Iron Helix

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Iron Helix
System(s): Sega Mega-CD
Publisher: Spectrum Holobyte
Developer(s) of original games: Drew Pictures
Genre: Adventure

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega-CD
Videogame Rating Council: MA-13
Non-Sega versions

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Iron Helix is a first-person adventure game released for the Sega Mega-CD, Windows PCs and Macintosh computers. The Mega-CD version was released exclusively in North America.


Iron Helix is a slow-paced first-person adventure game with an element of strategy. The player controls a robot with the objective of stopping a rogue spaceship from being able to deploy the "Iron Helix" doomsday weapon. The robot is unarmed (save for a limited-used jamming signal used by pressing B), and is instead tasked with obtaining various items and eventually shutting the ship down. At the same time, a security drone hunts the player, though can only track doors that are opened or closed.

Most of the game is rendered as full motion video, with moving around the ship being simulated by pre-rendered footage in the top left of the screen.

Production credits

Drew Pictures
  • Producer/Director, Story and Concept, 3-D Modelling and Industrial Design, Animation and about a thousand other things: Drew Huffman
  • Assistant Producer, Script, Story and Manual Writing, Digital Microscopy, Director of Live-Action Video, Marketing/Public Relations and about a thousand other things: Vinny Carrella
  • Creative Director, Art Direction, Color and Lighting, 3-D Rendering, Interface Graphics, Animation, Photoshop Mentor and about a thousand other things: Rich Cohen
  • Interactive Programming, Interface Design and about a thousand other things: J.A. Nelson (Macintosh version), Bill Zettler (PC version)
  • Business Administration, Product Testing and about a thousand other things: Erin Manning
  • 3-D Rendering and Modeling, Image Compositing and Animation: Charles Rose
  • Producer-Sega CD Version, Technical Director of Live-Action Video Sequences and 3-D Modelling and Animation: Phill Simon
  • 3-D Logomation, 3-D Modelling and Animation: Dan Meblin
  • Original Music Sound Tracks and Sound Effects: Peter Stone
  • Special Visual Effects and Virtual Pyrotechnics: Chris Green
  • Ship's Computer Screens and Microscopy Animation Processing: Larry Chandler
  • Special Programming Assistance: Scott Burgess, Alex Louie
  • Special Graphics and Design Assistance: Mark Sullivan
  • Production Assistant: Fred Sharpels
  • Initial Prototype Programming & Additional X-Object Programming: Dave Shields
  • Production Assistant: Anna Esquavel
  • Live-Action Characters (Semenovsky and Ingram): Alicia Strain and Stephanie Winters
  • Technical Assistance on Live-Action Sequences and Free-running Demo: Jim "Goopy" Rossi and everyone at Arborescence
  • as Admiral Arboc:Cintra Wilson
Brian A. Rice, Inc.
  • Programming-Sega CD Version: Brian A. Rice
  • Project Management-Sega CD Version: Glenn Leszczak
  • Production: Dave Matthews, Charles Wiltgen
  • Additional SFX: Cliff Falls
  • Testing: Russell Eberts, David Leszczak
Spectrum HoloByte
  • Producer-Sega CD Version: Harvey Lee
  • Manual Layout/Design, Editing and a Smidgen of Writing and Art: Robert Giedt
  • Manual Editing: Marisa Ong
  • Product Marketing Manager: Tom Byron
  • Marketing Services Manager: Kathryn Lynch
  • CD-ROM Art, Deck Plans and General Graphic Arts Sorceress: Carrie Galbraith
  • Director of Quality Assurance Wizards: Marjorie DeWilde
  • Lead Quality Assurance Wizard: Wi Kian Tang
  • Additional Quality Assurance Wizards: Chris Evans, Duc Le, Tan Nguyen, Justin Van Den Berg and Robert Wong
  • Special thanks to: Tom Dickson, Pat Feely, Rita Harrington, Lucija Kordic, Gilman Louie, Guymond Louie, Ron Martinez, Ann Pratt
  • Drew Pictures would like to thank: Cintra Wilson, Stan Roach, Chris Garske, Jef Feltman, Larry Loth, Cliff Lau, Paul Kohler
US manual
Ironhelix mcd us manual.pdf

Magazine articles

Main article: Iron Helix/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Print advert in Game Players (US) #0710: "Vol. 7 No. 10 October 1994" (1994-xx-xx)
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Physical scans

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Iron Helix

Mega-CD, US
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Ironhelix mcd us manual.pdf

Technical information

Main article: Iron Helix/Technical information.

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega-CD
475,506,192 CD-ROM (US) T-124015


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