Steel Talons

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Steel Talons is a 3D arcade game by released by Atari Games in 1991. The player takes on the role of a pilot for an "AT1196 Steel Talons combat helicopter". The helicopter is equipped with a machine gun, rockets, and a limited number of air-to-surface guided missiles. The game came as a two-player cockpit cabinet and featured both cooperative and competitive game play modes.

In the single-player mode, there are 19 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.[1]

Steel Talons was ported to the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, Atari Lynx handheld, Atari ST, Atari Falcon and SNES.


The arcade version has a joystick, and analog collective lever on the left side that controls the altitude of the helicopter, 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. The arcade version has a button called "real heli mode" which make 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.[1]

Lynx port[edit]

The Illustration for the Lynx package showing the Steel Talons attack helicopter in action, was created by Marc Ericksen for Atari.[citation needed]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Steel Talons". The International Arcade Museum. Retrieved 27 December 2012.