Iron Soldier

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Iron Soldier
Iron Soldier Coverart.png
Cover art in all regions featuring the titular mech designed by Mark J.L. Simmons
Developer(s) Eclipse Software Design
Publisher(s)
  • JP: Mumin Corporation
Producer(s) Sean Patten
Designer(s) Marc Rosocha
Programmer(s) Michael Bittner
Artist(s) Bleick Bleicken
Christian Reissmüller
Olivier Lindau
Writer(s) Sean Patten
Composer(s) Joachim Gierveld
Mario Knezović
Nate Brenholdt
Series Iron Soldier
Platform(s) Atari Jaguar
Release
  • NA: 22 December 1994
  • EU: 22 December 1994
  • JP: 24 March 1995
Genre(s) First-person shooter, mech simulator, open world
Mode(s) Single-player

Iron Soldier[a] is an open-world[1] first-person mech video game developed by Eclipse Software Design and published by Atari Corporation for the Atari Jaguar in North America and Europe on December 22, 1994 and later released in Japan on March 24, 1995.[2] It was followed by two sequels: Iron Soldier 2 (1997), and Iron Soldier 3 (2000).

Gameplay[edit]

The player controls a robot spanning 42 feet or 13 metres in a series of 16 missions consisting of destroying certain enemies and buildings. Some missions require the player to obtain new weapons from an enemy base or destroy other robots.

The player has a wide variety of weapons like rocket launchers, a chainsaw, gatling gun, shield, and self-controlled rockets, which can be equipped on any part of the robot.

Development[edit]

GamePro magazine reported that Iron Soldier would support two-player gaming via the Jaguar Voice Modem by Phylon, Inc.[3] However, the Jaguar Voice Modem was never completed or released, so Iron Soldier was released as a single-player game only.

Release[edit]

Iron Soldier Beta[edit]

In 2006, a prototype of the title in the ownership of video game collector Gary DuVall, was released under the title Iron Soldier Beta.[4] Only 50 copies of the prototype were distributed and created by community member Gusbucket13 of defunct Jaguar Sector II website with the blessing of both the original developer and the owner of the prototype.[5] Demand was high, given that the prototype contained significant differences from the released version including several new weapons and defense mechanisms.[6]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
Publication Score
AllGame 4.5/5 stars[7]
CD Consoles 3/5 stars[8]
CVG 78 / 100[9]
Consoles + 88%[10]
Edge 8 / 10[11]
EGM 37 / 50[12]
GameFan 278 / 300[13]
GamePro 18.5 / 20[14]
Hobby Consolas 80 / 100[15]
MAN!AC 79%[16]
Mega Fun 77%[17]
Next Generation 3/5 stars[18]
Player One 92%[19]
ST-Computer 80%[20]
Ultimate Future Games 88%[21]
Video Games 83%[22]
Award
Publication Award
GameFan (1994) Best Simulation[23]

Iron Soldier received generally positive reviews. Mike Weigand of Electronic Gaming Monthly commented that the controls are difficult to get used to, but praised the polygon graphics and the ability to choose which stage to play.[12] GamePro's Manny LaMancha, while acknowledging that the game's controls are complicated, maintained that they don't take long to master. He also praised the polygon graphics and most especially the simple yet intense gameplay.[14] The three reviewers of GameFan, while criticizing the lack of texture mapping, said the polygonal graphics have considerable impact. They applauded the gameplay for its variety, challenge, and addictiveness.[13]

Sequels[edit]

Iron Soldier 2[edit]

Iron Soldier 2
Developer(s) Eclipse Software Design
Publisher(s) Telegames
Platform(s) Atari Jaguar
Release December 1997
Genre(s) Simulation
Mode(s) Single-player video game Edit this on Wikidata

Iron Soldier 2, the sequel to Iron Soldier, was a first person shooter video game made for the Jaguar CD system.[24] In the game, players pilot giant mecha robots.[25] The CD version was released by Telegames in April 1997. A cartridge version was subsequently released.

Iron Soldier 3[edit]

Iron Soldier 3
Iron Soldier 3.jpg
Developer(s) Eclipse Software Design
Publisher(s) Vatical Entertainment / Telegames
Designer(s) Marc Rosocha
Platform(s) PlayStation, Nuon
Release
  • NA: June 20, 2000
Genre(s) FPS
Mode(s) Single player, multiplayer

Iron Soldier 3 is an action game developed by Eclipse Software Design for the PlayStation console and Nuon DVD players that was released in 2000. The player controls a 42-foot-tall (13 m) robot to defend the United Republic, one of the last free countries left in this futuristic world, from PENTA Industries, one of the many huge corporations that became more powerful with the rapid industrialization of the world. Iron Soldier 3 is a sequel to the Atari Jaguar games Iron Soldier and Iron Soldier 2.

A large array of weapons can be attached to the Iron Soldier unit. There are machine guns, missiles, grenades, a flame thrower, and more. In addition to the standard Iron Soldier, the player can pilot a smaller, faster chicken-walker type robot and a new slower, more heavily armed walker.

There are new game modes added since Iron Soldier 2. There is still a single player mode, with 25 missions to complete. There is also an arcade mode, where the objective is to level every building in the area in the fastest time possible. Finally, there is a two player mode.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Japanese: アイアン ソルジャー Hepburn: Aian Sorujā?

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The History Of: Iron Soldier". Retro Gamer (165). Future Publishing. March 2017. p. 79. Sean Patten was on board to produce and Atari was adamant that the game be open world. 'Those were the three pillars that formed Iron soldier,” explains Marc, “heavy property damage, a mech theme and a game that was open world and not on rails.' 
  2. ^ "JAGUAR Soft". GAME Data Room. Retrieved 2018-01-25. 
  3. ^ "Short ProShots - Iron Soldier". GamePro. No. 65. IDG. December 1994. p. 273. 
  4. ^ "Prototype Media - Atari Jaguar - Iron Soldier". Operation 9 :: Experiments in Video Game Technology. June 25, 2007. Archived from the original on 21 June 2014. Retrieved 2018-03-01. 
  5. ^ "Jaguar Sector II Atari Jaguar Software Price and Rarity Guide". Jaguar Sector II. Archived from the original on 11 January 2013. Retrieved 2018-03-01. 
  6. ^ Josh Barneck (July 5, 2008). Iron Soldier Beta – Atari Jaguar. YouTube. 
  7. ^ Knight, Kyle. "Cybermorph". Archived from the original on 14 November 2014. Retrieved 2018-06-05. 
  8. ^ Msika, David (December 1994). "Les Critiques - Iron Soldier". CD Consoles. No. 2. Pressimage. pp. 104–107. 
  9. ^ Lord, Gary (March 1995). "CVG Review - Iron Soldier". Computer and Video Games. No. 160. Future Publishing. pp. 84–85. 
  10. ^ "Jaguar Review – Iron Soldier". Consoles +. No. 39. M.E.R.7. January 1995. pp. 94–95. 
  11. ^ "Test Screen - Iron Soldier". Edge. No. 18. Future plc. March 1995. p. 84. 
  12. ^ a b "Review Crew - Major Mike's Game Roundup - Iron Soldier". Electronic Gaming Monthly. No. 68. EGM Media, LLC. March 1995. p. 38. 
  13. ^ a b "Viewpoint - Iron Soldier". GameFan. No. Volume 3, Issue 1. Shinno Media. January 1995. pp. 24–25. 
  14. ^ a b LaMancha, Manny (March 1995). "ProReview: Iron Soldier". GamePro. No. 68. IDG. p. 100. 
  15. ^ Caravaca, Antonio (August 1995). "Atari Jaguar - Un Gigante Muy Bien Armado - Iron Soldier". Hobby Consolas. No. 47. Axel Springer SE. pp. 84–85. 
  16. ^ "Spiele-Tests - Iron Soldier". MAN!AC. No. 16. Cybermedia Verlagsgesellschaft mbH. February 1995. p. 48-49. 
  17. ^ Hellert, Stefan (February 1995). "Test Jaguar – Iron Soldier". Mega Fun. No. 29. CT Computec Verlag GmbH & Co. KG. p. 110. 
  18. ^ "Finals - Jaguar - Iron Soldier". Next Generation. No. 2. Imagine Media. February 1995. p. 92. 
  19. ^ "Tests – Jaguar – Iron Soldier". Player One. No. 49. Média Système Édition. January 1995. pp. 94–95. 
  20. ^ "Jaguar: Iron Soldier". ST-Computer. No. 107. falkemedia. March 1995. p. 94. 
  21. ^ "Iron Soldier - Metal and Nerves of Steel". Ultimate Future Games. No. 3. Future Publishing. February 1995. p. 92. 
  22. ^ Schaedle, Wolfgang (February 1995). "Atari Jaguar - Reviews – Iron Soldier". Video Games. No. 39. Future-Verlag. p. 89. 
  23. ^ "GameFan's Third Annual Megawards". GameFan. No. Volume 3, Issue 1. Shinno Media. January 1995. pp. 68–75. 
  24. ^ Iida, Keita. "AGH Jaguar CD Review: Iron Soldier 2". Atari HQ. 
  25. ^ "Iron Soldier 2". Gamervision. 

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