It Came from the Desert (DOS)

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It Came From the Desert is an action-adventure game that derives its inspiration from the many cult-horror B-Movies of the 50's and 60's, the 1954 film Them in particular. The player plays the part of Dr. Greg Bradley, a geologist and the newest resident in town. Eager to satisfy his scientific mind, Bradley sets out to examine the crash-site of a mysterious meteor, but what he finds is not at all what he had been looking for.

The game takes place all over Lizard Breath, and there are several different types of action / interaction. The adventure part of the game is very linear, guiding the player in a fairly set sequence of action sections. These include first-person bug shooting, scrolling overhead shooting, and a chase sequence.


It Came from the Desert DOS Escaping from the hospital
It Came from the Desert DOS Meet Billy Bob Morse, the local megalomaniac (every town's gotta have one)
It Came from the Desert DOS I tell you what, if my kid daughter starts talking to our TV and getting calls on her toy phone, THEN I'll start to worry
It Came from the Desert DOS Poltergeists, smoltergeists. Try 50 foot giant ants!

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Another Cinemaware masterpiece EboMike (3005) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

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PC Leisure Nov, 1990 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Abandonia Reloaded Dec 14, 2005 5 out of 5 100
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Mar, 1991 840 out of 1000 84
Plné Hry Nov 06, 2004 80 out of 100 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Jan, 1991 3.4 out of 12 28


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Game came with a poster-sized map for "City of Lizard Breath".


The game is loosely based on the movie THEM! (renamed into Formicula in Europe) from 1954.


  • A lot of places in the game are named after people who worked at Cinemaware. Two examples: Platt University Lab (Named after programmer Randy Platt) Godfrey's Hotsprings (Named after graphic artist Jeff Godfrey)
  • The Rocket Ranger, from another Cinemaware game, can be seen flying around on the movie screen at Beverly's Drive In.


  • Amiga Joker
    • Issue 01/1991 – #2 Best Adventure Game in 1990
  • Computer Gaming World
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) – #10 Most Memorable Game Hero (Greg Bradley)
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faceless (395) added It Came from the Desert (DOS) on Dec 22, 1999
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