Iron Maiden are a British heavy metal band led by founder, bassist and songwriter Steve Harris. Since forming in 1975 they have released 14 studio albums, nine live albums, four EPs and eight compilations.
As a pioneer of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement, Iron Maiden rose to fame in the early 1980s, and after several lineup changes, they went on to release a string of platinum and gold albums. These include the US platinum-selling landmark The Number of the Beast in 1982 and the follow up Piece of Mind in 1983. Iron Maiden released their newest studio effort in 2006 entitled A Matter of Life and Death peaked at number nine on the Billboard 200 and was certified gold in the UK.
As one of the most commercially successful heavy metal bands of all time, Iron Maiden have sold more than 100 million albums worldwide including five US platinum albums. The band won the Ivor Novello Awards for international achievement in 2002, and were also inducted into the Hollywood RockWalk in Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles County, California during their tour in the United States in 2005. Their influences include Thin Lizzy, UFO, Deep Purple, and Wishbone Ash.
Iron Maiden's mascot, Eddie, is a perennial fixture in the band's sci-fi and horror-influenced album cover art, as well as in live shows. Eddie was drawn by Derek Riggs until 1992, although there have been various incarnations by numerous artists including Melvyn Grant. Eddie is also featured in a first-person shooter video game from the band, Ed Hunter, as well as numerous books, graphic comics and band-related merchandise.
Ed Hunter, a Rail Shooter video game, was released in 1999, and is based on and accompanied by Iron Maiden's music. The game objective consists of rescuing the mascot of Iron Maiden, Eddie, from a prison while passing through game settings evocative of the albums. Music from the band completes the game's customizable soundtrack.
The game passes through various levels, starting in a street, then to a mental institution, then into hell itself, and then into other various locations. The locations are from the covers of previous Iron Maiden records.
The gameplay itself consists of shooting the appearing enemies with the mouse cursor. The game travels on "a track" and the player has no control over movement apart from occasionally choosing the route he will take through the levels. The player can select which tracks play in the background of which levels.
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 allegedly consists of the top 20 songs voted for by Iron Maiden fans on Maiden's official website.
Ed Hunter System Requirements:
* IBM Compatible, running Windows 95 or Windows 98 ***SEE BELOW***
* Microsoft DirectX6 (included)
* At least 206MB of Hard drive space
* Pentium? 120 MHz or better (Pentium? 200MHz or higher recommended)
* 16MB RAM (32 MB RAM recommended)
* 4x CD-ROM Drive (8x or better recommended)
* DirectX6 compatible video card with 2MB video RAM capable of 16-bit color at 640x480 screen resolution (SVGA High-color)
* DirectX6 and Soundblaster16 100% compatible 16-bit sound card and stereo speakers or headphones required
* Windows compatible mouse required
* Supports digital joypad. analog joystick, Microsoft Sidewinder force feedback Pro joystick, ACT labs PC light gun.
*****THIS GAME WORKS FINE ON WINDOWS XP, SERVICE PACK 3--I PLAY IT ON MY SYSTEM ALL THE TIME AND HAVE YET TO EXPERIENCE A CRASH(YET...).