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Aliens: The Computer Game (Software Studios)

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Producer(s)  Jon Dean
Initial release date  1986
Mode  Single-player video game
Designer(s)  Mark Eyles
Series  Alien
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Distributor(s)  Ricochet Proein Soft Line
Platforms  Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC, MSX, Commodore 16, Commodore BASIC
Developers  Electric Dreams Software, Square, Software Studios
Publishers  Electric Dreams Software, Mastertronic, Square
Similar  Electric Dreams Software games, Shooter games

Aliens: The Computer Game, also known as just Aliens, is a video game developed by Software Studios and published by Electric Dreams Software in 1987 initially for Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64 and ZX Spectrum. It is based on the film of the same title. Ports for the Commodore 16 and MSX were developed by Mr. Micro and published in 1987.

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Gameplay

Aliens: The Computer Game is set inside an atmosphere processing plant, a maze complex consisting of 255 rooms. The player encounters Alien enemies throughout the game. Upon killing an Alien, the body leaves a deadly pool of acid blood that must be avoided. The player also faces the threat of bio-mechanical growth, which, if left uncontained, results in new Alien eggs and facehugger enemies. The player's ultimate goal is to reach the room that houses the Queen Alien and her nests, both of which must be destroyed. The player can directly control a team of Marine soldiers, or can issue orders to the team from the Mobile Tactical Operations Bay (MTOB). When playing from the MTOB, the player has a view of the team's surroundings via video cameras attached to each soldier's helmet.

Reception

According to Retro Gamer, "the game was praised by the computing press - Zzap!, Amstrad Action, and Sinclair User awarded it 81%, 90% and 5/5 respectively." Crash gave it a score of 84%, with one reviewer declaring it "the best game-of-the-film to date," and the review by Zzap!64 also opined it was "the best tie-in game to date, and a good game to boot." Computer Gamer gave this "excellent game of a superb film" an overall score of 80%. Commodore User gave it 8 out of 10 and Your Sinclair gave it 9 out of 10.

In a Retro Gamer retrospective, Darren Jones opined that "despite being incredible basic to look at, Aliens dripped with atmosphere and was quite unlike any movie conversion of the time, and not just because it was so bloody good. The first-person view used in the game perfectly matched the moment in the film when the pumped-up marines start exploring the deserted base and, as the game progressed, it managed to capture all the terror and confusion of the movie in a way few other titles have managed." The magazine also declared it "the scariest 8-bit game ever made." Stephen Kleckner of GamesBeat wrote it "may lack the audio/visual punch of Activision’s Aliens game, but the gameplay is more tightly defined and is forward-thinking for its time." He also recommended a Windows fan remake of Aliens titled LV-426.

References

Aliens: The Computer Game (Software Studios) Wikipedia


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