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SteamBirds is a turn-based aircraft combat game set in an alternative XX century with a light steampunk flavour.

The scene is commanded from a top-down perspective and all aircraft are implicitly at the same altitude. The missions always start out with the player outnumbered or at least with inferior firepower. Units on both sides are equipped with at most two special abilities such as 180 or 360 degree quick-turns, double speed, armour at the expense of firepower etc. Although special abilities can be used an unlimited number of times, a turn with no ability must alternate after turns with abilities in use.

Not only the health bar shrinks when an aircraft gets shot. Rudders cannot steer left, right, or at all, guns get jammed for a turn etc. Missions end with the complete destruction of either of sides.


SteamBirds iPhone Flying wing from from behind  hitting it hard
SteamBirds iPhone Both of my red planes taking shield hits
SteamBirds iPhone Zoom out to keep situational awareness as one twin engine goes down
SteamBirds iPhone Gun jam as I split the twin engine targets up

Alternate Titles

  • "SteamBirds HD" -- iPad title

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The A.V. Club Browser Apr 26, 2010 A 100 (UK) Android Nov 29, 2010 7 out of 10 70


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