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Iron Helix (Windows 3.x)

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Written by  :  Steelysama (106)
Written on  :  Jan 11, 2001
Platform  :  Windows 3.x
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Summary

A great game in its time. More important for what it foreshadowed than for what it was.

The Good

For its time, Iron Helix was technologically spectacular. Great graphics, great sound. Even now, it's not bad, though it does look dated.

What really makes Iron Helix worth the play is the gameplay. Particularly, the desperate race to evade the security bot which chases you throughout the game. This cat and mouse game is actually very thrilling. Your heart pounds as you dash frantically down corridors to try to find some temporary haven from the ever-searching security bot. You hold your breath as you lay in hiding while the bot scans the area nearby. Every moment you stand still, something inside of you bags at you to move on before it catches up. It does not reach the levelof terror one experiences in a game like System Shock 2, perhaps, but it certainly gets the blood moving.

But more than the actual game itself. This was one of the precursors to today's first-person sneakers, as well to such later adventure games like the Journeyman Project series.

The Bad

There is very little replay value.

The Bottom Line

A fun adventure that keeps you occupied long enough to be well worth your money. With moments of pulse-pounding tension, this is one of the better games of its era.