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Alien Storm is a beat ’em up shooter released as an arcade video game by Sega in 1990.[3] It was ported to the Genesis/Mega Drive and Master System. The Mega Drive version was re-released on Wii‘s Virtual Console in 2007 and was also included on Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.[citation needed] The game was also re-released on the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack in 2022.

Plot

A homicidal alien race is invading Earth, and the only thing that stands between them and world domination are a special forces team known as the “Alien Busters”, composed of Karen (absent in the Master System version, named “Karla” in some versions), Garth (named “Gordon” in some versions) and Scooter (the robot, named “Slammer” in Master System and PAL versions).

Gameplay

Alien Storm is a side-scrolling beat ’em up.[4] The game resembles Golden Axe, with a similar artistic style, three playable characters (a man, a woman, and a novelty character) and pick-up or power-up special attacks. The player (one player only on the Master System version, up to two players on the Mega Drive version, three on the arcade version) selects from the three different characters to embark upon a quest to save the Earth from an alien invasion.

All of the Busters are playable from the beginning of the game. There are six missions to complete (eight in the Mega Drive version) with several stages, and each mission has the player blasting aliens, from the streets to the mother ship, where the mother of all aliens can be found. This task becomes increasingly difficult with each new mission, and the aliens are capable of hiding inside objects such as plants, post boxes, trash cans, drums, and other items. Each mission has an objective such as rescuing people or destroying a UFO.

Release

In October 1993,[5] Atari Corporation filed a lawsuit against Sega for an alleged infringement of a patent originally created by Atari Corp. in the 1980s,[6] with the former seeking a preliminary injunction to stop manufacturing, usage and sales of hardware and software for both Sega Genesis and Game Gear.[7] On September 28, 1994,[8][9][10][11][12][13][14] both parties reached a settlement in which it involved a cross-licensing agreement to publish up to five titles each year across their systems until 2001.[15][16][17][18][19][20] The Master System version of Alien Storm was one of the first five titles approved from the deal by Sega in order to be converted for the Atari Jaguar,[7] but it was never released.

Reception

Reception

AggregatorScore
Master SystemSega Genesis
GameRankings61% (5 retrospective reviews)[21]
PublicationScore
Master SystemSega Genesis
Console XS80%[22]78%[27]
Sega Master Force77%[23]
Sega-167/10[24]
MegaTech78%[25]
Mega Play25/40[26]

In Japan, Game Machine listed Alien Storm on their June 15, 1990 issue as being the most-successful table arcade unit of the month.[28] Megatech reviewed the Sega Genesis version and gave an overall score of 78%, they praised the game for being an outstanding conversion of the arcade version and praised the graphics and saying the gameplay is highly enjoyable. The only criticism they had was the game being too easy.[29] Mega Play’s four reviewers gave above average reviews and praising the game’s graphics, animation and felt the game was a near perfect port from the arcade version and being similar to Golden Axe. The criticisms they had was the gameplay being too easy and repetitive.[30]

In 2023, Time Extension included the arcade version on their top 25 “Best Beat ‘Em Ups of All Time” list.[31]

References

  1. ^ “Machine Catalog: Video Games”RePlay. Vol. 16, no. 1. October 1990. pp. 78–85.
  2. ^ “GamePro_US_023.pdf” (PDF).
  3. ^ “Alien Storm”. The International Arcade Museum. Archived from the original on 27 March 2014. Retrieved 9 Nov 2013.
  4. ^ “Alien Storm”. MobyGames. Archived from the original on 2013-11-09. Retrieved 9 Nov 2013.
  5. ^ “Atari Corp. v. Sega of America, Inc., 869 F. Supp. 783 (N.D. Cal. 1994)”. justia.com. August 12, 1994. Archived from the original on 2018-11-16. Retrieved 2018-11-15.

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