Planet Steam is a board game of strategic commerce and resource manipulation for two to five players. Players will strive to gather more resources than their opponents, and to use those resources with greater efficiency. By using the abilities of influential characters in the Colonies, players will be able to gain a distinct advantage while harvesting, transporting, buying, and selling resources. The credits that each player gains can be used to upgrade their own equipment, but players must be cautious. Too much expenditure will result in beggary, whereas shrewd investment can lead to possessing the most credits, and the ultimate victory over the competition on Planet Steam.