Weeklies

Game: "Alien Breed"
System: Other
Genre: Action
Published by: Other

Reviewer: Dr. Boogie
Posted: 8/11/2008

Review: Remember Aliens? Of course you do. You remember it far more than any other film in the Alien series. And it makes a great basis for a video game, whether you can get the license or not.

In Alien Breed, you play a space marine who has come to check up on a station that has ceased broadcasting, blah blah blah. Bottom line: thereís a space station full of aliens and youíve got to work your way through it the hard way.

A daunting task, to be sure. Luckily, the former residents managed to fling their valuables all over the place before they died, so youíll be sweeping up ammo, keycards, and money as you move from deck to deck. Better still, the futuristic vending machines used by the former residents are still in tip top shape. Find enough credits, and you can trade in your crummy machine gun for something with a little more moxie.

Therein lies the beauty of Alien Breed: itís simple, yet fun. Each deck has a mission attached to it, but they all more or less fit into one of three categories: find the elevator, escape before time runs out, or kill the big alien and escape before time runs out. Stay on the move and keep an eye on your ammo. The latter isnít too tough, so long as you donít get carried away blasting away at the never-ending supply of aliens, or opening locked doors the old fashion way.

The aliens themselves come in two flavors: humanoid and facehugger. Technically, they arenít ďfacehuggersĒ because this isnít a game based on the Alien franchise, but I challenge anyone to look at those creatures and tell me that they arenít supposed to be facehuggers. The humanoid types look like the aliens from the movies, too, but with a little more variety. And a level where you have to take care of survivors that have been implanted by the facehuggers? Iím just glad nobody got sued.

The mood of the films is captured nicely, too. The endless waves of aliens coupled with your limited supply of ammunition makes for a tense experience, especially when coupled with the hum of machinery in lieu of actual music. Granted, itís kind of a mood breaker when you grab a 1-up that looks like a large smiley face, but that doesnít happen too often.

At the end of the day, you canít go wrong with the old school. But letís say you donít have an Amiga lying around your home. You can still enjoy this classic shooter in the form of a remake called Alien Breed: Obliteration! Check out the link, and enjoy blasting some xenomo-er, ďaliensĒ.

Overall rating: WholeWholeWholeWhole
(Scored on a 0.5 - 5 pickles rating: 0.5 being the worst and 5 being the best)

Reader Comments

Enginseer
Aug 11th, 2008, 05:16 PM
I remember this one, simple and yet so awesome.
Ultimate Buzzkill
Aug 12th, 2008, 08:21 PM
For a truly intense Aliens fix, try out this flash port someone made on Newgrounds of the old Aliens board game. You basically play out the action-packed scenes from the movie, and the game uses the music and sound effects from the film as well, to further enhance the atmosphere. It's quite a challenge, as well!

http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/408816http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/408816
frappez le cochon rouge
Aug 12th, 2008, 08:27 PM
I loved Alien Breed. I've had it on almost all of my computers at some point or another.
pickled
Aug 13th, 2008, 04:15 AM
I love how they changed the name ever so slightly to distance it from the films.
Riot Control
Aug 15th, 2008, 08:34 AM
I have some trouble trying to run this game. After I downloaded it I ran the one that said something like "Alien Breed New" and the screen just went black, some interesting music started to play but an error about some screend driver going nuts popped out and made my PC crash. Is this a common bug for Windows XP computers?
Funky Dynamite
Aug 15th, 2008, 01:06 PM
I'm not sure. I can run the "NEW" exe, but not the "OLD" one on my machine. I'd suggest giving the "OLD" one a shot.
Turrican't. :(
Aug 18th, 2008, 01:24 AM
YES! AMIGA RULES! I just got a Minimig, I need to put AB on it...