Aliens: Neoplasma is a fantastic fan made ZX Spectrum-based Aliens 2D nonlinear action adventure which sees you attempting to escape from a spaceship which is swarming with aliens.
A fan made project created by ER, Nik-O, Sanchez, Aliens: Neoplasma is a fantastic Aliens based action adventure that runs on the humble 37 year old ZX Spectrum. In the game you take on the role of a medical officer on a spaceship called the Achilles, which is tasked with delivering samples from colony Hadley’s Hope (Lv-426) to Earth, but it seems that some of the “samples” have broken out.
You awake from cryosleep to find the ship crawling with xenomorphs and the ship’s computer is being rather uncooperative. Is this Weyland Yutani up to their old tricks or is something more sinister afoot? You’ll have to fight your way through the labyrinthine innards of the Achilles to find out.
The gameplay in Aliens: Neoplasma is a little similar to Aliens 3 on the SNES, with you exploring the ship, crawling through vents and blasting facehuggers and xenomorphs. The gameplay actually feels better than Aliens 3 though and it’s much more of a focused experience that can be completed in around 45 minutes (though there are 2 endings to discover).
Considering Aliens: Neoplasma is designed to run on hardware that’s nearly four decades old, it’s a surprisingly excellent game that puts a lot of more modern Aliens games to shame. The pixel art animation is fantastic, the soundtrack is superb, the gameplay is satisfyingly challenging and the narrative has some fun twists (though English isn’t the dev’s first language so there are some grammar mistakes). Not just a great retro ZX Spectrum game, but a great game in its own right. Highly recommended.
Available On: Browser & ZX Spectrum
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