Platform: Atari 2600
Release Date: 1982
Publisher: Fox Video Games
Developer: Fox Video Games
Alien is the first ever game released for the franchises, back in 1982. This was published and developed by Fox Video Games for the Atari 2600 and is based around the 1979 film, Alien.
It’s a third-person topdown game where the player moves a character, probably intended to be Ripley or Dallas, through a maze trying to collect as many dots as possible while staying alive. Ten points are awarded for every dot collected and the player starts with two lives which are displayed in the bottom left corner.
If an Alien touches the player’s character then the character dies and a life is lost. There are stars in the maze which may be collected to enable the player’s character to touch and kill the Aliens for a short time. For each Alien killed the player gets points. For brief periods of time, an arrow (it looks like one of the player’s lives in the bottom left corner) will appear in the maze, which if collected, will give the player more points.
If all the dots are collected in the maze then the player can go to another level where his character must dodge Aliens and make it to an arrow at the top of the screen. This game is just like the original Pacman.
Review – By AtariHQ