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Alien Storm

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For the Sega Mega Drive game, see Alien Storm (Mega Drive).

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































Release Date RRP Code
Arcade (System 18)
JP
¥? ?
Arcade (System 18)
US
$? ?





















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)
£10.99More...[3] ?
ZX Spectrum
UK
(Disk)
£15.99More...[3] ?



Sega Master System
UK
£29.99More...[4]More...[5] 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



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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.

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

Missions

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Mission 1
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Mission 2
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Mission 3
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Mission 4
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Mission 5
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Mission 6

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)More...[8].

Tiertex used Atari STs to program the C64 gameMore...[8], 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 guidelinesMore...[8], while the backgrounds were converted through a bespoke Amiga programMore...[8].

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 64More...[8].

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

Main article: Alien Storm/Promotional material.

Physical scans

System 18 version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
88 More...[9]
Arcade
88
Based on
1 review

System 18, US
AlienStorm System18 US Manual.pdf
Manual
System 18, JP
AlienStorm System18 JP InstructionCard 2.jpg
"Long" instructions
Notavailable.svgAlienStorm System18 JP InstructionCard.jpg
Instuction card(s)

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
80 More...[10]
71 More...[4]
18 №5, p38/39
62 More...[11]
82 №4
86 More...[12]
38 No results[13]
69 More...[14]
59 More...[15]
80 More...[16]
78 №13, p25
80 More...[17]
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, GR
AStorm ms GR 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
Master System, Benelux Union
AStorm SMS BX box front.jpg
Cover

Amiga version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
42 More...[18]
44 More...[19]
69 More...[20]
83 More...[21]
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 More...[22]
Amstrad CPC
83
Based on
1 review

Amstrad CPC, UK (cassette)

Amstrad CPC, UK (disk)

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

Atari ST version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
69 More...[20]
Atari ST
69
Based on
1 review

Atari ST, UK

Commodore 64 version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
86 More...[23]
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 More...[24]
75 More...[25]
ZX Spectrum
82
Based on
2 reviews

ZX Spectrum, UK

ZX Spectrum, ES

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Master System
 ?
CRC32 7F30F793
MD5 C60380642A89805F569124A875248D71
SHA-1 AECE64ECBFBE08B199B29DF9BC75743773EA3D34
256kB Cartridge (EU)

References

  1. File:Sega Arcade History JP EnterBrain Book-1.pdf, page 103
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Computer & Video Games, "July 1991" (UK; 1991-06-15), page 16
  3. 3.0 3.1 Crash, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-xx), page 56
  4. 4.0 4.1 Computer & Video Games, "February 1992" (UK; 1992-01-15), page 20
  5. 5.0 5.1 Computer & Video Games, "November 1991" (UK; 1991-10-15), page 83
  6. Sega Pro, "November 1991" (UK; 1991-xx-xx), page 9
  7. Supergame, "Fevereiro 1992" (BR; 1992-02-xx), page 28
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 Zzap!64, "July 1991" (UK; 1991-06-13), page 29
  9. Computer & Video Games, "September 1990" (UK; 1990-08-16), page 66/67 (66)
  10. Consoles +, "Février 1992" (FR; xxxx-xx-xx), page 110/111 (110)
  11. Hobby Consolas, "Abril 1992" (ES; 1992-xx-xx), page 100/101 (92)
  12. Joystick, "Janvier 1992" (FR; 199x-xx-xx), page 135
  13. Joystick, "Janvier 1992" (FR; 199x-xx-xx), page 104/105 (104)
  14. Player One, "Janvier 1992" (FR; 199x-xx-xx), page 93
  15. Sega Power, "March 1992" (UK; 1992-02-06), page 48
  16. Sega Pro, "March 1992" (UK; 1992-02-20), page 34
  17. Sega Force, "Februrary 1992" (UK; 1992-01-23), page 72/73 (72)
  18. Amiga Joker, "November 1991" (DE; 1991-10-31), page 45
  19. Amiga Power, "January 1992" (UK; 1991-12-19), page 97/98 (97)
  20. 20.0 20.1 Génération 4, "Janvier 1992" (FR; 199x-xx-xx), page 108
  21. Joystick, "Décembre 1991" (FR; 1991-xx-xx), page 242
  22. Joystick, "Octobre 1991" (FR; 1991-xx-xx), page 204/205 (204)
  23. Commodore Format, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-19), page 36/37 (36)
  24. Crash, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-xx), page 56/57 (56)
  25. Your Sinclair, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-05), page 54/55 (54)


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