Title : Alien Syndrome
Publisher : Tengen
Genre : Run and Gun
Release Date : 1988
Estimated Value (as of today's date) : $6-$8
Looking for a mindless, alien shoot 'em up? Then look no further than ALIEN SYNDROME by our favorite non-licensed Nintendo publisher, Tengen. This game actually started out in the Arcades and moved on to the SEGA MASTER SYSTEM before being shoved into the NES library.
Think of it as another version of the classic SMASH TV, just not as entertaining. Instead of being tasked with surviving each level and choosing varying routes as in SMASH TV, you need to find prisoners and rescue them before you can move on to the next stage.
So how bout it? Let's kill us some Aliens.
The good thing about these type of games as it gives you the ability to have some really great co-op game play. There's seriously nothing better than annoying your friend by stealing every single power up on the screen. I'm notorious for that.
Choose your warrior with strong, majestic names like - wait? What? Ricky or Mary?! Those are my warriors? Come on, at least give me something like Slate, or Barbarella. I really don't want to save the galaxy with someone named Ricky, but it looks like I'm stuck.
They do look pretty tough though, huh? Push that SHOT button too....
The first thing about this game, is that it is INCREDIBLY easy. In theory, you don't even need to pick up any power ups since the enemies are absolute jokes. Clearing through the levels shouldn't take you that long, as the map tells you where the prisoners are that you have to rescue anyway.
One of the only entertaining things about this game, is when you encounter new enemies. The enemy designs are unique enough to keep you guessing what you're going to run into next. I mean you start off fighting things that look like bodily organs reminiscent of Abadox, and then moving on to giant massive alien beasts made up of what looks like brains and machinery.
Now as you scurry your way through each level, you'll encounter some bosses which are just as easy as the regular mobs. A damn shame, if you ask me. My only qualm with this game was that it was too simple;. There was really no challenge here. If you added the difficulty of SMASH TV to this game, it would have been a lot more enjoyable. But, what can you honestly expect from a straight port done by Tengen.
By all means, not a bad game. Just a MEH.
This game made me realize one thing though. If I ever get kidnapped by Aliens, at least I know that Mary and Ricky are there to get me out of a jam. Phew!
Final Score (out of 5) :
Until next time. Keep on gaming!