Steel Empire is an action-strategy game created by Silicon Knights for the Amiga, Atari ST, and MS-DOS, released in 1992.
Denis Dyack and Rick Goertz designed this title. It's the precursor of the more famous Fantasy Empires, and it shows all the elements that made this series so loved by the players: you can manage your territories on the map (in a way similar to Risk), invade and occupy other lands, build fortifications, and grow your armies. But, when it's time to go to battle, you will be on the front line.
While Fantasy Empires was set in the fantasy universe of Dungeons & Dragons, with elves and dwarves, Steel Empire is set in a science-fiction world, and your army will be made of different types of droids. Before every battle, you will have to choose the right mix, choosing between small and fast robots or slow and powerful ones. Once the action starts, you will be on the planet, controlling your robot with the joystick or mouse, trying to make the difference.
Steel Empire is not an easy game, and checking the manual is almost mandatory if you want to win, but if you love the mix of strategy and action, you cannot miss this title.