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Name Steel Empire, The
System Genesis - Mega Drive
Year 1992
Developer Hot-B Co., Ltd.
Genre Shooter

The Steel Empire is a sidescrolling shoot ‘em up released for the Sega Genesis and Mega Drive console systems in 1992. The game is set on an alternate Earth, known as "Lightstar", where steampunk technology from the Victorian era co-exists with machine-powered technology of a more advanced Industrial Age. In the game, players take control of Aira, a female pilot from the Silverhawk Squadron, as she fights against the sinister forces of the Steel Empire in an effort to save Lightstar from destruction.

Players can fly through four unlockable levels, each featuring a different powerful airship lieutenant enemy and several waves of enemies such as biplanes and battleships. As they progress, they’ll be able to upgrade Aira’s jet fighter aircraft with new weapons and skills including missiles and bombs that are obtained by destroying specific enemy objects. The game also features two power-ups that increase Aira's firepower when used.

The game has several missions that must be completed in order to advance further into Lightstar’s skies while dodging powerful enemy shots as they weave between obstacles to reach their goal. It can prove challenging even with all its powerups as enemies become increasingly powerful throughout its stages. Alongside this difficulty curve comes an ample amount of bonuses which gives the player greater breathing room when facing stronger enemies; these come in form of improved bullets, shields or increased speed for Aira’s jet fighter throughout her airborne campaign against the Steel Empire’s fleet of airships.

The Steel Empire was met with critical acclaim upon its release due to its high production values and enjoyable action gameplay which involved carefully avoiding damage and taking down powerful foes which could mean either using expert flying skill or stocking up on grenades and missiles wisely during its levels; meanwhile, some considered it too difficult for casual gamers but nonetheless praised its audio-visual presentation while noting how it still held up well compared to other Sega Genesis titles at that time period. In conclusion, The Steel Empire stands out as an impressive action title for both veterans and newcomers alike stressing fast reflexes above all else while delivering one great experience full both high intensity action sequences plus stunning visual effects enhanced by excellent chiptune scores throughout each journey within Lightstar's sky.

Genesis - Mega Drive Shooter games