It Came from the Desert

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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 Amiga The mayor.
It Came from the Desert Amiga The foreman of the hot springs.
It Came from the Desert DOS Um... hi there. Er... Klaatu Berada Nikto?
It Came from the Desert DOS Playing "Chicken" with  the local thug squad

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Another Cinemaware masterpiece DOS EboMike (3008)

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Abandonia Reloaded DOS Dec 14, 2005 5 out of 5 100
CU Amiga Amiga Jan, 1990 96 out of 100 96
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amiga Jan, 1990 95 out of 100 95
Zero Amiga Jan, 1990 91 out of 100 91
Zzap! Amiga Feb, 1990 90 out of 100 90
Joystick (French) Amiga Jan, 1990 87 out of 100 87
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) DOS Mar, 1991 840 out of 1000 84
The Games Machine (UK) Amiga Feb, 1990 82 out of 100 82
Obligement Amiga Aug, 2009 8 out of 10 80
Plné Hry DOS Nov 06, 2004 80 out of 100 80


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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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