The Steel Empire
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|The Steel Empire|
|System(s): Sega Mega Drive|
|Sound driver: Cube/Noriyuki Iwadare|
|Number of players: 1|
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The Steel Empire, called Empire of Steel in Europe and Koutetsu Teikoku (鋼鉄帝国) in Japan, is a 1992 shoot-'em-up for the Sega Mega Drive developed by HOT-B and published in the US and Europe by Acclaim-owned Flying Edge.
In the US, the game was originally set to be published by Sage's Creation under the title Battlewings, before handing the license to Acclaim.
The game presents itself as an old-time war film produced by the "HOT-B Film Corporation". In the film, the future is the Steel Age, where a military dictatorship called Motorhead enslaved the human population. The only hope for freedom is the Republic of Silverhead, who managed to remain independent, and who alone has the weapons to take out Motorhead.
You control one of two Silverhead aircraft, the Striker and the ZEP-01. Striker is a military aircraft that can go fast but is somewhat weak. ZEP-01 is a zeppelin that is considerably slower but can handle much more damage. shoots to the right, shoots to the left, and launches a Super Bomb, which shoots lightning upon every enemy on screen. There are weapon enhancements, much like most other shooters, however they can be leveled up by collecting emblems throughout the level to fill up your EX bar (filling it up then getting one more levels up once).
|Extra Lightning Bomb|
|Adds outrigger planes|
|Stage 1 - The Mine City of Rahl|
|Stage 2 - The Liedengel Caverns|
|Stage 3 - Sky District Zektor|
|Stage 4 - Gardandi Beach|
|Stage 5 - Dama City|
|Stage 6 - Germburn Fortress|
|Stage 7 - Lunar Space|
|Language||Localised Name||English Translation|
|English||Empire of Steel||Empire of Steel|
|English (US)||The Steel Empire||The Steel Empire|
|Japanese||Koutetsu Teikoku (鋼鉄帝国)|
As the game pretends it's a film, some of the staff roles make little sense in this game. In situations where the actual role is known, it is parenthesized after the role given in the game.
- Director: N.Yamaguchi
- Co-Director: Y.Satake
- Producer: A.Tomonaga
- Executive Producer: J.Kuriyama
- Screenplay: K.Asai
- Based on the Novel by: Carr.H.Schitch: (ↄ)"Steel Empire" 1819
- Music: Cube Co., Ltd.
- Music Composer: I.Mizoguchi, Y.Kubotera, N.Iwadare
- Special Sound Effectes: [sic] M.Hikichi
- Re-Recording Engineer: Dougen.Sibuya
- Production Supervisor: A.Tomonaga
- Operating Cameramen: Y.Hirasawa, T.Suzuki
- Location Director of Photography: (co-programmer): K.Endoh
- Conceptual Artist: Kemono I.
- Art Director: S.Hatsuya
- Set Director: K.Nishi
- Mattepainting Supervisor: V.Bestie
- Modelshop Supervisor: S.Riot.H
- Construction Manager: [sic] M.Yorozuya
- Head Effects Animation: N.Yamaguchi
- Steadicam(R) Plate Photography: K.Suganuma, N.Nakane, A.Tomonaga
- Translation Assist: Sarah.Y
- Source: In-game credits
- Cover Illustration: Marc William Ericksen
- Main article: The Steel Empire/Magazine articles.
|Sega Retro Average|
| Based on|
|Mega Drive, US|
|Mega Drive, SE (Rental)|
- Sega Visions, "May/June 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 58
- Sega Force, "August 1992" (UK; 1992-07-09), page 87
- Electronic Gaming Monthly, "July 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 78
- GamePro, "July 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 8
- Beep! MegaDrive, "March 1992" (JP; 1992-02-08), page 36 (38)
- Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 83 (85)
- Consoles +, "Mars 1992" (FR; 1992-xx-xx), page 82/83 (82)
- Computer & Video Games, "May 1992" (UK; 1992-04-15), page 62/63 (62)
- Hobby Consolas, "Noviembre 1992" (ES; 1992-xx-xx), page 112-115 (104)
- Joypad, "Mai 1992" (FR; 1992-xx-xx), page 90/91 (90)
- Joystick, "Avril 1992" (FR; 1992-xx-xx), page 150
- Mean Machines, "May 1992" (UK; 1992-04-28), page 96-98 (96)
- Player One, "Novembre 1992" (FR; 1992-11-10), page 94/95 (90)
- Sega Force, "2/92" (SE; 1992-11-19), page 8/9 (8)
- Sega Force, "August 1992" (UK; 1992-07-09), page 86/87 (86)
- Sega Pro, "May 1992" (UK; 1992-04-16), page 43
- Supergame, "Julho 1992" (BR; 1992-07-xx), page 16
- Video Games, "6/92" (DE; 1992-05-29), page 48 (46)