Steel Storm is a top down arcade shooter with old school spirit. The game has score oriented competitive gameplay, and is designed for people who like fast paced action, hordes of smart enemies, destructible worlds and ground shaking explosions. The events take place in an alternative universe where you are a pilot of R.
I. A. C.
(Royal Interstellar Armored Corps), who controls an advanced hovertank, packed with the most advanced and sophisticated weapons. Your task is simple, but nevertheless not trivial. In the fight against separatist Union forces, you must prevail! You will be dropped behind enemy lines with the mission to infiltrate the prison facility and find the captured hovertank pilots, if they are still alive.
Don't hold your breath for an easy operation. Forgotten prison was designed to prevent captured enemies from escaping at all costs - the installation was rigged with deadly traps which would destroy not only soldiers, but also heavily armored vehicles. Pay close attention to matching patterns and indicators to be able to face dangers in time and to solve puzzles.
Steel Storm is a nice scrolling shooter, with a few innovative features (as the first person view you can activate at will). Too bad it delivers a quite short experience.
Simple, explosion-packed action is what SS:BR looks like, and that's exactly what it'll deliver. Nothing more, nothing less. [Oct 2011, p.78]
Its good fun, but only for limited time and then it gets pale.
Ideas like collaborative mission editing offer tantalising possibilities for the creatively minded, but they can't mask the flaws of a game lacking a central hook.
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