Worthless Bums
Based in Connecticut, USA

Release date:
(Full Release) 24 September 2014



Regular Price:



Steam Marines is a squad-based roguelike where you take control of intrepid marines and fend off invading robots and aliens from your steampunk space ship. Deceptively cute; will murder your face.


The game started off called Quad and was heavily inspired by Chess. Then it morphed into a fantasy/technology mashup spaceship crawl with an overworld and magic and creatures influenced by the Exile series. Then it turned into Steam Marines - a steampunk dungeon crawl with permadeath and a squad of intrepid space marines!


  • Turn-based. Squad-based. Tactics-based.
  • Procedural generation of levels coupled with New Game Plus.
  • Destroy terrain. Knock your enemies into space.
  • Four marines, five classes. Balance your squad or specialize as you wish.
  • Thirty levels of mayhem and New Game Plus.
  • Finite lives. Infinite replays.


Steam Marines v1.0 Trailer YouTube

Steam Marines Alpha Launch Trailer YouTube


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Awards & Recognition

    • "Steam Marines has won no awards..." But it did get 12 votes for Ascii Dreams roguelike of the year in 2012! http://roguelikedeveloper.blogspot.com/search/label/ascii%20dreams%20roguelike%20of%20the%20year

    Selected Articles

      • "The project is under development by a team called Worthless Bums, and is appearing very active in their efforts to bring about a finished product. It’ll be interesting to see what future updates bring to Steam Marines and how far it will go. If you’re looking for a small, squad-based tactical strategy rogue-like game, and you were a fan of Space Hulk, I’d recommend giving Steam Marines a look."
        - Scott Parrino, The Wargamer
      • "Overall, I have to say I really enjoy this game. Not only do I get the X-COM vibe that I loved about the 1993 game, but it is also a great time making life-changing decisions and managing a squad of really cool steam marines. Do yourself a favor and try the game out as soon as you can."
        - CaptainKraft, Indie Love
      • "Being a roguelike means you can expect procedurally generated levels making every play through something a little different and always unpredictable. There will be a good number of ways to build your squad to best suit your play style so let the tactical genius inside you flourish as you make life or death decisions to try to beat this game."
        - Alex Wilkinson, Indie Game Magazine

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      Steam Marines Credits

      Yik-Sian James Seow

      Jay Bramhall
      Art (sprites/tilesets)

      André Marí Coppola
      Art (backgrounds/trading cards)

      Mirko Koponen
      Art (early sprites/tilesets)

      Levan Iordanishvili

      Tapio Liukkonen


      Yi-Sian J Seow
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