In true Duke Nukem style, Subzero Software's Alien Carnage has at its core a fierce fighting, world-saving, superhero: Halloween Harry. He is the only man on Earth with the skills, desire, and firepower to defeat the alien invaders and save the human race from being subjugated as zombie slaves.
The action takes place in New York City where the aliens have already begun to wreak block-to-block havoc. Harry receives his orders from Space Station Liberty and, with guns and flame-throwers blazing, attempts to track the insidious vermin to their underground lair, a spaceship buried under a NY high rise. The full version of Alien Carnage (known as Halloween Harry in its shareware days) can be played at the easy, medium, or hard skill level. In easy mode, weapon costs are cheaper and enemies die more quickly while the hard level is just the opposite. An Infoboy, the game's main menu screen, is used to gain access to various game options and select missions.
The game keeps track of high scores as well as other in-game information including an ammunition meter, time bonuses, accumulated credits (for buying more weapons), score, and the lives/health meter. Harry has access to several weapons and tools to help him track and exterminate the aliens. Included in his impressive arsenal is a radar scanner, jetpack, power-ups (vending machines), and a communications device. Alien Carnage features 20 levels, six lean and mean weapons (flame-thrower, photon cannon, missiles, grenades, micro-nukes, and Omega bombs) and a great many aliens to fight.
Alien Carnage (also known as Halloween Harry) is a follow-up to the 1985 game Halloween Harry, created for the Microbee System by John Passfield in 1985, but it has very little in common with the original game.
In this side-scrolling platformer, earth is being invaded by aliens who turn humans into zombies in order to enslave them. Harry is the only saviour of earth, and he has to traverse different levels and rescue the kidnapped humans. There are many different weapons to collect, and most have a limited amount of ammo.
Ah yes, Alien Carnage. This was one of the games I remember playing a long time ago. I knew this game by its shareware name - Halloween Harry.
In Alien Carnage you play a character called Harry, equipped with a jetpack and a flamethrower. The planet is under attack by an alien force and they are turning humans into BRAINDEAD ZOMBIES! Your mission is to go through the many levels, saving hostages and kicking zombie behind! The game was Apogee's first VGA platformer. Levels feature zombies, aliens, spikes, safe points, hostages, elevators and weapon dispensers. You have to find all the hostages (the women and men covered in slime) and then enter the elevator, which marks the end of the level.
The game features a wide variety of weapons. You acquire these through weapon dispensers. They include the photon blaster, mini-nuke, missiles, and the almighty OMEGA Bomb. Every time you kill enemies, they drop some credits. With these credits you can buy weapons/ammo. The better a weapon, the more money it costs. Tip: Slimy things keep dropping credits (unlike zombies). Move far away from the slime/green squid thing, and then come back. Kill it, and you get another credit.
The sound and music in the game are awesome. My favourite tune is when you see the cut scene at the space station. Most of the songs have a very good beat to them, so you won't turn the music off after a few minutes of playtime. Same with the sound; every weapon and event has an excellent sound. The graphics are really good for a DOS platformer. Everything is nice and smooth. All the sprites are smooth and have a shine to them. The best part is when you see the zombies burn to the ground. To sum things up, you should try Halloween Harry; it's extremely fun, and if you love platformers like Commander Keen (also made by Apogee), you will love this game.
An instant hit for Apogee after its release as shareware and subsequent commercial game under the new name Alien Carnage, Halloween Harry is a great platformer that features cool weapons, numerous levels, tough enemies, and many power-ups. Help our beefy hero Halloween Harry cleanse the earth of invading aliens (hmm... sounds familiar, somehow). Nonstop action, vibrant graphics, and responsive controls puts the game's developers Gee Whiz into the front rank of quality action game houses. Also check out the sequel Zombie Wars!, which is even better than the first.
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