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Area 51

MobyRank MobyScore
PlayStation
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3.5
Arcade
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Windows
48
3.5
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Description

Using a light gun you blast your way through the secret base, Area 51, which has been taken over by mutant aliens. As you work your way to the secrets at the heart of Area 51, you'll need to destroy an increasingly dangerous line of aliens, upgrade your firearm, and cause as much collateral damage as possible. The game rewards the player for destroying windows, light fixtures, computers, explosive barrels, and even fire extinguishers. Each consecutive hit increases your streak rating (which adds to your score) and certain combinations of these collateral hits will open up secret bonus rooms.

The home version has special bonuses and additional secret levels not found in the arcade version and a mouse option is available.

Screenshots

Area 51 SEGA Saturn Stage select
Area 51 PlayStation Exploding alien.
Area 51 Windows You Can Also Throw Grenades...
Area 51 PlayStation Corridor

Alternate Titles

  • "エリア51" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Not As Enjoyable As The Arcade! Windows MasterAbyss-ESB (13)

The Press Says

GamePro (US) SEGA Saturn Feb, 1997 4.5 out of 5 90
The Atari Times Arcade Mar 03, 2002 85 out of 100 85
Gamezilla Windows Aug 17, 2000 77 out of 100 77
PC Games (Germany) Windows Mar, 1997 72 out of 100 72
GameSpot SEGA Saturn Dec 17, 1996 7.1 out of 10 71
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SEGA Saturn Feb, 1997 5.6 out of 10 56
High Score Windows Feb, 1997 2 out of 5 40
PC Joker Windows Mar, 1997 39 out of 100 39
GameSpot Windows Oct 31, 1996 3.3 out of 10 33
Power Play Windows Apr, 1997 21 out of 100 21

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Trivia

German index

Area 51 was put on the infamous German index for depicting extreme violence on March 27, 1997. The BPjS / BPjM indexed games provides more information about what that means.

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Contributed to by Kabushi (131853), Robbb (125) and Terok Nor (19543)