Join our Discord to chat with fellow friendly gamers and our knowledgeable contributors!

atari kombinera


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.


Steel Empire Genesis Choosing a ship
Steel Empire Game Boy Advance Title screen
Steel Empire Game Boy Advance Cannon boss
Steel Empire Genesis Every level is preceeded by a short introduction

Promo Images

Steel Empire Screenshot
Steel Empire Concept Art Original unaltered airbrush rendering by Marc Ericksen used for Western cover art.
Steel Empire Screenshot
Steel Empire Screenshot


Alternate Titles

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

Part of the Following Groups

User Reviews

There are no reviews for this game.

Critic Reviews

Computer and Video Games (CVG) Genesis May, 1992 90 out of 100 90
Sega Force Genesis Nov, 1992 86 out of 100 86
Retro Archives Genesis Dec 27, 2019 16.5 out of 20 82
Retro Archives Nintendo 3DS Dec 27, 2019 16.5 out of 20 82
Pocket Magazine / Pockett Videogames Game Boy Advance Jun 05, 2005 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Genesis Jun, 1992 9 out of 12 75
The Video Game Critic Genesis Jan 08, 2001 B 75
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Genesis Sep 26, 2005 7 out of 10 70
Video Games Genesis May, 1992 63 out of 100 63
Games TM Game Boy Advance Jul 15, 2004 5 out of 10 50


There are currently no topics for this game.


Title block

Marc Ericksen, the illustrator who did the cover art for Sega Genesis Steel Empire, also did the title block, spelling out 'Steel Empire' in scarred and pitted steel letters, embedded on a metal base with a turn screw apparatus on the leading edge. The title block was used on the package and in point of purchase applications as well as on a poster for Steel Empire.
Contributed to by Harmony♡ (20666), Mobygamesisreanimated (11177), Ms. Tea (56271) and Macs Black (80138)
atari saboteur