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Alpha Prime (Windows)

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Alpha Prime is a rather unusual asteroid which holds in its rocks the veins of a material called hubbardium. This "liquid metal" is the main component in the fuel of interstellar ships so the State Business Federation quickly steps in and takes control of it. But hubbardium has a also a bad side-effect. It has slowly intoxicated the minds of the workers. Even the many of the computers got infected because they operate with positron brains. So the corporation decided to seal the place and leave.

But the call of hubbardium was too strong so illegal visitors began to infiltrate the complex realising that some of them were somewhat naturally immune against the effects of hubbardium. So they began once again to mine and instead of making fuel, they sold the material as a drug. All went well for them until one day they discovered a vein of hubbardium that was so big that the radiation affected even the strongest minded of the miners so all hell broke loose.

One of the persons on Alpha Prime was Warren, the current boyfriend of Livia and a former friend of Arnold. Arnold himself is an old prospector, who is also resistant against the effects of the material so Warren sends out a distress call. So Arnold and Livia make their way to Alpha Prime to rescue Warren and the others.

The player slips into the boots of Arnold and makes way deep into Alpha Prime in typical ego-shooter-fashion not only to rescue Warren but also to uncover what lurks behind the scene. On his/her way through the corridors of the base and the surface of Alpha Prime, the player will encounter heavy resistance from Special Forces soldiers sent by the corporation, robots controlled by infected positron brains and deranged miners.

But Arnold isn't defenseless. During the course of the game he'll find several weapons beginning from a simple axe over a shotgun to really heavy stuff like a rocket launcher or flame thrower. If he finds pure hubbardium, he can inject himself with it and slow down time for a few seconds to gain an advantage over his clever enemies. They aren't stupid and will use cover or retreat if they notice a huge disadvantage only to regroup around the next corner and start a new offensive on Arnold.

The player also has access to a hacking tool that can be used to open doors or manipulate security systems and in a few sections the player will encounter a friendly person who will help Arnold a little. Like in DOOM³ the player needs oxygen when walking on the surface of the planet, but instead of air bottles Arnold will find oxygen-stations at which he can replenish his supply.

Screenshots

Alpha Prime Windows A bunch of robots in a rather humours position
Alpha Prime Windows Arnold is watched by a security camera as he flies down to the asteroid.
Alpha Prime Windows He hasn't noticed Arnold, yet - and he never will.
Alpha Prime Windows Put the battery back where it belongs.

Alternate Titles

  • "最後生機" -- Taiwan spelling

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The Press Says

Imperium Gier Jan 27, 2007 8.4 out of 10 84
Softonic Apr 18, 2007 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PC Gameplay (Benelux) May, 2007 77 out of 100 77
Gamezone (Germany) Aug 13, 2007 7 out of 10 70
Worth Playing Jan 16, 2008 6.7 out of 10 67
4Players.de Aug 12, 2007 62 out of 100 62
2404.org PC Gaming Jan 11, 2008 6 out of 10 60
Yiya Jun 26, 2007 C+ 58
Krawall Gaming Network Sep 10, 2007 51 out of 100 51
Eurogamer.net (UK) Jul 23, 2007 3 out of 10 30

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Trivia

German index

On September 28, 2007, the international version of Alpha Prime was put on the infamous German index by the BPjM. For more information about what this means and to see a list of games sharing the same fate, take a look here: BPjS/BPjM indexed games.

To counter this move, the German publisher dtp entertainment AG released a modified version of the game in Germany. The changes include less blood, the removal of some of the corpses that can be found in the facility and the removal of the complete ragdoll-physics-system. The German rating organisation USK rated this version "Not free for minors".

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Sicarius (61021) added Alpha Prime (Windows) on Aug 30, 2007