It Came from the Desert [Model HCD8003]
Emulated in MAME !
[CONSOLE] NEC TurboGrafx-CD Game
It Came from the Desert © 1992 Cinemaware Corp.
It Came From The Desert is a Video Adventure by Mirrorsoft and based on Cinemaware's game released for the Amiga and PC computers. The game takes place in the 1950s, in the small town of Lovelock lost somewhere in the most desolate areas of California. The player incarnates Buzz Lincoln - a young man who, helped by the local geologist Dr.Horton T.Pangbourne tries to investigate some unnatural happenings - twenty feet tall Ants seem to be roaming in the nearby desert and no one in town seems to have seen a thing. The goal of the game is to fight the giant insects and also to convince the townspeople of the danger they are in - and time is against him and he only has eight days to achieve his goal. And danger there is as our giant Ants can turn humans into Ant-droids zombies. It Came From The Desert features motion video sequences that unfold the story based on the player's actions and choices. Parts of the game feature simple action phases such as side-scrolling sequences where our hero, armed with a gun and grenades, fight the creatures inside their den, or creepy shooting phases where flesh-eating ants have to be gun down before they turn incapacitated town people into skeletons.
It Came From The Desert was first released for the Amiga in 1989 and then ported to PC Computers in 1991 and the TurboGrafx CD in 1992. The Turbo CD version is however very different from the original game - it uses digitized 'captured' animations rather than drawn graphics. The game's structure was also rearranged and the various dialogs changed. Most of the action sequences are unique to the version - only a couple were borrowed from the Amiga original.
Game's description by Laurent Kermel; http://www.videogameden.com