DescriptionAlien 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 divided onto six levels.
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.
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|Computer and Video Games (CVG)||Nov, 1991||91 out of 100||91|
|Amiga Computing||Jan, 1992||91 out of 100||91|
|Zero||Jan, 1992||91 out of 100||91|
|CU Amiga||Oct, 1991||90 out of 100||90|
|Pixel-Heroes.de||Jan, 2007||9 out of 10||90|
|Amiga Action||Dec, 1991||87 out of 100||87|
|Amiga Power||Dec, 1991||82 out of 100||82|
|Amiga Joker||Jan, 1992||78 out of 100||78|
|Amiga Format||Dec, 1991||74 out of 100||74|
|Play Time||Dec, 1991||69 out of 100||69|
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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.
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 Martin Smith.