It’s hard being an Alien! Humans shoot you down, steal your ship, and leave you for dead. You don’t have to take that! Time to fight back, but it’s going to get messy. Oh-So wonderfully messy!!
Alien Hominid may be the best Saturday Morning cartoon you have ever seen. It seriously looks like a traditionally hand-drawn animation in motion. I am going to guess that is becasue Dan Palidin’s art just pops. There is just so much crazy life that was placed into each character. It is like giving your eyes a deep tissue massage.
By the sword or gun
The Alien is mad. He wants his ship back! It’s time to take the war to the FBI. Combat is where Alien Hominid shines – That is good because it is 100% of the games content. You have your standard shoot button, that – well – shoots. Nothing complex there, but when an enemy gets close, the Alien will swing a nasty kitchen knife, and you suddenly have two parts of an enemy. This game is hyper violent but presented in such a way that it’s not bothersome.
The guns come in many varieties from a Contra like spread shot to an acid spewing, face melting upgrade. All of the pickups you can collect to upgrade your gun result in a visceral and satisfying shooting experience.
So much is happening
Alien Hominid gets busy, very busy. At any one time there are:
-Torsos without legs.
-Legs without torsos.
-Buildings falling down.
-A psychotic alien smiling!
It all comes together for a crazy, good time! The game is not easy either. You will die a lot. But going right back into combat after seeing the Game Over screen was never an issue for me. Sometimes it feels like a side-scrolling bullet-hell game. That may feel overwhelming at the moment but gives a satisfying sense of achievement when you best it.
Like a BOSS
An important element of any old school side scrolling action game is the Boss fight. Alien Hominid delivers in a big way. The Boss’ are big — fill the screen big. They all have patterns that you must learn then develop a counter pattern to win. Things get so crazy! Most of the time I was just hoping that behind the explosions on screen that my little human fighter was still alive and kicking. Back in the Mega Man days, there were some boss fights that were just stupid and frustrating. In Alien Hominid, they all feel perfectly balanced. As you watch the charming animation that is paired with winning one of these battles, you will feel good about your awesome skills!
Alien Hominid delivers a small narrative told though amazingly cool cut scenes. It’s not a deep story, but it does the job of tying all the levels (and locations) together nicely. In it’s simplicity, it really embarrasses games that try really hard to justify what is going on on-screen with heavy handed story telling.
A few times you get to fly your ship and engage in areal combat. It’s really fun, but here is a moment that Alien Hominid suffers just a tiny bit. Aiming is not fantastic. Your gun rotates to fire in the direction you are flying. Since the area you are fighing in is just a large box, I felt that a Geometry Wars twin stick flight/aiming mechanic would have been well implemented here. I’m not saying the air combat is not fun (it is) but be prepared to take a few cheap hits while you are lining up a shot.
With it’s steep difficulty level and kinetic fun, Alien Hominid is a great game for gamers who grew up with side scrolling action games. It’s candy for your eyes and a true test of how fast you react to endless danger flying at your face. It is a great addition to your gaming library and something you definitely will be proud to finish.
Get your ship back! Aline Hominid is available on Xbox Live Arcade. It’s only 10 bucks!
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