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Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. (2015) is a turn-based strategy game where an elite group of soldiers (inspired by characters from American literature) defend Earth from alien invaders in an alternate steam-powered future. While it sounds wacky, there's a surprising level of complexity and strategy to the combat; from picking the best weapons, to attack style, and team dynamics. It's the less well-known spiritual forebear to Steamworld Heist and combines its peculiar reality with turn-based tactics and a unique comic book presentation.

In a steampunk Victorian London, the opening of a new bridge is disrupted when aliens attack. Henry Flemming (from the novel The Red Badge of Courage) and John Henry (a figure from U.S. folklore) are rescued by presumed-dead Presiden Abraham Lincoln and are enlisted into his special task force, S.T.E.A.M., to help neutralise the alien threat. You meet the other members of your team, all characters from folklore or literature (characters from Peter Pan and Moby Dick make appearances), and set out on your mission, travelling the world, defeating aliens, and saving people from danger.

Play involves moving your team of characters through the levels to defeat enemies in turn-based combat. Each stage has a unique objective, such as clearing out aliens, escorting civilians to safety, or rescuing specific characters. The challenge is seeking out your steam action points between moving and shooting.

As you progress you learn that firing different weapons uses differing amounts of steam action points, which requires careful resource management to maximise damage. Ensuring you have enough steam to act always informs your choices. As you play, you unlock new weapons and abilities to experiment with, and coins scattered throughout the level can be used to alter the stats of your team members to suit your play style.

The result is a unique blend of strategic turn-based combat and a fantastical historical steampunk story that combine to create a novel and engaging game where careful planning and tactics are essential.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. 17 months ago. It was re-examined by Ellen Robertson and updated 4 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Battle, Shooting and Strategy game with Fighting, Narrative, Sequencing and Stealth elements. You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room or as a 2-player online game. There are several different competitive multiplayer game modes, like a game where each player commands a squad of four characters and must defeat the opposing team, or a mode where you fight in huge mech suits.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 17 hours and 26 hours to complete. Depending on your strategies and your familiarity with turn-based strategy games, the rate at which you progress will vary significantly, resulting in a large variance in play time. In addition, the multiplayer minigames can add several hours to the play time.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for Mild Violence. Game features the use of beam weapons, when used against human characters it will cause them to be temporarily incapacitated. Sufficient hits will result in their health gauge diminishing, when it reaches zero they will fall to the floor. The violence is non-realistic.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Skill Level

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. There is a significant strategy involved in making the best decisions to keep your team safe and defeat the aliens, and players should be able to remain focussed for long periods of time and not get frustrated if they fail a level.

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You don’t need a platform subscription to play this game online.


You can only play this on older systems (Nintendo 2DS|3DS) but can usually find it second hand on eBay. There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 13/03/2015

Out Now: 3DS and 2DS

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1-2 (2 online)

Genres: Battle, Shooting, Strategy (Fighting, Narrative, Sequencing and Stealth)

Accessibility: 18 features

Components: 3D Third-Person, Blocks and Cartoon

Developer: Nintendo America (@NintendoAmerica)

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