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: Sega
Developer:
Original system(s): Sega System 18
Sound driver: SMPS Z80
Genre: Action[1][2]

















Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥6,0006,000 G-4048
Sega Mega Drive
US
Sega Mega Drive
EU
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£34.9934.99[4]
Sega Mega Drive
SE
(Rental)
Sega Mega Drive
AU
Sega Mega Drive
BR
Arcade (Mega-Tech System)
UK
£? ?






















Steam
US
$2.992.99[7] 34315
ESRB: Everyone 10+
Steam
EU
€2.492.49[7] 34315
PEGI: 12+
Steam
DE
€2.492.49[7] 34315
USK: 12
Steam
UK
£1.991.99[7] 34315
PEGI: 12+
Steam
AU
$3.493.49[7] 34315
OFLC: PG
Steam Linux
US
$0.990.99[9] 34315
ESRB: Everyone 10+
Steam Linux
EU
€0.990.99[9] 34315
PEGI: 12+
Steam Linux
DE
€0.990.99[9] 34315
USK: 12
Steam Linux
UK
£0.790.79[9] 34315
PEGI: 12+
Steam Linux
AU
$1.351.35[9] 34315
OFLC: PG
Steam OS X
US
$0.990.99[9] 34315
ESRB: Everyone 10+
Steam OS X
EU
€0.990.99[9] 34315
PEGI: 12+
Steam OS X
DE
€0.990.99[9] 34315
USK: 12
Steam OS X
UK
£0.790.79[9] 34315
PEGI: 12+
Steam OS X
AU
$1.351.35[9] 34315
OFLC: PG
Wii Virtual Console
JP
600pts600[13]
CERO: A
Wii Virtual Console
US
800pts800[14]
ESRB: Everyone 10+
Wii Virtual Console
EU
800pts800[10]
Wii Virtual Console
AU
800pts800[15]
OFLC: 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[16]

Digital manuals

Magazine articles

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

Artwork

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
25
73 №10/91, p146
Sega Mega Drive
49
Based on
2 reviews
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
40
[17]
ACE (UK)
70
[18]
ACE (UK) PAL
25
[19]
Aktueller Software Markt (DE)
38
[20]
Beep! MegaDrive (JP) NTSC-J
75
[21]
Consoles + (FR)
90
[22]
Console XS (UK) PAL
78
[23]
Cool Gamer (RU)
50
[24]
Computer & Video Games (UK)
78
[25]
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
70
[26]
Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1 (RU)
40
[27]
Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
75
[28]
Famitsu (JP) NTSC-J
73
[29]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
96
[30]
Games-X (UK)
62
[31]
Hippon Super (JP) NTSC-J
50
[32]
Joypad (FR) PAL
84
[33]
Joystick (FR) NTSC-J
84
[34]
Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (UK) PAL
46
[35]
Mega Drive Fan (JP) NTSC-J
74
[36]
Mega (UK) PAL
50
[37]
Mega Force (FR) PAL
70
[38]
MegaTech (UK)
78
[39]
Micromanía (segunda época) (ES)
53
[40]
Mean Machines (UK)
71
[41]
Mean Machines Sega (UK)
78
[42]
Megazone (AU)
84
[43]
Player One (FR)
92
[44]
Raze (UK) NTSC
88
[45]
Sega Power (UK) NTSC-J
83
[46]
Sega Power (UK) NTSC
50
[47]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
79
[48]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
74
[49]
Sega Mega Drive Review (RU)
50
[50]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
72
[51]
Tilt (FR)
90
[52]
Tilt (FR)
90
[53]
Tricks 16 bit (RU)
45
[54]
Video Games (DE)
76
[55]
Sega Mega Drive
68
Based on
39 reviews

Alien Storm (Mega Drive)

Mega Drive, JP
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Cover
AlienStorm MD JP CartTop.jpg
AStorm md jp cart.jpg
Cart
Alienstorm md jp manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, US
AStorm md us cover.jpg
Cover
AStorm md us cart.jpg
Cart
Alienstorm md us manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, EU
AStorm md eu cover.jpg
Cover
AStorm md eu cart.jpg
Cart
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Manual
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PCB
Mega Drive, SE (rental)
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Cover
Mega Drive, AU
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Cover
Mega Drive, BR
Alienstorm md br cover.jpg
Cover
AlienStorm MD BR Cart.jpg
Cart
Alienstorm md br manual.pdf
Manual

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. File:AStorm md jp cover.jpg
  2. 2.0 2.1 https://sega.jp/history/hard/megadrive/software.html (Wayback Machine: 2020-07-20 09:51)
  3. GamePro, "June 1991" (US; 1991-xx-xx), page 38
  4. ACE, "November 1991" (UK; 1991-10-08), page 118
  5. Supergame, "Fevereiro 1992" (BR; 1992-02-xx), page 28
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 https://steamdb.info/app/34315/ (Wayback Machine: 2016-07-30 03:56)
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 http://steamdb.info/app/34315/ (Wayback Machine: 2013-05-22 19:13)
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 8.7 8.8 8.9 https://steamdb.info/app/34315/history/?changeid=5742763
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 9.7 9.8 9.9 http://steamdb.info/app/34315/ (Wayback Machine: 2019-09-05 16:55)
  10. 10.0 10.1 http://www.nintendolife.com/games/megadrive/alien_storm (Wayback Machine: 2017-06-24 12:16)
  11. https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Virtual-Console-Wii-/Alien-Storm-276225.html (archive.today)
  12. https://www.nintendo.co.jp/wii/vc/software/02.html (Wayback Machine: 2018-03-05 23:11)
  13. http://vc.sega.jp:80/vc_alienstorm/ (Wayback Machine: 2007-04-03 22:29)
  14. 14.0 14.1 http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/3ejisIQncqz_SMgpvdWMs9qJp27Ly7Gi (Wayback Machine: 2010-11-22 22:46)
  15. http://www.nintendo.com.au/index.php?action=catalogue&prodcat_id=41&prod_id=19724&pageID=4 (Wayback Machine: 2012-04-03 02:54)
  16. Sega TV Game Genga Gallery, Graphic Sha, page 89
  17. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2003-xx-xx), page 17
  18. ACE, "September 1991" (UK; 1991-08-08), page 60
  19. ACE, "December 1991" (UK; 1991-11-08), page 108
  20. Aktueller Software Markt, "November 1991" (DE; 1991-10-11), page 144
  21. Beep! MegaDrive, "July 1991" (JP; 1991-06-08), page 32
  22. Consoles +, "Septembre 1991" (FR; 1991-09-04), page 90
  23. Console XS, "June/July 1992" (UK; 1992-04-23), page 127
  24. Cool Gamer, "9" (RU; 2002-10-13), page 13
  25. Computer & Video Games, "September 1991" (UK; 1991-08-15), page 52
  26. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "August 1991" (US; 1991-xx-xx), page 22
  27. Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1, "" (RU; 1999-xx-xx), page 288
  28. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 18
  29. Famitsu, "1991-07-26" (JP; 1991-07-12), page 1
  30. GamePro, "July 1991" (US; 1991-xx-xx), page 82
  31. Games-X, "18th-24th July 1991" (UK; 1991-07-18), page 38
  32. Hippon Super, "July 1991" (JP; 1991-06-04), page 113
  33. Joypad, "Octobre 1991" (FR; 1991-09-17), page 62
  34. Joystick, "Septembre 1991" (FR; 1991-0x-xx), page 131
  35. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "January 1993" (UK; 199x-xx-xx), page 90
  36. Mega Drive Fan, "September 1991" (JP; 1991-08-XX), page 115
  37. Mega, "June 1993" (UK; 1993-05-20), page 19
  38. Mega Force, "Septembre/Octobre 1991" (FR; 1991-09-13), page 88
  39. MegaTech, "Xmas 1991" (UK; 1991-12-06), page 76
  40. Micromanía (segunda época), "Noviembre 1991" (ES; 1991-1x-xx), page 46
  41. Mean Machines, "August 1991" (UK; 1991-07-27), page 68
  42. Mean Machines Sega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-xx), page 137
  43. Megazone, "April/May 1992" (AU; 1992-xx-xx), page 40
  44. Player One, "Octobre 1991" (FR; 1991-xx-xx), page 56
  45. Raze, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-08-29), page 34
  46. Sega Power, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-05), page 40
  47. Sega Power, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-05), page 52
  48. Sega Pro, "November 1991" (UK; 1991-xx-xx), page 19
  49. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 64
  50. Sega Mega Drive Review, "1" (RU; 1995-04-03), page 14
  51. Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 86
  52. Tilt, "Septembre 1991" (FR; 1991-09-xx), page 76
  53. Tilt, "Décembre 1991" (FR; 1991-1x-xx), page 34
  54. Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-xx-xx), page 12
  55. Video Games, "2/91" (DE; 1991-06-07), page 85


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