The 90ies were a great time when it came to fun action games, especially with platformers on DOS, so it’s nice to see GOG release a forgotten gem of the genre with Inner Circle Creations’ Alien Rampage.
It’s difficult to find information about this game, which is surprising, as Alien Rampage isn’t a bad game, but a rather excellent one. Originally released in 1996, it’s now back in digital form thanks to Piko Interactive who also had their hands in the fun The Humans bundle about which I already wrote. The story is as trashy as the gory presentation, involving an alien crashlanded on a planet that is overrun by mutants. With the help of enslaved natives, it’s time for paying back with lots of firepower.
The alien looks very similar to the iconic Predator, but the amount of blood and guts even surpasses the movies when enemies are blown to pieces. Despite having a few puzzles, the focus is clearly on all-out shooting and jumping. The 5-level multi-parallax scrolling backgrounds still look impressive, the art direction is cool as well, while there also seems to be some kind of life bar showing one’s own life and those of the enemies in total. Big sprites and hefty sound effects complement the nostalgic trip back to a time when making stuff explode was reason enough to have fun with a game.
The game is now available exclusively on GOG. Despite not offering a discount, one shouldn’t miss this title, but rather support the company to release even more games that time forgot.
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