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It Came From the Desert is an action-adventure game that derives its inspiration from the many cult-horror B-Movies of the 50's and 60's, the 1954 film Them in particular. The player plays the part of Dr. Greg Bradley, a geologist and the newest resident in town. Eager to satisfy his scientific mind, Bradley sets out to examine the crash-site of a mysterious meteor, but what he finds is not at all what he had been looking for.

The game takes place all over Lizard Breath, and there are several different types of action / interaction. The adventure part of the game is very linear, guiding the player in a fairly set sequence of action sections. These include first-person bug shooting, scrolling overhead shooting, and a chase sequence.


It Came from the Desert Amiga Old prospector on main street.
It Came from the Desert DOS Battling through the ant nest with your trusty flamethrower
It Came from the Desert DOS Dive bombing the mutant ant nest. Hey, anybody see Clint Eastwood?
It Came from the Desert DOS Poltergeists, smoltergeists. Try 50 foot giant ants!

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It Came from the Desert Magazine Advertisement Page 12

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Another Cinemaware masterpiece DOS EboMike (3123)

Critic Reviews

The One Amiga Dec, 1989 92 out of 100 92
Zzap! Amiga Feb, 1990 90 out of 100 90
Joystick (French) Amiga Jan, 1990 87 out of 100 87
The Games Machine (UK) Amiga Feb, 1990 82 out of 100 82
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Jan, 1990 9.67 out of 12 81
Amiga Format Amiga Feb, 1990 80 out of 100 80
Plné Hry DOS Nov 06, 2004 80 out of 100 80
Power Play Amiga Feb, 1990 73 out of 100 73
Retro Archives Amiga Mar 21, 2020 13 out of 20 65
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Amiga Apr, 1990 Unscored Unscored


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Game came with a poster-sized map for "City of Lizard Breath".


The game is loosely based on the movie THEM! (renamed into Formicula in Europe) from 1954.


  • A lot of places in the game are named after people who worked at Cinemaware. Two examples: Platt University Lab (Named after programmer Randy Platt) Godfrey's Hotsprings (Named after graphic artist Jeff Godfrey)
  • The Rocket Ranger, from another Cinemaware game, can be seen flying around on the movie screen at Beverly's Drive In.


  • Amiga Joker
    • Issue 01/1991 – #2 Best Adventure Game in 1990
  • Computer Gaming World
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) – #10 Most Memorable Game Hero (Greg Bradley)
Information also contributed by Garcia, Ricky Derocher

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