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Steel Assault

Rating Summary

Based on 21 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

78

Top Critic Average

70%

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Based on 21 critic reviews
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General Information

Available on:PCSep 28, 2021
Nintendo SwitchSep 28, 2021

Developer: Zenovia Interactive

Publisher: Tribute Games Inc.

Genres: Action, Platformer, Arcade

Play as Taro Takahashi, a resistance soldier on a revenge mission against the dictator who lords over the ashes. - Fast-paced 2D platforming: Dynamic, fluid sidescrolling combat with a stylish moveset and tons of enemies / bosses to fight - 16-bit post-apoc style: A beautifully fleshed-out sci-fi world, rendered in detailed pixel art and backed by fiery FM-synthesized tunes - Unique zipline action: A new twist on classic grappling-hook mechanics, opening up fun movement possibilities - Classic gaming experience: Beautifully hand-crafted stage-based action with optimal screen resolution for CRT gaming

Steel Assault Critic Reviews

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A fantastic effort that was well and truly worth the wait, and deserves the full attention of action platform fans young and old.

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Steel Assault brings back the arcade feel with tremendous accuracy and care. Its brevity nicely contrasts with how difficult it can be, and the bosses are fun and distinct. The grappling hook is a great addition with unique uses, though it's a little unreliable at times. If Steel Assault were to cost 50¢ per play, I probably lost $20, and I don't regret it.

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All in all, I had a great time with Steel Assault and I’d recommend it to anyone who likes action platformers, especially retro ones. However, it is modeled directly off of old-school arcade games, with all the difficulty and strategic planning that entails. If you don’t enjoy replaying levels over and over trying to get everything just right, or games that challenge you relentlessly, Steel Assault probably isn’t for you. You’re supposed to struggle. That’s the point of the game.

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Steel Assault is a great, action-packed experience that is very easy to recommend to fans of old-school retro arcade games. However, offering only one hour of playtime at that price point may put off newcomers to the genre.

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