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Alien Storm (Mega Drive)

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For other versions of this game, see Alien Storm.

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Alien Storm
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Steam
Publisher:
Developer:
Original system(s): Sega System 18
Sound driver: SMPS Z80
Genre: Action































Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥6,000 G-4048
Sega Mega Drive
US
$? ?
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£34.99More...[2]
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM ?
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas
Sega Mega Drive
AU
$? ?
Sega Mega Drive
BR
R$? ?



Arcade (Mega-Tech System)
UK
£? ?

















Steam
US
$2.99 34315
Everyone 10+
Steam
EU
€2.49 34315
12+
Steam
DE
€2.49 34315
12
Steam
UK
£1.99 34315
12+
Steam
AU
$3.49 34315
PG
Steam Linux
US
$0.99 34315
Everyone 10+
Steam Linux
EU
€0.99 34315
12+
Steam Linux
DE
€0.99 34315
12
Steam Linux
UK
£0.79 34315
12+
Steam Linux
AU
$1.35 34315
PG
Steam OS X
US
$0.99 34315
Everyone 10+
Steam OS X
EU
€0.99 34315
12+
Steam OS X
DE
€0.99 34315
12
Steam OS X
UK
£0.79 34315
12+
Steam OS X
AU
$1.35 34315
PG
Wii Virtual Console
JP
600pts
A
Wii Virtual Console
US
800pts
Everyone 10+
Wii Virtual Console
EU
800pts
Wii Virtual Console
AU
800pts
G

Alien Storm (エイリアンストーム) for the Sega Mega Drive is an interpretation of the 1990 Sega System 18 game, Alien Storm.

Gameplay

Gameplay is virtually identical to the arcade version of Alien Storm. The mixture of brawler gameplay and first person sections, as well as the limited amount of weapon energy available, sets these games apart from the competition and similar inhouse games. Health restoring items are very sparse and given out randomly during first person sections.

This version also features two additional modes: The Duel, similar to the mode of the same name seen on Golden Axe, where you face off against multiple rounds of enemies in one go, and a versus mode, where two players can face off one on one. Strangely, The Duel can only be selected if there is one controller plugged in, which means it's inaccessible on emulators or official versions that are permanently set to have two controllers plugged in, such as the Steam version.

Brawler sections

A damages all enemies on screen but consumes a big amount of weapon energy. B is a standard weapon attack that can be chained. It consumes a bit of weapon energy. C makes the character dash. Double tapping a direction is for running. Attacking with B while running or dashing consumes no weapon energy. If you keep holding the forward direction during dash attack then the character will go through the enemies, otherwise the character will stop on the first alien he/she hits. C while running makes your character jump. You can do overhead attack while jumping.

First person sections

B is used for shooting.

Missions

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Mission 1: Save the People
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Mission 2: Expel the Aliens
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Mission 3: Alien's Nest
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Mission 4: Duel in Broad Daylight
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Mission 5: Save the Laboratory
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Mission 6: Night Crawler
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Mission 7: Destroy the UFO
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Mission 8: Final Battle

History

Legacy

This version of the game was included in Mega Games 3 and Mega Games 6 Vol. 2. It was also rereleased for the Wii's Virtual Console service in 2007/2008, and was also bundled as part of Sega Mega Drive Ultimate Collection for the PlayStation 3/Xbox 360.

Versions

Unlike other ports of the game, the Mega Drive version overhauls virtually all of the levels from the arcade game, while also changing graphical elements so that the game is more suited to the Mega Drive's hardware. Though the game plays almost identically (save for differing enemy placements and tweaks), it is shorter in length, and drops some audio tracks in favour of brand new ones presumably to fit the new levels. The changes are not as distinct as those found in other early arcade-to-Mega Drive conversions, namely ESWAT: City Under Siege or Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi, but they are significant enough for it to be classed as a different Alien Storm game.

The game is identical in all regions and not region protected.

Production credits

Mega Drive version

Source: In-game credits


Source: Sega TV Game Genga Gallery[14]


Digital manuals

Magazine articles

Main article: Alien Storm (Mega Drive)/Magazine articles.

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
70 More...[15]
75 More...[16]
72 More...[17]
90 More...[18]
78 More...[19]
70 More...[20]
75 More...Media:MeanMachinesEssentialSegaGuide Book UK.pdf[21]
73 №135, [1]
96 More...[22]
62 №13
50 №1991-07, p113
84 More...[23]
84 №19, p131
46 №5, p90
50 №9, p19
25
78 More...[24]
71 More...[25]
92 More...[26]
73 №10/91, p146
88 More...[27]
83 More...[28]
60 More...[29]
79 More...[30]
74 №18, p64
90 More...[31]
76 More...[32]
Sega Mega Drive
73
Based on
27 reviews

Mega Drive, US
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Cover
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Cart
Alienstorm md us manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, EU
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Cover
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Cart
Mega Drive, JP
AStorm md jp cover.jpg
Cover
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Cart
Alienstorm md jp manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, AU

Mega Drive, BR
Alienstorm md br cover.jpg
Cover
AlienStorm MD BR Cart.jpg
Cart
Alienstorm md br manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, SE (rental)
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Cover

Mega-Tech version

Mega-Tech,
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Cover

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 f5ac8de5
MD5 b63052973d5d550087d6b36ce8487fb1
SHA-1 e4f8774c5f96db76a781c31476d06203ec16811a
512kB 1991-06 Cartridge

External links

References

  1. GamePro, "June 1991" (US; 1991-xx-xx), page 38
  2. ACE, "November 1991" (UK; 1991-10-08), page 118
  3. Supergame, "Fevereiro 1992" (BR; 1992-02-xx), page 28
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 https://steamdb.info/app/34315/ (archived: 2016-07-30 03:56)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 http://steamdb.info/app/34315/ (archived: 2013-05-22 19:13)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 6.7 6.8 6.9 https://steamdb.info/app/34315/history/?changeid=5742763
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 7.8 7.9 http://steamdb.info/app/34315/ (archived: 2019-09-05 16:55)
  8. 8.0 8.1 http://www.nintendolife.com/games/megadrive/alien_storm (archived: 2017-06-24 12:16)
  9. https://archive.is/nAO7I
  10. https://www.nintendo.co.jp/wii/vc/software/02.html (archived: 2018-03-05 23:11)
  11. http://vc.sega.jp:80/vc_alienstorm/ (archived: 2007-04-03 22:29)
  12. 12.0 12.1 http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/3ejisIQncqz_SMgpvdWMs9qJp27Ly7Gi (archived: 2010-11-22 22:46)
  13. http://www.nintendo.com.au/index.php?action=catalogue&prodcat_id=41&prod_id=19724&pageID=4 (archived: 2012-04-03 02:54)
  14. File:Sega TV Game Genga Gallery.pdf, page 89
  15. ACE, "September 1991" (UK; 1991-xx-xx), page 60-61 (60)
  16. Beep! MegaDrive, "July 1991" (JP; 1991-06-08), page 30 (32)
  17. Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 84 (86)
  18. Consoles +, "Septembre 1991" (FR; 1991-xx-xx), page 90-91 (80)
  19. Computer & Video Games, "September 1991" (UK; 1991-08-15), page 52-54 (52)
  20. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "August 1991" (US; 1991-xx-xx), page 22
  21. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 18
  22. GamePro, "July 1991" (US; 1991-xx-xx), page 46 (82)
  23. Joypad, "Octobre 1991" (FR; 1991-xx-xx), page 62-64 (62)
  24. MegaTech, "Xmas 1991" (UK; 1991-12-06), page 76
  25. Mean Machines, "August 1991" (UK; 1991-07-27), page 68-70 (68)
  26. Player One, "Octobre 1991" (FR; 1991-xx-xx), page 56-57 (56)
  27. Raze, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-08-29), page 34
  28. Sega Power, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-05), page 40
  29. Sega Power, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-05), page 52
  30. Sega Pro, "November 1991" (UK; 1991-xx-xx), page 19
  31. Tilt, "Septembre 1991" (FR; 1991-xx-xx), page 76 (74)
  32. Video Games, "2/91" (DE; 1991-06-07), page 85 (81)


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