Indie Gems: The Chaos Engine Spreads Havoc

Indie Gems is an ongoing feature in which we highlight indie games that are worth your time and attention. Think of this as your weekly Indie Game Playlist.


We’ve covered plenty of indie games here on Indie Gems, but what about old indie games? Gems fondly remembered, but unplayable on modern machines until recently?

They are just as important as new indie games, of course, and The Chaos Engine is a prime example.

The Chaos Engine
Developer: Mastertronic

Pitting two players against hordes of steampunk monsters and gadgets, The Chaos Engine is a classic top-down shooter from the early 1990s. However, you no longer have to bother with old floppies or DOSbox; Abstraction Games brought the game to Steam, complete with achievements, online multiplayer, and enhanced controls. It’s a classic that was formerly lost to time, but now everybody can enjoy the Victorian visuals and chaotic combat.

The basics of The Chaos Engine are simple: move in a few directions and shoot enemies on your way to the level exit. Where it distinguishes itself is its character progression system. Rather than being just another top-down arcade game, The Chaos Engine introduces character levels and upgrades. Increasing attributes and buying new gear makes victory that much easier as you progress through each world, and exploring the maps guarantees higher scores and more XP to work with. However, if you just want to jump in and goof-off with friends, it’s a great co-op game to waste time in.

The Chaos Engine is available on Steam.

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