Steel Assault Review (Steam)

In our Steel Assault Review we will punch, whip, and zipline our way through a post-apocalyptic America in this 16-bit retro-style action platformer! Play as Taro Takahashi, a resistance soldier on a revenge mission against the dictator who lords over the ashes.

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Steel Assault Review Pros:

  • 16 Bit pixel art graphics.
  • 226.74MB Download size.
  • Steam achievements.
  • Full controller support.
  • Graphics – fullscreen, resolution, v-sync, frame rate cap, bilinear filter, CRT filter, CRT curvature slider, border art, and border art Scanlines.
  • Button prompts for – Xbox, 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 1-3 and Nintendo Switch.
  • Can rebind controls for both keyboard and the controller buttons.
  • FM arrange soundtrack – on/off.
  • Tutorial option.
  • Four save slots.
  • Four difficulties – very easy, easy, normal, and expert.
  • Side-scrolling action shooter gameplay.
  • Sensational soundtrack.
  • Solid controls. the gimmick is you have a zip line you can shoot sideways and upwards to create a platform or quick traversal. It’s possible to use it on enemies.
  • Level design feels fresh with the zip line used as a tool in it so much.
  • Looks fantastic.
  • The modern retro feel to it.
  • Castlevania vibes as you have a laser whip.
  • In-game cutscenes.
  • Big boss battles.
  • Stunning locations brought to life in a glorious pixel art way.
  • Play in Different weather conditions.
  • The game is split into chapters.
  • Clean easy to read Hud.
  • 1 credit arcade challenge mode.
  • Difficult.
  • Generous checkpoints.

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Steel Assault Review Cons:

  • Very difficult in any setting even very easy is a challenge.
  • Zipline is easy to use but it is tricky because if you accidentally press a direction it will affect how you launch the Zipline.
  • Has a weird stop-start stutter happening a lot.
  • At times it can be hard to work out where to go.
  • Occasional sections usually platforming are very tedious.
  • No online interactions like leaderboards.

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Steel Assault:

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Developer: Zenovia Interactive

Publisher: Tribute Games

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Steam

  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Accessibility - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
7.8/10

Summary

Steel Assault is a brutal assault on the platformer shooter genre, it brings us glorious 16 bit graphics, a Catchy set of soundtracks and solid controls buuuuut it will kick your ass at every step. OK so it plays like a whole new genre thanks to a Zipline you use to create platforms and ways to get over obstacles, combine this with your laser whip and you have yourself a great experience. I love how it looks and plays, you can see inspiration from classic games such as Castlevania, Metal Slug and even a bit of Bionic Commando but it never feels like it’s ripping them off or uses their gimmicks, it’s just a feeling, a nod to them and it all culminates into a U ique but ass kicking experience that any fans of the genre really should check out. It maintains retro roots from the graphics to the chapter breakdown, powerups and health can be had from chests in the levels and I like how levels are not just go from left to right, with the Zipline you can almost create your own path as the levels encourage exploration and experimentation. Steel Assault is excellent advancement on the genre.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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