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Steel Empire is a steam punk shoot'em up game featuring a frantic combat filled with powerful enemies and insane obstacles. Enjoy a beautiful world and retro game-play as you dodge and shoot your way through classical stages. Choose one of 4 difficulty settings according to your set of skills and fight the evil empire! See how well you did using the Replay Mode and show your worth by getting all achievements.

Originally released on the Sega Genesis / Mega Drive consoles in 1992, it was later ported to the Nintendo Game Boy Advance in 2004 and to the Nintendo 3DS in 2014, and now is coming to PC!

Choose to fly one of two classes of fighter aircraft: the Etopirica (ET-02R), a small and a fast plane, or the Zappellon, a slower but more resistant zeppelin. You fly in only one direction, but you can fire from behind as well as ahead. Levels are divided into a few stages to complete, each with their own boss before moving onto the next level. After a level is complete, you can change your craft, watch a replay, continue the game in your current craft, or save your progress.

During the game there is a certain number of lives and continues at your disposal. Once the health bar is depleted, a life is lost with a play continuing normally. If all lives are used, you can hit a continue, which will restart at either the beginning or midpoint of a stage depending on how far you were. When all continues are expended, the game is over.

To increase your firepower, collect powerups such as experience points, health, bombs or additional lives.

  • Complete remake truthful to the original game, based on 3DS version with improved graphics and controls
  • Side-scrolling shoot'em up game, originally released on Sega Genesis and later on Game Boy Advance and Nintendo 3DS
  • 7 complex stages full of adrenaline-pumping action and boss fights
  • Collect special power-ups and increase your firepower with a level-up system (up to 20 levels)
  • Steam Achievements & Trading Cards
  • Full controller support
  • The classic is back!
Release date
Silicon Knights
Hot B
ZOO Digital Publishing, Teyon, Flying Edge, Hot B, HOT・B, Starfish, Starfish SD, Silicon Knights
Age rating
Not rated

System requirements for PC

  • OS: Windows 7/8/10
  • Processor: Core2Duo 2.6Ghz
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GPU with DirectX11 support
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Storage: 250 MB available space
  • Sound Card: Sound Card with DirectSound support
  • OS: Windows 7/8/10
  • Processor: Core i3
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GPU with DirectX11 support
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Storage: 250 MB available space
  • Sound Card: Sound Card with DirectSound support

System requirements for Game Boy Advance

System requirements for Commodore / Amiga

System requirements for Nintendo 3DS

System requirements for Genesis

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Last Modified: Aug 28, 2019

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Steel Empire reviews and comments

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Microsoft from Deutsch
Despite smaller Quirks a great Shmup for Newbies Steel Empire is definitely the first Choice for any Newcomer to the shmup genre. In any case, I have not yet accommodated a Shoot ' em Up, which is lighter than this one. An unused steampunk setting, great Soundtrack, butter-soft controls, uncomplicated Power-up systems and the Ability to baller forwards as well as backwards, but make the Game not only for Newcomers, but also for long-established Shmup players interesting. However, a little more Entitlement, a clean English Translation and a lower Price Would be clear Suggestions For improvement. Because of these Quirks, Steel Empire flies narrowly past the hit seal. Still a great Game, Thumbs up! Pro and Kontra: Pro:-four difficulty levels, two Aircraft, Achievements and unlockable Material ensure a high Replay value-flawless playability-original Steampunk setting-great Soundtrack with earworm character Neutral:-very Recentr-based difficulty, Professionals are probably underwhelmed-7 Stages with a Playing Time of About one Hour of Kontra:-miserable English Text translation-some Boss opponents are recycled in the later Course Of the game-the Victory becomes too much of a victory after All pre-chewed. For example, The Continues could have been completely dispensed with-high Price (£14.99)
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Product received for free More Megadrive/Genesis on Steam please!!!! More in the Retro Curator You have to Say in defence it's a Remake of the 1992 Shoot ' em Ups Steel Empire. Better said, the N3DS Version, which has been improved again. It has to be said That the Developers of Mebius have produced this with bravura almost 1:1 damn well and the retro Charm nevertheless comes across very well. The Soundtrack has also been improved really well, yet has been stylistically retained. I have this Game after that (on easy ...:D) However, it is far from through and offers a lot of Replayability. In Terms of High Score Hunting. As Well as ending the different Achievements. Especially since you can't even play with the "true" End Boss with easy. And not this great Achievements System can complete, which has been very good as a Bonus. Which I would like to see more often. The Difficulty Levels are neat, easy should be used for getting warm or for inexperienced players of this Kind. Because it hasn't lost anything compared to the 1992nd Megadrive Game. Verdict: It offers neat fun, Shot 'Em Ups friends will have their Joy. (Especially since Here also a little better is handled with the gameplay than in many 0815 Destersiders. Sometimes shoot backwards, or a Level system, which makes for better Shots after Death. (Additionally Powerup's And Super Bombs) Achja, you can also go to the Main Menu in between, after every Mission and don't have to play through everything into a Rush, also a very good modern Feature, which some lack. (Even if the Appeal Is very horny.) All Missions can also be played afterwards. For €153, I would have liked the Original to be included as a Bonus, then the Collection of this good Game would have been complete. Since you have the Rights. Retro Fans/Shoot ' em Ups fans can strike what it's worth to you, you decide. More Retros and a Retrofinder/Curator can be found here
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