There were a few attempts to get a first person shooter to run on the Amiga in the wake of Doom, and this was one of the first to pull off full textured mapped graphics. Though to get the game running fast they've had to put it at half resolution and put a huge frame around it. The actual game resolution inside that window is 96x78, small enough to fit into a fraction of an original Game Boy screen.
It's a shame that I have to be standing up close to an enemy to even see them at this res. Any further back and they're just a collection of twinkly belligerent pixels. It makes figuring out where I'm being shot from a little tricky sometimes.
One good thing about old school first person shooters though, is that they always have a map. Except for this one. So I'm just going to have to remember where all the doors are.
And then the enemies just kind of rotated on the spot. So I shot them and moved on. Shame they don't actually drop anything like ammo or health.
It would have been nice if they had used all that wasted screen space to show me something useful, like what weapons I have and how much ammo I have for them.
Well, it turns out that they're actually explosive barrels, and I just lost half my health. It was worth it though... bloody barrels.
I barely had any ammo left by the end of that. They're really stingy with the ammo pick ups.
I think I'll need to see what level other first person shooters were at by the end of 1995 to put this game in context.
|Battle Frenzy (MegaDrive/Genesis)|
The resolution of the screen is over twice as wide as Alien Breed 3D's tiny window, but it looks like Wolfenstein. Totally flat levels and no floor texture.
It still looks way better though, to me anyway.
|Killing Time (3DO)|
|Alien vs Predator (Atari Jaguar)|
Alien Breed 3D has corridors that curve. A bit.
|Dark Forces (DOS)|
Alien Breed 3D meets it halfway with water and ducking. It's not quite advanced enough for a jump key.
|Alien Trilogy (PSX)|
Okay fine, I'll get back to playing the boring Doom wannabe.
Actually these things look basically identical to a Beholder, so that's way more shameful than Doom.
But it's fine, I'm back now. And this time I have a rocket launcher. Maybe I had a rocket launcher last time too, who knows?
This game is basically Doom for Amiga owners it seems. It doesn't come close to comparing to the original, but at least it has some ambitions beyond simply copying it. But I have no ambitions to get any further in it. Next game.