Alfred Chicken

a game by Mindscape, and Möbius Entertainment
Genre: Platformer
Platforms: NESNES, GameBoy
Editor Rating: 8.6/10, based on 5 reviews
User Rating: 10.0/10 - 1 vote
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Software Toolworks' new NES puzzle game is chicken -- Alfred Chicken, that is. The plot doesn't beat around the bush. Floella, Billy, and Billy's brothers have been "eggnapped" by the Meka-Chickens for evil laboratory experiments. Alfred is their fine-feathered hope. Who is Floella? Who's Billy? Who cares? Let's just play the game!

No Yoking Around

Alfred Chicken is a classic platform puzzler that challenges players with expansive mazes. It's filled with treacherous jumps, elaborate traps and obstacles, secret rooms, and bird-beating enemies. The object of the game is to move Alfred through the playfields, to peck and release a certain number of Balloons, and to beat the clock.

Finding a safe route to the Balloons ruffles your feathers, but it's even more challenging with the Meka-Chickens' cranky creatures hungry for Chicken Alfredo.

Luckily, Alfred can use his pointy bionic beak to spear most enemies in a dive-bomb attack, but some foes are impervious to his offense. When you confront the occasional Meka-Chicken boss, you get a good dose of control- pad aerobics as you struggle to find its weaknesses.

ProTips:

  • This intersection In Stage 4 can be difficult to traverse. It's not imperative to hit the up-down platform; just drop down.
  • If you have to make a drop, hold down A to slow your fall, so you can scope out enemies and hazards.

Fowl Play

For an NES game, Alfred Chicken's graphics sparkle. Most of the characters have a cartoony look -- simply drawn, but with googly eyes and other funny features.

The game's audio is equally enjoyable. The bouncy, loopy audio sounds as goofy as the characters look. Crys- taklear effects fill out the aural experience.

Most puzzle games require unusual control-pad manipulations, beyond the standard jumping and character movement. In Alfred Chicken you must learn to time dive bombs and peck at blocks to make things happen. Thankfully, the crisp controls aren't too intricate, and it doesn't take long to master the action.

Just Winging It

There aren't many NES games being released these days, so eight-bit fans ought to flock to Alfred Chicken. This is no throwaway game. You'll be cooped up with Alfred for a while.

  • After getting the last Balloon on Stage 1, grab all the Presents to score an extra life.
  • When you hit a set of snails in Stage 2 that are one row above another, work up the right until you're at the top. Then dive-bomb the snails from the top down, which will save you from bouncing up into a snail and losing a life.
  • Bombs have different explosion patterns, so watch out for the fragments when a bomb blows.
  • When you're battling the first Meka-Chicken, stay near the top of the screen. From there, it's easier to avoid him when he speeds up.

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • P-200, 32 MB RAM

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Game Reviews

After winning over the critics on the SNB, Mindscape brings its hop-n-peck show to the Game Boy with equal success. A few plays with this bouncy bird, and you'll be servin' up Alfred Chicken for hours.

Chicken Wings

The bad guys are the Meka Chickens, some Eggs have been Egg-napped, and it's Alfred to the rescue. That's the basic premise, but it's really secondary to the action. In fact, there are no plot screens to set up the background, there's just action, action, action. Though the game seems simple at first - bounce and dodge, bounce and dodge, till your thumbs go numb - the game play is challenging. The stages are increasingly complex mazes, with hidden rooms and tricky traps to ruffle your feathers. Enemies lurk everywhere, and the slightest contact with any of them will cook Alfred's goose.

Adding to the challenge is Alfred's own ineptness. His main weapons are a dive-bombing attack and an up-close peck that's barely strong enough to pop balloons. And, like all chickens, Alfred's flying ability is pretty weak - it's more like a fluttering ability. With no passwords to help you, you'll be cryin' "Fowl!" a few times. To his credit, Alfred's a nimble bird when he's jumping and dive-bombing. Not only can he bounce with the best of'em, but the game's crisp controls give you pinpoint precision landings.

Alfred's Appearance and Audio

Alfred does his bouncing in appealing cartoony worlds. The backgrounds aren't as dense with detail as the best Game Boy games, but they're attractive, nonetheless. Some fine touches - like Alfred's funny expressions and the sniffing snouts of Stage l's wind-up beasts - add to the game's humor.

The sounds keep the cartoon atmosphere zipping along frenetically. A little goes a long way, however, so you might be turning down the music after awhile. Lots of boings and bangs effectively punctuate the springy action.

High Eggs-pectations

Alfred Chicken delivers a quick-bouncing bonanza. This is one chicken that's both tasty and satisfying.

ProTips:

  • To fiml 1-ups, look for the secret room in each level, and grab the Watering Can.
  • To find a door, drop to the right of this Stage 2 soldier.
  • Quickly figure out which critters are enemies. These scary-lookin' bugs are actually helpful platforms.
  • Fly over or around these moving Mines, and you won't activate them.
  • After dive-bombing all nearby enemies, peck at all the On/Off Blocks you find. You nearly always need 'em.
  • When scooping up airborne treats, keep Alfred ascending in a fairly straight vertical line. He's a feeble flier, so you can't swing him efficiently across the screen.
  • Manufacturer: Mindscape
  • Machine: SNES

Unlike that famous old Southern gentleman, Mindscape didn't do chicken right. Poor graphics and a one-hit-and-you're-dead mistake factor make this a takeout order that you should probably just forget.

  • Manufacturer: Mindscape
  • # of players: 1
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Available: 1994
  • Theme: Puzle

Alfred's eggs have been stolen by Meka Chicken. You play as Alfred, the courageous klucker and you need to go find Meka Chicken - a blob with a vacuum cleaner head. The Meka Chicken has different forms and comes after you every couple of levels. Once you find him, you need to destroy him and get your eggs back. This game is full of fun and interesting things to do. The levels are pretty cool looking and the enemies are weird. Destroy enemies by performing a dive-bomb attack which, if done long enough, turns you into a rocket. Then you can plummet through things.

  • Theme: Action
  • No. of Levels: 21
  • Release: 1994

People say:

5

Alfred Chicken is the typical NES game. It has OK sound and graphics but neither are spectacular. The way the backgrounds are laid out, it's hard to tell where you can step and what's a pit. This got annoying. On the positive side, I liked the large levels. For the younger player (the one who still plays the NES) this is an OK cart. With so few new NES carts, you'd better get this one quick!

5

Alfred Chicken was OK on the Super NES, but the noticeable lack of quality graphics and sounds really hurt the score. The levels are still huge and have lots of places to find and explore, some hidden while some are right in front of you. The control is also pretty good as far as Action games are concerned, but Alfred Chicken can and will grow old once you've explored every hidden area.

5

I just got into video games when 16-Bit systems were introduced. So it's very hard for me to be impressed with an 8-Bit game. Alfred Chicken has some OK graphics I guess with lots of places to go and explore. I also like the decent play control, something I tend to place much emphasis on. I can't say I'm crazy about the sound which I found to be a bit annoying. If you're happy with your 8-Bit, this is pretty good.

5

The 8-Bit is just about as dead as the GameBoy should be. There are some good games out there, but they are the exception rather than the rule. Alfred Chicken isn't a bad game, but on this platform it doesn't stand out from the rest. The graphics and sounds are decent for its system though. If you have to have a new NES cart, this one does have decent control and lots to explore but it's not my type.

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