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It Came From the Desert is an action-adventure game that derives its inspiration from the many cult-horror B-Movies of the 50's and 60's, the 1954 film Them in particular. The player plays the part of Dr. Greg Bradley, a geologist and the newest resident in town. Eager to satisfy his scientific mind, Bradley sets out to examine the crash-site of a mysterious meteor, but what he finds is not at all what he had been looking for.

The game takes place all over Lizard Breath, and there are several different types of action / interaction. The adventure part of the game is very linear, guiding the player in a fairly set sequence of action sections. These include first-person bug shooting, scrolling overhead shooting, and a chase sequence.


It Came from the Desert Amiga Questioning the farmer. He may not be aware just how serious this is.
It Came from the Desert Amiga Up close and personal. Err, this may just be a little too late.
It Came from the Desert Amiga National Guard Outpost.
It Came from the Desert Amiga The foreman of the hot springs.

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Commodore User Jan, 1990 96 out of 100 96
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Jan, 1990 95 out of 100 95
Amiga Joker Jan, 1990 94 out of 100 94
Zero Jan, 1990 91 out of 100 91
Amiga Action Feb, 1990 91 out of 100 91
Compute's Amiga Resource Jun, 1990 18 out of 20 90
Joystick (French) Jan, 1990 87 out of 100 87
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Jan, 1990 9.67 out of 12 81
Obligement Aug, 2009 8 out of 10 80
Power Play Feb, 1990 73 out of 100 73


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Game came with a poster-sized map for "City of Lizard Breath".


The game is loosely based on the movie THEM! (renamed into Formicula in Europe) from 1954.


  • A lot of places in the game are named after people who worked at Cinemaware. Two examples: Platt University Lab (Named after programmer Randy Platt) Godfrey's Hotsprings (Named after graphic artist Jeff Godfrey)
  • The Rocket Ranger, from another Cinemaware game, can be seen flying around on the movie screen at Beverly's Drive In.


  • Amiga Joker
    • Issue 01/1991 – #2 Best Adventure Game in 1990
  • Computer Gaming World
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) – #10 Most Memorable Game Hero (Greg Bradley)
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EboMike (3138) added It Came from the Desert (Amiga) on Oct 04, 2002
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