Discuss your latest vintage Amiga finds!
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by intric8 posted Mon Jun 05, 2017 8:38 pm

After having finished the very rewarding yet equally grindy AD&D CRPG Curse of the Azure Bonds, I really needed a bit of a break. My next game needed to be arcade-style and ideally it would offer some atmosphere. After running a quick poll on Twitter for a little light-hearted help, I locked in on Sega's 1987 arcade sleeper Alien Syndrome. Out of 41 total votes cast, Syndrome collected 32% of the total - just enough to make it the winner.

I then happened across an insanely lucky auction on Ebay for a NOS shrink-wrapped and sealed box for the 1987/88 sci-fi shooter (originally made in 1987, ported in 1988). I remembered the game being a ton of fun on the C64 so went ahead and picked it up. I'm not familiar with the Amiga version, but I'm looking forward to it.

Naturally, I needed to destroy history and open this box a.s.a.p. once it arrived today. I mainly needed to see if the disk still worked, but I'm always curious about the packaging and content. To be honest, the contents were pretty lame: just a black and white manual with just a few pages of cross-platform instructions and a warranty card.

But I'm happy to report that the disk does still work!

And while the slow synth music isn't particularly mind blowing it is quite foreboding and a bit creepy, and sounds quite a bit like the arcade IIRC.
The price sticker is still on the shrink-wrap outside the box. That's freakin' cheap!
The Amiga was still quite young as a platform when this game was released.
Box of the box for Alien Syndrome.
Air that had been trapped for 30 years finally released. This is how zombie films start, right?
The packaging being removed from the box for the first time. The discoloration of the sticker made me a tad nervous (and surprised). Must have been a cheap glue/paper combo...
Getting to the SEGA loading screen let me breathe a sigh of relief.
Pretty cool intro screen, albeit bizarre. For a game that tried to borrow themes from Alien, H.R. Geiger it is not.
Looking forward to jamming on Alien Syndrome on the Amiga in the near future!
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by mattsoft posted Sun Jun 25, 2017 1:04 pm

I assume you've played Alien Breed (1 or 2) from Team17 for Amiga? It's a lot like Alien Syndrome, though with some Amiga style. :)
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by TenLeftFingers posted Mon Jun 26, 2017 3:43 am

Alien Breed is good as a two player game. As a one player game, I found it a bit too difficult - and maybe a bit scary now that I think of it haha!

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