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Alien Syndrome has lost much colour in its conversion to the Spectrum, it loses nothing in gameplay. The graphics are cute and quite varied. The massive alien at the end of each level is well-drawn and its animation is surprisingly smooth as it spews forth red gunge at you (which Nick mistook for Cherry Coke...). Unfortunately 128K owners get no extra music because 48K BASIC must be selected to load the program. Nevertheless, the existing sound FX are atmospheric enough without the need for snazzy title tunes. What really makes Alien Syndrome so playable is its concept. Shooting squirming aliens is satisfying, and the half-screen scrolling makes progress more difficult than on the coin-op, as you never know what lurks ahead. Whereas the one-player game involves frantic blasting, with two players more care must be taken to avoid shooting your colleague (clumsy Caswell should watch where he's firing his bullets!).
An attractive, highly playable game with considerable challenge to please fans of the coin-op.
Playability, the most important bit, is brilliant! The addictive content is also very heavy, until you start getting onto the higher levels where the task gradually becomes more and more tiresome. That said, however, the difficulty level is geared to make it a challenge - we certainly didn't make it out of the first few levels in a hurry. We also reckon the one player game is slightly easier to make progress on, though it's somewhat less fun.
Clear graphics, but loads of monsters makes it really tough to get anywhere.