Ed Hunter

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Ed Hunter
Compilation album & video game by Iron Maiden & Synthetic Dimensions
Released July 1999
Recorded 1980 - 1998
Genre Heavy metal
Length 1:43:34
Label EMI
Iron Maiden compilations chronology
Best of the Beast
(1996)
Ed Hunter
(1999)
Best of the 'B' Sides
(2002)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]

Ed Hunter is a greatest hits album and video game released in 1999 by British heavy metal band Iron Maiden and Synthetic Dimensions respectively. The game objective consists of following Iron Maiden's mascot, Eddie, through various levels depicting the band's past album covers. The accompanying CDs have the group's most popular songs, as selected by fans on the band's official website.

The album was released alongside a tour of the same name, in which the band only played songs which were featured in the compilation. The tour itself was also notable for marking the return of former guitarist Adrian Smith and vocalist Bruce Dickinson, who had left the band in 1990 and 1993, respectively.

Overview[edit]

The band's intention to release their own video game was announced in a sticker which appeared on the case of their 1996 compilation album, Best of the Beast, which stated, "Available soon... Melt, Eddie's own state-of-the-art 3D game." In September 1997, the band announced that the Melt project had been cancelled, with then vocalist Blaze Bayley commenting, "It was crap. Maiden want to give their fans something to blow them away. The new one will."[2] The band also revealed that a different game would be released in its place, with Bayley commenting, "This game is nearly there. You've got to get to Eddie through time and space, heaven and hell..... the works ! It's a shoot 'em up which we promise will out-shoot`em all."[2] Prior to its release, bassist Steve Harris commented that "it's the most amazing thing I've ever seen. I don't get shocked very often, but Ed Hunter was so good. It's like walking into a 3D version of the Somewhere in Time album cover, like going into the bar at the Ruskin Arms, only full of aliens and stuff. You go in and we'll be, like, holograms playing in the corner, or sitting at a table gambling. And then you've actually got the game itself, which is, like, this big shoot-'em-up chase through space and time to catch Eddie. It's brilliant."[3] Originally slated for release in the Spring of 1998,[2] the game was then pushed back to Christmas 1998[4] and eventually July 1999 to tie in with The Ed Hunter Tour.

The package includes 3 CDs. The first CD contains 14 songs, the second CD contains 6 songs and the installation program for the game, and the third CD contains the game data. The soundtrack consists of the top 20 songs voted for by Iron Maiden fans on the band's official website.[1][5] The US version also contained a hidden bonus track of a new vocal version of "Wrathchild" with Bruce Dickinson.[6]

The game passes through various levels, starting in London's East End before progressing to a psychiatric hospital, hell, and other various locations, all of which are lifted from the covers of past Iron Maiden albums.[5] While the gameplay itself consists of shooting the appearing enemies with the mouse cursor, it acts as a rail shooter, meaning that the player has no control over movement apart from occasionally choosing the route he will take through the levels.[7] In spite of this, the user can select which tracks play in the background, although only one song can be chosen for each level, which led to critics complaining about the soundtrack's repetitiveness.[7]

The Ed Hunter Tour was the tour supporting the album and was the first tour with Bruce Dickinson on vocal duties since 1993,[8] and with Adrian Smith on guitar since 1988.[9][10]

Levels[edit]

  1. London's East End (Killers)
  2. The Shady Pines Asylum (Piece of Mind)
  3. The Pits of Hell (The Number of the Beast)
  4. The Graveyard (Live After Death)
  5. The Pharaoh's Tomb (Powerslave)
  6. Blade Runner (Somewhere in Time)
  7. Futureal
  8. Finale

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Steve Harris, except where noted. 

Disc one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Iron Maiden" (Live)   4:28
2. "The Trooper"     4:12
3. "The Number of the Beast"     4:53
4. "Wrathchild"     2:56
5. "Futureal"   Harris, Blaze Bayley 2:56
6. "Fear of the Dark"     7:19
7. "Be Quick or Be Dead"   Bruce Dickinson, Janick Gers 3:25
8. "2 Minutes to Midnight"   Adrian Smith, Dickinson 6:02
9. "Man on the Edge"   Bayley, Gers 4:12
10. "Aces High"     4:31
11. "The Evil That Men Do"   Smith, Dickinson, Harris 4:35
12. "Wasted Years"   Smith 5:07
13. "Powerslave"   Dickinson 6:50
14. "Hallowed Be Thy Name"     7:14
Disc two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Run to the Hills"     3:56
2. "The Clansman"     9:00
3. "Phantom of the Opera"     7:08
4. "Killers"   Harris, Paul Di'Anno 5:02
5. "Stranger in a Strange Land"   Smith 5:45
6. "Tailgunner"   Harris, Dickinson 4:14

Chart performance[edit]

Country Chart (1999) Position
Finland The Official Finnish Charts 27[11]
Germany Media Control Charts 94[12]
Netherlands MegaCharts 69[13]
Sweden Sverigetopplistan 43[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Adams, Bret. Iron Maiden - Ed Hunter at AllMusic. Retrieved 5 February 2012.
  2. ^ a b c "Iron Maiden News Update 18, September 1997". ironmaiden.com. Archived from the original on 12 February 1998. Retrieved 5 February 2012. 
  3. ^ Wall, Mick (2004). Iron Maiden: Run to the Hills, the Authorised Biography (3rd ed.). Sanctuary Publishing. p. 321. ISBN 1-86074-542-3. 
  4. ^ "Iron Maiden Develops Own Game". Billboard. 19 June 1998. Retrieved 14 July 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Iron Maiden- Ed Hunter". Classic Rock. 1 July 1999. Retrieved 5 February 2012. 
  6. ^ "Iron Maiden- Ed Hunter". Amazon.com. Retrieved 6 February 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Iron Maiden: Ed Hunter - the Computer Game". BBC Online. Retrieved 6 February 2012. 
  8. ^ Wall, Mick (2004). Iron Maiden: Run to the Hills, the Authorised Biography (3rd ed.). Sanctuary Publishing. p. 296. ISBN 1-86074-542-3. 
  9. ^ Wall, Mick (2004). Iron Maiden: Run to the Hills, the Authorised Biography (3rd ed.). Sanctuary Publishing. p. 283. ISBN 1-86074-542-3. 
  10. ^ Wall, Mick (2004). Iron Maiden: Run to the Hills, the Authorised Biography (3rd ed.). Sanctuary Publishing. p. 337. ISBN 1-86074-542-3. 
  11. ^ "Iron Maiden - Ed Hunter (album)". The Official Finnish Charts. Finnishcharts.com. Retrieved 29 April 2013. 
  12. ^ "Iron Maiden: Longplay-Chartverfolgung". Media Control Charts (in German). Musicline.de. Retrieved 29 April 2013. 
  13. ^ "Iron Maiden - Ed Hunter (album)". MegaCharts (in Dutch). Dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 29 April 2013. 
  14. ^ "Iron Maiden - Ed Hunter (album)". Sverigetopplistan. Swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 29 April 2013. 

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