Alien Storm

From Sega Retro

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

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  • System 18
  • Master System
  • Amiga
  • Amstrad CPC
  • Atari ST
  • Commodore 64
  • ZX Spectrum
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Alien Storm
System(s): Sega System 18, Sega Master System, Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum
Publisher:
Arcade (System 18)
Sega Master System
Sega
Commodore Amiga
Amstrad CPC
Atari ST
Commodore 64
ZX Spectrum
U.S. Gold (UK)
Amstrad CPC
Erbe Software (ES)
Developer:
Genre: Action[1]

















Number of players:
Arcade
1-3
Sega Master System
1
Commodore Amiga
Amstrad CPC
Atari ST
Commodore 64
ZX Spectrum
1-2
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)
£10.99[4] ?
ZX Spectrum
UK
(Disk)
£15.99[4] ?



Sega Master System
EU
7075
Sega Master System
BX
Sega Master System
UK
£29.9929.99[7][6] 7075
Sega Master System
GR
Sega Master System
TR
Sega Master System
AU
Sega Master System
BR
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.

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Gordon/Garth (ゴードン)
Cook of the Alien Burger when not killing xenos. Uses a lightning gun (or an oversized taser) as a main weapon. Also uses a rocket launchers (which he hilariously fires point blank range) and a machine pistol. Also punches or stomps on aliens as attack animations. In the Master System version he uses what manual calls a "Fire Blazer", a flamethrower. His special weapon is a futuristic US Air Force fighter which strafes the screen with energy weapons. (In the Master System version he uses Karla's special weapon.)
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Karla/Karen (カーラ)
Karla is missing from the Master System version. Karla takes orders in Alien Burger van. She uses a flamethrower as her main weapon. She also uses a heavy caliber pistol as a part of her attack animation. Her special weapon is a ballistic missile. (Which for some reason does not obliterate the city they are in.)
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Scooter (スクーター) / Slammer
The overseas Master System versions of the game rename this character "Slammer". Scooter acts as the waiter of the Alien Burgers. He (It?) uses an energy whip as a main weapon. His other weapons inclue: ankle machineguns, wrist guns and very short range back mortar. In his special attack he self-destructs while leaving only his head. A replacement body runs along and grabs the head, re-attaching it to his body. (Majority of the Alien Hunters' budget must be spent on Scooter's replacement frames.)

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)[9].

Tiertex used Atari STs to program the C64 game[9], 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[9], while the backgrounds were converted through a bespoke Amiga program[9].

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[9].

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 
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Publication Version Score
Computer & Video Games (UK)
88
[10]
Svet Kompjutera (YU)
88
[11]
User (GR)
87
[12]
Arcade (System 18)
88
Based on
3 reviews
System 18, US
AlienStorm System18 US Manual.pdf
Manual
System 18, JP
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"Long" instructions
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Instuction card(s)

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
80 [13]
71 [7]
18 №5, p38/39
62 [14]
82 №4
86 [15]
38 [16]
69 [17]
59 [18]
80 [19]
78 №13, p25
80 [20]
Sega Master System
67
Based on
12 reviews

Master System, EU
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Cover
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Cart
Master System, BX
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Cover
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Cart
Master System, GR
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Cover
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Cart
Master System, TR

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Cart
Master System, AU
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Cover
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Cart
Master System, AU (Wide sticker)
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Cover
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Cart
Master System, BR
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Cover
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Cart
AlienStormSMSBRManual.PDF
Manual
Master System, KR
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Cover
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Cart

Amiga version

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Publication Version Score
Amiga Joker (DE)
42
[21]
Amiga Power (UK)
44
[22]
Games-X (UK)
70
[23]
Génération 4 (FR)
69
[24]
Joystick (FR)
83
[25]
Micromanía (segunda época) (ES)
60
[26]
User (GR)
61
[27]
Commodore Amiga
61
Based on
7 reviews
Amiga, UK

Amiga, ES

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Disk

Amstrad CPC version

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Publication Version Score
Joystick (FR)
83
[28]
Amstrad CPC
83
Based on
1 review
Amstrad CPC, UK (cassette)

Amstrad CPC, UK (disk)

Amstrad CPC, ES (cassette)
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Cover
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Cassette
Amstrad CPC, ES (disk)
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Cover

Atari ST version

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Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Génération 4 (FR)
69
[24]
Atari ST
69
Based on
1 review
Atari ST, UK

Commodore 64 version

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Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Commodore Format (UK)
86
[29]
Commodore 64
86
Based on
1 review
Commodore 64, UK
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Cover
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Cassette

ZX Spectrum version

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Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Crash (UK)
89
[4]
Your Sinclair (UK)
75
[30]
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:AStorm ms eu cover.jpg
  2. Sega Arcade History, Enterbrain (2002-02-15), page 103
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Computer & Video Games, "July 1991" (UK; 1991-06-15), page 16
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Crash, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-xx), page 56
  5. Sega Pro, "November 1991" (UK; 1991-xx-xx), page 9
  6. 6.0 6.1 Computer & Video Games, "November 1991" (UK; 1991-10-15), page 83
  7. 7.0 7.1 Computer & Video Games, "February 1992" (UK; 1992-01-15), page 20
  8. Supergame, "Fevereiro 1992" (BR; 1992-02-xx), page 28
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 Zzap!64, "July 1991" (UK; 1991-06-13), page 29
  10. Computer & Video Games, "September 1990" (UK; 1990-08-16), page 66
  11. Svet Kompjutera, "Jun 1992" (YU; 1992-xx-xx), page 64
  12. User, "Septémvrios 1991" (GR; 1991-0x-xx), page 94
  13. Consoles +, "Février 1992" (FR; 1992-0x-xx), page 110/111 (110)
  14. Hobby Consolas, "Abril 1992" (ES; 1992-xx-xx), page 100/101 (92)
  15. Joystick, "Janvier 1992" (FR; 199x-xx-xx), page 135
  16. Mean Machines, "February 1992" (UK; 1992-01-27), page 104/105 (104)
  17. Player One, "Janvier 1992" (FR; 199x-xx-xx), page 93
  18. Sega Power, "March 1992" (UK; 1992-02-06), page 48
  19. Sega Pro, "March 1992" (UK; 1992-02-20), page 34
  20. Sega Force, "Februrary 1992" (UK; 1992-01-23), page 72/73 (72)
  21. Amiga Joker, "November 1991" (DE; 1991-10-31), page 45
  22. Amiga Power, "January 1992" (UK; 1991-12-19), page 97
  23. Games-X, "29th August-4th September 1991" (UK; 1991-08-29), page 22
  24. 24.0 24.1 Génération 4, "Janvier 1992" (FR; 199x-xx-xx), page 108
  25. Joystick, "Décembre 1991" (FR; 1991-1x-xx), page 242
  26. Micromanía (segunda época), "Diciembre 1991" (ES; 1991-1x-xx), page 26
  27. User, "Aprílios 1992" (GR; 1992-0x-xx), page 46
  28. Joystick, "Octobre 1991" (FR; 1991-xx-xx), page 204
  29. Commodore Format, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-19), page 36
  30. Your Sinclair, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-05), page 54


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