An Evil But Addictive Game
You can't win, but the game just keeps you comming back for more Butt-Whippings.
Love the game!
Super Addictive and Fun.
(now tell me the secret of how to actually rescue Newt)
(and add a Cheat mode or something for us wimps)
(Oh!..I almost forgot...Make The Queen A Little More User-Friendly)
I couldn't disagree with markcysts more. I quite enjoy the anticipation of an alien dropping on one of your marines heads, also when it does happen its a real situation getting it off, attempt to dislodge the alien by hand with lower chances or risk shooting at the marine and killing him and the alien (I use both methods). A cool thing I noticed is that when many marines are trying to dislodge an alien it will be unable to snatch the grabbed marine up (it takes another roll so might wound or incapacitate him or rarely kill him but does not snatch him), this gives you another go to try and sort the alien out.
This game is truly exceptional, I have played many of the latest video games you buy in shops but none as addictive as this, I keep coming back to it and playing it again, the great thing is there are so many possible outcomes, and I find while I am playing truly film like sequences are played out. For example on level 3 I had a situation where Apone was stuck in a room with 4 aliens within his reach (3 in the same room 1 in the adjacent) amazingly he manages to flame all three in his sight, the go ends but there is one alien left, damn he's a gonner and he is unsupported, the alien runs up and jumps on him, another 2 aliens drop in the room on the alien turn, it's over. But miraculously he manages to throw the alien off and amazingly uses his last 2 goes to flame the other 2 standing aliens, I heard myself say "outstanding, truly outstanding soldier" (he finishes the thrown off alien the next go). Miraculous and heroic action like this is not uncommon in the game, and has you gripping your seat in anticipation.
You can complete operations with the whole film cast intact I remember doing it, it relies a lot on you grenades, granted it is very difficult.
What I would love to see is some seperate missions or more maps not connected to the storyline they do not have to be related to the films but can come from the Aliens franchise, the comics have plenty of cool missions and even the AvP video games have some great material. For example a similar mission to mission 1 would be marines escaping a large complocated infested hulk (I played this often online on AvP2).
Perhaps a map editor, I would love to be able to create missions on this. A multiplayer option would be great also, I would love to be able to play a friend and play as the aliens.
Anyways great work this is an excellent game, it is simply structured but at the same time the gameplay produces and enables a lot of intricacy, so that it has lasting appeal.
I like to play the game grouping my men into 2 fire teams and have a "no one is left to the enemy" policy this means even flaming a grabbed marine rather than have him snatched (only if there is no other option).
The link below is an image of all 3 missions completed in a row, the only fatality I had was Vasquez who died in the tunnels of mission 2 shooting off an alien from a grabbed colleague (who survived the engagement was incapacitated and carried out). If you look on the right of the screen notice that I left Burke, I contemplated taking him back but decided he deserved to die owing to his cowardice and treachery.
Thanks again great game let me know what you think of the review..
I like that you CHOSE not to rescue Burke. Even though you clearly had the option to. Nice :)
A mission editor would be too complicated for me to make since my maps are not constructed by tiles. They are each one big bitmap. If I ever do a remake, I would make the graphics out of individual tiles. Then a mission editor might be a possibility.
Great but frustrating...
I love this game and I'm definetely glad someone finally stepped up to the plate and made a good Aliens game. Thats something very few developers have been able to do over the Alien franchise's 30 year span. A few notable ones would be Aliens on C64, AvP on Atari Jaguar, and Alien 3 for Sega. Considering that dozens of other games were made and thats all I can dredge up is sad, and don't get me started on the PS1/Saturn Alien Trilogy or the AvP movies for that matter.
Since I've been playing this for a long while, I noticed that there are some faults. Very, very frustrating faults. These can be easily remedied though.
ONE: Alien landing randomness. The single-most annoying element of the game is when I start ALIENS LAND ON MY MARINES' HEADS!!!!!!! What is going to stop me from aborting the game and just retarting?
If I'm lucky to make it to the opposite side and have all 9 guys still alive I think I'm in the clear. Right when I'm about to leave the reactor with all of my Marines <BAM!> an alien lands on Hicks and despite 2 or 3 Marines around him its no use and he gets pulled up. This makes your performance in the game lie more with luck than skill. Its one thing if an alien lands right next to you, but on top of you is just bad sport. I'd say a better rule would be if a marine gets far enough away from his buddies then sure, an alien will isolate him and snatch him up in quick succession, thats how they act in the movies. I would say to make it fair but still very challenging, increase the odds of an alien killing, incapacitating or wounding a Marine when grabbing him but don't have them land on top of characters' heads who are surrounded by plenty of other marines. Sure, they can land next to them, that keeps one on his toes. But I can't tell you how livid I can be when for no fault of my own, Ripley gets snagged by an alien when I'm trying to rescue Newt giving me an anti-climactic let-down.
TWO: Impossibility. There is no way you can survive Operations intact if you have the same people from the movie present which is a let down. Belive me, I've tried too. Out of the fifty plus times I played Operations with only Hicks, Vasquez, Hudson, Ripley, Gorman, Burke and Newt I was able to escape with Newt and Ripley just once. ONCE! No other time did I escape to the landing field with anyone else save for getting within two spaces of the exit with Hudson. Unluckily for him though he got snatched. Even with ten or more Marines won't guarantee many of them will survive. On average I leave operations with 3-6 marines left starting from an original 10-13. The biggest casualty producing part is in the air ducts where at least 2 will get pulled away kicking an screaming. Something I would really like to see is the ability to detonate a grenade in dire straits like Vasquez and Gorman did in the film taking a giant horde of bugs with them. That would give the others more time to escape.
THREE: Starting from scratch. Granted this is a flash game but if there was a way to save my progress in the game I'd be a happy man. Lets say you finish The Reactor with all your guys but have a pitiful game in Operations. No problem, just go back to the beginning of Operations with the guys you have that survived the Reactor. Quick fix and more fun instead of having to go back every time and replay the Reactor.
Aside from that, great game. You should expand upon it! Throw in the last scene with Ripley in a power loader fighting the queen. Make the option of playing with Ferro, Spunkmeyer, or Bishop like the original game. A special edition would be ideal for something like that. Speaking of which, remember the remote sentries in the Special Edition? That would be some nice hardware to have in the game.
Thanks for the support and encouragement. The SNES had a good Alien3 game, is that the same as the SEGA version? I'll try and respond to your frustrations:
ONE: The randomness. This won't be the answer you want, but I don't see this game as a puzzle game. It's a simulation. When I play a puzzle game, I expect there to be a perfect solution. In a simulation, there can be "no win" situations. To me, this game isn't about getting a perfect score (although it's fun to try). This game is about damage control. What you do after a disaster happens. You are right, if an alien drops on you right away you can just restart. I do it sometimes. I don't see that as a big issue. It's like how some people play minesweeper. The Alien drops in the Rescue Newt scenario are very predictable. They can only come from the stairwells or from rooms that you just entered. If you are having trouble with Ripley getting grabed by Aliens dropping on her, you might be entering the rooms too soon. Walk in a room and then back out, Wait for 3 Alien turns after you've done that to see if any Aliens will arrive. After 3 turns, it's safe.
TWO: Impossible. I can finish Operations with the movie cast with only one or two casualties maybe half the time. Usually Hudson or Vasquez. I find the trick is to use grenades early on to thin out the big swarms. There is a set up you can do that allows you to use grenades pretty safely. You might be right about getting EVERYONE out, that might be impossible, but you know my view on this from above. In the future, I should put in grenades for the marines to blow themselves up with, considering it was done in the movie and all. Problem is, it really wouldn't slow the aliens down since it would only kill 1 or 2. I'd have to increase the kill range against the aliens to make it work, and I haven't decided on the best way to do that yet. It would be a deviation from the original game rules, and I don't like to do that unless I feel it's necessary and I have the right solution.
THREE: Saving. Even though it's Flash, I could make it save your game. The new flash has some nice features. But I made a conscious decision to not do that. I don't think there is enough reward in video games these days. Most games now I finish in less than a week and then there is little reason to go back. There used to be a time when I wondered if I would ever finish some games. Sometimes it was because I couldn't save. It made playing each part very exciting. When you do well, you are rewarded. Frustration and satisfaction go hand in hand I think. Hard to have one without the other.
It has always been in the plan to have Ripley's battle with the queen. Unfortunately, it might not be for a while because I'm working on some other things now. The scene in the board game that include Ferro and Spunkmeyer is not a game. It's completely random and if you win that scenario, you are rewarded with the game being over before the Operations battle. I can't yet see how to incorperate that in a fun way. Same goes for the sentry guns, I haven't thought of a fun way to use them that also has good gameplay to go with it. The board game has years of play testing behind it. I don't want to spoil it for hard core fans by adding in my own unproven ideas. I did have an idea for whole different game that just dealt with the defense of operations and medlab. You would have a time limit to set up as many defenses as you could ( like sentry guns and sealed doors) then the aliens would attack. It would be real time, and require more AI than I'm capable of right now. So it's just an idea now.
just make it soif one grabs you you can throw them off
couse i hate it when it grabs me i cant throw with that one or i die
you should have the other movies like the first movie wen thy first sow them. please tell me this is a good idea if you like it.