Alien 3 by Virgin Games


alien_3_01Publisher: Virgin Games
Developer: Probe Software
Release Date: 1992
Code: Michael J. Archer
GFX: L. Ames, L. Baker
Music: Andrew Rodger
ZZAP64 Game Rating: 93%
Our Game Rating: 91%
Completed & Reviewed by Vinny Mainolfi
> CLICK HERE to Download emu file
> CLICK HERE to view the YouTube ending video
I remember having this game on back-order with Wizard Games for what seemed an eternity. For some reason, there was a delay in the distribution of this game and eventually, Wizard Games offered me a refund, or a copy of Lemmings on tape. I settled with the latter, but it wasn’t until 2 years later that I actually got to play Alien 3 from a cracked version.
What an incredible game this is, and to think it was released right near the very end of the Commodore 64’s commercial life – if not at the end! Some serious platform action, fab graphics and cool sonix really make this game a top notch title that really did show the world what the Commodore 64 was really about.
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Ripley final saves the world yet again.
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BRILL! Where’ the Champagne?
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Yeah, yeah… Champagne, please!
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Roll the credits!
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He da man!
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Ah go on. Go on, go on, go on…
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The End.
HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: I used a cracked version of the game to skip through the levels and get to the end.
SO WHAT HAPPENS?: Once you have completed stage 15 and knocked off the Guardian, the ending kicks in with a congratulatory message, along with some movie style credits and an ending tune.
COMMENTS:
Vinny: Okay – so an amazing game, but unfortunately, for me, the ending is a little lacklustre. I was expecting it to go out with a bang, but it’s just some rolling credits and a piece of Andrew Rodgers music. Plus – I’m sure the ending is bugged as I have checked a few versions and they all seem to have flashing sprites moving up with the credits. Or is that intentional?
Andrew Fisher: There’s definitely something odd going on with those sprites – looks like someone forgot to change some registers/settings as the scroll goes up.
This is an interesting game, like Vinny it wasn’t until I got hold of a cracked version that I got to play it as it was so difficult to find commercially. It’s a pretty good conversion of the SNES game, right down to the vents section and the status panel. Whether it’s a good tie-in to the film is another matter.
It’s not a bad ending either (if we can ignore the strange sprites appearing every now and then), a twee piece of music doesn’t really suit the text but it’s OK altogether. 4/10.
Brendan Phoenix: Not that bad, the end credits is a nice idea and gives it a movie like feel. An ending pic would have been nice ala Aliens US version.
Andy Vaisey: I really enjoyed the much maligned film; just because it wasn’t the blast-fest that was Aliens, doesn’t mean it’s not worthy of credit. For a bad film in the series, refer to the abomination that was Resurrection…
Does the game reflect the film. In no way what-so-ever. Is this a good game? Not my cup of tea, but I see some good stuff in there. Ending? PAH!! As worthless as the fourth film…
Frank Gasking: Not bad at all!… It’s a HUGE shame the game never got the full attention it deserved and that it was released so late. I remember it first mentioned back in 1992/93 time. The disk version original is still at large, and only tape versions have been found! I think the game is by the same guy who did Altered Beast on the C64.
Gaz Spence: One of the very last full price commercial c64 games, although it seems the distribution was very small. Still, it’s a nice playable blast-em up with a decent ending to boot, as Robin Hogg would say.
FINAL SAY: It’s okay – but don’t expect a blockbuster ending!

G.E. RATING: 4 / 10

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