And here the second game, a Pac-Man clone based on Alien, which is surprisingly good and better than the original port on the 2600, at least in my humble opinion. Part II of Pac-Manday.
Yes, this game is called Alien and no, it’s got nothing to do with the film. Well, ok, it’s got aliens in it, but that’s about it. Like in Pac-Man, you navigate through a maze and collect ‘dots’ (or whatever they’re supposed to represent) while avoiding those nasty aliens. But this time around you have a weapon. Yes, you’re the proud owner of a flamethrower with a very limited range that can stun your enemies. Or let’s say, that’s what I think it does. See, I’ve tried it a couple of times but got eaten and found out that it’s much easier to just avoid them.
Screenshots (click to enlarge)
This game does have a second stage, where you have to reach the upper part of the screen while avoiding all those colourful aliens. Not easy, considering you don’t have all day long to navigate through the enemies. Take too long, and you lose one of your lives.
One of the things I’ve noticed is that, unlike in Pac-Man, here enemies seem to randomly roam through the maze without even trying to chase you down. But apart from that, it’s a fun little game. Not bad, not bad at all.