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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 DOS The tactical map
It Came from the Desert Amiga Dr. Wells.
It Came from the Desert DOS Looks like someone hasn't had their morning coffee yet...
It Came from the Desert DOS Meeting with Dusty.

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It Came from the Desert Magazine Advertisement
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Another Cinemaware masterpiece DOS EboMike (3120)

Critic Reviews

Abandonia Reloaded DOS Dec 14, 2005 5 out of 5 100
Info Amiga Jul, 1990 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
PC Leisure DOS Nov, 1990 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Commodore User Amiga Jan, 1990 96 out of 100 96
Tilt Amiga Jan, 1990 17 out of 20 85
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Jan, 1990 9.67 out of 12 81
Amiga User International Amiga Jan, 1990 8 out of 10 80
Amiga Format Amiga Feb, 1990 80 out of 100 80
HonestGamers (Staff reviews only) Amiga Oct 31, 2014 7 out of 10 70
Retro Archives DOS Mar 21, 2020 11.5 out of 20 58


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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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