Rom Player: MAME
Reviewer: Chance Johnson
Synopsis: Konami went mad with the use of creative license for this game. I'm not saying it isn't fun, just don't play this one and expect anything near the experience of the movie Aliens.
The game starts off with Ripley (Who has apparently dyed her hair blond) about to go into Acheron (Hadley's Hope, Also Known As LV-426) with her USCM friends. That's... About all that can be said for storyline actually. There are what amount to guest appearances by Newt (Whose doll-head Casey turned into a little white stuffed bunnyrabbit) and, if you can talk someone into spending money, an as-yet unidentified Marine.
Gameplay is strange to say the least. I would like to classify this game as a beat-'em-up type game, but I can't because you always have a gun instead of fists. So we'll give it its own group, the "Walk-Left-And-Right-Blowing-Stuff-Up" class of game. Which is basically what this game amounts to: Walking left and right and blowing everything up.
Nothing really noteworthy about the graphics. They were on par with other arcade games of its time.
I was actually too involved with keeping Ripley alive to listen to the music much. All I remember is: When you hear the music change, get ready 'cus the crap is about to hit the proverbial fan.
This game went off the charts with its originality, though I haven't really figured out if this is a good thing or not yet... Sometimes you can be TOO original.
There are the standard alien drones and warriors, and eggs. This is where things start to go nuts. And now, from the "Konami Pulled This Straight From Their Ass" file, I give you: The Neverending Fachugger-Spewing Eggs, the Six-legged long-necked Alien, the Zombification Facehugger, the Worm Alien, the Bat Alien, the Flying-Head-Alien, the Electric Alien Duo, the Cotton Spore Soccer Ball Alien, the Hentai-Reject Tentacled Alien, and countless others. I'm not sure whether all the original Alien designs are a good thing or not. They make for a very original game... But as I said, sometimes you can have too much originality.
Overall, if you like the Alien movies or are just looking for something you can waste a few quarters on while waiting for that line at the DDR machine to shorten, this game is worth looking into. Just don't expect too much out of it.
Best Cheats: Nothing Entered
Game Play: 6
Overall Rating: 7
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