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Play Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. For Some Steam-Powered Fun!

Play Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. For Some Steam-Powered Fun!

Feb 1, 2016

Every video game company has the tendency to follow a certain trend in the style of their games. For example, XBOX offers primarily bloody war games (or as I call them, “shooty shooty bang-bang”) with some exceptions, of course. Nintendo games are on the other end of the spectrum – family friendly, “cute”, and their developers do not strive to make the gameplay look “realistic”. Any Nintendo enthusiast will tell you that the company’s games are somewhat distinct – they have a certain “feel” that separates them from others. One of Nintendo’s newer releases has a “feel” that steers in a slightly different direction. The game has a theme that mixes steam punk with American history. The game play and captions have a moving comic book style. Fighting is done in the form of turn based combat and strategy. It’s called Code Name: S.T.E.A.M.

The story begins in London, on the day that the Steamgate Bridge is opening. You are at the American embassy when your beloved city is unexpectedly attacked by an unidentified enemy. You come in contact with a ship named Lady Liberty, captained by President Abraham Lincoln. He informs you that the enemy is a mysterious alien. You and your newly formed team must be quick to take action before London is completely swallowed. Your wit and steam-powered weapons assist you in defeating the extraterrestrial menaces. The force put in charge of the heroic mission is named S.T.E.A.M., which stands for “Strike Team Eliminating the Alien Menace”. Henry Fleming is the man who everyone considers the “team leader”. Captain Abe, Lion, Tiger Lily, Tom Sawyer, Randolph Carter, Queequeg, John Henry, Scarecrow, The Fox, and Califia all comprise the alien butt kicking team known as S.T.E.A.M.

Each character has an individual personality and weapon, and you must use strategy to decide which characters for each mission. When a level begins, the player can pick up to four characters. Your weapons and movement are powered by steam. On the bottom of your screen, there is a “steam meter” that decreases as you move about and utilize your weapons. As you move about the levels, you collect gears and medals. While they’re used to unlock separate types of assistance, gears and medals are, in a sense, two forms of currency.

Code Name: S.T.E.A.M is offered on the Nintendo 3DS platform and made by developer company Intelligent Systems. Since it was released in the United States on March 13, 2015, you do not have to wait another day to enjoy some steam-powered fun.

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