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Alien Storm
Publisher: Sega,
Commodore Amiga
Amstrad CPC
Atari ST
Commodore 64
ZX Spectrum
U.S. Gold
Developer:
System(s): Sega System 18, Sega Master System, Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum
Genre: Action































Release Date RRP Code
Arcade
JP
1990 ¥?  ?
Arcade
US
1990 $?  ?


Commodore Amiga
UK
£? ?
Commodore Amiga
ES
? ?
Atari ST
UK
£? ?
Amstrad CPC
UK (Cassette)
£? ?
Amstrad CPC
UK (Disk)
£? ?
Amstrad CPC
ES (Cassette)
? ?
Commodore 64
UK (Cassette)
£? ?
ZX Spectrum
UK (Cassette)
£10.99[2] ?
ZX Spectrum
UK (Disk)
£15.99[2] ?



Sega Master System
UK
£29.99[3][4] 7075
Sega Master System
FR
?F 7075
Sega Master System
DE
DM ? 7075
Sega Master System
ES
?Ptas 7075
Sega Master System
AU
$? ?
Sega Master System
BR
R$? ?
Sega Master System
KR
₩? GB-2008



Alien Storm (エイリアンストーム) is a 1990 beat 'em up game released by Sega for Sega System 18 hardware (supposedly the second game for that platform).

Story

When aliens invade earth, it's up to a special forces team known as the "Alien Busters," to get rid of them.

Gameplay

Alien Storm is very similar in nature to Sega's earlier title, Golden Axe, though sports a futuristic setting and occasional bonus rounds, and the pace of play is much faster.

Playable characters

Alien Storm has three playable characters, however for unknown reasons their appearance and names differ between ports and regional variants of the game.

{{{imagewidths}}} Gordon (ゴードン)
{{{imagewidths}}} Karla (カーラ)
Karla is missing from the Master System version.
{{{imagewidths}}} Scooter (スクーター) / Slammer
The overseas Master System versions of the game rename this character "Slammer".

History

Legacy

Alien Storm was ported to a variety of platforms, including the Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, Sega Master System and ZX Spectrum, most of which being released in 1991.

Versions

Master System version

On the Master System, Alien Storm is a one-player only game.

Commodore 64 version

The Commodore 64 version was produced by Tiertex, and like other home ports of the game, only allows two players on screen at any given time (and to save on memory, both players control the same character). Introduction sequences were cut to save space, while some sections of the game were altered to reduce the impact of multi-loading (i.e. having to load data from the cassette mid-play)[7].

Tiertex used Atari STs to program the C64 game[7], but relied on Amiga computers for the graphics. For the Commodore 64 version, all sprites were re-drawn by hand, using ripped sprites from the arcade board as guidelines[7], while the backgrounds were converted through a bespoke Amiga program[7].

Music was composed on a synthesizer, imported to an Atari ST with help from the system's built-in MIDI ports, and then adjusted for use with the Commodore 64[7].

Amstrad CPC and ZX Spectrum versions

The Amstrad and Spectrum versions, also produced by Tiertex, are largely the same game, however the Spectrum is played in monochrome with higher resolution graphics. Neither feature in-game music.

Production credits

Master System version

Source: In-game credits

Magazine articles

Main article: Alien Storm/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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<div style="width:Expression error: Unexpected < operator.px; padding-left:2px; padding-top:9px; padding-right:2px;">Home computers print advert in
Computer & Video Games (UK) #118: "September 1991" (1991-08-15)
also published in:
  • ACE (UK) #50: "November 1991" (1991-10-08)[8]
</div>
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Computer & Video Games (UK) #119: "October 1991" (1991-09-15)
</div>
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Computer & Video Games (UK) #120: "November 1991" (1991-10-15)
also published in:
  • Computer & Video Games (UK) #122: "January 1992" (1991-12-15)[9]
  • Computer & Video Games (UK) #123: "February 1992" (1992-01-15)[10]
</div>
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K (IT) #32: "Ottobre 1991" (1991-xx-xx)
</div>

Physical scans

System 18 version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
88 №106, p66/67[11]
Arcade
88
Based on
1 review

System 18, US
AlienStorm System18 US Manual.pdf
Manual
System 18, JP
AlienStorm System18 JP InstructionCard.jpg

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
80 №6, p110/111[12]
71 №123, p20[3]
18 №5, p38/39
62 №7, p100/101[13]
82 №4
86 №23, p135[14]
38 №17, p104/105[15]
69 №16, p93[16]
59 №28, p48
80 №5, p34[17]
78 №13, p25
80 №2, p72/73[18]
Sega Master System
67
Based on
12 reviews

Master System, EU
AStorm ms eu cover.jpg
Cover
AlienStorm SMS EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Master System, AU

AlienStorm SMS AU Cart.jpg
Cart
Master System, BR
AlienStorm SMS BR Box.jpg
Cover
AlienStorm SMS BR Cart.jpg
Cart
AlienStormSMSBRManual.PDF
Manual
Master System, KR
AlienStorm SMS KR cover.jpg
Cover
AlienStorm SMS KR cart.jpg
Cart

Amiga version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
42 №1991-11, p45[19]
44 №9, p97/98[20]
69 №40, p108[21]
83 №22, p242[22]
Commodore Amiga
60
Based on
4 reviews

Amiga, UK

Amiga, ES

AlienStorm Amiga ES Disk.jpg
Disk

Amstrad CPC version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
83 №20, p204/205[23]
Amstrad CPC
83
Based on
1 review

Amstrad CPC, UK (cassette)

Amstrad CPC, UK (disk)

Amstrad CPC, ES (cassette)

Amstrad CPC, ES (disk)
AlienStorm CPC ES Box Front Disk.jpg
Cover

Atari ST version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
69 №40, p108[21]
Atari ST
69
Based on
1 review

Atari ST, UK

Commodore 64 version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
86 №13, p36/37[24]
Commodore 64
86
Based on
1 review

Commodore 64, UK
AlienStorm C64 UK Box Back.jpgNospine.pngAlienStorm C64 UK Box Front.jpg
Cover
AlienStorm C64 UK Cassette.jpg
Cassette

ZX Spectrum version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
89 №93, p56/57[2]
75 №70, p54/55[25]
ZX Spectrum
82
Based on
2 reviews

ZX Spectrum, UK

ZX Spectrum, ES

References