Alien Syndrome

From Sega Retro

For the Western home computer versions, see Alien Syndrome (home computers).

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  • System 16
  • Master System
  • Game Gear
  • Famicom
  • NES
  • X68000

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Alien Syndrome
System(s): Sega System 16, Sega Master System, Sega Game Gear, NES, X68000
Publisher:
Developer:
Licensor:
Famicom
Nintendo Entertainment System
X68000
Sega
Peripherals supported:
Sega Master System
FM Sound Unit
Genre: Action[1][2]

















Number of players: 1-2,
Sega Game Gear
1
Release Date RRP Code
Arcade (System 16)
JP
¥? ?
Arcade (System 16)
US
$? ?
Arcade (Mega 6)
JP
¥? ?
Arcade (Mega-Tech System)
UK
£? ?






















Sega Master System
JP
¥5,5005,500 G-1339
Sega Master System
US
7006
Sega Master System
EU
MK-7006-50
Sega Master System
UK
£24.9524.95[6][7][8] MK-7006-50
Sega Master System
SE
Sega Master System
GR
Sega Master System
AU
Sega Master System
BR
Sega Master System
KR
GB-2339
Sega Game Gear
JP
¥4,500 (4,635)4,500e[9] T-44037
Sega Game Gear
EU
2324
Sega Game Gear
UK
£29.9929.99[10] 2324
Famicom
JP
1988-12-02 ¥5,940 ?
Nintendo Entertainment System
US
1989-12[11] $? ?
X68000
JP
¥5,800 ?



Alien Syndrome (エイリアンシンドローム) is a 1987 arcade game released by Sega. It runs on Sega System 16 hardware. The user plays as either Ricky and Mary rescuing hostages within a set time limit while blasting aliens. There are numerous weapons and two players can play simultaneously.

Compared to other Arcade ports to the Master System, Alien Syndrome shows some very poor production values. It's incompatible with the Mega Drive controller (since the Master System D-pad is terrible for the diagonals), lacks a cooperative 2P mode (it only have the competitive one) and lacks a scrolling camera.

Gameplay

Rounds

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Round 1

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Round 2

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Round 3

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Round 4

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Round 6

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Round 7

History

Legacy

The game was ported to the Famicom (by Sunsoft and Sanritsu), Sega Game Gear (published by Sims) and Sega Master System. In 1988, Tengen brought Sunsoft's port over to the United States with an unlicensed release, removing both Sunsoft's and Sanritsu's names. Due to technical restrictions, some versions are single-player only. It was also re-released as part of the Sega Ages 2500 series and as part of Sega Classics Collection (however it was removed from the European release to keep the PEGI rating down). The Sega Classics Collection port is notable for its two joysticks control scheme, similar to Robotron 2084 and Smash TV.

A sequel with the same name was released for the Wii and PSP in 2007.

Versions

Screenshot

Main article: Alien Syndrome/Comparisons.

Production credits

Master System version

  • Planner: Dr Hyujiwara, Kopharucon
  • Plan Adviser: Kin
  • Designer: Kopharucon
  • Design Assistant: Pocky, Morisoba
  • Guest Designer: Maco
  • Programmer: Toaruko‑Arkel, White Wave, Chicken・Jun
  • Program Editor: Yoshi Yoshi
  • Music: Navy
  • Sound Efeecter: Navy
  • Produced by: Sega
Source:
In-game credits [12]

Game Gear version

  • Graphics: Syouji "Enjyoh" Yoshihara
  • Sound: "Fumi"
  • Program: Susumu Senba, Teiou, Dirty
  • Direction: Yoshiharu Sakino
  • Special Thanks to: Yama‑San, Matsutokujō, T.Asano, Danna, Sen‑Kichi, Yas & Daiōjō, Ratman, and Many Other People
  • Presented by: SIMS Co., Ltd.
Source:
In-game credits


NES version

  • Programmer: Naoki Okabe
  • Desiners: Tetsushi Nakamura, Yuji Koharu
  • Sound Editor: Noboru Machida
© 1988 Sunsoft
© 1987 Sega
© 1988 Sanritsu
Source:
In-game credits


Hints

Magazine articles

Main article: Alien Syndrome/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

AlienSyndrome Arcade US Flyer.pdf

PDF
System 16 US flyer

Alien Syndrome Arcade JP Flyer.pdf

PDF
System 16 JP flyer
Tengen NES US PrintAdvert.jpg
NES US print advert
Logo-pdf.svg
Master System print advert in ACE (UK) #6: "March 1988" (1988-02-04)
also published in:
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Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1992-03: "March 1992" (1992-02-08)

Photo gallery

Physical scans

System 16 version

System 16, US
AlienSyndrome System16 US Marquee.jpg
Alien Syndrome System 16 US Manual.pdf
Manual
System 16, JP
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Instuction card(s)

Mega-Tech version

Mega-Tech,

AlienSyndrome MegaTech Cart Back.jpgAlienSyndrome MegaTech Cart.jpg
Cart

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
{{{{{icon}}}|L}} Division by zero.
Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
ACE (UK)
56
[6]
Complete Guide to Consoles (UK)
73
[14]
Complete Guide to Consoles (UK)
73
[15]
The Complete Guide to Sega (UK) PAL
73
[16]
Console XS (UK) PAL
85
[17]
Computer & Video Games (UK)
80
[18]
The Games Machine (UK)
61
[7]
Games Preview (DK)
60
[19]
Mean Machines Sega (UK)
73
[20]
Power Play (DE)
70
[21]
S: The Sega Magazine (UK) PAL
57
[22]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
25
[23]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
81
[24]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
85
[25]
Software Gids (NL)
60
[26]
Sega Master System
67
Based on
15 reviews

Alien Syndrome

Master System, JP
AlienSyndrome SMS JP Box Back.jpgNospine.pngAlienSyndrome SMS JP Box Front.jpg
Cover
Aliensyndrome sms jp cart.jpg
Cart
AlienSyndromeSMSJPManual.pdf
Manual
Master System, US
Aliensyndrome sms us cover.jpg
Cover
Aliensyndrome sms us cartridge.jpg
Cart
Aliensyndrome sms us manual.pdf
Manual
Master System, EU
Aliensyndrome sms eu cover.jpg
Cover
AlienSyndromeSMSEUCartridge.jpg
Cart
Master System, EU ("No Limits")
AlienSyndrome SMS EU Box NoLimits.jpg
Cover
Master System, SE

AlienSyndromeSMSSEManual.jpg
Manual
Master System, GR (Zegetron)
Aliensyndrome sms GR cover.jpg
Cover
AlienSyndromeSMSEUCartridge.jpg
Cart
Master System, GR (Zegetron)
"No Limits" variant
AlienSyndrome SMS GR Box NoLimits.jpg
Cover
Master System, AU
AlienSyndrome SMS AU cover.jpg
Cover
Master System, BR
AlienSyndrome SMS BR Box.jpg
Cover
Aliensyndrome sms br manual.pdf
Manual
Master System, KR

AlienSyndrome SMS KR cart.jpg
Cart

Game Gear version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
{{{{{icon}}}|L}} Division by zero.
Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Beep! MegaDrive (JP) NTSC-J
68
[27]
Consoles + (FR)
78
[28]
Computer & Video Games (UK)
70
[29]
Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
72
[30]
Famitsu (JP) NTSC-J
55
[31]
Joypad (FR)
85
[32]
Joystick (FR) NTSC-U
85
[33]
Player One (FR)
78
[34]
Play Time (DE)
72
[35]
Play Time (DE)
77
[36]
Power Play (DE)
69
[37]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
43
[38]
Sega Pro (UK) NTSC-U
83
[39]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
83
[40]
Sega Zone (UK) PAL
68
[41]
Sega Force (UK) PAL
79
[42]
Video Games (DE)
67
[43]
Sega Game Gear
72
Based on
17 reviews

Alien Syndrome

Game Gear, JP
AlienSyndrome GG JP Box Front.jpg
Cover
AlienSyndrome GG JP Cart.jpg
Cart
Game Gear, EU
AlienSyndrome GG EU Box Back.jpgAlienSyndrome GG EU Box Spine.jpgAlienSyndrome GG EU Box Front.jpg
Cover
AlienSyndrome GG EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Aliensyndrome gg eu manual.pdf
Manual

NES version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
{{{{{icon}}}|L}} Division by zero.
Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Cool Gamer (RU)
50
[44]
Nintendo Entertainment System
50
Based on
1 review

Alien Syndrome

NES, US
AlienSyndrome NES US Box Back.jpgNospine.pngAlien Syndrome NES US Box.jpg
Cover
Alien Syndrome NES US Cart.jpg
Cart
Aliensyndrome nes tengen manual.pdf
Manual
NES, JP
AlienSyndrome NES JP Box Back.jpgAlienSyndrome NES JP Box Spine.jpgAlien Syndrome NES JP Box.jpg
Cover
AlienSyndrome NES JP Cart.jpg
Cart
AlienSyndrome NES JP Manual.pdf
Manual

X68000 version

X68000, JP
Alien Syndrome X68000 JP cover.jpg
Cover

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Master System
 ?
CRC32 5cbfe997
MD5 732808a44a90b780454a1eb6adbf3957
SHA-1 0da0b9755b6a6ef145ec3b95e651d2a384b3f7f9
256kB Cartridge (EU/US)
Sega Master System
 ?
CRC32 4cc11df9
MD5 c352bd773dc9cd909a8c1707ccb54d40
SHA-1 5d786476b275de34efb95f576dd556cf4b335a83
256kB Cartridge (JP)
Sega Game Gear
 ?
CRC32 ffe4ed47
MD5 df495096e2d7ff9e2c13945e2a2bacba
SHA-1 b72e54493bfa7f13883a608bcf8c9f315dd490ca
128kB Cartridge (JP)
Sega Game Gear
 ?
CRC32 bb5e10e0
MD5 6c29fc1bae1051774e9a83098f55bd4e
SHA-1 112c7fba070eb7b6bdd41675d49caf934c17dc17
128kB Cartridge (US/EU)
Nintendo Entertainment System
CRC32 5b837e8d
MD5 e91b3e0ad255eeae1823d2372a4b21da
SHA-1 f116eb809c5a46017807335e11dc1d89ffa63e8c
256kB Cartridge (JP)
Nintendo Entertainment System
CRC32 cbf4366f
MD5 66f4d31a0a0d66b2a85a88212ce159fe
SHA-1 7955dbe5ec63f71ba591a9237d113aaa90849263
256kB Cartridge (US) (Unl)

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 http://sega.jp/fb/segahard/gg/soft_licensee.html (Wayback Machine: 2013-01-01 20:24)
  2. 2.0 2.1 https://sega.jp/history/hard/segamark3/software.html (Wayback Machine: 2019-06-21 03:44)
  3. Mega Drive Fan, "May 1992" (JP; 1992-04-XX), page 103
  4. Computer Entertainer, "April 1988" (US; 1988-04-16), page 07
  5. Computer & Video Games, "March 1988" (UK; 1988-02-15), page 11
  6. 6.0 6.1 ACE, "May 1988" (UK; 1988-xx-xx), page 63
  7. 7.0 7.1 The Games Machine, "March 1988" (UK; 1988-02-18), page 55
  8. The Mastertronic Catalogue (UK; 1988), page 2
  9. Beep! MegaDrive, "March 1992" (JP; 1992-02-08), page 22
  10. Sega Force, "January 1993" (UK; 1992-12-10), page 71
  11. Computer Entertainer, "January 1990" (US; 1990-01-20), page 22
  12. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhfmECxYIgo
  13. Computer & Video Games, "March 1988" (UK; 1988-02-15), page 10
  14. Complete Guide to Consoles, "" (UK; 1989-10-16), page 47
  15. Complete Guide to Consoles, "Volume IV" (UK; 1990-11-xx), page 90
  16. The Complete Guide to Sega, "" (UK; 1991-05-xx), page 52
  17. Console XS, "June/July 1992" (UK; 1992-04-23), page 137
  18. Computer & Video Games, "April 1988" (UK; 1988-03-15), page 123
  19. Games Preview, "7 1989" (DK; 1989-xx-xx), page 42
  20. Mean Machines Sega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-xx), page 132
  21. Power Play, "Ausgabe 3" (DE; 1988-02-22), page 97
  22. S: The Sega Magazine, "April 1990" (UK; 1990-03-01), page 8
  23. Sega Power, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-05), page 55
  24. Sega Pro, "November 1991" (UK; 1991-xx-xx), page 19
  25. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 70
  26. Software Gids, "Mei/Juni 1990" (NL; 1990-05-xx), page 36
  27. Beep! MegaDrive, "April 1992" (JP; 1992-03-07), page 38
  28. Consoles +, "Mai 1992" (FR; 1992-0x-xx), page 128
  29. Computer & Video Games, "June 1992 (Go! Issue 8)" (UK; 1992-05-15), page 6
  30. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 164
  31. Famitsu, "1992-03-27" (JP; 1992-03-13), page 38
  32. Joypad, "Juin 1992" (FR; 1992-05-1x), page 84
  33. Joystick, "Mai 1992" (FR; 1992-0x-xx), page 201
  34. Player One, "Janvier/Février 1993" (FR; 1993-01-10), page 134
  35. Play Time, "(8/9)/92" (DE; 1992-07-08), page 96
  36. Play Time, "3/93" (DE; 1993-02-10), page 109
  37. Power Play, "6/92" (DE; 1992-05-13), page 158
  38. Sega Power, "March 1993" (UK; 1993-02-04), page 52
  39. Sega Pro, "May 1992" (UK; 1992-04-16), page 32
  40. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 74
  41. Sega Zone, "January 1993" (UK; 1992-12-xx), page 29
  42. Sega Force, "January 1993" (UK; 1992-12-10), page 70
  43. Video Games, "6/92" (DE; 1992-05-29), page 122
  44. Cool Gamer, "10" (RU; 2003-01-30), page 20


Alien Syndrome

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Games in the Alien Syndrome Series
Arcade
Sega Master System
Alien Syndrome (1987)
Nintendo Entertainment System
Alien Syndrome (1988)
Commodore Amiga
Atari ST
Amstrad CPC
Commodore 64
MSX
ZX Spectrum
Alien Syndrome (1988)
IBM PC compatibles
Alien Syndrome (1989)
Sega Game Gear
Alien Syndrome (1992)
X68000
Alien Syndrome (1992)
Sony PlayStation 2
Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 14: Alien Syndrome (2004)
Sony PlayStation Portable
Nintendo Wii
Alien Syndrome (2007)