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Steel Talons was originally an arcade video game by Atari Games, and was released for the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, the Atari Lynx handheld, Atari ST, Atari Falcon and SNES. In the arcade, it came as a two-player cockpit cabinet and featured both cooperative and competitive game play modes.
The player takes on the role of a pilot for an "AT1196 Steel Talons combat helicopter". The game's helicopter is equipped with a machine gun, rockets, and a limited number of air-to-surface guided missiles. Several missions are available for play. Completing early missions unlocks later missions.
The Illustration for the Lynx System package showing the Steel Talons attack helicopter in action, was created by Marc Ericksen for Atari. It was released in 1991 and it is in the simulator genre. The shape allows it to stand horizontal and it holds medium resolution for the two 25 inch monitor that allows one screen for each player. It is a multiplayer game. In the single-player mode, the player tries adventures through 19 various computer simulated missions. In the two player mode, two players may work together in the simulation world, or they may choose to go at combat with each other where the mission objective is to destroy the other player.
The arcade version has a joystick, and analog collective lever on the left side that controls the altitude of the helo, an analog with two buttons, and rudder pedals. The back of the seat had a speaker which would thump when the player took enemy fire. Also included in the arcade version was a button called "real heli mode" which made flying much more difficult as the player could drift but it also allowed much more freedom of movement and could be an advantage during multiplayer games.
- "Steel Talons". The International Arcade Museum. Retrieved 27 December 2012.
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