DOS - 1996
Also available on: SEGA Saturn
Description of Alien Trilogy
Alien Trilogy is a lackluster first-person shoot 'em up that is a disappointing waste of the blockbuster license.
Very loosely based on the three existing Alien movies, the game casts you as Ripley, space marine heroine who is sent with fellow marines into the colony on planet LV246 to discover why communication has been lost. Of course, the menacing Aliens are behind it, but the story thankfully takes a few twists and turns along the way - albeit not in unexpected directions.
Alien Trilogy offers about 25 levels, split into 3 parts similar to DOOM episodes. The first part take place in the colony from the movie, the second in the prison colony taken from Alien 3, and the third and final part takes place in the alien ship filled with nasty eggs that we all remember so well from the first movie.
Although released a few years after DOOM, Alien Trilogy looks and plays much more like DOOM than contemporary games like Quake or Duke Nukem 3D. The graphics are only passable - the aliens and wall textures become horrendously pixellated when you get too close, and sometimes it is difficult to distinguish scenery from objects you can interact with.
You are given an objective at the beginning of each level. These range from killing all Aliens in sight, to collecting identity tags, activating lifts, and others. However, you can finish the levels without finishing any of these objectives - just make your way to the exit and hop into the lift. This makes objectives redundant... I suppose they are there only as "additional challenges" to die-hard action gamers.
Even die-hard movie fans will find Alien Trilogy thoroughly boring. Even the Alien DOOM .WAD some fan created years ago plays much better than this average underdog that comes very close to meriting our Real Dog tag. Acclaim could have done a much better job.
If you want a fun and appropriately scary Alien game, play Sierra's superb Aliens vs. Predator series instead and leave this one alone.
Review By HOTUD
Comments and reviews
GreenHamBox 2023-04-07 3 points
Alien Trilogy has been unavailable on the Zoom store since at least December 2021 according to the Wayback Machine. It seems fair to say that this is once again abandonware.
Claire 2021-09-15 4 points
This is one of those old games that's probably better to play emulated. I had a working install of it but the PS1 version can be made to look a lot better, is easier to get working, and has/can have identical controls.
Jug 2021-02-22 3 points
For those having issues with SOUND and GAME SPEED via 19MB Version:
Sound Fix: Go to Alien Trilogy folder download, find and drag SETSOUND to DOSBOX icon. Select and configure digital audio driver, Creative Labs Sound Blaster or 100% compatible, attempt to configure sound driver automatically, hit OK, hit DONE.
Game Speed Fix: Find DOSBOX's configuration file. Find CORE=AUTO. Change to CORE=NORMAL. Save and exit.
Cassandra 2020-10-09 2 points
Can someone tell me why there is an iso that takes up 400mb and a normal one of 19mb? do i get both?
gundstaff 2020-06-04 0 point
First you need to install the game using Fix according to the region of the game and with the cd in the tray. This is a game that to have it 100%, with music and at the right speed, you need adequate hardware but somehow it is possible to play it.
Rikel 2020-06-01 0 point
The game does not work. When I select the option "Install Alien Trilogy" it opens the command window and it disappears but nothing happens.
KCI 2020-01-06 0 point
I downloaded the ISO DOS version and it does not work on DosBox. It loads into DosBox, but when I start the game, it crashes after a few seconds of a blank screen. In looking ayt the package, it looks like all that is in there are tracks of a DVD. There should be something to make the tracks run I would think.
Barrack Obama 2019-05-09 12 points
An ex girlfriend of mine had a vagina that looks like the face hugger in the ninth screenshot. Did the same thing too. Wish Michelle had one. A vagina that is.
Lord Akiss 2018-09-11 1 point
Eu tive o privilégio de terminar este game no ps1, e ele realmente merece um re-work para pc, ps4 os demais... Bethesda poderia fazer isso já que comprou id Software!
Jimbob 2018-07-15 3 points
For its time the graphics were brill it's a PS1 game people really u should not be expecting it to look good by today's standards just play and enjoy wasn't to fast enemies are meant to be fast Xenos are not snails idiots if I don't like then don't plau
Medieval Nerd 2017-09-22 -1 point
A decent play. But seriously no save game? What on earth is that about? Maybe I'm trigger happy but I ended up running out of ammo after the first 3 levels. :(
dee eye why 2015-12-22 -8 points
Game's too fast. Enemies are on to you too fast. Not really a good game. Graphics are terrible, even for its time.
The Fat Vegetarian 2015-05-19 -5 points DOS version
Takes forever and a day to download 18 MB...But hey, at least it'll download...
doomguy21 2014-10-12 -1 point DOS version
I actually found myself really enjoying this game. I haven't even played or watched any other Alien games before this one. However, I think the sound might be glitched because it's all high pitched. I'm not sure if it was supposed to be that way or not, and if not I don't know how to fix it. It's still a fun and challenging game, regardless.
Mauro 2014-07-28 -2 points DOS version
How do i make this game work?? the Wtrilogy.exe won't install nor play the game.
Blake Kreilein (Critic of DOS & others) 2014-06-20 2 points DOS version
"A Cult-classic is born."
MrJoe1987 2014-01-23 -4 points DOS version
Granted, I didn't play this back in the day (no nostalgia for me), but it really is an awful game. The maps are very repetitive and way too dark (very difficult to navigate), the controls make you feel like you're not in control, and the enemies take way too many hits (if you can even hit them).
The most annoying aspect of this game, however, is the fact that you can fire your weapon and watch the projectiles float over to the target. Seriously? Why would they even think to do something like that? Remember in Aliens when the men... yes, and women... (what an imagination that James Cameron has...) of the United States Colonial Marine Corps had so much trouble hitting their targets because their bullets were too slow to keep up with the lightning reflexes of the xenomorphs? Yeah...
This was a 1996 equivalent of games like Rogue Warrior in 2009. Just not good, at all.
Leitbild 2013-02-13 3 points DOS version
Very often underrated! I always loved the whole Alien franchise and especially James Cameron's Aliens, what was obviously the main influence during creation of this game...
Ok, the level design is really dull sometimes (but the same problem you got on the much time later released Alien vs. Predator, and there it REALLY sucks) and also the enemy sprites look a little bit undetailed sometimes, but it's a nice action game and for people who are into Doom clones OR the Alien franchise (or, like me, into both as well) already worth a look! ;)
TheHacker 2012-09-25 3 points DOS version
easily a great Alien game. also has one of the scariest parts in a game: when the facehugger crawls across the screen. made my skin crawl.
IateTheCheshireCat 2012-05-05 0 point DOS version
Used to play it a lot. Quite atmospheric shooter.. Unfortunately, the amazing soundtrack is missing here. You shouldn't play it without music..
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