Note: This game was played on original TG16 hardware with zero emulation.
This is the famous Alien Crush published in 1989. How does it stack up today? Is it worthy of the highly coveted Malstrom Award?
I love video game pinball. I am a huge fan of Epic Pinball on PC. I love video game pinball doing things that regular pinball cannot do. It is very hardcore arcade with simple to play (flippers) but endless replayability.
This game must have been amazing in 1989. The environment and atmosphere can feel like Super Metroid with a rock vibe. With how daunting the arcade hard TG16 library can be, it is a pleasure to stick this game in and easily play it.
At first, I really, really enjoyed this game and thought it was terrific. But over time, my attention began to wane. At one point, I just turned off the game because I couldn’t seem to die. I remember going endless on the board with the snake boss. When you kill the snake, another snake appears! And it goes on, and on, and on, and on with that single song looping endlessly.
The game is very fresh and interesting, and the gameplay is extremely addictive, but it does wear out its charm. Part of the reason is the monotony of some of the boss boards. A big reason, I suspect, is the two screen display. The game does not scroll with the ball. Once it shoots up, it pops into the second screen which gets annoying after a while. Ultimately, the true purpose of this game is to give you break from constantly playing Devil’s Crush.
This is a good game and definitely one of the defining signature titles of the TG 16, but a Malstrom Award game it is not.
Above: This is a cool song, but it doesn’t seem like it belongs in this game.
-TG 16 Games Reviewed-
Malstrom Awards: (Addictive and Awesome even today, they refuse to age. Score of 10)
R-type (Never gets old because it can never be beaten. Fun to try here and there.)
Honorable Mentions: (Good games that are flawed or gameplay has suffered aging. Score of 6-9)
(7) Alien Crush (Interesting, addictive, but flawed. Good to play as a break to Devil’s Crush)
Don’t bother: (Not that fun to play today. Score of 5 and below.)
(5) Neutopia (boring, bad game design, can’t hold a candle to Zelda, fire wand is only thing going for this game)