Sure, you'd never want an Alien in your body, but how about sticking one in your pocket? If so, Alien 3 by Arena Entertainment might be just the hand-held style action you're looking for.
In Space, No One Can Hear You Scream
Based on last summer's movie, this vertically-and horizontally-scrolling arcade-style action cart leaves Ripley stranded on the prison colony, Fiorina 161. The good news is that she's not alone. The bad news is that her companions consist of a dangerous bunch of prisoners and a horde of hungry Aliens.
The Company's dangerous plot is to preserve the Alien race and use it to achieve world domination. Ripley's assignment is to destroy each and every Alien to save humanity. To do this, she must rescue prisoners and destroy voracious Aliens located throughout the 15 stages of the prison colony.
Fortunately for Ripley, she packs more firepower in the game than she did in the movie. Throughout the prison colony, she can find Grenades and ammo for her Flame Thrower, Grenade Launcher, and Machine Gun. Although Ripley can swap weapons any time she wants, the buttons you need to hit to swap them require precise timing. You'll find that you jump or swap weapons when you're not trying to, and that you can't swap quickly enough when you need to.
Do It for Newt
Ripley's got to complete each stage by rescuing all of the prisoners on the level. Her effort ends when she either runs out of time or gets nailed once too often by an Alien scavenger. With just three tries and no continues, the odds are with the Aliens and advanced gamers.
Veteran Alien hunters shouldn't expect Alien 3 for the Game Gear to pack the same pulse-pounding action as the Genesis version. The Game Gear obviously doesn't pack enough power to match up with the 16-bit special effects. However, challenging game play and lengthy stages give the game more punch than average Game Gear fare.
- Search for hidden Life boxes. Once you know where they are, return to grab them when you need them.
- Don't stand too close to an exploding Alien-you'll take fallout damage.
- Shoot diagonally downward and upward to destroy Alien Pods and Aliens hanging from the ceiling.
- The best weapons for Alien hunting are the Flame Thrower and the Grenade Launcher.
- Watch for little green clumps in floors and ceilings. They indicate that Aliens are lurking in walls just waiting for you to walk by. If a Face Hugger tries to suck your face, rapidly hit Left and Right on your directional pad to shake 'em off.
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Alien 3 by Acclaim is a one-player action/adventure game that looks and plays entirely differently from any previous Alien game. This game's six multi-scrolling stages feature spectacular graphic and game play that's good enough to make you scream.
Get It off Your Chest
You're Ripley, a C-3 grade Lieutenant for the Weyland-Yutani Corporation. After a catastrophic encounter with Alien Xenomorphs, you're attempting to return to Earth aboard your ship, the Sulaco. A disastrous malfunction causes the Sulaco to crash land on Fiorina 161, a remote, maximum-security prison colony in deep space. When you awaken from a state of hypersleep, you discover that you're the only human survivor. Unfortunately, Alien stowaways also survived, and now they're busy repopulating the prison colony with hundreds of offspring whose favorite food is human flesh. Your mission is to stop the Aliens once and for all, before the Weyland-Yutani rescue ship arrives and the Aliens escape to infest other worlds.
The Mother of all Aliens
Alien 3 dishes out the best game play of all the Alien sagas. In each of the six stages, you must tackle up to eight missions, 40 missions in all.
Every mission confronts you with a new challenge beyond standard Alien bug blasting. Your tasks range from rescuing trapped prisoners before they become Alien food, to fixing broken pipes and repairing damaged power generators.
Moreover, unlike the linear design of the previous Alien games, this game allows you to attack missions in any order. Ripley can access different areas of the prison from the main corridor. Computer terminals located there provide descriptions of each mission in a stage, along with the blueprints of the colony. The complex is a warren of damp and dank passageways, forbidding cell blocks, mines, storage areas, medical rooms, air ducts, elevator shafts, and bleak wastelands. You must guide Ripley through this maze to find the area of the prison where you undertake each mission's task.
ProTip: Watch out for pools of acid on the floor.
Despite the game's adjustable challenge level, Alien hunters will spend many hours roaming Fiorina 161's passageways. A password feature enables Ripley to continue from completed stages, but you can only die once during any mission, then you're back to the beginning of the stage.
Fortunately, Ripley's armed and dangerous. She totes a deadly flame Thrower, a Grenade Launcher and a Machine Gun -- all more than effective for frying Aliens, Face-huggers, and Pods. Additionally, Ripley carries a Blowtorch for making necessary repairs around the colony, and a Motion Tracker that warns her when Aliens are near. The good news is that of all the Alien games, the controls for the SNES version of the game are the easiest to master, thanks to the four-button controller. Each weapon fires via a simple button press. No more swapping and firing...and dying while you're trying to figure out which gun you want.
- Any time you're gunning for Face Huggers and smaller Aliens, crouch while you walk and shoot If you stand and shoot, you fire right over the little buggers and they'll nail you.
- You can store Machine Gun ammo and extra Grenades for your Launcher, but not extra fuel for your Flame Thrower. Don't grab the Flame Thrower fuel until you really need it.
Alien Spits up Something New
The originality of Alien 3's game play is seriously pumped by the game's chilling graphics. Ripley and her Alien nemeses are super large sprites that look and move like their movie predecessors. Ripley can walk, run, jump, crouch, fire, and even swing hand-over-hand across overhead bars. The Aliens crawl, run, and spit. Fiorina 161 sports highly detailed backgrounds that recreate the flick's creepy mood.
Alien 3's music jams to heighten the suspense. Of course, there are the requisite screams of the exploding Aliens, along with some nicely digitized voices of prisoners screaming for help.
Ripley's Excellent, Believe It or Not
Just when you thought you never wanted Aliens in your face again, Acclaim's pulled a fast one on ya! Alien 3 for the SNES is highly original, enough to please even jaded veterans of the Alien 3 wars on other systems. It's packed with excellent graphics, challenging game play, and enough exploding Aliens to satisfy even the most hardened bug hunter. Don't bother to do it for Newt. Do it for yourself!
Alien: a glistening thing of pure evil with razor sharp teeth that protract from its jaws to reach for its prey. It's characterized by a sloped head, protruding spine, and acid blood. Parasitic in nature, the Alien reproduces by laying eggs in host bodies.
This Time It's Hiding in the Most Terrifying Place of All!
It's been almost 15 years since America met the Alien and Alien assault specialist Ellen Ripley. After surviving two bloodcurdling big-screen battles against Aliens, Ripley's ready for Round Three in the movie and Round One in the video arena. In this Genesis adventure, one person stands between the Aliens' total domination of the planet and possibly the universe-you!
When you step into Ripley's combat boots, your Marine Warship, the SULA-CO, has just crash-landed on Fiorina-161. There are no survivors, save Ripley and a nasty Alien stowaway. Fiorina, once a mining colony, is now a prison -- and one big smorgasbord for the hungry Aliens.
Alien 3 presents a varietal horde of missions through its vertically- and horizontally-scrolling stages. During Rescue stages, Ripley's goal is to release all the prisoners before time runs out. In Exterminate stages, she must hunt and kill as many Aliens as she can within a set time limit. In Mission stages, she's got to rescue prisoners and destroy Aliens.
ProTip: At the end of a Rescue stage, all the prisoners you fail to save experience instant death, of the Alien-chest-bursting variety. It's gross to watch, but very useful since you'll be able to pinpoint the location of all of the prisoners you couldn't find!
Have You Hugged Your Face Today?
There's a load of Alien nasties creeping, crawling, and slinking their way through every dreary nook and cranny of the prison colony. Adult Aliens creep, crawl and crash out of every passage. They'll rush you rapidly from off-screen and even drop from above to land on your head.
- When you climb a ladder or crawl along a passageway, it's a good idea to fire your weapon every few seconds to blow away surprise Aliens.
- When an Alien's lurking on the other side of a door, toss a Grenade to blow the door up, switch to another weapon before the Grenade explodes, and then fire immediately. You'll take out the door and the Alien simultaneously.
- Use parallel platforms and ledges to nail Aliens that hang upside down from the ceiling. It's easier to destroy them while they're hanging then to battle them face-to-jaws.
- Don't panic. You can leap over a crawling Alien.
Facehuggers are deadly little parasites that are looking to plant a baby Alien inside of you! When one of them latches onto Ripley's head she loses Energy rapidly. When you discover Alien pods, which are major hatching grounds for new Aliens, destroy them immediately.
Shake Facehuggers loose by rapidly hitting Left and Right.
Armed and Dangerous
In Alien 3 the movie, Ripley and her prison companions were unarmed. In Alien 3 the game, Ripley's packing more firepower than you're gonna know what to do with -- but you're gonna need it all. You begin the game armed with limited quantities of Hand Grenades, as well as limited ammo for your Machine Gun, Grenade Launcher, and Flame Thrower. Power-up items lie throughout the prison. Grab them to replenish your ammo. Swap weapons as needed.
- The Grenade Launcher is Ripley's best weapon. It destroys Aliens with one blast and fires long-range. Don't forget to tag Aliens off-screen.
- The Hand Grenades come in handy when you've got Alien problems below you. Ripley's got a Radar device that pinpoints Aliens on the move, as well as the location of prisoners. You must continually snag batteries to keep the device charged.
- Don't rely on Radar for protection. Aliens move very fast, and you'll be caught napping if you're staring at the Radar screen waiting for something to happen.
- At the beginning of Stage 2, jump backwards through a secret passageway for a pair of power-ups.
Do It for Newt!
Alien 3 balances straight-up arcade-style action with enough tension to effectively capture the nail-biting mood of the movie. The graphics have a Rolling Thunder look and a palatable gore factor. Cool tunes round off the mood, and the sound of a shot destroying an Alien will send a chill down your spine. Yup, we liked it a lot! Just remember: "In space, no one can hear you scream", but when you scream in the living room, everyone's gonna hear you!
In the tradition of arcade greats like Operation Wolf, Terminator 2 and Steel Gunner, comes Sega's Alien 3 The Gun. This latest arcade entry from Sega features astounding graphics which add to the eerie surroundings and backgrounds.
You are trapped in a penal colony on a dark and dismal planet. And guess what? The aliens are also in the prison and are now up to their old tricks!
The game is a blast. On discharge, your gun will recoil. This is a cool feature which adds to the realism of this coin-grabber.
You will find yourself genuinely startled as the aliens come bounding out of their hiding places looking to kill you! The fact that you're making a fool of yourself by yelping out loud is probably the greatest thing about this game!
You'll definitely feel as though you are actually living out this terrifying adventure!
You can play Alien 3 The Gun alone or with a friend. Either way you're guaranteed to have a good time with this one! Remember to be careful not to run out of ammo at a critical moment (and believe me, there are a lot of critical moments!).
Take it from me, next time you're in your local arcade, take a good look around for Sega's Alien 3 The Gun. This is a wild game not for the faint of heart!
- Manufacturer: LJN
- Machine: Super NES
- Theme: Action
- No. of Levels: 40
LJN is bursting onto the Super NES movie-to-game scene with their latest release, Alien 3.
Based loosely on the movie, Ripley must rid a penal colony infested with, you guessed it, aliens! Help Ripley attack these lethal creatures and save the colony from destruction. Choose from a number of deadly weapons to aid in your assault. Complete any mission in each stage in any order you wish.
This takes the Genesis version and completely pumps it up! The result is an almost completely different game! The premise is the same: Wipe out the aliens and rescue the humans. A wide variety of weapons like flamethrowers and pulse rifles add to the fun. The only thing I didn't like was the awkward crouching control.
Look out! Alien 3 is a great game from beginning to end. The music and sound effects are top-notch and really add to the suspense. Although the game is really nothing new, the way it's put together is really exciting. The only major complaint have is that the levels get repetitive without much diversity in the missions.
This is one of the best side-scrollers I've played in a while! Total intensity in every way, this cart delivers the sights and sounds that made the movie a hit. Great graphics and super cool weapons will have you toasting aliens for hours. The game play is hard to grasp at first but very good nonetheless. Long and tough.
This is the best Alien game to date. The animation and graphics are well done and highly detailed. There is also a booming soundtrack that really gets your heart pumping. The missions are interesting but can get a bit repetitive over the length of the game. Good weapon choices but the power-up rooms make it a bit easy.
Ripley has crash landed on Fiorna 6, a penal colony. Unknowingly bringing the alien menace to the planet, Ripley must free the prisoners she has put into peril. Armed with a variety of weapons ranging from a pulse rifle to a grenade launcher, she will have to fight hordes of slime covered xenomorphs. Fierce alien warriors will halt Ripley's progress if they can.
While based on the third movie, the weapons from the second are here to create a spine-tingling adventure. The levels vary from a slaughter house to the lead works. This game recreates the chilling mood of the movie. It's up to you to end the nightmare once and for all.
It's a now familiar but still horrifying tale. Ripley, heroine of three chilling space movies, is stranded on a remote mining planet where her ship, the SULACO, has crash-landed. To make matters worse, the planet is now a deserted prison. Well, not quite deserted. A desperate crew of space criminals is incarcerated within the grim tunnels and cells of Fiorina 161, but this band of hard-core thieves, rapists, and murderers are the least of Ripley's problems. The Company's out to breed a vicious race of ravenous Aliens and use them to control Earth. If Ripley doesn't destroy them, our world is doomed.
The Future Is Now
Alien 3 is a one or two player (alternating) shoot-n-run action thriller that does a good job of capturing the suspense and excitement of Alien 3, the movie. This six-level, multi-scrolling game combines simple, but slick, game play with jazzy tunes from the movie. It's a game that's just plain fun. Naturally, the game can't hold its own in comparison to the incredible Genesis version of Alien 3, but it's just what NES gamers have been hungering for.
As Ripley, your task is deceptively simple: rescue all of the hostages in each area of the mining colony. Of course, you're gonna have to find them all first. This means that you've got to roam the dark, dank tunnels and passageways of Fiorina 161.
Crisp 8-bit graphics with nary a flicker in sight set the mood in this maximum security prison. Although Ripley's a tiny sprite, the scale of the graphics and the clever rendering of the subterranean tunnels are very effective.
The colony's passageways twist and turn and are fraught with danger, including deadly pits, precarious platforms, locked barriers, and... well, THEM! It seems the Aliens have crash-landed on the planet along with Ripley. They're looking for a snack, and they prefer human meat. The greedy scavenger lurks around every corner, and Ripley's got to defend herself against them if she's to have any chance of success in her mission.
- Fry pods the second you see them, because they generate Face-Huggers. If a Face-Hugger grabs your mug, rapidly tap Left and Right to shake 'em off.
- When you're crawling down a tunnel, fire a shot every few seconds to take out any nasty surprises that may be waiting out of sight!
- Watch out for Aliens that spit acid. They'll knock you flat on your.. er.. holster.
- You don't have to climb all the way up to a hostage on an overhead platform. Jump from below to snag 'em.
Fortunately, Ripley's armed and dangerous with an arsenal that includes a Machine Gun, a Flame Thrower, a Grenade Launcher, and Hand Grenades. The ammo for each weapon is limited, so zan of the game's strategy is to decide what weapon to use and where. It's important to look down every passageway, since additional ammo, as well as extra lives, are hidden throughout the prison colony.
- Use your Grenade Launchers sparingly. You'll need them to open doors located throughout the levels.
- If a hungry Alien's wailing below you as you climb down a ladder, drop a carefully timed Grenade to blow it to smithereens.
- The acid-spitting Alien Guardians at the end of each area usually fight with an easy-to-decipher pattern. For example, in Level 2 stand to the far left near the door and fire at the Alien when it's on-screen.
Since Ripley can only use one weapon at a time, you'll swap between them with a simple but frustrating button press. All too often you'll find yourself jumping or shooting when you want to swap weapons. To select the weapon you want, you've got to watch an item box at the screen's lower left corner. It's easy to figure out what to do, but sometimes it's tough to pull it off when an Adult Alien is rocketing down a passageway towards you. Other than that, Alien3's standard run 'n' gun controls are easy to master.
You may not always have time to fire when an Alien comes running at you. Try to leap over them.
In Space, No One Can Hear You Scream
Alien 3's adjustable challenge makes it fair game for beginner to advanced space commandos. A time limit for each level combines with unexpected Alien attacks to keep your pulse pounding. There's no time to relax in this seek-and-destroy mission, and that's just the way it should be.
Alien 3 reminds us of what the NES does well -- entertain! The formula for success here is a great story line, uncomplicated game play that pumps your adrenaline level, decent graphics, and movie-style tunes. You can do it for Newt, but if you're an NES fan, do Alien 3 for yourself!
"In space... no one can hear you scream."
In 1979, these eight words introduced the American movie-going audience to a new type of terror -- Alien. A far cry from the comical creatures of the Fifties, the monster of this film was a glistening thing of pure evil with razor sharp teeth that protracted from its jaws to reach for its prey, a sloped head, protruding spines, and acid blood. The Alien was an incredible, unstoppable, killing machine -- a predator, well equipped for the hunt. The nearly insurmountable task of stopping this creature fell into the hands of Sigourney Weaver, who starred in the role of "Ripley".
Luckily for us, Sigourney survived her first encounter with the Alien -- paving the way for the epic sequel, "Aliens", which was released in 1986. This time, Ripley is an adviser for a group of kick-butt Marines. They think they have the military knowhow to stop the Alien's killing ways. But as Ripley and viewers of the first flick know, it takes more than a Marine to stop an Alien.
Flash forward to May, 1992. "Alien 3" hit theaters across the country and, for lucky Genesis owners, a video game version of the film is slotted for a summer release.
So sit back, relax, and try not to get any alien blood on your fingers. That stuff burns, you know!
Alien 3 is a one, or alternating two- player, fast action game for the Genesis. In this game, you take the role of the main character, Ripley. This survivor of past Alien terrors awakens to find that her emergency escape pod was jettisoned from the Marine Warship Sulaco after a space disaster, and has crash landed on the Planet Fiorina-161. Fiorina-161, once a mining colony, is now a prison -- a dream comes true for one hungry Alien stowaway. Ripley has to wind her way through 15 grueling levels of arcade-style blood and guts fighting. Each of the prison's complex levels is a maze of deadly corridors, and Ripley's got to roam them all in order to free as many prisoners as possible before the Aliens get to them. She's armed to the teeth with a pulse rifle, grenade launcher, flame thrower, hand grenades, and alien motion tracker. But will that be enough? Remember, this time it's hiding in the most terrifying place of all!
Alien 3 is a side-scrolling shoot ‘em up game based on the movie of the same name.
The player is placed in control of Lt. Ellen Ripley, the main character of the series, who is the only survivor after the space ship carrying her (and others) crashes on a desolate planet. The planet serves as an all-male imprisonment facility and, unbeknownst to everyone, the ship was also carrying an alien which soon begins to multiply through the inmates.
Alien 3 features six levels, each with various tasks. These tasks can range from rescuing prisoners, to cutting off access to areas, to repairing damaged equipment. Of course, along the way you must destroy any and all aliens that you encounter using the weapons at your disposal. These include a flamethrower, a machine gun and a grenade launcher, with ammo and health packs to be found scattered in different places.
Using the terminals found throughout Alien 3, you are assigned tasks and the game is nice enough to show you where you need to go in order to complete them. However, the levels are quite large and can take more than an hour, depending on the case. Because of this, it can be a tedious task.
Luckily, the game has top notch graphics and great animations, especially when referring to the main character and considering the limited graphical capabilities at the time. The environments are nicely decorated, although it does not really add to the replay value, since they are not exactly bright and cheerful. However, combined with the eerie music and moments of silence when all you can hear is the screech of an alien hiding in the shadows, Alien 3 really does set the mood and is not short of thrills.
Some of the players’ complaints focused on the game’s increased difficulty when compared to other games. You are given only one life and must fight hordes of aliens at every step, thus it can become frustrating at times. Alien 3 does have a few elements which can help correct this, such as a simple password system which allows you to skip to a certain level, or the colour-coded enemies which allow you to formulate a fighting strategy as soon as you see them show up on the screen.
Alien 3 has its flaws, but in the end it lends to a great gaming experience, even years after its release. Fans of the Alien series should rest assured that the game stays faithful to the movie, and some consider it to be actually better. It is definitely worth checking out.
Alien 3 features:
- Six huge levels which can take an hour or more to complete.
- Great graphics
- Closely follows the events of the movie
Try a hand at defeating facehuggers, chestbursters, warriors, and a wide range of other gruesome aliens as you assume the identity of Ellen Ripley in the 1993 side-scrolling, platform game, Alien. Fight your way through six levels based on events loosely taken from the movie. Guide Ellen, as she manuevers through each level on a mission she accepts from one of the many centrally located computer terminals. Each mission includes specific tasks such as repairing fuse boxes, welding doors shut, rescuing prisoners, and destroying the alien eggs. After Ellen completes all of the missions in one level, you will receive a password that advances you to the next level. Oh, and do not forget about the mother aliens, who are the egg layers and the queen, better known as the “Alien Queen”. You might want to arm yourself with a variety of weaponry and equipment. You can use a flamethrower, pulse rifle with grenades and bullets, a welder, and the motion scanner. Upon reaching the end of the game, the alien queen is pushed into molten lead by a piston and Ripley. This horror movie inspired game, developed by Probe Software, takes a third-person perspective with a female protagonist. It is a single player system compatible with SNES gaming platforms.
Alien 3 is video game based on the movie sequel of the same name. The plot of the movie picks up directly after the end of Aliens. Ellen Ripley, the main character of the Alien series, is in cryo-sleep aboard the space ship Sulaco. Unfortunately, an alien or two has stowed away on the Sulaco, and wreaked havoc within the ship. Thus, it crash lands on the prison colony planet Fiorina 161. Ripley and the unarmed prisoners have to figure out a way to survive the alien who terrorize the colony until help arrives.
The game play of the various Alien 3 conversions varies from platform to platform. The Genesis Alien 3 game is side scrolling action game with large maze-like levels. In each level, you have to rescue all the trapped prisoners and then make your way to the exit, all while surviving multiple alien attacks.