Your intrepid heroes provide the quality assurance that should have been done in the first place. Steamroll faces the ChairQAsition!

Game: Steamroll
Webzone: Steamroll
Devel: Anticto
Engine: Unreal Engine 4
Price: £9.99 / US$12.99 / CA$13.99

Wazzat: In Steamroll you are a young engineer in his first day of work and take control of the Scarabeus, the greatest new steam-fuelled vehicle invention, while you try to survive in a crumbling mine and look for a way out. Steamroll is a puzzle game with a touch of arcade action and adventure.

Mandatory Disclosure: Devs sent us keys


CHAIRQUISITION:
CHAIR– Nooope

CHAIRCHAIR– Not sure if want

CHAIRCHAIRCHAIR– Check it out

CHAIRCHAIRCHAIRCHAIR– Shutupandtakemymonies


Makes with the working

Venn-CHAIRCHAIR

  • Unreal engine, neat.
  • Does not remember screen resolution.
  • Only does 2160p fullscreen, everything elks has to be windowed.
  • Chugs at a solid 40 @ UHD.
  • Steam screenshots do not work.
  • This reads like a checklist of what happens when you smash the export button and ship.

Jordan-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

  • Yup, doesn’t remember your graphical settings after restarts
  • Seeing the same performance as venn in UHD Land

Pedro-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

  • Holds 60 at 1080p with everything on “Epic”
  • Remembered the changes I made to controls
  • Honestly, I didn’t try the steam screenshot but it opens the overlay if you hit shift+tab
  • Can’t really ding it a chair on my end.

Total-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIR


Shiny / Sounds

Venn-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

  • It’s well done.
  • Yeah, I knew it was UE4 by the texture popin but that’s been a thing since UE3.
  • Not seeing the popin while playing.
  • I looks alright for an indie puzzle game and double so if you were into the Steampunk fad when it was a thing.
  • Never tried the sound because puzzle game.
  • Slayer, it gets puzzles done.

Jordan-CHAIRCHAIR

  • Just because it’s UE4 doesn’t mean it automatically makes with the pretties
  • Yes the textures are modern, detailed and lighted using the fancy new engine
  • But the end result is just meh. Unremarkable

Pedro-CHAIRCHAIRCHAIR

  • Texture pop in. Texture pop in everywhere!
  • Did you just roll into a new room? Docked with one of the floor circles?
  • Look at all the texture pop-in!
  • Now, when the textures have loaded, they look good.
  • The music is exactly what you’d expect from puzzle game.
  • Mild, inoffensive and completely suited to your standard elevator experience.
  • Which I guess it’s a bit ironic since the first achievement you get is for blowing up an elevator.

Total-CHAIRCHAIR


Control

Venn-CHAIRCHAIR

  • Works OOTB the box with the Steam controlla.
  • It gives you a FSM damn trajectory line so it’s not like you need to be hella precise.
  • Can’t say anything about movement since it was designed to be FKY.
  • Camera is a bit shite, I will say that.

Jordan-CHAIRCHAIR

  • It might’ve been designed to be fucky, but that’s not really a great excuse
  • The trajectory line is a bit weird to set up, mainly because it seems really over sensitive to set up. Especially when you’re dealing with the shot’s power.
  • Has an issue where sometimes it’ll get stuck using the mouse for aim until you right click

Pedro-CHAIRCHAIR

  • Controls work but the physics are a bit of a crapshoot.
  • It is very possible to be completely stuck because the shot ball trajectory, which the game outlines for you, seems to be pretty fucking random.
  • I’m stuck on the fourth level because I can’t seem to get the ball to go across a pipe, which results from my inability to find the exact amount power to shoot it for the trajectory to completely change.
  • Working controls are all well and good but if the physics are trial and error, that doesn’t really matter does it?

Total-CHAIRCHAIR


FUN

Venn-CHAIRCHAIR

  • You got a half decent puzzle game here.
  • Clunky (but manageable) interface.
  • Priced to sell @ $.12.99
  • Good graphics and decent performance when run @ 1080p.
  • You also have a Linux port that was not tested with UHD displays for multi-displays running separate X screens.
  • Not testing UHD support in 2018 is inexcusable.
  • On top of that it does not remember it’s in the windowed mode that I had to put it in to run @ 1080 so I could play the damn thing.
  • Despite that I crawled my way to the 4th map 45 FEPRS @ a time.
  • Developers, please test yo shite and that goes double for anyone using the UE4 engine.

Jordan-CHAIRCHAIR

  • Fucking minigolf. The bane of my goddamn existence
  • At least this game is nice enough to let you know where your shot is going before you shoot, so that’s a thing
  • Ya know, this game isn’t too horrible. The puzzle’s aren’t entirely horseshit and there’s enough variety to keep things semi-fresh.
  • It definitely has issues and needed more time in the oven.

Pedro-CHAIR

  • I like puzzle games.
  • It’s not my favorite genre but Stephen’s Sausage Roll proved that even the simplest concept can make for an enjoyable experience.
  • Steamroll has an even higher potential of being awesome.
  • The graphics look alright, if you don’t mind the pop-in.
  • The music is acceptable.
  • The controls even work as well as can be expected.
  • But the nail in this physics puzzler coffin is the trial and error physics.
  • There’s no rhyme or reason for why the aiming system says the ball is going to go a certain way and, when you shoot it, it doesn’t.
  • Why at 76% power it would go exactly where you want it to and 75% it goes completely off.
  • And that’s when it fucks up even more because sometimes the trajectory thing is completely inconsistent, and it’s impossible to replicate a certain path it showed you no matter how careful you are.

Total-CHAIR


Final –CHAIRCHAIR

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