DescriptionAlien Carnage (also known as Halloween Harry) is a follow-up to the 1985 game Halloween Harry, created for the Microbee System by John Passfield in 1985, but it has very little in common with the original game.
In this side-scrolling platformer, earth is being invaded by aliens who turn humans into zombies in order to enslave them. Harry is the only saviour of earth, and he has to traverse different levels and rescue the kidnapped humans. There are many different weapons to collect, and most have a limited amount of ammo.
- "Halloween Harry" -- Original/Alternate title
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|A truely great game!||Tomer Gabel (4351)|
|VictoryGames.pl||Aug 17, 2007||100|
|Hrej!||May 31, 2007||9 out of 10||90|
|FreeHry.cz||Jun 17, 2007||90 out of 100||90|
|Plné Hry||May 28, 2007||90 out of 100||90|
|Freegame.cz||Jun 22, 2007||88 out of 100||88|
|ASM (Aktueller Software Markt)||Apr, 1994||9 out of 12||75|
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Freeware releaseOn May 24, 2007 Alien Carnage was released as freeware by 3D Realms with the permission of John Passfield. The game had previously been discontinued from their product line on April 21, 2000 due to it having problems running on Windows. They recommend using DOSBox to run the game on Windows 2000/XP/Vista.
Halloween HarryBefore it was named Alien Carnage, the name of the game was Halloween Harry. The name was supposedly changed so the game would have more appeal all throughout the year rather than just Halloween. The two versions play exactly the same, but Alien Carnage swapped Block 1: Office and Block 3: Sewers, as well as rotating the music for Blocks 1-3 around.
MusicThe music in Halloween Harry was done with .mod files, slightly altered to not play in a standard mod player
Release historyThis game's first publicly available version as Halloween Harry was version 1.1 released on October 10th 1993. Version 1.0 of the shareware version was an incomplete version released only to a UK magazine.
When the game was released as Alien Carnage, it's version 1.0 release was released on November 2nd 1994.
ReferencesThe 3rd level boss, a "sentry droid", is labelled THX-1138 -- George Lucas's first movie, made even before Star Wars. (This is a common injoke in the game industry.)
Shareware contentA shareware version of Alien Carnage was released which had "Block 1: Sewers" playable. Halloween Harry's shareware version had "Block 1: Office" playable. Due to this, half the game ended up being released as shareware.
Studio.exeThe game includes a "Studio.exe" file in its directory (originally included as a bonus for acquiring the full version of halloween harry) which allows you to play all the music from the game.
Information also contributed by Scaryfun, Tomer Gabel, WildKard, Xantheous, Yakumo and Zovni
Related Web Sites
- Alien Carnage v1.0 (official game page from 1996, preserved by the Wayback Machine)
- Crapshoot (A short, humorous review on PC Gamer)
- The Halloween Harry Webshrine (A fan site dedicated to all the games in the Halloween Harry series.)