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Alien³ (SNES)

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Lt. Ellen Ripley is sleeping in the cryogenic chamber aboard the spaceship Sulaco. A fire breaks out in the chamber, causing Ripley to be placed in an E.E.V. (Emergency Escape Vehicle) which is jettisoned into space. It crash lands on the planet Florina "Fury" 161, a planet that houses a maximum security prison. She finds out that the prison is overrun by aliens.

Alien³ for the Super Nintendo is very different from the Alien³ adaptions for other systems. The game consists of six stages, and in each, you are given a series of missions to complete that include rescuing prisoners; repairing pipes, fuses, and junction boxes; welding doors shut; and destroying alien eggs, as well as the mother alien. Once you have accomplished all missions in a stage, you move on to the next stage where you will receive new mission objectives. Missions are outlined via a terminal, and a series of blueprints help you navigate your way through the complex.

Making your job difficult are several types of aliens, which can be killed by using pulse rifles, grenade launchers, and flamethrowers (which comes in three flavors). Med-kits can be picked up that will increase your health.


Alien³ SNES Fighting through an Alien hive.
Alien³ SNES Intro 2
Alien³ SNES "Mother" Aliens act as stage bosses.
Alien³ SNES Facehugged!  Just ticks a bit off Ripley's life bar though.

Alternate Titles

  • "Alien 3" -- Alternative Spelling
  • "エイリアン³" -- Japanese spelling
  • "エイリアン3" -- Alternative Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

More than just rescuing prisoners *Katakis* (37850) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars
An "Aliens" Wolf In "Alien 3" Sheep's Clothing. Guy Chapman (1744) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Bad Movie Conversion... Fun Game... Go Figure! WildKard (12140) unrated

The Press Says

GamePro (US) Jul, 1993 5 out of 5 100
Nintendo Magazine System UK Jun, 1993 94 out of 100 94
All Game Guide 2007 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Play Time Aug, 1993 87 out of 100 87
Total! (Germany) May, 1993 1.75 out of 6 85
Svenska Hemdatornytt Nov, 1993 80 out of 100 80
High Score Jan, 1994 4 out of 5 80
Just Games Retro Oct 27, 2011 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Mega Fun Jun, 1993 78 out of 100 78
The Video Game Critic May 20, 2002 D+ 33


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Guns were probably added to make the game more interesting. The actual film featured no weapons aside from pipes and other makeshift tools.
*Katakis* (37850) added Alien³ (SNES) on Dec 09, 2005