"teel Empire is a direct port of the same game released over 20 years ago on SEGA platforms, and also the same game that was ported to the GBA in 2004. This Nintendo 3DS eShop version features three-dimensional graphics and updated sprites, but the question is, does it hold up, given very little has changed in this 20-year-old game?
Steel Empire is a very typical side-scrolling shoot'em-up (shmup) style game, and barely deviates from this formula. There are only three buttons used: forward and backwards shot, as well as bomb. As the player progresses, they grab 'power up' icons that slowly make the plane shoot with a wider array and cause more damaging waves of destruction."