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Alien Hominid

MobyRank MobyScore
Game Boy Advance
87
2.7
GameCube
78
2.2
PlayStation 2
79
3.9
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Description

You're a little yellow alien. The FBI has shot down your ship while flying over planet Earth. And it, quite literally, lands right on their doorstep. After a series of FBI Agents swipe your ship, what option do you have other than to blow up everything in your path to get it back?

Alien Hominid is a 2D side-scrolling shooter with heavy references to the Metal Slug series of games - from the hand-drawn graphics, huge explosions, right down to the ability to eviscerate FBI Agents when you get up close to them. The graphics are by featured artist Dan Paladin. Your goal, is quite simply, to get to the end of the stage, and die as little as possible. Which is made difficult due to the fact that any bullet is an instant kill.

To help you out, you can grab a range of power-ups, such as lasers, spread shots, shotguns and more, as well as hijacking vehicles and using them for protection. Grenades can be lobbed, and you can jump on enemy shoulders and choose to bite their heads off if you like, or pick them up and throw them at other enemies. You can also dive underground for a short period of time to avoid enemies - while underground, you can drag agents into the ground to kill them.

The GBA version of the game is identical in gameplay, however, with a few bosses removed (such as the robot bee and the FBI big-fisted tank robot). The PlayStation 2, Xbox and Xbox 360 versions of the game include a special "PDA Game" with very simple-looking graphics. Your goal in this game is to kill all the agents by hopping on their heads, and then reach the exit. Included with this game is a level editor, allowing you to make your own levels and then send them to friends if you have the Xbox or Xbox 360 version.

Screenshots

Alien Hominid Xbox 360 The FBI has the latest in bee technology.
Alien Hominid Game Boy Advance The green gun has a huge blast radius
Alien Hominid Xbox Eat lead, power grid!
Alien Hominid Xbox IT'S COMING RIGHT FOR US.

Alternate Titles

  • "Alien Hominid HD" -- Xbox 360 title
  • "AH" -- Common abbreviation

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User Reviews

One of the finest PS2 games around! PlayStation 2 pottyboy (67)
This is the best shooter ever! PlayStation 2 Unkown First-Name (2)

The Press Says

Cubed3 Game Boy Advance Mar 19, 2006 9 out of 10 90
Digital Press - Classic Video Games GameCube Jul 23, 2005 8 out of 10 80
UOL Jogos Xbox 360 Feb 28, 2007 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Game Over Online PlayStation 2 Jan 24, 2005 80 out of 100 80
GameZone PlayStation 2 Dec 20, 2004 8 out of 10 80
Game Freaks 365 GameCube 2004 7.7 out of 10 77
Club Skill PlayStation 2 Jun 17, 2005 7 out of 10 70
PAL Gaming Network (PALGN) Xbox Oct 04, 2005 7 out of 10 70
Game Revolution PlayStation 2 Dec, 2004 B- 67
Gamestyle Xbox 360 2007 5 out of 10 50

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Trivia

German version

When playing the game with the German language setting, all gore effects (e.g. biting off an enemy's head) are deactivated by default and can't be activated. Additionally all blood was replaced with flowers. This does not apply to the Game Boy Advance version.

PDA mini game

The European version has some additional features. Alongside the level editor, 25 of the best fan built levels from the US have been included for the PDA puzzle mini-game. A 2-4 player button basher called All You Can Eat featuring the Fat Kid is exclusive for Europe. Another new function allows you to rewind the level you've just completed and jump back in at any point.

With the Xbox version, you can download additional levels over Xbox Live for the PDA mini-game and check your ranking against other players on loads of different stats such as quickest time through the game, number of kills, buildings destroyed and number of head bites.

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