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Better Dead Than Alien! (Atari ST)

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Brad Zoom takes on the Brain Eaters from the Purple Planet, in this homage to vintage action games, primarily Galaxians. There are 75 levels, accessed via passcodes.

You control a spaceship at the bottom of the screen facing upwards, firing at arrangements of aliens. You can move up and down as well as left and right as you shoot them. At set intervals an alien will emerge from the main pack and sweep down towards you.

Other levels feature Asteroids which split when shot, or a single ‘boss’ alien. Aliens with green eyeballs release power-ups, such as improved weapons, shields and bombs. You have a single life with which to survive the carnage. You get points for surviving as well as scoring, so slow but cautious play is more rewarding.


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Alternate Titles

  • "Brad Zoom Starring in: Better Dead Than Alien!" -- Tag-lined title

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Critic Reviews

The Games Machine (UK) Aug, 1988 83 out of 100 83
ST/Amiga Format Sep, 1988 75 out of 100 75
Tilt Oct, 1988 11 out of 20 55
ST Action Sep, 1988 52 out of 100 52
Power Play Jul, 1988 5 out of 10 50
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Sep, 1988 458 out of 1000 46
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Jul, 1988 5 out of 12 42


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Martin Smith (66830) added Better Dead Than Alien! (Atari ST) on Jan 01, 2007
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