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Alien Hominid (GBA)

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      22.04.2009 23:38
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      "Alien Hominid" is a video game released for the Gameboy Advance in 2006 by Zoo Digital Publishing. It was released only to the European marketplace and received an age rating of 12+ by the PEGI panel.

      Alien Hominid originally saw success as a free to play computer release using the "Flash" plugin. Having achieved a respectably large player base, developers picked up on this and released it to various "next generation" consoles including the Playstation 2, Gamecube and the Gameboy Advance. For those unfamiliar, the story involves an unnamed alien crash landing to Earth during typical space exploration. Federal agents discover his ship and are quick to remove it from the scene to prevent any panic by local citizens but, in the process, miss capturing the alien life form. After regaining consciousness, the alien discovers that his ship is missing and must set out on a mission to recover it and return to outer space. There is a strong sense of violence in this title. During his mission, the alien will be required to make use of various weapons such as a ray gun, a "freeze gun" and more "earthly" weapons such as a shot gun. Enemies eliminated at the alien's hands will be blown to pieces in a very unceremonious fashion. The player is also encouraged to make use of nearby environmental features, such as diverting enemies into large mechanical shredders. Gameplay itself is very much "run and gun" with the player guiding the alien from the beginning to the end of the stage, all while eliminating everything in his path.

      The graphics of this title are excellent and make strong use of scrolling animations and various effects. There are a few areas which could have been improved on, such as remastering the enemy's weapon as some appear considerably out of proportion to the holder. This could be to keep with the original "Flash" version and its precise detailing required to animate in such an environment but is nonetheless noticeable. The audio, however, is a high point and features an excellent soundtrack complete with various musical scores and effects.

      Overall, Alien Hominid handles very much like a vintage title and keeps to its Flash roots very well. Due to its availability in Europe it is a game I would recommend to prospective buyers.

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