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The Steel Empire

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Description

The skies are populated by zeppelins, large battleships and flying fortresses. In this age of steel, the Motorhead Empire has conquered and enslaved almost the entire planet. The last free nation, the Republic of Silverhead, tries to bring the Motorhead Empire down using its newly developed weapon, the lightning bomb.

Apart from its unusual Steampunk setting, Steel Empire is a fairly traditional side-scrolling shooter. At the beginning of every level, the player gets to choose between a striker plane and a zeppelin. While the plane is faster, the zeppelin has a longer life bar and can therefore sustain more damage. Both ships use the same standard weapon, which can be fired forwards or backwards, as well as bombs that are released automatically while firing. Also available is a limited number of lightning bombs that damage or destroy all enemies on screen.

Defeated enemies often drop power-ups, including hearts that replenish health, lightning bombs, bonus points, 1-UPs, options and experience points.

Options are small "drones" that fly alongside the player's ship and mimic its behaviour.

Experience points can be collected to level up the ships' weapons (up to level 20) and thereby increase their fire power.


Screenshots

The Steel Empire Game Boy Advance Title screen (English version)
The Steel Empire Genesis Every level is preceeded by a short introduction
The Steel Empire Genesis Title screen
The Steel Empire Game Boy Advance Level 1 - Start

Alternate Titles

  • "鋼鉄帝国" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Kōtetsu Teikoku" -- Japanese title
  • "Empire of Steel" -- European title

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The Press Says

Sega Force Genesis Nov, 1992 86 out of 100 86
GamesCollection Genesis Sep 21, 2010 8.5 out of 10 85
Pocket Magazine / Pockett Videogames Game Boy Advance Jun 05, 2005 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
The Video Game Critic Genesis Jan 08, 2001 B 75
Jeuxvideo.com Genesis Sep 26, 2012 15 out of 20 75
Joystick (French) Genesis Apr, 1992 72 out of 100 72
Sega-16.com Genesis Jul 07, 2005 7 out of 10 70
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Genesis Sep 26, 2005 7 out of 10 70
Power Play Genesis Jun, 1992 56 out of 100 56
HonestGamers Genesis Mar 12, 2005 3 out of 10 30

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