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Alien 3

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For the Sega System 32 arcade game, see Alien 3: The Gun.
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Alien 3
Publisher: Arena, Acclaim (JP)
Developer:
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Master System, Sega Game Gear
Sound driver: Krisalis/Shaun Hollingworth
Genre: Action































Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
$49.95[1] T-81096
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£39.99[2] T-81096-50
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F T-81096-50
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM 119,95[3] T-81096-50
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas T-81096-50
Sega Mega Drive
AU
$? ?
Sega Mega Drive
BR
R$? ?



Sega Master System
UK
£34.99[4] MK-27043-50
Sega Master System
FR
?F MK-27043-50
Sega Master System
DE
DM 89,95[5] MK-27043-50
Sega Master System
ES
?Ptas MK-27043-50
Sega Master System
AU
$? ?
Sega Master System
BR
R$? ?



Sega Game Gear
JP
¥4,500 T-81047
Sega Game Gear
US
$39.95[6] ?
Sega Game Gear
UK
£27.99[7][8]
Sega Game Gear
FR
?F
Sega Game Gear
DE
DM 89,95[5]
Sega Game Gear
ES
?Ptas



Alien3 (エイリアン3) is a sidescrolling video game loosely based on the movie of the same name. It was developed by Probe Software and published by Arena Entertainment for the Sega Mega Drive, Sega Master System, Sega Game Gear, Amiga and Commodore 64 in 1992. Different games based on the movie were released on the Super NES and the Game Boy.

Gameplay

The player's task in game is to rescue hostages and defeat aliens which have taken over human colonies. There is a set amount of time to complete this task in each level. Failing to rescue all hostages results in instant death, as well as not reaching the exit before time runs out. Some hostages are extraordinarily well hidden, e.g. in chambers behind fully solid walls. Only stage 2-2 requires the player to not rescue hostages and run straight for the exit. Stages 3-2 and 5-1 are basically just rescuing hostages with no enemies to fight (5-1 has one Alien just before the last Elevator)

The player carries all 4 available weapons by default with a limited supply of ammunition: Machine gun, flamethrower, rockets and grenades, all of these are shot with B aiming with the D-pad and holding down B for rapidfire. It is possible to also pick up limited supplies of other ammunition throughout the levels, cycling between each weapon (and the standard gun) with A and using them with B. C jumps. To rescue a hostage or pick up an item, simply touch it.

There are 5 worlds with 4 stages each. A boss type Alien waits in the 4th stage of each world, although the same boss is recycled for all encounters. The game has no continues and no password system and must thus be cleared in one sitting, which can take ~1 hour when familiar with the stages.

The difficulty level affects the amount of ammunition and time granted to clear a stage.

Trivia

  • The game is not region protected and runs on any region hardware.
  • Due to a slight delay before firing and moving, the high amount of rescue missions and rather weak firepower in general, the game puts heavy focus on memorization.

Versions

  • The Sega Master System and Sega Game Gear versions are basically identical in terms of content to the Sega Mega Drive.
  • The Sega Mega Drive version appears to be the "definitive" version as it contains parallax scrolling backgrounds and additional stage details (e.g. animated lights and flowing liquids in world 4) not found in any other version. Sound quality is only marginally inferior to the Amiga release.

Production credits

Mega Drive version

Source: In-game credits
  • Design and Production by: Probe Software
  • Programmer: Tim Round of Eden Software
  • Producer: Joe Bonar
  • Graphics: Lee Ames, Lloyd Baker, Richard Beston, Jason Green, Joe Bonar, Tim Round, Hugh Riley
  • Mapping: Richard Beston, Lloyd Baker, Joe Bonar
  • Music and Sound Effects: Matt Furniss
  • Sound Driver: Shauhn Hollingworth
  • Design Support: Fergus McGovern, Tony Beckwith, Neil Young, Keith Burkhill, Tim Round, Mike Archer
  • Quality Assurance in the UK: Adrian Curry, Ian Wickenden
  • And in the US: Tom Gibson, Joe Libertella, Dan Feinstein, Don Nauert, Lucy Fenn, Jane Biddle, Seth Rubine
  • Technical Support: Carl Muller, Stuart Middleton

Master System and Game Gear versions

Source: In-game credits
  • Design and Production by: Probe Software
  • Producer: Joe Bonar
  • Design Support: Fergus McGovern, Tony Beckwith, Neil Young, Keith Burkhill, Tim Round, Mike Archer
  • Programmer: Keith Burkhill
  • Graphics: Hugh Riley, Lisa Wand, Mark Jones
  • Mapping: Hugh Riley, Lisa Wand, Keith Burkhill
  • Music and Sound Effects: Matt Furniss
  • Technical Support: Carl Muller, Stuart Middleton
  • Quality Assurance in the UK: Adrian Curry
  • And in the US: Tom Gibson, Dan Feinstein, Don Nauert, Seth Rubine and many others

Magazine articles

Main article: Alien 3/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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Sega Visions (US) #10: "November/December 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
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also published in:
  • Hobby Consolas (ES) #13: "Octubre 1992" (1992-xx-xx)[10]
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Mega Force (ES) #8: "Diciembre 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
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Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #41: "December 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
</div>
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Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #45: "April 1993" (1993-xx-xx)
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Mega Force (ES) #11: "Marzo 1993" (1993-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • Hobby Consolas (ES) #18: "Marzo 1993" (1993-xx-xx)[11]
</div>

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
90 №131, p26-27[12]
86 №13, p44-47/49[13]
89 №13, p66-68
89 №1, p18Media:MeanMachinesEssentialSegaGuide Book UK.pdf[14]
92 №0101, p6/20-21[15]
90 №11, p63
88 №39, p46-47[16]
89 №12, p18-20
91 №13, p74-77[17]
94 №13, p54-56
91 №32, p145[18]
62 №3, p32-33[19]
79 №16, p86-87[20]
89 №1, p65
94 №9, p26-29
89 №24, p16-18[21]
77 №24, p72-73[22]
83 №1/93, p10-11[23]
92 №9, p68-69[24]
82 №34, p22-23
87 №12, p30-32
77 №18, p64
Sega Mega Drive
86
Based on
22 reviews

Mega Drive, US
Alien3 MD US Box.jpg
Cover
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Cart
Alien3 md us manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, EU
Alien 3 MD EU Box.jpg
Cover
Alien3 MD EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, AU

Mega Drive, BR
Alien3 MD BR Box.jpg
Cover
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Cart
Alien3 md br manual.pdf
Manual

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
90 №13, p78-79[25]
84 №14, p74-75
80 №33, p177
65 №26, p132[26]
72 №34, p24
90 №14, p70-71
95 №2/93, p20[27]
77 №13, p46-47[28]
Sega Master System
82
Based on
8 reviews

Master System, EU
Alien 3 SMS EU Box.jpg
Cover
Alien3 SMS EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Alien3 SMS EU Manual.pdf
Manual
Master System, AU

Alien3 SMS AU Cart.jpg
Cart
Master System, BR
Alien 3 SMS BR Box.jpg
Cover
Alien3 SMS BR Cart.jpg
Cart
Alien3 sms br manual.pdf
Manual

Game Gear version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
55 №17, p118[29]
92 №136 (Go!), p6-7[8]
91 №1, p164Media:MeanMachinesEssentialSegaGuide Book UK.pdf[30]
75 №41, p180[6]
80 №4, p80[31]
87 №17, p112[32]
83 №35, p185[33]
90 №5, p80-82[34]
69 №28, p94[35]
88 №16, p44
90 №4, p26-27
84 №14, p80[7]
Sega Game Gear
82
Based on
12 reviews

Game Gear, US
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Cover
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Cart
Alien 3 GG US Manual.pdf
Manual
Game Gear, EU
Alien3 GG EU Box Back.jpgNospine.pngAlien3 GG EU Box Front.jpg
Cover
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Cart
Game Gear, JP
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Cover
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Cart

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 a3b00d6e
MD5 f9e32be60028206b3716f64f2ba0ab00
SHA-1 1f4b969592f98d2692cb06eca550da9c03062593
512kB Cartridge (US/EU)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 b327fd1b
MD5 793b92cd4a66921db6ca4f582a690db5
SHA-1 26959752d0683298146c2a89599fa598d009651b
512kB 1992-10 Cartridge Rev. 01

References


Alien and Predator games for Sega systems/published by Sega
Sega Mega Drive
Alien 3 (1992) | Predator 2 (1992) | Operation: Aliens (unreleased)
Sega Master System
Alien 3 (1992) | Predator 2 (1992)
Sega Game Gear
Alien 3 (1992) | Predator 2 (1992)
Arcade
Alien 3: The Gun (1993)
Sega Saturn
Alien Trilogy (1996) | Aliens vs. Predator (unreleased) | Alien: Resurrection (unreleased)
Xbox 360
Sony PlayStation 3
Windows PC
Aliens: Crucible (unreleased) | Aliens vs. Predator (2010) | Aliens: Colonial Marines (2013) | Alien: Isolation (2014)
Nintendo DS
Aliens: Infestation (2011)
Nintendo Wii U
Aliens: Colonial Marines (unreleased)
Xbox One
Sony PlayStation 4
Alien: Isolation (2014)
Sampler Discs
Sega Saturn
Alien Trilogy Taikenban (199x) | Preview Sega Saturn Vol. 1 (199x)
Alien and Predator related media
Music
Aliens: Colonial Marines Original Soundtrack Recording (2013)
Book
Aliens vs. Predator Official Strategy Guide (2010) | Aliens: Colonial Marines (2012) | Aliens: Colonial Marines Official Strategy Guide (2013) | Alien Isolation (2014)