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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 Genesis The first end-boss
The Steel Empire Genesis Falling rocks
The Steel Empire Game Boy Advance Parachuting enemies
The Steel Empire Genesis The zeppelin is under attack

Promo Images

The Steel Empire Screenshot
The Steel Empire Screenshot
The Steel Empire Screenshot
The Steel Empire Screenshot


Alternate Titles

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

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Critic Reviews

Computer and Video Games (CVG) Genesis May, 1992 90 out of 100 90
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 Genesis Sep 26, 2012 15 out of 20 75
Joystick (French) Genesis Apr, 1992 72 out of 100 72 Genesis Jul 07, 2005 7 out of 10 70
Video Games Genesis May, 1992 63 out of 100 63
FNintendo Nintendo 3DS Jan 06, 2016 6 out of 10 60
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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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.
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