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.
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There 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).
THE ACE GAMES TESTER!!!
NIK DID SPIDER AND FIDDLYFODDLEBIRD
HE IS A VERY NICE MAN!
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
ALIENS LIKE MICHAEL BOLTON
JANUARY SALE NOW ON
ALIENS ARE BENDERS
KATRINA HAS FARTED AND ITS A BEAUTY
I JUST LOVE TEAM17 SOFTWARE
I WANT FISH
SALMAN RUSHDIE PLAYS ALIEN BREED
THE IRAQIS MADE THE WEAPONS
The 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.
, 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
Johnny "ThunderPeel2001" Walker and