Alien Syndrome (SEGA Master System)

Critic Score
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
User Score
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User Reviews

Run around the spaceship, rescue your friends, and shoot the alien bastards *Katakis* (37914) 3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars
A close rendition of the original James Evans (42) 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars
Good game, tough bosses. Ash_1 (55) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.5
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.6
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.5
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.0
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed -
Overall User Score (13 votes) 3.4

Critic Reviews

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Computer and Video Games (CVG)
Alien Syndrome is another game from the arcades. It is a classic L and R job with the usual high strains of play and presentation expected from Sega.
Defunct Games
Alien Syndrome for the SMS is a classic that I recall fondly. In fact it was probably the most fun I've had on the "Master System," but for those of you who didn't play it, you might as well go out and find one of the other versions.
Power Play
Von den oben genannten Mängeln einmal abgesehen, hat mir Alien Syndrome gut gefallen. Freunde von Action-Spielen, die dem Kartenzeichnen nicht abgeneigt sind, werden lange Zeit Ihre Freude an diesem Modul haben. immer neue Raumschiffe und Aliens versprechen viel grafische Abwechslung. auch wenn sich das Spielprinzip nicht ändert.
The Games Machine (UK)
As a game in its own right, it's not that bad; as a conversion it has lost much of the playability and atmosphere of the coin-op original.
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)
Despite the unimaginative graphics and poor sound, it's still quite playable, but do you really want to fork out for this sort of things all over again? Probably not...
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt)
Als Quintessenz kann man sagen, daß mit ALlEN SYNDROME ein Spiel entstanden ist, das zwar spielerisch ganz ordentlich, grafisch und von der Animation her eher als schlechter Sega-Vertreter anzusehen ist. Die ST-Version ist dagegen absolute Spitze.
Game Freaks 365
Yet again we find another reason for the demise of the SMS in America and Canada. They chose their stock titles without importing the better releases and when they finally did it was way too late. Sometimes a game can survive on graphics alone, but it's quite rare. Off hand I can't even think of one. So even though this is graphically a bit more presentable than the NES version, it's just not worth the time in comparison. The stupid alien on the cover (which looks better than anything in the game) isn't even present anywhere at any time. This whole game is a lie. Don't even bother.
The Video Game Critic
I will admit that some of these shape-changing freaks are pretty disgusting. The one thing I hate about Alien Syndrome is how the aliens simple materialize out of thin air with little warning. Not only does it look cheesy, but it accounts for too many cheap deaths. I also found the controls to be somewhat slippery and inexact, making the game harder than it really should be. Alien Syndrome is certainly playable but ultimately unremarkable and forgettable.