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Alien Breed

MobyRank MobyScore
Amiga
83
4.1
BlackBerry
...
...
DOS
70
3.2
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Description

Alien Breed is a top-down science fiction shooter somewhat inspired by the movie Alien in terms of plot and atmosphere. Gameplay, though, was obviously inspired by the Atari arcade classic Gauntlet. The game tells a typical sci-fi story of an alien invasion on the space station ISRC-4. Two space marines, Johnson and Stone, are the only human beings left to clear the base of aliens.

Moving around an alien-infested complex in a top-down view, you must at all times keep an eye not only on your energy level, but also be conservative with ammunition. Though you will find new ammo cartridges strewn around the levels, they are consumed quickly by respawning aliens that may come crawling out of the floors and walls when you least expect it. On the floors, you will also find keys for passing through locked doors. Keys must also be used with care, or you may find yourself locked out of a room containing the remaining keys that you will need in order to complete the level. Other doors are one-way, and will electrocute you if you try to pass it in the other direction.

Other major bonuses found on the floor are emergency kits for restoring your health, and credits. The credits come in handy when you find an Infotex terminal. There, you can access information about your current mission and your vital statistics, as well as buy supplies such as ammunition, weapons and keys.

Music is forfeited in this game, in favour of ambience sounds from machinery, machine gun sounds and the sounds of the aliens running around the base.

Screenshots

Alien Breed DOS Main Menu
Alien Breed DOS A corridor -- and a live alien obstacle
Alien Breed Amiga The aliens aren't always silly enough to attack while you're holding the edge.
Alien Breed Amiga Battling various alien types.

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User Reviews

Gauntlet guest starring Sigourney Weaver. DOS Zovni (9355)

The Press Says

Pixel-Heroes.de Amiga Jan, 2007 9 out of 10 90
The DOS Spirit DOS Dec 12, 2011 5 out of 6 83
Amiga Power Amiga Dec, 1991 82 out of 100 82
Amiga Joker Amiga Jan, 1992 78 out of 100 78
PC Gamer DOS May, 1994 75 out of 100 75
Pelit DOS Aug, 1993 75 out of 100 75
Power Play Amiga Feb, 1992 74 out of 100 74
Power Play DOS Dec, 1993 67 out of 100 67
PC Games (Germany) DOS Jan, 1994 65 out of 100 65
PC Player (Germany) DOS Jan, 1994 58 out of 100 58

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Trivia

Hidden text

There are some truly bizarre and funny pieces of text in the program binary. Some of them are cheats which can be entered on the in-game "computer" screen. Most of these cheats simply respond with messages on the screen (like what the developers thought of each of the listed magazines, for example).
HELLO MUM!
THE ACE GAMES TESTER!!!
NIK DID SPIDER AND FIDDLYFODDLEBIRD
HE IS A VERY NICE MAN!
EEEEEKKKKKK!!!!!!!!!
KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.
EXCELLENT, THE 1993 SPECIAL ISSUE
GETTING BETTER ALL THE TIME!
NICE TO SEE LOTS OF CD COVERAGE
LEAVING MR CHRISTMAS
CUT A DISK
KEY TO THE CITY
MR YALE OR WHAT
JUST CALL ME MOGGY
WHY NOT CALL ME MOGGY AS WELL
JESUS THIS JIM BEAMS IS GOOD STUFF
AHH BUT WILL SHE SWALLOW IT
STEVIE WONDER
KNACKERED JOYSTICK
HARD BASTARDS
ALIENS LIKE MICHAEL BOLTON
FUCK OFF
JANUARY SALE NOW ON
ALIENS ARE BENDERS
ST EMULATOR
KATRINA HAS FARTED AND ITS A BEAUTY
PC EMULATOR
I JUST LOVE TEAM17 SOFTWARE
I WANT FISH
SALMAN RUSHDIE PLAYS ALIEN BREED
THE IRAQIS MADE THE WEAPONS
ELVIS MODE
ST USERS
STUART HODGKINSON
MARTYN BROWN
SPIDER
PC REVIEW
PC FORMAT
PC ZONE
PC HOME

Reception

The game was a smash hit on the Amiga platform, followed on that system not only by Alien Breed: Tower Assault, but also a first-person shooter creatively titled Alien Breed 3D. This last one was considered the Doom killer for the Amiga by users frustrated that id's classic was never ported to their beloved computer.

Sound effects

Allister Brimble, responsible for sound on Alien Breed, tells in an interview at AGDB:

"The Alien death sound effects were actually sampled newly born kittens, mutated on my sampler with an explosion added!"


Information also contributed by Игги Друге, Johnny "ThunderPeel2001" Walker and Ummagumma.
Contributed to by Attila (496), MAT (74159) and *Katakis* (37815)