Monday, August 31, 2015

Alien World

Alien World is a shoot 'em up written by Gary Antcliffe (Blazing Thunder/Yogi's Great Escape) and was released in 1992 by Hi-Tec Premier Software. Ignoring the dreadful title tune which you should immediately skip, the game itself is a cross between the likes of Menace and R-Type, with a dollop of Venus Flytrap thrown in for good measure.

Wow. The action is relentless and immediately hits you with a ton of pitfalls like red-hot streams of molten lava which shoot up from pools of glowing red death. It isn't long before you feel a little Blood Money creeping in as the scrolling alternates between horizontal and vertical but I liked the parts which aren't scrolled automatically - allowing you to move at your own leisure. However, gravity does play a part to affect this, think Flappy Bird or SantaFly!

The intro is pretty cool but over with all too quickly which is a shame.

Right from the off you'll need to get used to gravity and aliens that you cannot kill...

Graphically, this is outstanding with ultra smooth scrolling - best experienced using a real Atari ST, of course. Everything looks beautiful with rich colours and fast movements but the only thing I'm left wondering about is the bland grey background. Perhaps a few stars would have been better? The sound effects are okay...

Gameplay is what matters so I'm impressed with this tough nut release. Sure, it's learning curve is immense, and will take some effort to master, but stick with it!! It's challenging but fantastic fun and sure has that "one more go" appeal. Yup, Alien World is freakishly fun and should entertain for hours so grab the floppy or HDD version now.

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