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The Steel Empire

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Game Boy Advance
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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.


The Steel Empire Game Boy Advance Title screen (English version)
The Steel Empire Genesis The zeppelin is under attack
The Steel Empire Genesis Using a lightning bomb
The Steel Empire Game Boy Advance Train boss

Alternate Titles

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

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Computer and Video Games (CVG) Genesis May, 1992 90 out of 100 90
GamesCollection Genesis Sep 21, 2010 8.5 out of 10 85
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Genesis Jun, 1992 9 out of 12 75
Jeuxvideo.com Genesis Sep 26, 2012 15 out of 20 75
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Genesis Sep 26, 2005 7 out of 10 70
Sega-16.com Genesis Jul 07, 2005 7 out of 10 70
Video Games Genesis May, 1992 63 out of 100 63
Power Play Genesis Jun, 1992 56 out of 100 56
PAL Gaming Network (PALGN) Game Boy Advance Aug 29, 2005 5 out of 10 50
HonestGamers Genesis Mar 12, 2005 3 out of 10 30


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