fee of $10 for upcoming Episode 2 that you can pre-order from the website. With a pre-order you will get access to beta version of Episode 2 as well. Episode 2 features:
- 6 new weapons
- 3 huge and deadly bosses
- 10 more types of enemies
- 4 more unique environments
- 2 new campaigns totaling 18 missions
- Game Source Code
- Mod Development SDK
Installation on Linux:
Download the game from here, extract the archive and run the file steelstorm or steelstorm64 with executable permissions. The game graphics details is configurable so it will be playable on many system with few changes in settings. I have tested it on Ubuntu 10.10 and it works like a charm.
More info at Official Website