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Alpha Mission is my favourite in the SNK arcade-turned-Minis roster. It’s freaking hard but mysteriously non-frustrating. The fans of the original game will love this. Those who like hardcore space shooters will definitely dig this. Those who are on the fence, don’t bother purchasing this. This game won’t accommodate any hesitations.
Much like Namco's Xevious, Alpha Mission forces players to worry about both what's in the sky and what's on the ground. One button is linked to a regular stream of bullets (good for taking out flying ships), while the other button fires missiles down towards the surface. That not very original gameplay mechanic fits in perfectly with the rest of Alpha Mission. The level designs are standard fare and the boss battles are nothing to write home about. There's nothing outright offensive about this SNK shooter, though you can certainly do a lot better.
Despite my complaints, Alpha Mission might actually have a place in the collections of some truly devoted shooter fans. The problem is that these fans have so many vastly superior titles to choose from in the downloadable market when it comes to such a level of challenge. Even at $US2.99, it’s tough to recommend.