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Alien³ on the NES is similar to Probe Software's adaptations of the film on other systems. While using the same overall game concept as the Sega and Commodore versions, the NES title has unique levels.

The player controls Ripley through a number of platform levels. She must not only defend herself against hordes of aliens and find the exit, but also save a number of prisoners, all within a tight time limit of only minutes per level.

Weapons to use against the aliens include a pulse rifle, flame thrower, grenade launcher as well as hand grenades. Ammo for each is limited and must be collected in the levels. The rifle is prone to overheating, so should only be fired in short bursts.

Next to health packs, Ripley can also find a radar. The radar indicates both moving aliens as well as the locations of prisoners.

After every two levels, a guardian level follows, in which an especially tough alien must be defeated to continue.


Alien³ NES Title screen
Alien³ NES Main menu
Alien³ NES Opening a door
Alien³ NES If the clock runs out, the game shows you the prisoners you failed to rescue and you get to watch the baby aliens bursting from their chests

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Alternate Titles

  • "Alien 3" -- Alternative spelling

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Total! (Germany) May, 1993 1.75 out of 6 85
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Sep, 1993 78 out of 100 78
NES Times Jan 16, 2010 7 out of 10 70
Video Games Dec, 1992 61 out of 100 61
ProGames 1993 3 out of 5 60
Retro Archives Nov 23, 2018 11 out of 20 55
Game Freaks 365 2005 3.7 out of 10 37
Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library 2016 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars 20 Jan, 2011 D- 16


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Terok Nor (32350) added Alien³ (NES) on Jun 07, 2009
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