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Alien Thing

Alien Thing
GenreShoot em Up
Developer999 Software
Publisher999 Software
Released1995
Rating
Graphics:7.0
Sound:8.0
Gameplay:8.0
Overall:8.0
Reviewed byndial
Alien Thing is an Amiga Alien Breed game clone developed exclusively for the Atari ST/STE computers and is also among the very last games released for these machines. Alien Thing was written in STOS BASIC!
 
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Alien ThingSTORY / GAMEPLAY
One thing is for sure! The Amiga's Alien Breed series are among the greatest games ever created that left the ST users in envy. This time, it was ST's turn to host an exclusive "Alien Breed" clone on its library. Apart from the classic ST version there is also a more enhanced STE version. The gameplay is almost identical to the great Alien Breed series and your main task is to move around an alien-infested complex in a top-down view and find your way to the next exit, protecting your life by blasting deadly alien xenomorphes with your plasma weapon! Collecting energy and keys is of great importance since you have to unlock doors to proceed and, of course, survive!

GRAPHICS/SOUND:
The ST Alien Breed clone has decent visuals including detailed levels and nice colors. The sprites move around the screen in a smooth and fast way. Ok visually this game is not an "Alien Breed killer" (by any means) but it looks and plays nicely for an exclusive Atari ST release! The graphics are colorful and the details here and there are quite satisfactory, though repetitive. The negative here is that the screen scrolling is not always smooth and the framerate drops at times (when the screen is crowded). As far as the sound, the game features good (but of low quality) sampled sound effects and a well composed (sampled as well) intro music.
 
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Atari ST

Atari STCPU: Motorola 68000 16/32bit at 8mhz. 16 bit data bus/32 bit internal/24-bit address bus.
MEMORY: RAM 512KB (1MB for the 1040ST models) / ROM 192KB
GRAPHICS: Digital-to-Analog Converter of 3-bits, eight levels per RGB channel, featuring a 9-bit RGB palette (512 colors), 320x200 (16 color), 640x200 (4 color), 640x400 (monochrome). With special programming techniques could display 512 colors on screen in static images.
SOUND: Yamaha YM2149F PSG "Programmable Sound Generator" chip provided 3-voice sound synthesis, plus 1-voice white noise mono PSG. It also has two MIDI ports, and support mixed YM2149 sfx and MIDI music in gaming (there are several games supported this).
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The Atari ST (default) color palette
9-bit RGB 512-color palette
(16 on-screen and up to 512 in static image)
 
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