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Iron Helix

MobyRank MobyScore
Macintosh
...
3.9
SEGA CD
...
3.2
Windows 3.x
78
3.8
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Description

A rogue navy ship, Jeremiah Obrian, threatens to start a war. A virus has wiped out its crew, but the threat of it firing its Iron Helix doomsday weapon is still there. You must remotely pilot an unarmed science robot to explore the ship and work out how to shut the weapon down.

The game uses interactive quarter-screen footage to display the ship's interiors. The main challenge is that an automated security device is chasing you down, and must be avoided and ultimately destroyed. A delay between your commands and the robot's receipt of them forces you to pay close attention to the security drone and plan several steps ahead.

As you explore the ship, you will find data ports, which can be jacked into to gain information or to open doorways. To access most of these, you will need to find and collect a DNA sample from a member of staff whose role gave him/her access.

Screenshots

Iron Helix Windows 3.x Game start
Iron Helix Windows 3.x Corridor with some chairs
Iron Helix Windows 3.x Game over - Calliope being hit by a nuke
Iron Helix SEGA CD Ladders help you move undetected.

Alternate Titles

  • "Iron Helix: A deadly war game gone awry..." -- SEGA CD tag-lined title

User Reviews

Great idea, but zero replay value Macintosh Maury Markowitz (226)
A harbinger of things to come Windows 3.x Maury Markowitz (226)
A great game in its time. More important for what it foreshadowed than for what it was. Windows 3.x Steelysama (106)
CD Games Begin Windows 3.x Game22 (42)

The Press Says

MikroBitti Windows 3.x Mar, 1994 90 out of 100 90
Secret Service / New S Service Windows 3.x Jul, 1994 85 out of 100 85
Svenska Hemdatornytt Windows 3.x May, 1994 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 83
Freak SEGA CD Mar, 1995 80 out of 100 80
PC Player (Germany) Windows 3.x Dec, 1993 77 out of 100 77
Just Games Retro SEGA CD Jan 11, 2003 71 out of 100 71
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows 3.x May, 1994 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Macintosh May, 1994 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Game Players SEGA CD Feb, 1995 48 out of 100 48
High Score Macintosh Feb, 1994 2 out of 5 40

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Trivia

Installation

Iron Helix had one of the slowest install procedures known to the modern world. It took well over an hour to install the game, for no apparent reason except that the decompression library was not optimized at all. The machine in question was a 486/66 running Windows 3.1 with a double-speed (2X) CDROM drive and 32MB RAM -- well beyond the minimum requirements of the game.

To be fair, the game ran perfectly after it was installed.

Music

The song played at the game's main menu (samples of which are also heard in various other parts of the game) is a real song. It's appropriately called Iron Helix, performed by a band called Xorcist. The relationship between the game and the song is symbiotic: The game uses the song in its soundtrack, and the song uses some sound samples from the game.

Xorcist went on to contribute music to two other CD-ROM games: Bad Mojo and Space Bunnies Must Die!.

Information also contributed by Adam Luoranen
Contributed to by Accatone (5187) and Terok Nor (18355)