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Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.3
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.0
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.1
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 2.8
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.5
Overall User Score (11 votes) 3.1

Critic Reviews

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Defunct Games (Jun 05, 2012)
Even if the gameplay is repetitive and the graphics are poor, the action is still a lot of fun. Two-player support adds to the excitement and the port is surprisingly faithful to the source material. Much like 24, Alien Syndrome overstays its welcome and drags the entire game down. Still, there's a lot of fun to be had with Tengen's competent port of Alien Syndrome.
While the game is fun for the first few levels, it does get tiresome quicker than one might expect from something that starts so enjoyably. However, there is a cooperative two-player mode that definitely gives the game longer legs, and is a decent way to kill some time with a friend.
Video Game Den (Jan 02, 2011)
For me, Alien Syndrome is an undoubtedly memorable game from the 1980s, thanks to its unique, imaginative and gruesome alien design. Bosses are especially odd and I can only marvel at their creative and twisted nature. So how does this conversion compare to the original game ? Personally, I think Sunsoft did a good job and this port is relatively faithful to the arcade game. Controls are sadly a bit slower overall and the weapon's firing rate is rather sluggish and limited. The color palette is also a bit bland and has lost its original vibrancy. But Sun Soft, despite the obvious hardware limitations, has managed to keep the two-player simultaneous mode, which was a brave and yet successful move despite some occasional sprite-blinking. All in all, Alien Syndrome is a decent conversion and a straight forward run-and-gun shooter that turns out to be rather challenging and fairly unforgiving (much like the original game though).
NES Player (2001)
One of Tengen's better games. It is fairly common and you can probably find it easily. I recommend picking it up if you just want a simple minded shooter to play, or if you want to marvel at the elusive KING CORE..
42 (Jan, 2011)
As much as Alien Syndrome doesn’t arouse the bile from the back of my throat, there’s not much to recommend here either. It’s average at best, and many other NES games have provided gameplay like this, only better. It’s like a boy or girl who’s really sweet and nice, but you just aren’t interested because they’re so plain and lack self-esteem. If only Alien Syndrome would have asserted itself a little more, perhaps it could have been special.
The Video Game Critic (Apr 24, 2005)
The game gets off to a slow start, with beginning stages that are really easy. The background music can't match the menacing tones of the Sega Master System game, and the sound effects are also disappointing. This NES edition plays better, but offers a somewhat forgettable shooting experience.