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Alien the game on the Atari 2600 home console

Alien is an action game released for the Atari 2600 by Mattel in 1982. It received mixed reviews from critics.

 

General Information

Developer - 20th Century Fox

Publisher - 20th Century Fox

Release - 1982

Platform - Atari 2600

Number of Players - 1P

Genre - Action

Alien is a video game for the Atari 2600 published by 20th Century Fox in 1982. Based on the 1979 film, Alien is a maze game, that resembles Pac-Man far more than it does anything from the film.

It was the first officially licensed game of the Alien film series.

The player controls a member of the human crew pursued by three aliens in the hallways of a ship. The goal is to destroy the alien eggs laid in the hallways (like the dots in Pac-Man).

The player is armed with a flamethrower which can temporarily immobilize the aliens. Additionally, "pulsars" (like the power pills in Pac-Man) occasionally appear which turn the tables, allowing the human to overpower the aliens.