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Lt. Ellen Ripley is sleeping in the cryogenic chamber aboard the spaceship Sulaco. A fire breaks out in the chamber, causing Ripley to be placed in an E.E.V. (Emergency Escape Vehicle) which is jettisoned into space. It crash lands on the planet Florina "Fury" 161, a planet that houses a maximum security prison. She finds out that the prison is overrun by aliens.

Alien³ for the Super Nintendo is very different from the Alien³ adaptions for other systems. The game consists of six stages, and in each, you are given a series of missions to complete that include rescuing prisoners; repairing pipes, fuses, and junction boxes; welding doors shut; and destroying alien eggs, as well as the mother alien. Once you have accomplished all missions in a stage, you move on to the next stage where you will receive new mission objectives. Missions are outlined via a terminal, and a series of blueprints help you navigate your way through the complex.

Making your job difficult are several types of aliens, which can be killed by using pulse rifles, grenade launchers, and flamethrowers (which comes in three flavors). Med-kits can be picked up that will increase your health.


Alien³ SNES Flame thrower
Alien³ SNES Some missions call for Ripley to repair damaged equipment.
Alien³ SNES Floating platforms must be carefully jumped to.
Alien³ SNES Some variety in the looks of the different levels.

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Alternate Titles

  • "Alien 3" -- Alternative Spelling
  • "エイリアン³" -- Japanese spelling
  • "エイリアン3" -- Alternative Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

More than just rescuing prisoners Katakis | カタキス (42253) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars
An "Aliens" Wolf In "Alien 3" Sheep's Clothing. Guy Chapman (1997) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Bad Movie Conversion... Fun Game... Go Figure! Shoddyan (14286) unrated
Just like the movie: great setting but horrible execution Charlie Chase (6) 2.33 Stars2.33 Stars2.33 Stars2.33 Stars2.33 Stars

Critic Reviews

GamePro (US) Jul, 1993 5 out of 5 100
Nintendo Magazine System UK Jun, 1993 94 out of 100 94
All Game Guide 2007 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Play Time Aug, 1993 87 out of 100 87
Total! (Germany) May, 1993 1.75 out of 6 85
Play Time 1993 83 out of 100 83
Power Play Aug, 1993 80 out of 100 80
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Aug, 1993 32 out of 40 80
1UP! Jul 17, 2006 46 out of 100 46
The Video Game Critic May 20, 2002 D+ 33


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Guns were probably added to make the game more interesting. The actual film featured no weapons aside from pipes and other makeshift tools.

Game Over screen

The game over sequence of this game features a variation of Bill Paxton's iconic "Game over, man!" ad-lib from the accompanying film's predecessor Aliens. Since rights issues prevented Probe Software from using the actual clip, a recreation was recorded by Paxton to play on the game over screen.
Katakis | カタキス (42253) added Alien³ (SNES) on Dec 09, 2005