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Amiga

Alien World

Alien World
GenreShoot em Up
Developer / PublisherHiTEC
Released1992
Media1 x disk
Rating
Graphics:7.0
Sound:8.0
Gameplay:7.0
Overall:7.0
Reviewed byndial
Alien World is another shoot em up with various levels that scroll horizontally while others scroll vertically, and with a rather weird storyline and graphics. The game was released only for the Commodore Amiga, Atari ST and C64 computers. It doesn't offer anything new to the genre, but gameplay is simple and straightforward.
 
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Alien WorldIn the time of legends the world was doomed into darkness. The wizard of evil rules and imprisons your mind in the body of a ferocious alien. An alien similar to the famous block-buster movie though!!! That was his first mistake because you own the soul of a warrior. And so begins your action-packed quest to defeat the wizard and regain your humanity. You set forth to rescue your love interest, a beautiful girl named Merdb. She is held by Feg inside the Cave Of Dreams. The storyline is quite odd for a pure shoot em up game! Collecting pods can enhance your firepower, increase the speed of your alien(!) and activate Smart Bombs. Opponents attack you as expected. What may come up as a surprise though, is how gravity affects you and forces you towards the hot lava. Alien World has all the ingredients of a common shoot and blast game.

The Amiga version features a few more colors (up to 32) than the ST version (up to 26), but in general terms the graphics are pretty much the same on both platforms (although both are somewhat mediocre and sometimes weird). Note that the Amiga version has different background graphics than the ST (but still poor in detail), while the foreground details are the same. Although scrolling is slow, still the game is fun to play for shoot-em-up maniacs.
The soundtrack is far from thrilling musical experience, and not the sort of music you leave playing loud while taking a bath. The Amiga version offers the same introductory tune during gameplay (but no SFX) in contrast to the Atari ST version which offers only SFX during gameplay.
 
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Comparable platforms



30 colors
Commodore Amiga OCS/ECS



26 colors
Atari ST
 
Hardware information

Amiga 500/500+

Amiga 500/500+CPU: Motorola MC68000 7.16 MHz
MEMORY: 512KB of Chip RAM (OCS chipset - A500), 512 KB of Slow RAM or Trapdoor RAM can be added via the trapdoor expansion, up to 8 MB of Fast RAM or a Hard drive can be added via the side expansion slot. The ECS chipset (A500+) offered 1MB on board to 2MB (extended) of Chip RAM.
GRAPHICS: The OCS chipset (Amiga 500) features planar graphics (codename Denise custom chip), with up to 5 bit-planes (4 in hires), allowing 2, 4, 8, 16 and 32 color screens, from a 12bit RGB palette of 4096 colors. Resolutions varied from 320x256 (PAL, non-interlaced, up to 4096 colors) to 640x512 (interlace, up to 4 colors). Two special graphics modes where also included: Extra Half Bright with 64 colors and HAM with all 4096 colors on-screen. The ECS chipset models (Amiga 500+) offered same features but also extra high resolution screens up to 1280x512 pixels (4 colors at once).
SOUND: (Paula) 4 hardware-mixed channels of 8-bit sound at up to 28 kHz. The hardware channels had independent volumes (65 levels) and sampling rates, and mixed down to two fully left and fully right stereo outputs
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The Amiga 500/500+ (default) color palette
12bit RGB 4096-colors palette
(32 to 4096 colors on screen)
 
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