Kongregate Rating: 4.09/5
FlashMush Rating: 7.5/10
Steamlands is a very interesting game and I don't really use that term lightly. I can easily say I've never played a game like it. Basically it combines action elements, with a hint of strategy and real time building/customization of a tank.
The premise of Steamlands is after the great war the land has been left ravished and the roads are swarmed with pirates in big tanks. It's your job to use your tank to destroy these pirates. But they way you go about this is like no other game I've played. For each level you start out with a base tank. Basically it consists of a tire tread square, engine room which if destroyed means you lose, and then you have various amounts and types of armor and weapons. The interesting thing though is you can position the armor and guns anywhere you want. You could make a really strong front armor but leave your top relatively exposed or the other way around. This freedom really brings the strategy part to the game. You can even destroy other tanks and at points take their destroyed armor and add on to your tank!
Steamland's other great feature is easily the graphics. I know I praise graphics a lot in my reviews but I must say Steamlands probably has some of the best graphics I've ever seen in a free online flash game. Their whole graphic system is based on, as you can probably guess, the steampunk phase. It's amazing to see individual and unique background images of the told destruction while you build up this huge tank.
However...Steamland has some issues. The whole idea is really there and sounds great but... the controls are terrible which taints the whole experience for me. The whole idea is based on the fact that you have to move and build at once. This part is fine... a tad iffy but can do. However, the weapons system is all screwed up. You have to individually click each weapon of yours and then click where you want it to shoot. You can imagine this can get hard and tricky when you're moving to dodge attacks as well as your enemy is moving, plus the smallness of some of the weapons.
Overall, Steamlands is a very interesting game and very visually appealing. But the controls really ruined it for me, but if you can get over the control issue then you will love this game.