#??: Aliens Infestation
There was this little bell ringint at the back of my head when I saw this game… I don’t know if it was intuition or if I’d heard someone recommend this game in the past, in any case that bell and a price tag of 10 $ made me buy this one. And man didn’t I know what awesomeness the game had in store for me!
The game is some kind of sequel to the Alien movies starring Sigourney Weaver (or Ripley as she’s portraying in the movie), only this time your team find the same ship they find in the first movie sending a distress signal, if I recall correctly. There are guard bots and soldiers guarding the compund, and you know you’re walking into some organization’s plot to exploit the Xenomorphs once more, and it doesn’t take too long to be acquainted to your crew, and to confront your first Alien.
You remember that alien from the first movie, the one with an elephant trunk that creeps the heck out of me? You’ll revisit it in the background, on that one same ship as in the 1st movie, and brace yourself, ’cause there’s something even more vile waiting for you ahead…
There aren’t many games that look this gorgeous, and I’m not only talkning about the 2D elements of the game but also the artwork featured of the cast. The style is definitely adding to the gritty and dark atmosphere of horror whilst regaining some humor when the hard-necked soldiers are speaking amongst themselves or the commander. All of these elements blend together giving a very enjoyable visual experience indeed.
This is one of the lighter areas of the game, a cold and sterile environment without much detail…
Though there are more detailed facilites and millieus, such as this one detailing how the human-based Xenomorphs are produced. Feels like Biology Class all over again!
Sounds & Music: 8/10
The music, if even present at times, matches the horror and adrenaline-pumping elements of the game very well. It’s an army inspired soundtrack with lots of classic horror-esque elements in the music, well, just think adrenaline rushing beats. The sound effects are of high quality and do complement the game very well. I remember several tunes, though not all of them since I was too focused surviving mostly, but the one especially worth mentioning is the boss theme, just listen to this:
The gameplay is really good, and the controls are perfect. You have a total of three soldiers at your disposal /marines, to be correct!) and they all look kind of the same (but not identical) and play pretty much the same. What’s different is their personalities, if you’re interested in them, and it’s fun to encounter all of them, even though you can’t add them to your team unless you’ve got a spot for them you still can read their biographies before starting the game. You can also see which ones you’ve lost that way… They pretty much work as “Extra Lives”, but when you add their personalities to the mix it’ inevitable to get favorites. While all of the marines in my original team perished to the hands of boss aliens I only lost 8 of them. It’s not too many unless compared to those experts who have no deaths in their rosters at all (!) and have mastered this game that’s tough-as-doornails.
They even have that knife trick minigame that they’re playing in the movies!
Its a difficult game that plays very much like the Metroid games for the Gameboy Advance, but you can see that it has been inspired by that franchise’s great gameplay and not just copied off everything. Aliens Infestation is definitely a game that, in my opinion, rivals those games in all aspects. So, if you itch for a new Metroid sidescroller and don’t know what to stratch it with, just grab a copy of this game and use its rough edges for that purpose! You’ll have to explore the facilities meticilously to be able to upgrade your weapons, which is of essence in this game, and to progress in the story. One mistake will lose youa marine though, so even if i feels good to run all over the place it’s better at times to take your time.
An example of the dark humor of the game, gotta love this!
And here’s my favorite marine, he’s a dude that talks to his gun.
One thing the game has over the Metroid franchise is that it lacks diarrhea inducing coundown sequences!
Replay value: 9/10
Replaying the game I’d reckon is as much fun as playing it for the first time, as you’ll be able to kick Alien arse the second time around as you know the game mechanics and layout of the levels much better, so all in all the replay value is very high.
There are a total of 15 marines in addition to the ones you start off with, and each of them has unique dialogue!
First image from: capsulecomputers.com – Second image from: wingdamage,com -The rest of the images taken by MartianOddity