Alien Storm

Arcade Video game published 32 years ago by SEGA Enterprises

Alien Storm screenshot

Listed and emulated in MAME.

Alien Storm © 1990 Sega.

Alien Storm is a side-scrolling beat-em-up in which up to 3 players take on the role of one of 3 futuristic warriors. The game heroes are charged with destroying the hoards of repulsive aliens who are invading the Earth. Many of the aliens are disguised as a variety of everyday street objects; such as telephone booths, oil cans, trash cans and mailboxes. The aliens reveal their true forms as the warriors approach.

Each of the 3 heroes carries their own individual weapon; Gordon has his plasma gun, Karla has a flamethrower and Scooter has an electric whip. At the end of each level, the warriors will enter a building and the shoot-em-up action will switch to a first-person perspective.

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Game ID : 317-0146 / 317-0147 / 317-0148

Runs on the "Sega System 18" hardware.

Players: 3
Control: 8-way joystick
Buttons: 3

Cabinet dimensions : 74in. (188cm) High x 33,1in. (84cm) Wide x 42,5in. (108cm) Wide.
Cabinet weight : 331 lbs (150 kg).


Alien Storm was released in May 1990 in Japan and was the second game in Sega's System 18 motherboard series.

Gilius, the dwarf from "Golden Axe", appears as a judge in the final voting. The player characters from "Golden Axe" appear in the TVs of the first-person shooting levels.

This game features an odd option: by pushing the service mode button you enter a menu with the usual configuration options, the last one allows machine owner's to put their own store name in the introduction of the game (Led sign in the Alien Busters van).

Pony Canyon / Scitron released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Hyper Drive : G.S.M. Sega 4 - PCCB-00035) on 21/07/1990.


FD1094 317-0146 :
* Japanese version (up to 2 players).

FD1094 317-0147 :
* US version (up to 3 players).
* "Winners Don't Use Drugs" screen added.
* Different levels' graphics and design!
* Energy recharge system added (see 'Tips and Tricks').

FD1094 317-0148 :
* World version (up to 3 players).


* US version only : to recharge energy, just insert coins and press START button anytime during the game. Each coin recharges 1/3 of the bar.


Designed by : Team Shinobi Ver.4


[EU] Sega Master System (1991) "Alien Storm [Model 7075]"
Sega Mega Drive [BR] (1991) by Tec Toy
[US] Sega Genesis (1991) "Alien Storm [Model 1121]"
[EU] Sega Mega Drive [AU] (1991)
[JP] Sega Mega Drive (june.28, 1991) "Alien Storm [Model G-4048]"

[EU] Sinclair ZX Spectrum (1991)
[US] Commodore C64 [EU] (1991)
[EU] Amstrad CPC (1991)
Commodore Amiga [US] [EU] (1991)
[EU] Atari ST (1991)

Mobile Phones [US] (aug.27, 2003)


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