Area 64 Reviews

Iron Soldier


Industry has taken over the planet. Three-quarters of the Earth’s surface is covered with concrete and steel cities and wastelands, The Iron Fist Corporation (IFC) has used military force to conquer national governments and create a worldwide dictatorship.

Recently, the IFC developed a new weapon for use in urban areas: a 42-foot tall piloted robot, known as the Iron Soldier (or, IS). With such a weapon, they will have no trouble maintaining their hold on the populace.

However, an organization has been formed to stop the IFC. This group known as the Resistance, has even managed to capture an early production model of the Iron Soldier unit.

This is where you come in. As a member of the Resistance, your job is to pilot the Iron Soldier in a one-man war against Iron Fist. The fate of the world rests on your shoulders, but at least your IS’s shoulders can mount rockets.


The graphics in iron soldier are mostly gouraud shaded polygons, it doesn’t look bad, but it doesn’t hold up well against the offerings of newer systems. The frame-rate is constant and the enemies are texture-mapped, and are the high point in the graphics, the explosions are also very pleasing to the eye.


This game uses almost every button on the controller, so it takes a few minutes to get used to, but if you take the time to practice, it will become second nature.

Game play:

Iron Soldier is one of most enjoyable games I’ve ever played. For some reason, lumbering around in a 42-foot tall robot, and blowing up enemies in a completely 3-D environment, makes you want to come back for more and more.

Rating out of 10:
Graphics: 8
Control: 7
Game Play: 9
Overall: 8