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Better Dead Than Alien!

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Atari ST
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Brad Zoom takes on the Brain Eaters from the Purple Planet, in this homage to vintage action games, primarily Galaxians. There are 75 levels, accessed via passcodes.

You control a spaceship at the bottom of the screen facing upwards, firing at arrangements of aliens. You can move up and down as well as left and right as you shoot them. At set intervals an alien will emerge from the main pack and sweep down towards you.

Other levels feature Asteroids which split when shot, or a single ‘boss’ alien. Aliens with green eyeballs release power-ups, such as improved weapons, shields and bombs. You have a single life with which to survive the carnage. You get points for surviving as well as scoring, so slow but cautious play is more rewarding.


Better Dead Than Alien! Atari ST Running out of time
Better Dead Than Alien! Commodore 64 That alien does not look "Super" to me!
Better Dead Than Alien! DOS Publisher credits screen
Better Dead Than Alien! Atari ST Control setup - I dread to imagine what it's like with the mouse

Alternate Titles

  • "Brad Zoom Starring in: Better Dead Than Alien!" -- Tag-lined title

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Critic Reviews

The Games Machine (UK) Atari ST Aug, 1988 83 out of 100 83
ST/Amiga Format Amiga Sep, 1988 75 out of 100 75
ST/Amiga Format Atari ST Sep, 1988 75 out of 100 75
Tilt Atari ST Oct, 1988 11 out of 20 55
Tilt Amiga Oct, 1988 11 out of 20 55
ST Action Atari ST Sep, 1988 52 out of 100 52
Power Play Atari ST Jul, 1988 5 out of 10 50
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Atari ST Sep, 1988 458 out of 1000 46
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amiga Sep, 1988 458 out of 1000 46
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Jul, 1988 5 out of 12 42


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