Aliens are invading the earth pretending to be human beings. Be careful not to shoot that mother and her child in case, oh too late. They ate you. Some of the aliens are even pretending to be dustbins and, oh too late. They ate you too.
Alien Storm is an early exemplar of the Mega Drive’s regular flow of arcade ports. You’re given the choice between 3 heroes in this fight against the otherworldly invaders (each of whom are lycra-laden and heaving about flamethrowers, electric zappers, and emergency bomb-deployments) none of whom I’d recommend you control. You’ll only survive long enough to suffer the torment of some serious alien shredding in a supermarket.
To its credit, Alien Storm gives you a blend of gaming styles. Primarily, it’s a standard beat ‘em up arcade scroller in the same vein as Capcom’s Final Fight or Sega’s own Streets of Rage, except rather than throwing punches you’re throwing grenades. Later on, you get side-scrolling running, and some first-person cross-hair challenges.
Alien Storm was one of the more whimsical games we got for our Mega Drive. The game was mildly funny, awkward, and yet another arcade title you didn’t have to waste your 10p coins on. Knowing us, we probably exchanged it for something crappy like California Games after a week.
If you’re new to Alien Storm, you’ll find that after just a few minutes you can’t help but love those squidgy, pink aliens and their deathly tenta-oh, no, wait. They ate you.