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The aliens are invading Earth, and it's up to the "Alien Busters" to wipe them out and destroy their creator. The Busters consist of Karla, Gordon, and Scooter. Each one of them has their own weapons and special attacks.
When you start the game, you can select any one of these characters to play as. There are six missions to complete (eight in the Genesis version) with several stages, and each mission has you blasting aliens all the way to the end, from the streets to the mother ship where you'll meet the mother of all aliens. Unfortunately, blasting these aliens will not be an easy task, as they get tougher in every mission, and are capable of hiding into objects such as plants, postboxes, trashcans, drums, and several others. Each mission has an objective such as rescuing people destroying a UFO.
When you deal with a few aliens, flying heads will appear, which you can shoot to collect life or energy (by the way, life is important to you, since if yours get empty, you're dead). However, rather than using your ordinary weapons, you can use the special attacks that are enough to kill the aliens you currently see. These types of attacks vary depending on the character you choose at the start of the game. For instance, Gordon summons a U.S. Air Force Jet that drops bombs across the street, while Scooter is able to teleport out of his present location, and leave a series of bombs that will blow up aliens on sight, he will then re-appear. However, using your character's special attack uses up a lot of energy, and if you have little or no energy, you can't use it.
At the end of some missions is an alien boss, which you must destroy in order to complete the mission. Also, at the end of everyone, you have to enter buildings where you participate in a shooting gallery. The object is to kill aliens popping up from several locations with the building.
You can play Alien Storm by yourself, or with another person.
- Alienstorm - Alternate spelling
- エイリアンストーム - Japanese spelling
Credits (SEGA Master System version)
8 People (7 developers, 1 thanks)
Average score: 64% (based on 43 ratings)
Average score: 3.3 out of 5 (based on 86 ratings with 1 reviews)
Alien Storm was my first and probably favourite Sega Genesis game ever! On one-player mode, you go around killing aliens and saving hostages, in either the form of a robot or some crazy man. It's a typical arcade game but is addictive. Sure it's hard, but it's just so fun. The graphics were good, but not very detailed - but what games were back then? After all the aliens in your area are dead, the fun really kicks in; the mode changes from a side-scrolling shoot-them-up to a first-person-shooter mode, trashing out all of the monsters that pop out from behind TVs in your local supermarket. Simple, but fun. I remember playing two-player mode with my mate; we had hours of fun and got really far, too. Gameplay is simple, controls are simple - but the replayability is unique, and after dying, you just want to play again and again - even if that means starting from the very start, its still so fun!
If any thing, my mate (like four years younger than me) always complained how "why can't you take their weapons after you killed them" - This was actually a good idea. I never complained about the game at all until he suggested this, and every time I played it there after, it always felt as if it lacked something. The side-scroller portions of the game was also quite dull on some levels because it lacked character personality - no catch-phrases or special abilities - but heck, it was the Sega Genesis!
The Bottom Line
If any one is looking for this game, and still has a Sega Genesis or some form of emulator, I highly recommend this game; especially on two-player mode. Although you may not find the game, if you eventually do come across it, you're in for a treat - especially if you find it real cheap - but you're probably better off with a more up-to-date game. Good fun, and highly recommend for old-school gamers.
Genesis · by Reborn_Demon (127) · 2006
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Game added by Katakis | カタキス.
Atari ST added by Corn Popper. Arcade added by GTramp. Windows added by Titan10. iiRcade added by firefang9212. Macintosh, Linux added by Foxhack. ZX Spectrum added by Martin Smith. Wii added by gamewarrior.
Game added October 28, 2003. Last modified January 27, 2024.