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Steel Talons brought realism-oriented helicopter combat to the arcades, and later to home systems. The action is viewed from behind your helicopter, with the 3D polygon world rotating around you, taking in mountains, rivers and deserts.

There are 12 missions in total, each of which requires you to destroy targets in a set time limit. There are also training and head-to-head (against a CPU-controlled drone) modes.

You have a limited number of automatically-targeting missiles as well as a cannon. A tracking map tells you where you are on the level, and where the enemies are. Contact with the ground, mountains or other vehicles will damage or destroy your helicopter.


Steel Talons Genesis Head to head calamity
Steel Talons Arcade Title Screen.
Steel Talons SNES Flying over the area
Steel Talons SNES Ready to take-off

Alternate Titles

  • "スティールタロンズ" -- Japanese spelling

User Reviews

THIS GAME IS CRAP!! Genesis DudeOfMonson (106)

Critic Reviews

Computer and Video Games (CVG) Arcade Jan, 1992 96 out of 100 96
Sinclair User Arcade Dec, 1991 87 out of 100 87
GameFan Magazine Genesis Dec, 1992 86 out of 100 86
Defunct Games Lynx Mar 24, 2007 75 out of 100 75
Megablast Lynx 1993 73 out of 100 73
ST-Computer Atari ST Jan, 1996 65 out of 100 65
Play Time Lynx Oct, 1992 65 out of 100 65
Play Time Genesis Jan, 1993 45 out of 100 45
neXGam Genesis 2002 4.1 out of 10 41
All Game Guide Genesis 1998 1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars 30


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