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ALF is not a great game, if anything it's just a passable attempt at a TV show cash in. Still, there are a few moments in this ALF game that brought a smile to my face, but they come only after you've spent an hour or so frowning. Like those 8-Bit Simpsons games, this ALF title is devoid of any of the humor we've come to expect. Instead we just get a basic platforming adventure game with a cute character that kind of looks like Gordon Shumway. Unfortunately that's not enough of a reason to recommend this game.
I can't give this game lower than a 2 rating in any category because it's not a total turd. But it's really only something you're going to want if you're a collector or really, really, really like ALF.
With a game this small in terms of levels and art assets, one must come to the conclusion that the development team of 2 producers, 2 programmers, 2 artists, and 1 musician must have been quite rushed to get this game on shelves for the holiday season. ...Either that, or they were quite incompetent. You be the judge.
Obviously, ALF was hastily programmed on a limited budget. Some may say that the television show on which it is based is a weak sitcom with lame jokes galore, but a single episode offers more entertainment value than this poorly designed videogame.
Mir scheint, SEGA hat diesmal die Fertigstellung des Games nicht lang genug abwarten können, denn aus der ALF-Materie, wie sie uns allen von der Mattscheibe her bekannt ist, kann man weitaus mehr machen. Hier kommt weder die Schlagfertigkeit ALFs noch die Schelmenhaftigkeit dieses Außerirdischen zur Geltung, von „lustig“ fehlt diesmal sogar jede Spur. Werbeträchtig könnte hier im Höchstfall der Titel sein, doch auch ein Supertitel kann nicht über ‘ne dermaßen schwache Leistung hinwegtäuschen. ALF ist nur knapp an der Flop-Grenze vorbeigehuscht, sodaß wir zu folgendem Ergebnis kommen...
Alf würde sich in Grund und
den schämen, würde er dieses
Sega-Spiel zu Gesicht bekommen. Daß der Schwierigkeitsgrad
des Programms mit Blick auf junge Käufer nicht besonders hoch Ist (nach zwei Stunden hatte ich das Spiel gelöst), leuchtet ein. Daß die Steuerung von Alf jedoch derart ungenau ist, nervt ungemein. An den Fledermäusen in den Höhlen vorbeizukommen, gleicht einem Kunststück.
Eigentlich hätte man es sich ja
schon denken können: Fast jede
Film- oder Fernseh-Umsetzung
krankte bisher am Spielprinzip.
Alf macht da keine Ausnahme.
Mein Rat: besser nicht kaufen.
Alf is one of the most disappointing titles for the SMS. It really upset me when I finally played it because it could have been a really enjoyable game if the programmers took their time in the conversion or however they decided to create it. I always enjoyed "puzzle" type games and this could have been a lot of fun. As it stands, however, it is easily one of the worst games ever made and stands a close first for the worst Master System game. If not the worst, it's right after the worst. If you're a collector, go ahead and pick it up, it's a fairly hard to locate NTSC title. If you thrive on terror, go ahead as well. But if you're looking for something you'll enjoy and come back to, stay far away from this.
On the whole, Alf dies a death her, plumbing the same joyless depths as The Flintstones did before. Cynics will love it, laughing heartily at the overall lack of anything substantial, but anyone looking for a serious Master System game will be severely disappointed. The only other category of gamer that could derive even the slightest pleasure from this game is possibly a sub-normal six year old Alf fan.