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.
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.
Part of the Following Group
|Gauntlet guest starring Sigourney Weaver.||Zovni (9318)||unrated|
|The DOS Spirit||Dec 12, 2011||5 out of 6||83|
|PC Joker||Dec, 1993||76 out of 100||76|
|Pelit||Aug, 1993||75 out of 100||75|
|PC Gamer||May, 1994||75 out of 100||75|
|Power Play||Dec, 1993||67 out of 100||67|
|PC Games (Germany)||Jan, 1994||65 out of 100||65|
|PC Player (Germany)||Jan, 1994||58 out of 100||58|
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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.
Hidden textThere are some truly bizarre and funny pieces of text in the program binary. Some of them are cheats which can be entered on the in-game "computer" screen. Most of these cheats simply respond with messages on the screen (like what the developers thought of each of the listed magazines, for example).
HELLO MUM! THE ACE GAMES TESTER!!! NIK DID SPIDER AND FIDDLYFODDLEBIRD HE IS A VERY NICE MAN! EEEEEKKKKKK!!!!!!!!! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. EXCELLENT, THE 1993 SPECIAL ISSUE GETTING BETTER ALL THE TIME! NICE TO SEE LOTS OF CD COVERAGE LEAVING MR CHRISTMAS CUT A DISK KEY TO THE CITY MR YALE OR WHAT JUST CALL ME MOGGY WHY NOT CALL ME MOGGY AS WELL JESUS THIS JIM BEAMS IS GOOD STUFF AHH BUT WILL SHE SWALLOW IT STEVIE WONDER KNACKERED JOYSTICK HARD BASTARDS ALIENS LIKE MICHAEL BOLTON FUCK OFF JANUARY SALE NOW ON ALIENS ARE BENDERS ST EMULATOR KATRINA HAS FARTED AND ITS A BEAUTY PC EMULATOR I JUST LOVE TEAM17 SOFTWARE I WANT FISH SALMAN RUSHDIE PLAYS ALIEN BREED THE IRAQIS MADE THE WEAPONS ELVIS MODE ST USERS STUART HODGKINSON MARTYN BROWN SPIDER PC REVIEW PC FORMAT PC ZONE PC HOME
ReceptionThe game was a smash hit on the Amiga platform, followed on that system not only by Alien Breed: Tower Assault, but also a first-person shooter creatively titled Alien Breed 3D. This last one was considered the Doom killer for the Amiga by users frustrated that id's classic was never ported to their beloved computer.
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 Игги Друге, Johnny "ThunderPeel2001" Walker and Ummagumma.