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Steel Gunner
Box artwork for Steel Gunner.
Japanese titleスティールガンナー
Developer(s)Namco
Publisher(s)Namco
Release date(s)
Genre(s)First-person shooter
System(s)Arcade
Players1-2
Mode(s)Single player, Multiplayer
Followed bySteel Gunner 2
SeriesSteel Gunner
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Steel Gunner is a first-person shooter arcade game, that was released by Namco, in 1990. It runs on Namco System 2 hardware, and was the second game from the company to utilise lightguns (the first was Golly! Ghost!, which was released earlier in 1990, and was also their fourth game to allow scores not ending in "0"); a sequel, Steel Gunner 2, was released in 1991 and the US version of this was the second game from the company to feature that Federal Bureau of Investigation's "Winners Don't Use Drugs" screen in the attract sequence (the first was Tank Force, which was released earlier in 1991).

In Steel Gunner, the players must take control of Garcia and Cliff, who are cops in the Neo Arc (which is a pun on Newark, New Jersey) police force; their mission is to stop a radical terrorist group STURM (it is not known what the letters stand for), as they have captured the well-known authority on physics, Dr. Ryan, and his assistant, Dr. Ellis, in order to create an abominable war machine. Like how Phelios (which was released two years earlier, and also ran on NS2 hardware) created the illusion of allowing scores not ending in "0", it creates the illusions of not having any scoring counters (like The Return of Ishtar and Yōkai Dōchūki) - but it has the text "1UP", "HI-SCORE" and "2UP" on its title screen, which indicates that it does. The players can shoot anything on the screen, including all background objects and even innocent bystanders; however, if they should do the latter, it will cause them to lose energy.

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