Alien Carnage Review (Re-upload)

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Developer: Interactive Binary/Subzero Software           Released: 1993

Alien Carnage is a DOS game that came to fruition through Apogee Software and 3D Realms. The goal of the game is to defeat the onslaught of aliens that are abducting humans and turning them into mindless zombies. One thing that confuses me more is the name…is it Alien Carnage or Halloween Harry?

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Well whatever the name maybe, they are the exact same game just different names for it. As mentioned above, you are Harry, savior of the world and it is up to you to defeat the aliens and its overlords from abducting more humans and turning them into mindless zombies. As you begin you start with a pretty long intro video about what is going on and yeah it’s no 60 seconds either. It seemed like forever when the video plays but it is rich in story and you get to hear some pretty awesome yet cheesy one liners! Man, what is up with that helmet Harry is wearing?!

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From there, you start platforming right at the get go but this is no fast paced game like it is made to believe. When walking around which is 60%, the other is Jet-packing everywhere else, you go at a pretty reasonable pace. Jet-packing on the other hand is very slow and you do have to refill your jet pack at charging stations. The weapons are a hit and miss, you have your standard fare Flamethrower which consumes the very fuel that is used for your jet pack (thank god there a ton of free fill stations) to the proton gun, missile gun and the mini nukes. Although some are better for certain situation, I would still recommend you use your flamethrower and save you special ammo and weapons for the bosses and harder enemies. Ammo is not dropped by enemies, instead it is money and it is counted by 5’s. Every weapon/ammo is purchased at terminals and terminals will show the corresponding weapon/ammo that it has for purchase. These are spread throughout the levels.

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The levels themselves are split into FOUR MISSIONS that are then split into levels that are fairly small and may seem big at first but the big down fall is using the mini-map to locate the survivors. The only indication is by a white dot on your map and can become very frustrating on how to find them. I will say this the only way to complete a level and enter the elevator is by finding every single survivor on the map. For the graphics, they are as colorful as they can be but can hinder you in certain levels because textures can overlap on enemies making them hard to see especially smaller enemies. The intro videos that you have to watch before and after the MISSIONS are amazing and full of detail. The music is your standard MIDI music and sets the tone and everything has the appropriate sound effect so no problems here.

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Final Thoughts-

On 3D Realms website they call Harry, Duke Nukem’s adopted brother and I can see the resemblance. I had fun with this game and although it can be frustrating at times looking for survivors, the rest of the game is in all the right places. I would recommend that if you can find this game it is worth a play through! If not that than for the cut scenes ALONE. You’re going to have fun with this one!

Scoring- 7.5

GRAPHICS            [8]   – Bright and vivid colors fill your screen and sets the SCI-FI tone but overlays can get in the way of enemies.

SOUND                  [7]    – The Music and sound effects are in all the right spots but nothing that truly stands out.

CONTROLS          [7]    – The controls are tight on Harry but when using the Jet pack you go as slow as walking in Syrup.

REPLAYABILITY [7]   – You will have fun with the game and watching the cut scenes are amazing but you are going to get frustrated real fast with finding survivors.

 

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