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Alien Breed is a top-down science fiction shooter somewhat inspired by the movie Aliens in terms of plot and atmosphere. Gameplay, though, was obviously inspired by the Atari arcade classic Gauntlet. The game tells a typical sci-fi story of an alien invasion on the space station ISRC-4. Two space marines, Johnson and Stone, are the only human beings left to clear the base of aliens divided into six levels.

Moving around an alien-infested complex in a top-down view, you must at all times keep an eye not only on your energy level but also be conservative with ammunition. Though you will find new ammo cartridges strewn around the levels, they are consumed quickly by respawning aliens that may come crawling out of the floors and walls when you least expect it. On the floors, you will also find keys for passing through locked doors. Keys must also be used with care, or you may find yourself locked out of a room containing the remaining keys that you will need in order to complete the level. Other doors are one-way and will electrocute you if you try to pass it in the other direction.

Other major bonuses found on the floor are emergency kits for restoring your health, and credits. The credits come in handy when you find an Infotex terminal. There, you can access information about your current mission and your vital statistics, as well as buy supplies such as ammunition, weapons, and keys.

Music is forfeited in this game, in favour of the ambient sound of machinery, machine guns, and aliens running around the base.


Alien Breed Amiga Battle with mother alien.
Alien Breed Amiga Main Title
Alien Breed Amiga Taking out the door switch on either side will seal these doors for good.
Alien Breed Amiga Using elevator to go one level down.

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Zero Jan, 1992 91 out of 100 91
Pixel-Heroes.de Jan, 2007 9 out of 10 90
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Nov, 1991 875 out of 1000 88
Amiga Power Dec, 1991 82 out of 100 82
Top Secret Sep, 1992 4 out of 5 80
Amiga Joker Jan, 1992 78 out of 100 78
Retro Archives Nov 17, 2018 15 out of 20 75
Amiga Format Dec, 1991 74 out of 100 74
Play Time Dec, 1991 69 out of 100 69
The Good Old Days (Staff Reviews only) Jun 18, 2017 3 out of 6 50


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Amiga system requirements

The Amiga version comes on three disks - disk one contains an introductory animation while disks two and three contain the game itself. The game can be booted directly from disk two, however attempting to do this on an Amiga with less than one Megabyte results in a laugh being heard and a message on screen stating "Sorry - Alien Breed requires a minimum of 1 Megabyte R.A.M. 512K expansions are available from all good Amiga dealers". Team 17 founder Martin Brown is on record as to his frustration that so many Amiga games were being designed around systems without this upgrade (Costing around £30) which he felt was necessary to truly unlock the potential of a computer costing £400. Within a year almost all new Amiga games did require one Megabyte.

Sound Effects

Allister Brimble, responsible for sound on Alien Breed, tells in an interview at AGDB: "The Alien death sound effects were actually sampled newly born kittens, mutated on my sampler with an explosion added!"

Intex Entertainment

The Intex System where player can buy weapons and tools also contains a Pong-like sub-game.

Information also contributed by Martin Smith and mailmanppa.
Katakis | カタキス (42945) added Alien Breed (Amiga) on Dec 08, 2002
Other platforms contributed by MAT (234563)
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