Alien Breed is a top-down science fiction shooter somewhat inspired by the movie Alien in terms of plot and atmosphere. Gameplay, though, was obviously inspired by the Atari arcade classic Gauntlet. The game tells a typical sci-fi story of an alien invasion on the space station ISRC-4. Two space marines, Johnson and Stone, are the only human beings left to clear the base of aliens.
Moving around an alien-infested complex in a top-down view, you must at all times keep an eye not only on your energy level, but also be conservative with ammunition. Though you will find new ammo cartridges strewn around the levels, they are consumed quickly by respawning aliens that may come crawling out of the floors and walls when you least expect it. On the floors, you will also find keys for passing through locked doors. Keys must also be used with care, or you may find yourself locked out of a room containing the remaining keys that you will need in order to complete the level. Other doors are one-way, and will electrocute you if you try to pass it in the other direction.
Other major bonuses found on the floor are emergency kits for restoring your health, and credits. The credits come in handy when you find an Infotex terminal. There, you can access information about your current mission and your vital statistics, as well as buy supplies such as ammunition, weapons and keys.
Music is forfeited in this game, in favour of ambience sounds from machinery, machine gun sounds and the sounds of the aliens running around the base.
Alien Breed is an action game originally made for the Amiga, but it was converted for PC for your and my pleasure. The creators of the game are the well known Team17. You start the game as a brave soldier alone in the base and your task is to fight through, killing all that is in your way.
What is in my way, you ask?
Aliens, and lots of them, and they come in many shapes and sizes.
So how do I get rid of them?
Well use your brain ...err guns, which you can get at the start of the game. But be warned as your ammo is short and you should pick up extra packs from the floor.
What else can I pick up from the floor?
You can pick up health which is, of course, vital to your survival. You can also pick up keys, with which you open doors - the good thing is that you can open any door with any key, whereas the bad thing is that you can get stuck if you run out of keys, so use them wisely! Not every door has to be opened. Another thing that can be picked up is money which was probably left by previous occupants of the base.
But why do I need money in a base infested with aliens?
Well the Intex network computer comes in play here. That's the network that is incorporated into the base, but there is only one computer per level. From that computer, which is accessed by pressing alternate fire, you can buy different useful weapons and tools. You can also see the map of the level on it, as well as some other valuable stuff. It is also good to know that you'll use the intex computer for loading levels once you've passed them since there is no regular save game.
Well this game seems cool, but how does it look?
People say a picture is worth a thousand words, so you can take a look at the screenshots yourself. My personal opinion is that the graphics are quite good for its age, but you'll need some time getting used to the bird perspective.
It looks cool, but how does it sound?
The sound is fine, it may get a little repetitive, but it's good as long it's not PC speaker :) .
Hmm. I'm a click away from downloading it, but what's the final verdict?
This game is really amusing! After you get used to it, it can become addictive, but if you want to keep your nerves you should know that Alien Breed is a very challenging (if not hard) game, and it might get frustrating from time to time. However, if you are a skilled player you might experience fewer problems than I did. Another old saying is: the more the merrier (easier in this case), and yes, there's a two player mode.
Terminate every alien encountered on your Base (the Federation Research Station). 12 Levels to shoot through :). This game is one of the most popular arcade games of all times. So check it out!!
A conversion of one of the Amiga's most popular game titles of all time. Alien breed is a fast paced action game with a lot of shooting, explosions and death. The game takes place on Federation Research Station that has been infested by a massive army of Aliens (they remind me of the Xenomorphs - from the movie Alien). Your job is to terminate them and complete the mission. It's rather easy; just make sure you don't run out of ammo. The game has total of 12 missions and it's definitely enough to keep you busy for some time.
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