Amiga system requirementsThe Amiga version comes on three disks - disk one contains an introductory animation while disks two and three contain the game itself. The game can be booted directly from disk two, however attempting to do this on an Amiga with less than one Megabyte results in a laugh being heard and a message on screen stating "Sorry - Alien Breed requires a minimum of 1 Megabyte R.A.M. 512K expansions are available from all good Amiga dealers". Team 17 founder Martin Brown is on record as to his frustration that so many Amiga games were being designed around systems without this upgrade (Costing around £30) which he felt was necessary to truly unlock the potential of a computer costing £400. Within a year almost all new Amiga games did require one Megabyte.
Hidden textThere 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
ReceptionThe 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 effectsAllister 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.